Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Those Hazy Lazy Crazy Days of Summer

Hi everyone.  Hard to believe that tomorrow is August 1st already.  Summer has just flown by and we have been very busy.  Bill and I took a well deserved trip to Hawaii to celebrate Bill's 60th Birthday. We had a great time.  We left the Inn in the very capable hands of our friends Inga and Eloise and we thank them for taking such good care of our guests while we were gone.

When we returned we became wedding central.  We have had 3 weddings and a rehearsal dinner in 5 weeks.  We still have 2 more weddings, a reunion and retreat to go.  Whew, I'm tired already.  I have been so blessed to be able to perform 4 of the weddings and I'm performing another ceremony this coming week at Cromwell Manor in Cornwall, NY.  The pictures at the beginning of this post are of the dessert table at one wedding and the rehearsal dinner. 

Well, other than weddings and stuff at the Inn,  there is lots going on in the town of Warwick and the surrounding areas.

Aug 2 | Third Annual Black Dirt Feast | 6-9PMA special 5-course, sit-down gourmet meal prepared by eight of the region's top chefs, as a fund-raiser for the PIne Island Chamber. Call 845-258-4176.

Aug 13 | Annual Decorated Boat Parade in Greenwod Lake | 6:30PMThis Village of Greenwood Lake unique event each season makes yoou wonder about how these strange vessels can actually float!

Aug 14 | 11th Annual Florida Family FunFest | 1-8PMFlorida, NY. Vendors, musicians, food, amusements.Florida Fun Fest held on Main Street beginning at 1 PM. Food. Music. Rides. Vendors. Contact Florida Chamber at FloridaNYChamber@live.com or call 651-6000 for more information

Aug 19-21 | Pine Island Summer Fest | Fri (4-11PM); Sat (8AM-11PM) and Sun (12-6PMEnjoy the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Onion Eating Contest, carnival, food, car show & entertainment at this Pine Island location, presented by PLAV Post 16 on Pulaski Highway. Friday evening: Rivers Edge Band (Country & Western), and Annual Onion Eating Contest; Saturday: Kool Classic Car Show and Swap meeting during the day, with music by Twist & Shout at night, along with fireworks after dark; Sunday, polka Family Band. Lots of surprises.

Aug 21 | Art on the Green | 9AM-3PMArt, crafts, entertainment, and community on Railroad Ave. Green.

You can see that there is lots to do in the area.  So come on up and we will take good care of you. 

Ok/  Now for my recipe of the month.  This is not exactly an Inn staple but it is a favorite summer dish of mine and is great served at parties or BBQs.

Grilled Chicken w/mango salsa

Boneless Chicken Breasts trimmed and skin removed
Sau-Sea Susan or Duck sauce
2 ripe mangoes peeled and diced
1 small red onion diced
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped (seeds removed)
bunch of fresh cilantro chopped (1/4 cup)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tblsp orange juice

Grill chicken until juices run clear.
Brush with Sau-Sea or Duck sauce and leave on grill for a few more minutes. (2 or 3 min)
When done, slice chicken on the slant.
Set aside.

Combine chopped mangoes, diced red onion, finely chopped jalapeno, coarsely chopped cilantro, . olive oil, orange juice and a dash of salt in a bowl and mix until coated.  (This should be made ahead of time and refrigerated until chicken is done.)

Place the mango salsa in the center of a round platter or dish and place the chicken around it.  Makes a beautiful and delicious dish.

Well folks, enough for this post.  Hope you are having a great summer and Bill and I hope to see you all soon.  Take care and God Bless you all.