Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Lemon and Thyme Risotto with Vodka

This week we are cooking in the kitchen, part of our plan to share at least one monthly recipe with you on the blog. As summer temperatures rise, we found a risotto dish that is easy for a light weeknight meal. Add a small salad, glass of wine, and a few chairs around a table on the back porch, and you have a nice way to end the day!

Lemon and Thyme Risotto with Vodka
Adapted from Viva Italia: The New Flavors of Italy (Maxine Clark/hamlyn)


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
3 regular-sized shallots, finely chopped
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice
2 1/2 cups arborio rice
6 cups hot chicken stock
2 tablespoons vodka
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (we added more)
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme sprigs
To garnish:
Thyme sprigs
Strips of lemon zest

To prepare the lemon, grate the zest. Next cut the lemon in half and juice. An small appliance electric juicer makes this step quick and easy.

Melt half of the butter in a large saucepan, add the scallions or young shlallots and cook gently for 3-5 minutes until soft. Pour in the wine, add half of the lemon zest and boil hard to reduce the wine until it has almost disappeared.

Pour in the rice and stir until it is well coasted with butter and onions and heated through.

Add the hot stock, a large ladleful at a time, stirring unti leach ladleful is absorbed into the rice.

Continue adding stock and stirring until the rice is tender and creamy, but the grains are still firm.

This should take about 20 minutes depending on the type of rice used. Taste and season well with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, vodka, thyme and Parmesan.

Cover the pan and let the risotto rest for a few minutes, then serve garnished with thyme sprigs, and strips of lemon zest.

Yield: 3 to 6 servings (depending on portions as a side or main dish).


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Planning a Wedding? The largest bridal shop in the U.S. is near our inn!

A few year ago we shared with our readers about the two unique bridal districts in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. These two districts are home to multiple wedding businesses and vendors. It is a prime place for brides, mothers-of-the-bride, and bridesmaids to shop with such a wide variety of stores with big inventories. We are centrally located just 15 miles from Covington Bridal District and thirty minutes from the Reading Bridal District, which boasts the largest bridal salon in the United States and it is home to 25 wedding-related businesses. With so many concentrated wedding businesses in one place, there is more competition and price-matching than you would find in other metropolitan areas.

For those who are visiting from out of town or just want a local place to getaway from it all, we invite you to consider our inn as the perfect place to stay while you plan and prepare.

Spend your evenings using our complimentary high speed wireless Internet to complete additional research or just relax in the luxurious bathrooms to help ease stress related to the experience of planning a wedding. After a full gourmet breakfast the next morning, drive to either Covington or Reading and access the array of nationally recognized wedding-related businesses. In keeping with your search for the best deal, don’t forget that we offer a multiple-night discount, last-minute rates for same day bookings, and have a special bride-to-be package if you are interested in reserving an in-room massage for the happy bride.

Newly engaged couples may also find our gift certificate program helpful as they create wish lists and gift registries. We can customize gift certificates for any amount over $25 and they are redeemable towards a romantic and relaxing Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast getaway.

As always, just let us know if you have any questions. Best wishes to you as you plan your big day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

2011 Burlington Antique Show Dates

Last year we posted about Bob's knack for finding beautiful antiques and his skill at repairing clocks.

This year's antique season has already started! The attraction section of our website contains a thorough list of antique shops, shows, and auctioneers. The most convenient - just steps from our inn - is the Burlington Antique Show with over 200 antique dealers. It is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds adjacent to the inn. Remaining dates for 2011 include June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 18th, and October 16th.

Check out the Burlington Antique Show website or facebook page for more information.