RECIPE: Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole is one of our newer recipes.  This is one of those recipes that you prepare the night before, so it’s perfect for holidays.  It’s also great for when you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen.  We’ve adapted the recipe by substituting the canadian bacon with a “veggie” alternative.  The Hollandaise sauce takes a few minutes “low and slow”, but it definitely worth the effort.  Topped with some fresh chives from our garden the dish a a real show stopper!

Of course you could skip the cooking altogether and book a stay with us!  Click here to check availability.

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole

Serves 10

Ingredients

  • Vegetarian eggs benedict casserole6 English muffins
  •  12 ounces vegetarian Canadian bacon, chopped (we use Yves Canadian Bacon)
  •  8 eggs
  •  2 cups 2% milk
  •  1 teaspoon onion powder
  •  1/2 tsp salt
  •  1/4 tsp pepper
  •  1/4 teaspoon paprika

 

For the Sauce

  •  4 egg yolks
  •  1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  •  2 tablespoons lemon juice
  •  1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  •  1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Turn on your broiler.
  2. Cut the English muffins into bite sized pieces. Toast on a baking sheet and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until bread is crisp and lightly browned.
  3. Flip the pieces to ensure even cooking.
  4. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with butter flavor cooking spray and spread half of the Canadian bacon evenly around.  Top with toasted muffin pieces, then the remaining bacon.
  5. Whisk the eggs, milk, onion powder, and salt and pepper in a large bowl and pour evenly over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 375.  Allow the casserole to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Top with with paprika and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake  until the top is toasted and a tester inserted into the casserole comes out clean about 10-15 minutes.

For the sauce:

  1. Place a pyrex bowl over simmering water.  Whisk the egg yolks, cream, lemon juice and mustard constantly until it reaches 160° or is thick and coats the back of a spoon. Reduce heat to low. Whisking constantly drizzle in warm melted butter.
  2. Do not leave the sauce unattended as it will “seize” (separate) and you’ll have to start the process all over again!
  3. Slice the casserole down the middle length wise then cut into 10 even pieces.  Drizzle sauces over each piece and sprinkle with additional paprika or fresh chives.

5 Star Bed and Breakfast

Hudson NY Best B&B

Awarded to The Croff House for the 9th consecutive year!

We’re proud to announce that for 9 consecutive years The Croff House has been rated a 5 Star Bed and Breakfast on Trip Advisor.  An accomplishment we are exceptionally proud of!

As stated by Trip Advisor:

“The achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.”

We have worked hard to ensure each guest at the inn has a 5 Star Bed and Breakfast experience from the moment of our first meeting until the time comes to say goodbye.  Comfortable furnishings and loads of personal space.  Plus warm hospitality and personalized service are all trademarks of a stay at The Croff House.  Let’s not forget our wonderful breakfasts, too!

While there are many terrific lodging options in Hudson, NY we believe The Croff House stands out from the rest.  Thanks to the over 400 generous guests that have taken the time to share their thoughts and experience at the inn with future travelers.  So it’s these glowing reviews that have maintained the inn’s 5 Star Bed and Breakfast rating since we opened in 2009.  During that time we have adapted to the changing needs of our guests.   Also their comments and feedback, such as installing a Keurig coffee station so guests can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea 24 hours a day.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of staying with us visit our website by clicking here

We look forward to welcoming you and think you’ll agree: the Croff House truly is a 5 Star Bed and Breakfast!

Summer in the Hudson Valley

summer in the hudson valley: lumberyardSummer in the Hudson Valley sizzles!  The LUMBERYARD Summer ’19 series has just been announced.  The season kicks of with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus on Saturday, July 6.  The season includes everything from dance to live theater to one-of-a-kind performances.  Because Catskill is just a short drive from The Croff House, Lumberyard is the perfect destination.

LUMBERYARD is a non-profit performing arts and film campus located in the heart of Catskill, New York. With a state-of-the-art facility, LUMBERYARD offers a center for performing artists to test and perfect their work, and gives Hudson Valley audiences the opportunity to see performances before they premiere in New York City.

So if you are looking for fun things to do make sure to include summer in the Hudson Valley in your plans.

