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Elegant S’mores for Breakfast!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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It is a little decadent to have dessert for breakfast, but we rationalize it by advising you to go for a long walk after breakfast to use up all that extra food energy.

You will need:

Organic Graham Crackers
Bettina’s Marshmaples (recipe under ‘Bettina’s Cookbook’)
Bettina’s chocolate sauce

Bettina’s Chocolate Sauce
Make this sauce immediately before serving because it becomes less liquid and more solid the longer it sits and cools. A cooled sauce will not pour over the Marshmaples.

To make the sauce you will need:
organic semi-sweet chocolate chips (the amount depends upon the number of s’mores you’re making.)
organic heavy cream – enough to cover the organic chocolate chips.

Melt the chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler
pour in the heavy cream, once the chips have melted and stir.
If you would like to add flavor, organic oils in vanilla, almond, etc. will do nicely

Once the sauce is ready, use a very beautiful dessert plate (A saucer larger than a cup saucer)
Put an organic graham cracker on the saucer
Cut the Bettina Marshmaples to fit the graham cracker – with a scissors, dull knife, etc.
pour the chocolate sauce over the Marshmaples so it drips down the sides
Serve to lots of ooohs and aaahs and exclamations of joy!

These are best assembled and served one at a time so you can spoon Bettina’s Chocolate Sauce from the pot while it is still over the double boiler!

We keep a glass dish of Marshmaples in the refrigerator because there are so many things you can do with them. We keep them in one piece and only cut as we need Bettina’s Marshmaples for different dishes – or as someone would like one to go with their ginger or tulsi tea – or even at night with hot chocolate!

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Cayenne Pepper Stories

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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Stories about Cayenne Pepper and what it does for you have been floating around the breakfast table at a couple Bettina homes for several years.

The first time we heard about cayenne pepper – other than as a spice in your food – was from a Canadian Guest, in town to run a 26 mile Marathon. He was a serious runner who trained extensively. Before leaving for that particular Marathon, he asked his host family for cayenne pepper. They obliged and guests watched as he put liberal amounts of cayenne pepper in the inside of his running shoes. Of course, that generated much conversation. Before leaving to run the Marathon he had to answer many questions – how long had he done this; what affect did it have; how did he find out about cayenne pepper, etc.

At the end of the day, the only person who came back still walking and in pretty good shape was the Marathon runner who, that morning, liberally sprinkled cayenne pepper in his shoes.

We tried it for a couple months and it works. We don’t run or train for the Marathon, but we do shop and shop and shop. Before leaving home we always sprinkle cayenne pepper in our shoes and it works amazingly well. What was once a tiring time has become a time which puts a spring in our step. We don’t know what happens or why, but we do know sprinkling cayenne pepper in the bottom of our shoes seems to drop years and gives us much more energy to do our chores.

But for bed & breakfast, we would still be walking on tired legs and feet.

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A Change to Bettina’s Coconut Cake

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

copyright 2010 Bettina Network, inc. by a guest

I made the Coconut Cake and it was just as great as I had hoped it would be. I did a few things a little different and wanted to share that with you.

For the icing, I used whole eggs instead of just the egg whites. I hate to waste and I knew I woulnd’t be up to making Bettina’s Chocolate Pudding or anything else after I finished this cake. I put four whole (organic free range) eggs in the mixer. I bought the Cuisinart stand mixer when you wrote that blog on your thoughts about mixers. I let the mixer beat for about 15 minutes. That is how long it took for the eggs to become fluffy the way I wanted them to.

In the meantime, I put the sugar and water on to boil. I used 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water instead of the 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in your recipe because I wanted lots of icing.

When the water and sugar reached the 240 degree stage I started to pour it, very slowly, into the eggs while letting the mixer keep going.

When I finished that, I started to put into the mixer the butter. I cut the butter into small pats and threw each pat into the mixer letting it mix for a few seconds. Altogether I used three sticks of butter.

I also put in about 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil – which was hardened since that is its natural state. I got the idea to do that from your suggestion of using coconut milk in the cake. If you use coconut milk in the cake, why not coconut oil in the icing. It is the consistency of butter, whips up into a very light confection like butter and sure enough, it worked.

I let the mixer beat the icing until it turned into a light buttery like creation. At the end, before stopping the mixer I put in the vanilla oil you suggested in another recipe – the organic oil, you remember? That was the ultimate.

I did not put shredded coconut on my cake, I put the icing on as it was. The coconut milk and oil carried the day and gave the taste so I didn’t need the shredded stuff.

It was unbelievably good. Thanks for the recipe. In case you don’t remember me, I am the one who asked for the recipe and I appreciate your putting it on the blog.

