We want to thank all of our guests who have stayed with us throughout the years at the Woolverton Inn and wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year.
During the month of December, New Hope PA, Lambertville NJ and Peddler’s Village offer a lot of holiday magic and it is a perfect time to visit the area. A little snow on the ground offers a great backdrop.
We have a great new cookie for the winter months and it’s easy to prepare!
Winter Mint Chocolate Cookies
2 Cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks softened butter
2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cups chocolate and winter mint chips
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugars and vanilla, mix until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each egg. Slowly incorporate dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir. Finally, add the chocolate chips.
Roll into tablespoon sized balls and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11-13 minutes; the cookies will be soft. Cool for 2 minutes on sheets..
You can vary this recipe by adding different flavored chips or nuts to the batter (white chocolate chips look great!)
I met Tama through our mutual friend, Charlie Fisher, who is a personal trainer and local farmer and owns beautiful farmland throughout Delaware Township. Charlie hooked us up and Tama worked with us to transform our overgrown field into a natural meadow producing only plants native to New Jersey. Tama, also authored Meadow on the Menu, sponsored by the New Jersey Audubon Society.
Tama has expanded her curiosity for nature and wild plants (which most of us common folk view as weeds) and has created a fascinating book, Foraged Flavor. She has taken what we view as a nuisance and has educated us to appreciate all of nature’s wonders.
In Foraged Flavor, they identify their 71 favorite plants which are easily recognized and tons are found right here at the Woolverton Inn. You can purchase Tama’s book at Amazon, or we also have a limited supply of exclusive author-signed copies of the book at the Woolverton Inn.
Tama Matsuoka Wong 1 minute interview:
The New Hope area surrounding Woolverton Inn also boasts of plentiful local farm stands and a number of farmer’s markets. Our New Hope area inn can create an itinerary for you to enjoy a scenic country drive to our favorite farm stands.
Below you can find information about some of the best local farmer’s markets:
The following restaurants are participating in the week long promotion:
Prix Fixe Fine Dining: ($29.95)
Anton’s at the Swan
Black Bass Hotel
Centre Bridge Inn
Hamilton Grill Room
Hotel du Village
Martine’s River House
The Inn at Philips Mill
Sprig & Vine
Prix Fixe Casual Dining: ($19.95)
Annapurna Indian Cuisine
The Bistro at Jamie Hollander
Bitter Bob’s BBQ
Caffe Galleria at Lambertville Station
The Inn at Lambertville Station
Sandbar at 90 Main
Triumph Brewing Company
Villa Vito Restaurant
The autumn season is a great time to visit the wineries in the area. Either cruising around the beautiful countryside yourself or letting someone else do the driving for you, it’s a great way to visit the Bucks County and Hunterdon County area and discover the great wines that are produced in this part of the country.
Tasting & Tours
Allow someone else do the driving while you enjoy a day of touring some of the finest wineries in Bucks County. Sit back relax and enjoy the scenery. (484) 695-6465
Alba Vineyard and Winery (Milford, NJ)
Located 30 minutes from the inn. Winery offers tastings, a beautiful showroom and the Musconetcong Art Gallery. (908)-995-7800
Amwell Valley Vineyard (Ringoes, NJ)
Offers private wine tours and tastings, guests are welcome to enjoy wine on outdoor patio with views of Sourland Mountain Ranges. (908) 788-5852
Buckingham Valley Vineyards (Buckingham, PA)
Self guided tours, tastings and sales. (215) 794-7188
Hopewell Valley Vineyards (Pennington, PA)
Touts three generations of Tuscan winemaking experience. (609) 737-4465
Sandcastle Winery (Erwinna, PA)
Offers various tours of their winery, including educational and entertaining barrel tasting tours. (800) 722-9463
Unionville Vineyards (Ringoes, NJ)
Rated “Best New Jersey Winery” by the New York Times. (908) 788-0400
Washington Crossing Vineyards (Washington Crossing, PA)
The facility features a charming dining room, tented outdoor patio and lush gardens with complimentary tours and tasting. (215) 493-6500
Spring is finally here it’s a great time to great rid of cabin fever! There are great events that are happening the last weekend in April in New Hope PA and Lambertville NJ. Now is a great time to have some fun before the gardening and lawn mowing starts.
Shad Festival – April 30 and May 1
Each year the festival highlights The region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.
80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!
Everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be shad chowder, hot dogs, fried Oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists! Don’t forget to try some of Wild Bill’s Olde Fashion Soda featuring wonderful homemade sodas like root beer, cream soda and sarsaparilla.
Live Musical performances both days! The best of regional bands – listen to rock, blues, jazz fusion and more!
Over 100 original art posters, created and donated by local artists, are on display during Shad Festival weekend in the recreation room of the First Presbyterian Church, 31 N. Union St. These posters will be auctioned off on Sunday at 3 pm – the monies going to scholarships for students pursuing a collegiate career in the arts. Stop by the Church to see auction posters. Local schoolchildren’s posters will be on display at the Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street.
