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A big milestone that occurs in the month of December are couples getting engaged.  Christmas and New Years Eve are really big days that seem to prompt the question (in fact, I got engaged on New Years Eve).  We see a lot of couples get engaged here at The Inn and it is always exciting to be around a table when we know this is going to occur.  Just last night a young man proposed to his girlfriend in front of the fireplace in the lobby.  I am so proud that people choose our home for this major event in their lives.  I know I can tell you exactly where I was when I propo...
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Charcuterie is defined as sausage, ham, cold cuts of meat, pâtés, roulades, terrines, etc.  It was developed as a way to preserve meats, before the use of refrigeration.  Today, we use this ancient art to add and develop flavor through the use of salt and other spices.  Here at the Inn, we have recently started our own line of charcuterie.   From left to right; house-made chorizo, smoked ham hocks, venison lonzino and foie gras torchon.  My favorite, the smoked ham hock, is a simple way to add a lot of flavor to a soup, broth or stock.  The French lentil sou...
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              Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  There is no pressure to choose a proper gift or get dressed up and religion plays no part in it.  All you have to do is eat!  What can be better?  Growing up in my family, the meal would go on for four hours with patched together tables extending out of the dining room and into the kitchen. Getting involved at the Bernards Inn has brought a new meaning to Thanksgiving.  First of all, you work that day, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ...
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Design and Technology Advice From the Inn’s Interior Designer Recently while sitting at the Inn’s Library Bar, a guest asked me if something had changed in the room – he shared with me that it felt even more warm and inviting than he remembered. “Yes,” I quickly responded – “we’ve added a large screen TV to the room” – No a large screen doesn’t add to a room – but a beautifully detailed bookshelf with aged books does.  Here’s a design tip that I would like to pass along – when you have to have “technology stuff” in a room, think about how it can become an added plus or feature.  My ...
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I have been an avid Yankee fan as long as I can remember.  My Dad used to take us to games at the old Yankee Stadium a few times a year and it was always so special.  The hot dogs, the peanuts, the crazy fans, are etched in my mind. The only problem was that the Yankee teams from the mid 60's to the mid 70's were terrible! Season after season started out with great expectations only to end in bitter disappointment.  I always stayed loyal and as the team improved and they were back on top again, everyone knew I wasn't a fair weather fan. On Wednesday night I attended the opening ...
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