Enjoy this change – it is nice to have more than one way to do something.

A loyal guest!
Thanks for not using my name. We are all paranoid these days.

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Response to Disaster in Haiti

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One response the Bettina Network, inc. made to the disaster in Haiti was to respond to a request from a bed & breakfast guest and now a friend, to give a one night stay at a Bettina home in Harvard Square for the silent auction being held by the town of Weston, VT.

We were delighted to respond and grateful that we were included and able to do a little more to help those in such shock and pain.

The event was held this past Saturday (January 23, 2010) and was, by all accounts, a very successful undertaking. Kudos to the town of Weston, Vermont for being involved and for moving so quickly to help address such an enormous need! Proceeds from the auction were sent to Partners in Health to further their work in Haiti.

What made it special to us were the number of people who gave a part of their work and talent: one woman gave cookies – to be baked at a time requested by the successful bidder. She had samples of the cookies at the event to encourage bids. Another gave her special carrot cake, also to be baked at a time requested by the successful bidder – and she also had samples. And there were more.

It is wonderful to give money – that is what’s needed in the end – but to also involve yourself and give something which takes time out from busy lives is indeed special. It insures that you will think of the Haitians undergoing such trauma, after the fund-raising event and will put your hopes and wishes for them into whatever it is you have made.

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Ginger Pralines

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

copyright 2010 by Marceline Donaldson

Pralines generate memories that takes me back to a really great childhood. I shall always be grateful to those who sacrificed so much for me.

A neighbor and I (Troy Lynn), used to get in my grandmother’s kitchen and experiment with pralines. Troy Lynn took her pralines home and ate them. I sold mine. My entrepreneurial spirit started early. I ran that enterprise the way some corporations are run today – which is probably why I understand those corporations.

My grandmother supplied the ingredients for the pralines, which was great, but I stuck my mouth out when she suggested I pay for the sugar out of my earnings. I was crushed. “Why do you want me to pay for sugar. You have lots of it in the cupboard.” She tried to tell me about making sure you were making a profit. You also had to count your time in the equation so you would know if it was profitable or not. I was truly appalled at that point. If I did all of that I wouldn’t make a profit and it wouldn’t be worth making the pralines. “That’s the point of doing the math,” my grandmother said. My mouth continued to be stuck out and when she insisted, it started to quiver and she knew tears were next so she just gave up and I had a very successful business.

Thinking of those years and my grandmother and having been on the telephone with Troy Lynn talking about this venture, I decided to make pralines, just to connect to those times and those feelings and my grandmother.

She would have been amazed at the results of my efforts. I am in awe at what I have created. The pralines were sensational. I feel a little sick because I’ve eaten so many and goodness knows what the sugar is going to do to my aging body.

Those pralines brought so many memories rushing back I was crying by the time I finished making them. But, they were not a pure New Orleans creation. They connected Old New Orleans to the East. With these pralines I have managed to make cultural connections with New Orleans, Asia and India.

Ginger tea has become a staple in our kitchen. We always have a glass jar filled with Ginger Tea that we make, at least once a week. (ed.note – see Bettina’s Blog for the recipe). We use it either as ‘sweet tea’ or regular tea – and it has a very strong kick.

This time, by Providence, the tea jar was empty and in the bottom were the slices of ginger root which we let steep to keep the ginger tea strong. That was the genesis of these fantastic pralines.

I used the ginger root slices in the pralines the way one would use pecans. I also used a little freshly ground nutmeg in some and cumin in others with the ginger root. The pralines were vaguely reminiscent of New Orleans pralines, but with a newness that made them a sensation. Pralines, for some, are the very essence of Creole New Orleans. The only food with a stronger connection to Creole New Orleans would be hot callas, but then that’s another blog.

New Orleans today has a very large influx of Asians that call it home. These Ginger Pralines are a cultural amalgam which reflects today’s reality of the city New Orleans has become.

We had just one guest in the house while I was making these pralines. She came into the kitchen while the pralines were cooling on the marble slab and between us we ate all except two of the pralines. Two seemed to be a decent amount to keep to see how they would taste when they were thoroughly cooled. She went to bed and after a respectable time, Robert and I split the last two pralines. They were even better cooled so I made more for tomorrow. They are now downstairs cooling. Maybe they will make it into tomorrow and maybe they won’t. I haven’t been up this late for months – my 7pm bedtime has been shot – my children would be proud!

