Stowe Mountain Lodge Blog
Brining a Turkey for Thanksgiving-Tips from the Executive Chef at Stowe Mountain Lodge
What’s wrong with just a roast chicken?...
As I am writing the new winter menus at Stowe Mountain Lodge, one of my cooks came and asked me why we are putting roast chicken on the menu? “What’s wrong with just a roast chicken?” I said. Young culinarians want to see items that they have never seen before on menus. Yes, we do have some new items on the menu this season that are neuvoue. But to me, a simple roast chicken is the zenith of cuisine. The process of brining and roasting a chicken is one of those recipes like crème bruleé, consommé or pot roast. Yes the recipe is simple to prepare but the outcome (if done right) is sublime. To roast a chicken perfectly you must start with a good brine.
Forest Bathing at Stowe Mountain Lodge
Early Winter Grandeuar
“Leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way. Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay” – Page/Plant
With the foliage gone except for the persistent Beech leaf, this often underrated mini season is a marvel like no other.
This time of year we find the forest floor blanketed in a thick layer of dry leaves, crunching under foot with every step. The leaves not only serve as a nutrient supply for the flora of the forest, but act as a reminder of the cycle of life.
Hiking this time of year offers a fresh perspective. The sights, smells, and sounds of the forest are unique to this pre-Winter mini season.
Views are opened up along the trails that have been hidden all summer & fall, giving you a sense of place. The leaves release an odor unlike no other, those fortunate enough to experience it are rewarded with a sensory delight. The sound of crunch with every step echoes throughout the forest as the sound travels far with the newly opened up air.
Please take some time to head out and enjoy a guided hike with us here at Stowe Mountain Lodge, you will not be disappointed. See you on the Mountain!
A Wedding Affair in Vermont
Most people would think that wedding season has come to an end until Spring of 2015…however that is not the case…I am getting ready to represent the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge at this year’s WellWed’s and Vermont Vows A Wedding Affair (http://www.aweddingaffair.com/) hosted at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. This will be our second year providing mini spa services at this special event.