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Cookies have always been a part of my life, always a reward or a treat as a child there was nothing like a cookie. Usually it was a toss up of the oreo, always a challenge to figure out what new way to eat it, or mom’s fresh baked chocolate chips. Really it didn’t matter they both are great and over the years I don’t think I have met anyone that hasn’t enjoyed some type of cookie. Beside its tastiness it provokes memories and good times. But a few years ago while hanging out with a bunch of fellow chefs  I truly learned how valuable a cookie can be. While in an airport one day with a gro...
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Maine
Words of Wisdom from Our Finance Director September 11-14, 2009 Income: Four day weekend in Boothbay Harbor, Maine A boat ride up the Kennebec River, spotted 1 seal, 2 porpoises, 3 bald eagles Won the Maine lottery for $3.00 Lobster dinner every night Won a $35.00 gift card from LLBean Expenses: Stayed in a beautiful Bed & Breakfast, Blue Heron Seaside Inn Shopping in Freeport—LLBean, Coach, NorthFace, Dooney& Bourke I had to half my Maine lottery winnings with my brother Gas & Tolls Buying Christmas gifts in Boothbay Harbor Net Income/(Loss) The Way Life Should Be
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On Friday, August 28th we had the pleasure of hosting the wedding reception for Brooke Rogers and Tucker Kelley here at the Inn. A number of family members were staying in-house that night including Emily Kelley, the groom’s mother. She arrived around midday to check in and I escorted her up to her room. We had a delightful conversation going up the stairs during which time she told me that her now 85-year old mother had spent her wedding night at the Inn many years ago before going to Atlantic City for a one-night honeymoon. Mrs. Kelley’s comments immediately took me back to two years ago whe...
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Last Sunday, my wife Tiina and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was a great day in a lot of respects. Probably most significant is that we made it this far without one of us strangling the other. I guess that’s the sign of a successful marriage. The weather was just as beautiful as it was on the day we were married—blue skies, bright sunshine and a cool breeze. In the morning we opened the cards we had gotten for each other. Tiina’s was wonderfully sentimental. The message talked about taking care of each other. Mine was sentimental in a different sort of way. It had a picture of ...
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Tomatoes
For me, my inspiration is using fresh and local ingredients to make great food that our guests will enjoy and go home to tell their family’s about.  Growing up in the “garden state” I have experienced fresh ingredients since my childhood.  Spending time with my grandparents in Maplewood, NJ, I was exposed to their small garden which was filled with figs, tomatoes, basil and a variety of different vegetables and herbs.  I can remember going into their garden, picking tomatoes, and helping my grandmother clean, cut and dress them for a simple salad with olive oil, parmesan cheese,...
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