Pralines aux Ginger – a very recherche dessert
(to be served on heavily gold encrusted dessert plates and eaten with your fingers)

Organic Turbinado Sugar how much you use depends upon how many pralines you want to produce.
for a first timer – two cups should suffice so if you ruin the pralines you can try again without knashing your teeth over your loss of ingredients.
for the experienced candy maker who wants a good number of pralines – one pound

Sliced Organic Ginger Root which has been boiled in a large pot of water for several hours to make tea. The Ginger Root you use for these pralines are what’s left over after the ginger tea is gone.

Water – freshly ground Nutmeg – Cumin

1. Put the sugar in a PORCELAIN POT.

2. Add water to moisten and cover the sugar. Don’t mix the two together. Pour the water over the sugar being careful not to let it splash, etc.

3. Bring the water and sugar to a boil to make a, sort of, simple syrup, but not that liquid.

4. When this mixture reaches about 200 degrees, add the ginger root and let it boil until the mixture begins to bubble and has almost, but not quite, turned to sugar. Stir constantly without stopping.

5. Quickly add any spices you want to incorporate into these pralines – ground nutmeg, cumin, whatever. Given the fact that you are using Ginger Root – even Root that has been previously boiled for several hours, I would not add anything with heat. These will have plenty heat on their own.

6. Take the pot off the fire and drop by the spoonfuls onto a buttered marble slab so you form what looks like small pancakes. Spread these with the spoon and round them with a fork until they form neat, round cakes – the size and thickness depends upon you. I like them about 1/4 inch thick and about 4-5″ in diameter.

Let them dry. Pick them up with a knife or spatula, very gently. You will have the memory of a New Orleans Creole Praline changed into an East meets West confection. Someone have a name for this?

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Creole Breakfast Cake

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

copyright by The Bettina Network, inc. 2010

“Creole” is New Orleans Creole.
This is a quick and simple breakfast cake which can be made in less than 20 minutes.  Very good if you want a nice ending to breakfast and don’t want to spend hours baking.  If you want to dress it up, whip a little heavy cream, add organic turbinado sugar to the heavy cream and drop a dollop on top of a slice of this cake.  Rumor has it the recipe was created in a convent in New Orleans when the nuns were cleaning out the refrigerator and baked this with what they had.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Organic Turbinado Sugar
1/2 cup Organic, Stone-Ground, Whole Wheat Flour

for this cake you can use either Pastry or Regular Flour, depending upon your taste at the time
Use Pastry Flour when you want a more refined cake, Regular Flour when you want
something a little heartier – just make sure whatever you use is not only Organic and Whole Wheat
but it is also Stone Ground – a very important distinction – otherwise the flour is milled with heat
which destroys all of the nutrition and it becomes a flour which has a very long shelf life.  It has
that long shelf life because bugs won’t touch it – there is no nutrition in it.  Even bugs know you
don’t bother eating what doesn’t contribute to your life and health.  What bugs won’t eat, neither
should you.  A long shelf life benefits the seller, and ruins the health of the buyer.

1 Tablespoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Organic milk (preferably raw)
1 organic egg
4 Tablespoons Organic butter (melted)
Extra  Organic Turbinado Sugar and Cinnamon to mix and sprinkle over top of cake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the sugar, flour, baking powder and sale.  Add the egg, milk and melted butter.  Mix well. Place the mixture in a round or square baking dish, depending upon your taste.  Make the baking dish either stainless steel or glass, please.  Sprinkle the top with the sugar and cinnamon mix.

Bake about 15 minutes.

Couldn’t be quicker or simpler for a nice treat to sooth that sweet tooth.

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A Tribute to Mary Daly

Friday, January 8th, 2010

by: Marceline Donaldson

A friend of mine died on Sunday. The world is changing much too fast. Old friends are leaving, quietly. You hear nothing for a couple years and then the news comes that they have died. Keep your friends and family close. Before you know it, they will be gone. 

 
Mary Daly died on Sunday. I first met Mary when I was at Harvard Business School. On a Sunday, I went to Memorial Church. No particular reason, that was what I did on Sundays. The preacher was Mary Daly. She preached a sermon I will never forget and at the end of it led a walk out to protest the patriarchy. – Almost everybody in Harvard Memorial Church that Sunday, walked out with her – me included. It was kind of like being in a shocked, unreal, dreamlike place. It was 1971 and the world was just waking up to what feminism and the women’s movement was all about. 
 
I saw the picture of Mary Daly that the Boston Globe used over her obituary. It was probably the worst picture of her they could find. Choosing that picture said more about the Boston Globe than it did about Mary Daly. When I met Mary that Sunday, so many years ago, she was a young, very beautiful woman. I read Mary’s obituary in the Boston Globe. It said nothing about the Memorial Church walkout. It read as though what she did in life was to refuse to admit men to her classes at Boston College. 
 
