Brattleboro Food Coop

One of the best things about Brattleboro, Vermont is the Brattleboro Food Coop. Phil and I became members of the Coop as soon as we moved to the area and have enjoyed shopping there ever since.  I have never been one to use the words enjoy and shopping in the same sentence, but I do …

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Cranberries

Chesterfield Inn Cranberry Cream Scones I love the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because we cooks have license to use cranberries liberally. After the holidays fresh cranberries are not as widely available, so sometimes I stockpile them so I can extend the season a little bit.  There’s something about the dark ruby color …

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Walpole Creamery in Walpole , NH

We now have Walpole Creamery ice cream on our dessert menu at the Chesterfield Inn! The Walpole Creamery is located right on Route 12 in Walpole, which is about a 20 minute drive north of the inn. Their ice cream is made entirely from scratch, using all natural ingredients, and hormone free milk from Walpole  …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp at the Chesterfield Inn

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Spring is definitely here! We know it because anyone who has rhubarb in the garden is picking it, and cooking with it. Rhubarb is the first  plant that  can be harvested in the spring, generally from late April through June. The stalks are the edible part of the plant, while the leaves …

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Sugar Time! Homemade New Hampshire Maple Syrup

It’s maple sugaring season in New Hampshire, a sure sign that spring is on the way! The weather dictates when sugar season begins, since for the sap to run there must be temperatures above freezing in the daytime and below freezing at night. This New England tradition was begun by the Native Americans, and continues …

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Ruth and Her Homemade Sour Cream Coffee Cake

A Treasured Employee and Homemade Sour Cream Coffee Cake When Phil and I purchased the Inn in July of 1987, we “inherited” an employee who is still with us, 21 years later! Ruth VanHouten has worked in almost all of the jobs that need to be done here at Chesterfield Inn, from front desk to housekeeping …

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Autumn in the Kitchen at our New Hampshire Inn

Autumn has officially arrived in the kitchen at the Chesterfield Inn. Chef Bob Nabstedt has created the Autumn menu; we can tell by the enticing aromas wafting our way from the kitchen. A few of the highlights of the new menu are: the wild game sausages served on balsamic braised cabbage with ale mustard sauce, …

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