Wednesday, January 26, 2011
There are some really interesting new exhibits opening this month in Louisville. STAR TREK:THE EXHIBIT just opened at the Louisville Science Center and runs through May 22. It's hard to believe that the TV series debuted in 1966! It introduced Americans to some incredible science fiction technology. Captain Kirk had his own wireless communicator...we now call that a cell phone. I'm hoping the wireless transporters come along soon. It would be much easier ( and think of the fuel savings )to beam myself over to the grocery store. The 6,000 square foot exhibit includes elements from the five television series and 11 feature films. You can even sit in Kirk's original command chair and see a reproduction of the Transporter Room and the Starfleet Medical center and actual Star Trek props and models. Beam me up Scotty! IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPES: MONET TO SARGENT begins February 4 and runs through May 22 at the Speed Art Museum. Over 70 of the finest examples of mid nineteenth to early twentieth century impressionist landscapes from French and American artists are included. The exhibit is an in depth look at landscape painting from this period and features works from French artists Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet and American artists Frederick Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent.
Friday, January 14, 2011
SINFULLY RICH ALMOST FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE This cake is so easy and so delicious! We used to make this for every catering event held at Woodhaven. It will stand alone with just a dollop of whipped cream or can be covered with a caramel sauce or chocolate ganache ( or both!!!!) and sprinkled with red raspberries or strawberries. We even slathered it with seedless raspberry jam and then whipped cream sometimes. Ingredients: 8 ounces bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips 1 cup unsalted butter 2 teaspoons flour, divided 1/2 cup sugar 4 large eggs Directions: Melt the butter and chocolate in double boiler and remove from heat Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fill a 9x13 inch roasting pan or casserole halfway up with water and place pan in middle of oven Lightly grease the sides and bottom of a 9 inch cake pan, and dust with 1 teaspoon of the flour. Cover the bottom of the pan with a piece of wax paper cut to fit. Next place the sugar, eggs and remaining teaspoon of flour in an electric mixer and beat on high for two minutes. Pour in the chocolate mixture and beat just until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and carefully place the pan into the water bath in the oven. Bake for about 75 minutes or until a light crust forms and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack. Take out of the pan by first running a knife blade carefully around the edges. Place the plate you wish to serve the cake on over the top of the cake and turn the plate and cake over all at once. You will need to tap the cake pan a little and the cake will drop onto your plate. Remove the wax paper from the cake. Then place the cake in the refrigerator of at least 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream, berries, caramel or chocolate ...you can be really creative!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Taking time to relax and rejuvenate does not mean that you have to head to the beach or a swank and expensive spa. You can take just one or two days off and visit your favorite bed and breakfast instead. Here at Woodhaven we have whirlpool tubs to soak in, super cosy beds to curl up in, and books and magazines to read in comfy chairs in front of fireplaces. We even supply top of the line bath salts and cooling face masks. A warm steam shower is also a wonderful idea to help cleans the body and warm you on these cold winter days. Another fabulous stress reliever is exercise. Nearby Brown Park is great for brisk walks and running. Or borrow our yoga video and try a calming stretch session in your room. So bring your favorite wine - we supply glasses- and a good book and settle in for some much needed peace and quiet. Our rates are always a bargain but this time of the year when we are slower you can quiet often get the 20% off special.
January is always a little quieter at the Inn. Everyone including the staff and me slow down from the hustle and bustle of shopping and partying and traveling. We spend the first week of the year taking down the Holiday decorations and getting all the buildings back in top shape.
It's also a good time for us to catch up with any renovation projects. This January we are spiffying the kitchen and adding new cabinets and counter tops. Our kitchen was originally the butlers pantry, with cabinets from ceiling to floor. The original cabinets are long gone and there are no photos to give us an idea of what it would have looked like, so we will do the best we can to represent 1853 with glass doors and cabinets all the way up 12 feet!
Pictures coming soon!