Afternoon at Good Intent’s New Cidery and Tasting Room

Last year I posted about a great meal that we had that was made better with Good Intent Cider.

Good Intent Cider got even better because this weekend they opened their tasting room at 167 South Potter Street in Bellefonte, Pa.

Good Intent Cider tasting roomMike and I went after running a few errands and we were very excited to enjoy all the cider we know we already love in their tasting room. Their space is so quaint with lots of exposed brick and wood.

good intent 3We each enjoyed two glasses of cider.  We each had a Good Charmat and then Mike tried their perry which is called Calebasse Bosc and I had the original Adam’s Apple.

good intent 5good intent 4There were a lot of people coming in and out and everyone was so friendly.  It ended up being a great time talking with new people and enjoying cider on a perfect fall afternoon.

And of course I got a sweatshirt before I left because I love a good hoodie and I’m sure it won’t hurt if there’s another person out there wearing their gear.

good intent 2I really hope that Jenn and Adam’s success continues.  I know we’ll be back.

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11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner

Last night was the 11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner in Lemont, Pennsylvania. The event was catered by EcoVents and benefited the Lemont Village Association.Granary Gourmet Dinner - LemontIt was a cool evening, perfect to enjoy a Spanish themed multi-course meal in the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds.

Outside the Granary, Lemont, PAThe evening started with plenty of appetizers and wine from Mt. Nittany Winery and beer from Otto’s Pub and Brewery.

AppetizersTo start there were cracked marinated Spanish olives, salted almonds, a selection of cheeses, figs with goat cheese and serrano ham, and a variety of empanadas: mushroom and cheese, chicken and poblano cream cheese and beef and potato.   I tried two of the empanadas and the fig with goat cheese and ham.  My favorite was definitely the figs.

empanadas and figWe joined three other couples at our table for the rest of the meal.

table one in the granaryThe next course was a salad with arugula, grapes, and almonds with a saba vinaigrette and bread made my Ron and Sue Smith.

salad with arugula, grapes and almondsThe next course was a pumpkin and bean soup.

pumpkin and bean soupThe main course included papas bravas

papas bravasvegetarian paella

vegetarian paellaBasque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives

Basque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives and chick peas and chorizo (which was my favorite part of the main course).

chick peas and chorizoDessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.

cherry almond tartOnce again, it was a lovely event with a great crowd.

Two-Potato Latkes

We went to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving weekend to visit our families.

Wednesday night was the first night of Hanukkah so we made potato latkes for dinner. My mom had both baking and sweet potatoes and we found this Cooking Light Two-Potato Latkes recipe for the ingredients.

We opted for the not so light but more traditional cooking method.

latkesWe had both sour cream and applesauce for our latkes, along with a childhood favorite, cornflake chicken, and steamed green beans.  I am not a huge potato fan so adding the sweet potatoes into these latkes made them perfect for me.

latkesplateWe also had this great hard cider with dinner.

goodintentfrontGood Intent Cider is my friend Jenn and her husband Adam’s business.  They make it on his family farm in Gettysburg and it is so good. This version is a special bourbon barrel aged cider and it’s dry with a hint of bourbon flavor.  It was the perfect compliment to our dinner.

goodintentbackThere are still a few more nights of Hanukkah but the latkes are a great side dish any time of year.  We even warmed the leftovers in a pan the next morning and made an egg hash for breakfast.  And if you are in Gettysburg or State College, definitely try Good Intent Cider.

2013 Granary Gourmet Dinner

It’s been two years since we were last at the Granary Gourmet Dinner. The evening is a benefit to support the Lemont Village Association.

Last night we enjoyed a great dinner catered by EcoVents and spent time with some of our neighbors. It was a beautiful evening on rather cool day for mid-September and the space, as usual, was charming and rustic.

Lemont Granary Dinner Table Wheel at Lemont Granary Lemont Granary dinner table twoAppetizers including Baked Brie, Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape, Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, and Bagettes were being served when we arrived.

Baked Brie Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, BagettesAnd there was beer from Otto’s and wine from Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.

Otto's beer Happy Valley Winery WhiteHappy Valley Winery RedWhen we were seated, we started with an Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing.

Apple Walnut Salad

Next was the French Lentil Soup.  I think this was by far my favorite course of the entire meal.

French Lentil SoupI sort of forgot to take pictures of the entire main course (maybe I was just that excited to taste it!) but here is the Filet with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce. As you can see it
was done perfectly.  There was also a Potato Gratin with Gruyere and Pappardelle with a Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms.

Filet with with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce

And for a dessert a Fresh Pear Tarte.  I only had a few bites of mine and while I am sure it was good, I’m just not a huge fan of cooked fruit.

Fresh Pear TartIt was a wonderful evening as usual.

 

Delectable Delights by Heather

This past week was our third wedding anniversary and to celebrate I decided to have a cake made by Delectable Delights by Heather.

Three years ago, Heather made the cupcakes and cake for our wedding.

These cakes and everything else I’ve had from her are so good.  So I shouldn’t have been surprised that the cake we had this weekend was just as delicious.

That’s yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache filling.

Mike and I decided we should try to remember to celebrate with Heather’s cakes more often than once every three years.

The best breakfast sandwich in Lemont (probably in all of State College)

I had a planning meeting this afternoon for a spring 5K race at Cafe Lemont.

I love this place.  It opened maybe a year or so ago and it’s always filled when I go there.  It’s cozy and friendly and the owners advocate for all things local – food producers, artists, community events, etc. They’ve been especially helpful in exploring the opportunity to open a farmer’s market in Lemont this spring.

Look at this cute little scarf by the register.

Their coffee is great, but the number one thing I’ve ever had for breakfast in this town is the Egg, Pesto and Cream Cheese sandwich.

The bread is a little toasted, the egg is hot and it makes the cream cheese a little melty and the pesto a bit warm.  And it sounds like an odd combination but these things were made for each other.

Don’t get me wrong.  I need a Waffle Shop fix every now and then for traditional breakfast offerings, Irving’s is great for a bagel and The Corner Room has my best fruit cup (no melon!).  But until someone gets more innovative with breakfast in this town (I just want to find a great breakfast burrito), I vote this number one.