Tuesday, June 12, 2012
They also have a couple other center's that are close by in Scarborough and Freeport that are worth a trip to see. One of my older blogs was about canoeing the Scarborough Marsh with my sister.
Wild Iris Inn - 273 State Street Portland, ME 04101 800-600-1557 www.wildirisinn.com
Sunday, June 3, 2012
A favorite activity for my guests on Saturday morning is to stroll through our Farmer's Market at Deering Oaks Park. It is a short block and a half walk to the park and there you are, in Portland's biggest park. We have an incredible array of vendors and entertainment. From organic veggies, meats and plants to homemade tempeh, yogurt and sauerkraut. It is a lively place to experience and some interesting entertainment like jugglers, hoolahoopers and musicians. I went last week and bought some excellent honey and fresh rhubarb and make my favorite rhubarb coffeecake for my guest which was a big hit. See below for recipe! Next time you are in Portland for the weekend make sure to make time for a stroll through the market as you are sure to be entertained!
Spiced Nut Crumb Topping1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c unbleached flour
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
6 TBS unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 c chopped walnuts
Coffeecake1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 c unbleached flours
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 c buttermilk
1/2 lb fresh rhubarb finely copped to make 2 cups
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line bottom of 10 inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease sides.
2. To make crumb topping combine all dry ingredients except nuts and cut in butter with fingers or pastry cutter. Add walnuts and set aside.
3. To make coffeecake cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy and add eggs and vanilla, beat until smooth. In another bowl mix flours baking powder, baking soda, salt,and nutmeg, add to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk until creamy consistency, about 1 minute. Stir in rhubarb.
4. Using a rubber spatula scape batter into springform pan. Sprinkle evenly with crumb topping. Bake 40-45 minutes until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on rack.
Friday, May 18, 2012
-We have three different kinds of ways to compost leftover food waste, a worm composter, two outside barrel composter and a European electric composter, that we use a lot in the winter when our outside ones aren't composing.
-We recycle most everything as the city of Portland has a great curbside recycling program.
-All left over bake goods get frozen and brought to the Soup Kitchen in town.
-We only use environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry product, in fact we make most of our cleaning products.
-Our lights are LED or CFLs and we have sensor lights in the common area and halls.
-All our painting and remodeling projects are done with earth friendly or recycled products.
- We also try to "Buy Local" as much as possible, coffee, dairy, maple syrup, honey, wheat flour to name a few. We are a member and supporter of Portland's Buy Local movement.
These are just a few of our practices here at the Wild Iris Inn. We also always welcome suggestions from our guests!
Wild Iris Inn "Growing Green Since 2002"
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A new Portland Bike Map was publish this year that shows all the great bike trails in greater Portland that you can borrow while at the inn.
Also Summer Feet Cycling, 866-857-9544, www.bikeportlandmaine.com, has two bike tours in Portland, a 5 Lighthouse Tour that runs daily at 10am and a Explore Casco Bay, that take you out on the ferry to Chebeaque Island for a ride around and lunch at the inn which is offered Saturdays in July and August!
Or bring your own bike and have your own riding adventure!
So hop on your bike and do some exploring!
Wild Iris Inn 273 State Street Portland, ME 04101 800-600-1557 www.wildirisinn.com Diane@wildirisinn.com
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I took the dog's for a walk yesterday in Deering Oaks Park and stop by at the Rose Garden. It was so beautiful! How lucky were are at the inn to have such a awesome garden just a couple minutes walk from our front door! Kudos to the city and volunteers who do such a great job of maintaining it. So when you come to the inn don't forget to take this short walk and visit the incredible rose garden.
Wild Iris Inn
273 State Street
Portland, ME 04101