Book your tickets and make sure to include a stay at The Croff House as part of your getaway.  To check availability and book your stay click here.

Protecting the Environment

Protecting the environment has always been one of our primary commitments since day 1.  The Croff House’s use of environmentally friendly cleaning products is one way.  Using energy derived primarily from renewable sources is another. The inn’s stringent recycling policy is yet another one of the ways we honor this commitment.  Delphina, The Croff House’s outstanding Innkeeper, thought of another way in which we can enhance our efforts.  By replacing pork based products at breakfast with vegetarian options made with certified non-GMO ingredients we are able to help in protecting the environment even further.  This change will take effect beginning in May 2019.

A post on DowntoEarth.org entitled “Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie” highlights the environmental benefits achieved.  Many people agree that protecting the environment is a priority for them personally.  However, many don’t realize the effect many animal farming methods have on the planet.  Reducing global warming, saving water, and reducing pollution are three of the ten points the post highlights.  Much of the information is common sense.  Yet we are unaware of almost all of them.In doing some research we found two products.

protecting the environmentThe first, Amy’s Veggie Sausage, is a great alternative to pork sausage.  Described as having “a delightful smoky flavor”.  The sausages are made from organic quinoa and vegetables.  They are also dairy free/lactose free/tree nut free/vegan/kosher!

protecting the enviromentThe second product is Smart Bacon® from Lightlife.  Promised to deliver that hearty bacon taste, Smart Bacon is vegan and free of saturated fat and cholesterol.

Who knew that protecting the environment could even include the breakfast table?  Well, now you know!

 

Where’d the Summer go?

 

It’s Labor Day.  The unofficial end of summer is here and we’re trying to think

what we did this summer.  Besides it being hot (sometimes unbearably so!) the days seemed to fly by due in large part to Delphina, our former Assistant who we promoted to full-time Innkeeper.  Delphina has taken over full time responsibility for the day to day operation of the inn.  She loves the new duties which also include growing fresh tomatoes and herbs in the garden we dedicated for her use at the side of the inn.  With it she’s been able to experiment with new muffin recipes. Parmesan Pesto and Cherry Sage are personal favorites.  Additionally her signature entree, Eggs Benedict Casserole, features a side of pan roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary and thyme.

applesNow, however, we look forward to Autumn.   Cooler days and nights, the changing of the leaves, shorter days and apples, apples, apples!  The Hudson Valley is home to one of the country’s largest harvests of apples of every variety.   It’s no wonder we use them in our fall menu’s.  A guest favorite is Poached Apples served over Vanilla Greek Yogurt and topped with a homemade Butterscotch Crunch topping.  Fresh made Allspice Apple Butter Muffins are made even better since we make the apple butter right at The Croff House.

Autumn is also the time when thoughts turn to the holidays.  As usual The Croff House will be decked out for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year the Hudson Business Coalition will be coordinating the Second Annual “Holiday House Tour” on Sunday, December 9.  During the inaugural event last year we welcomed over 150 visitors to the inn and, as the event’s popularity grows we look to see more folks enjoying the beauty of the season.  More details to follow.  Before you know it strains of “Auld Lang Syne” will be sung and glasses raised to 2019.

But for now it’s ok to ask “where’d the summer go?”.  Don’t forget to book your Fall getaway at The Croff House.  Click here for rates and availability.

Get Out, On and Down

What do we mean by Get Out, On and Down?  Read on.

Get out get on get down“Get Out”: Thanks to the Hudson Development Corporation, Hudson now boasts a 5 Self Guided Historic Walking Tours which can be found by downloading the Geotourist app and searching by “Hudson History Tours”.  Once installed visitors can select from one of the following GPS guided tours to, in the words of the designers “help you become a true Hudson insider”.  The tours include: Hudson’s Early Days, Hudson’s Firehouses, Cedar Park Cemetery, Churches of Hudson and Hudson’s Insiders Tour.  Each tour takes between 60-90 minutes and can be started and stopped at any point.  Best of all the app and the tours are free and once downloaded can be accessed at any time.