I spent the 1970’s protesting, reading Mary’s books, along with many more and waking up from my southern, feminine, shy self. I turned the ‘ne at the end of feminine into ‘st and have been doing my little bit to change a patriarchy that sometimes seems intransigent. Those who fought as hard as Mary Daly did, suffer the slings and arrows; the harsh judgments of their peers; the jealousy of those fighting alongside them; the rage of the patriarchy and more, but they have the freedom, the total internal freedom that comes with knowing who you are, of defining yourself; of not allowing this world and its institutional structures to dictate your sense of self-worth. That freedom is worth all the pain and agony which goes along with claiming it. 
 
To Mary Daly – my deepest thanks for the incredible way you gave of yourself to bring about change from a baser way of living in this world to one in which me, my children and grandchildren can begin to heal from the burdens and abuses of the patriarchal system into which we were born. 
 
Out of the depths of my despair, my frustration, my confusion, my feelings of being an alien where I live every day, breaks forth my realization of the incredible joy of being me – of understanding who that is – of not compromising my equality for anything or anyone – of becoming fierce and strong and proud of my femaleness. Stereotypes fall away, they lose their grip and I see through all the games being played against me. Games to diminish me; to bind me; to keep me from being all that i was born to be, all that my talents push me to be – how glorious is that freedom. May it keep its hold on me forever. 
 
Amazingly, many of the things Mary Daly talked about I heard from my grandmother. She didn’t phrase them the same way and my grandmother would be appalled if anyone called her a feminist, but there she was. She talked about sin – if you are going to sin, sin boldly, she said. Always make your own living. You are a free, whole person – always remember that. There is nothing you can’t do. If one door closes, another door opens – only you have to be able to see the opening door and if you are crying over the door that closed in your face, you will surely miss the better one opening just a few feet away – and it isn’t going to sit there open for long, waiting until you arise from your self-pity, missy. 
 
The world will miss a beautiful soul. God bless you Mary Daly. May your soul and the souls of the departed do glorious things together and be joyous in your new life in ways that were not possible on earth.
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Darwin’s Ltd. (A Review)

Friday, January 8th, 2010

2010 copyright The Bettina Network, inc.

148 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA. 02138
617 354 5233
www.darwinsltd.com

hours: 6:30am – 9pm six days/week
sundays: 7am – 9pm

A really Cambridge-style grocery, deli, wine-cheese-beer store, with tables for those who want to visit and eat and enjoy this neighborhood gathering place.  It is a magnet for those who want a Harvard Square experience they can go home and talk about.

Darwin’s on Mount Auburn Street, while being Cambridge, has an underlying New York tone, which makes it a little more upscale.

What we liked best about Darwin’s was the picnic basket you could order and take with you wherever you wanted to go.  Not many of us can find such when traveling, especially a picnic with good food.

Second were the sandwiches!  They are incredible.  Buy one and have lunch and dinner, just ask them to cut it in half and wrap the second half for take-out.

The ambiance drew us in – it is great – would the food keep us there and make us want to return.  Well,  we were at Darwin’s two or three times in so many days.  Whenever we were there,  someone always came in who we knew and we wound up with a table for four instead of the two of us who first wandered in wondering if the food would live up to the promise of the environment.

Our table mates bought a very nice bottle of wine, shared it and took what was left home with them.

There are enough teas at Darwin’s to satisfy anyone and you can order a pot to just sit and savor.  And as for Bettina’s, they would approve because a full third of the teas are organic.

If you want lunch, you have to go early.  Darwin’s is a popular place. At lunchtime you will find a line which curls around, sometimes going outside as people come in for lunch from all around the area. That tells you about Darwin’s reputation.

We particularly liked the soup.  It was a cold day and we weren’t sure what we wanted, but when we saw the soups, we knew that would be our late lunch.  We also liked the pastries and brought some back with us for another day.

Darwin’s had several kinds of beer, but not being connoisseurs, we can’t comment pro or con.

There were people reading newspapers, visiting with friends, some were sitting on the bench outside Darwin’s eating – because smoking is not allowed inside – and it was cold outside, but they didn’t seem to even notice as they gestured-laughed-and generally enjoyed themselves on a cold Cambridge day eating on Mount Auburn Street.

We very much recommend Darwin’s and hope you enjoy whatever you eat there.

Editor’s Note: Steve and Isabel Darwin’s parents stayed at one of the Bettina homes in Harvard Square when they visited Cambridge to help their children get the store ready for its opening.  Their parents are in the same business so the Darwin children had good consulting experience, which they used for the opening and beyond.

