Saturday, August 28, 2010

Poached Egg Pods - Innkeepers Friend

We came across this new product called Poach Pods at the bed and breakfast we currently are working at.  They may have been out for some time, but they are new to us.  They are a modern silicon egg cooking tool which you can use to cook poached eggs.  They actually float in about an inch and a half of water. 

All you do is bring your water to a boil in a sauce pan, crack your egg into a pod which has been sprayed with an aerosol pan coating and gently lower the pod into the boiling water which you have reduced to a simmer.  You cover and cook for 4 minutes.  Remove the pod with a slotted spoon and the eggs pop right out of the little cups onto the serving plate.

No more messy white floating in the water and uneven looking poached eggs.

They were a snap to make, easy clean up, and they looked great. 

We have added these little gems to our traveling cooking box which we take to all of our interim innkeeping assignments.  You can find them at most kitchen stores. 

Lynda and Howard Lerner Inn Caring

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vegetarian things you never knew

We have had some interesting guests these past few months many of which are vegetarian or variations thereof.  Here are some of the things that we learned about these guests and their food choices..

Flexitarian's avoid but occasionally eat meat. 

Pollotarians eat chicken and other poultry, but not mammalian meat, fish or seafood.

Pescetarians eat fish and seafood, but not mammalian meat or poultry.

Then there is the woman who is a vegetarian when she comes with her husband, but isn't a vegetarian when she comes with her girlfriend.  -  I'm not sure which category she would fall in.

Howard is a cross between a carnivarian, a pollatarian, and a pescetarian depending on how the mood strikes him. 

Lynda and Howard Lerner Inn Caring

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gentle Summer Breezes in Ashland, Oregon

I never understood the words gentle summer evening until we came to Ashland, Oregon.  We are currently sitting out on the lawn of the B and B we are consulting to, listening to the owner play his guitar and singing to our guests.  We are all enjoying a glass of wine and some cheese, crackers and fruit.  The guests heads are bobbing and their feet are tapping keeping time to the music.

There is a gentle summer breeze as we sit under the shade of a giant weeping willow tree.  The geese are even cooperating tonight and are not making noise.  Their pond is behind where we are sitting.  We are on an old fashion guider chair, looking up at the mountains that surround the city.  Since we are at the top of a hill, we overlook some of the city.  Being on five acres, we are very much in a country atmosphere.  The butterflies and hummingbirds abound.

We are very much enjoying  our time here in Ashland.  We have hit the half way point of our consulting/innkeeping assignment at the Country Willows Bed and Breakfast Inn.  This is the longest that we have ever been away from our home base of Manitou Springs, CO.  Things are progressing nicely.  We have installed the new reservation system.  Thank heavens for RezOvation GT.  It has really made things easier.  Of course, having a new computer and then its replacement both have blue screens of death did challenge  us and the owner's son (who is an comp sci person).  We have gotten that resolved but thank heavens for back up manual books and hard copies of paperwork as we were without computer access for a day and a half.

One of the more unusual things for this B and B is the number of repeat returning guests which they have.  This is mostly due to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival her in Ashland.  We actually have had guests who have been coming to the B and B for over 20 years through all 4 sets of owners. 

Many of the guests book for the following year right before they leave.  We have some weekends where we already are fully booked a year in advance.  Some of the guests come year after year the same week each year and have become friends with others who also come at the same time.   It is fun to see them greet each other when they return and see familiar faces.

Lynda and Howard Lerner Inn Caring