Where to get Shad:
• A Tasting of Shad Roe at Hamilton’s Grill Room, 8 Coryell St.
April 30 — 12:30 – 3 pm and May 1 12:30 – 3 pm, Hamilton’s Grill Room in the courtyard of the Pork yard, right off Coryell Street. Owner and Chef, Jim Hamilton and Executive chef Mark Miller will be demonstrating the preparation of Shad Roe. The roe will be prepared with heavy cream, fresh garden peas and bacon. Everyone will be able to sample. Hamilton’s Grill will be open for lunch from 11:30 to 3:30.
• Ennis Market, 5 N. Union St.
The Original Owner has returned to Ennis! Ennis Market located at 5 N. Union Street is offering Fresh Shad, Jumbo Roe, Shad Chowder and Shad Wraps!
Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village – April 30 and May 1
Juried artisans show their wares and demonstrate their skills at the Street Road Green Artisans area. Strawberries served up in various forms – dipped in chocolate, in assorted pastries and shortcake, jams, fritters and fresh and unadorned. Live entertainment and pie eating contest add to the festivities of this traditional Spring celebration.
Happy Holidays everyone! It sure did get cold quickly, the sheep are loving it.
We have the Inn decorated for Christmas; and Stockton, New Hope and Lambertville are looking very festive. Don’t forget the nightly light show around the Christmas tree in New Hope and there is also free metered parking in New Hope until the first of the year.
Below is a great breakfast recipe that you can make the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. Great to serve on Christmas morning.
Eggs Overnight Soufflé
16 slices bread, trimmed
8 slices American cheese (can also use Swiss or Mozzarella)
9 eggs, well beaten
4 and half cups milk
Half teaspoon dry mustard
Half teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Half-cup butter, melted
2 cups ham, sausage or bacon
Prepare a 9 X 13 inch pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Layer bread slices, cheese and meat in the pan. Top with remaining 8 slices of bread. Mix milk, eggs and spices. Pour over bread layers. Set overnight in refrigerator. Before baking, mix breadcrumbs with butter and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Hi everyone. You probably know by now, Redbook did a fashion shoot here (and around New Hope) in August for the November issue. It was for a spread about the perfect winter coat (something I don’t have to worry about because I refuse to wear one). I told you in my last blog that they took a couple of photos of me but I didn’t make the cut. I now know how Kevin Costner must have felt when his scenes were cut from “The Big Chill”. Oh, well. The good news is that Lois and Rita (sheep) made the cut and they’re looking pretty good! Check out the Table of Contents and Page 178 and 180. The rest of the photos were taken along the tow path (they used some stupid dog in one of the shots that they found walking along the path because I guess he knew how to walk on a leash better than me) and at the train station. You can also check it out on line.
Hi everyone, Tom here. I have a really big scoop, but Mom didn’t want me to tell anyone yet. But I’m going to bust if I don’t and she’s not around right now. Last week, a leading woman’s magazine was here to do a fashion photo shoot using the Woolverton and surrounding areas as the back drop. Guess what? They took pictures of me! And as always (because they get all the attention) the sheep. I hope I’m not on the cutting room floor! I’ll let you know everything as soon as I find out more details.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer, I sure am. Those squirrels are really bothering me though, I can’t seem to catch them and all they do is tease me when I chase them up a tree. The gardens are really great this year. Ed, the chef, thought you might want to try his rosemary muffins using fresh rosemary from the garden. They’re really good! Enjoy!
Fresh Rosemary Muffins
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
¼ Cup golden raisings
¼ Cup raisins
¾ Cup milk
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1½ Cup all purpose flour
½ Cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Large egg, lightly beaten
1 Cup low fat yogurt
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into ¾ inch cubes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin pan. Combine rosemary, raisins and milk in a small saucepan. Simmer 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Let cool (To cool quickly put in fridge for 10 minutes). Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Set aside. Slowly add beaten egg to cooled milk mixture. When combined, add to dry mixture. Mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into muffin cups only filling ¼ of the way. Place a small piece of cream cheese into the center of the batter in each muffin cup. Top with remaining batter. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown and springy in center. Muffin can be served hot or at room temperature.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday season. We always have hot chocolate at the Inn and what makes it extra special are the homemade marshmallows. I think this is Martha’s (we all know who I’m talking about) recipe. The marshmallows are also great for S’mores!
About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 ½ envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 ½ teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
½ cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup hot water (about 115 degrees)
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
You will need a candy thermometer.
Spray a 13 by 9 by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan with Pam and dust with some confectioners’ sugar.
In a bowl of standing electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand to soften.
In a 3-quart pan, cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240 degrees, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.
Beat mixture on high speed until white, thick and nearly tripled in volume, about 6 minutes. In a large bowl with cleaned beaters, beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and sift ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to 1 day.
Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto large cutting board. Lifting up 1 corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and let drop onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallows into roughly 1-inch cubes. Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl and add marshmallows in batches, tossing to evenly coat. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week. Enjoy!