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Breakfast at Bettina’s – By a Guest!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This is great!  I’ve had this secret wish to be a journalist for a long time.  I do a lot of writing, but all scientific and publishing for scientific journals so you can guess I am an astrophysicist, and those who stay at Bettina’s a lot and recommended this house to me – you know where I am – with my family this time, not on business.  i had to show my wife and children this house.  They love the doll houses and all the toys.  The kids slipped out of the room very early in the morning.  At first I panicked, how do I keep them reined in here – and I almost lost it when I thought of all those antiques in every room of the house,  then I heard ………. offering them a cup of hot chocolate and I knew I could go back to sleep.

Since they were playing right outside the door – one into the doll houses, the other hauling toys up to the landing from the toy room downstairs, I felt ok to sleep without worrying about them.  The place was a grand mess when we finally got up and dressed.  No one seemed to mind so we just left the mess because we knew it would only recur.  We did clean it up before we left for home – for those of you who don’t want me to ruin a good thing for you!

Breakfast was really special.  Having read the Blog, I wondered about those ‘stock tips’.  Maybe I would be at breakfast the morning a great investor dropped a huge tip which would make us a fortune.  Well I was at breakfast with a fairly heated discussion about a couple stocks.  Much heat, not enough light, but I am going home to buy the one which won the battle – Ford Motor Company.  A couple, who are in the stock market on a regular basis, talked about their ‘investments’ and they just bought Ford Motor Company.  My first thought was – WHY?  It just didn’t sound very exciting and given all the trouble with the automobile companies who would jump in and buy one.  By the end of breakfast I was quietly convinced I should put nice money into Ford.  It is selling today at about $11, according to my breakfast mates.  They bought Ford at about $8.  I am going to buy around $11-12.  Hopefully, I will make enough to pay for this trip.

Because it is a holiday – although not my holiday, our hosts put a book at each plate.  That was our Christmas gift.  Its great.  You can’t move in that house for tripping over books so it made sense that a book would be a gift.  Being very comfortable since I’ve been here a zillion times, I had to ask if I could swap the book they gave me for one I was reading in the bedroom and of course I could, so I am going home with three books – one a first edition.  My wife is horrified at my lack of manners, but I go downstairs late at night in my robe and pajamas to get hot milk, why not ask about another book?  Is it possible to feel too much at home?  I actually feel as though I am visiting my parents – I would say grandparents, but they are going to read this blog and I want to be welcomed back.

My wife plays the piano so she enjoyed playing on the grand piano in the house.  I’m not sure the rest of us did.  Later in the day we heard fantastic music coming from the piano.   We were really tired and didn’t go down to see who was playing.  It was so nice just to listen, in bed.  I know enough about music to know it was Chopin, and to know it was good, but I did fall asleep in the middle of the music.

Oh, I almost forgot.  While my wife and I were sleeping the kids made playdoh – well not the real thing, but a pretty good imitation.  It was the highlight of their stay and they are bringing it home with them.  They made it out of flour, water and salt cooked up in a very large pot.  Given our lack of an organic home and our tendency to buy all of their toys, they were really excited about this amazing experience.

Hope you enjoyed my blog.  It was fun writing it.  Is this payment for the books I am bringing home?

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The harpist you heard at a Bettina home is —-

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Deborah Henson-Conant.  A fantastic jazz harpist and Grammy nominated electric pedal harpist.  If you have a chance, don’t miss one of her concerts.  In the meantime if you want to see her again try this

www.youtube.com/watch?v-pECeohhUBSs or www.hipharp.com

A great, fun experience!!!  She has quite a few videos on Youtube.com.  I don’t know if she has CD’s out but I suspect she probably has!  We are delighted you were able to have that experience!

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What I like most about Bettina homes!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I read your update on adding computers to Bettina homes.  I call only Bettina’s when I travel and because of my research I mostly travel to Harvard Square Cambridge.  I wouldn’t stay anyplace else.  When you leave home you leave all your conveniences.  I like to play the guitar when I get home from a tough day.  When I get to Cambridge, the home where I stay has a guitar which I take over and take to my room and play it evenings.  I’ve met other people who stay in your homes because they have access to other musical instruments.  Another house in Harvard Square has a harp which people can use.  I’ve been there to see friends staying there so I’ve seen and played the harp (sort of).  I met a woman there who plays beautiful harp – jazz harp, that was quite a while ago.  She played a brief concert for us and I will never forget hearing her.  Don’t remember her name!

Your network is really a fantastic way to travel.

Thanks for your holiday greeting.  Keep up the good work and lots of luck in 2010!

A reader (no name please)

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