Get Out Get on Get down“Get On”: Don’t feel like walking?  Well Steiner’s Sports Ski and Bike offers guests of The Croff House special rates for bike rentals so you can get out AND get on a bike.  Bikes can be rented for the day or the weekend; secure space is available for guests to store the bikes at the inn overnight.  Guests can bike the tours instead of walking them.  For those adventurous types looking for a more strenuous ride plenty of outdoor areas offer bike trails including the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Olana State Historic site.

Get Out Get On Get down“Get Down”: Once you get out and get on there’s only one thing left to do: get down.  After all that walking/biking folks just might like to kick back with a local brew.  Hudson Brewing Company is offering guests of The Croff House complimentary tastings of the many amazing local beers and ales HBC produces.  This is a great opportunity to taste unusual and one of a kind beverages produced “from grains and hops that come directly from local farms”.

We’re all still recovering from the Winter that would never end and encourage you to Get Out, Get On and Get Down in Hudson style.

Eating Outdoors

Eating oEating outdoorsutdoors is a summertime favorite: enjoying the beautiful weather while enjoying equally beautiful (if not more so!) food “al fresco”. Of all the bed and breakfasts and inns in town The Croff House has the unique amenity of lovely exterior spaces which guests can enjoy almost year round.  Since the inn opened in 2009 guests wondered if they could have their breakfast served outside and, up until now, the answer was almost always “no”.  That has now changed!  The Croff House is pleased to introduce our outdoor dining space.

Eating outdoorsWe’ve moved the four Adirondack chairs that were placed around the fountain to more shaded areas in the back yard.  In their place we have installed bistro tables and chairs and created the perfect spot for eating outdoors; tables for two provide privacy for those that want it and personal space for those guests that aren’t “morning people”.  The Croff House breakfast will remain a freshly prepared three-course gourmet feast.

Naturally those guests that choose to have their breakfast inside in the Dining Room are most welcome to do so, but those that want the option of breakfasting “al fresco” now have that opportunity as well, weather permitting.

Outdoor seatingAs for the fate of the Adirondack chairs, they were placed in pairs under two of the very large trees with new side tables between them.  The shaded areas will stay cool in the summer and allow our guests the opportunity to relax with a good book, good conversation, a glass of wine or refreshing beverage or simply take a nap.  The sounds of the fountain provide ideal background sounds for all to enjoy.

Naturally the covered rear porch is still available for guests to use and they can enjoy breakfast on these table as well.

We’re very excited about our new outdoor dining area and believe it is a unique amenity available exclusively to guests of the inn that they won’t find anywhere else in Hudson.  Eating outdoors just became a reality at The Croff House and we couldn’t be more pleased.

Top Events in Columbia County in May

Now that the weather seems to have finally turned and Winter 2018 is in our rear view mirror we thought that it’s time to look ahead to all the fantastic events taking place in and around Hudson.  To see the full list click here.

Some of the most popular events we are excited about include:

Event: Hudson Children's Book FestivalThe Hudson Children’s Book Festival: Over 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, hundreds of books to browse, author and illustrator presentations, arts & crafts and workshops.  This is one of those events that appeals to kids of all ages.

 

Event: Basilica F&FBasilica Farm and Flea Spring Market: In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. With more than 60-90 vendors, the marketplace consists of a diverse group of regional makers, farmers and vintage collectors. Visitors can browse vintage and artisanal goods and eat locally sourced farm-fresh food. One of Hudson’s events that draws visitors from near and far.

Event: Our Town“Our Town”: The Ghent Playhouse is thrilled to present Edward Albee’s definitive version of Our Town: Set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece is narrated by a Stage Manager and performed with minimal props and sets, as the audience follows the Webb and Gibbs families, as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theater history – die.

Event: Food festivalThe 6th Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival: Featuring the five beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft beverages. There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts.  Culinary events like these are becoming more and more popular!

Event: Artisanal Beverage TourComing in June don’t miss the Columbia County Artisanal Beverage Tour!

With all this and more going on in the area there are so many reasons why you should be making a trip up to Hudson this May!  Make sure to book your stay at The Croff House for the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Custom Picnic Baskets

Picnic Hudson NY

photo by Andre Baranowski

Custom Picnic Baskets are the most recent addition to The Croff House’s Specials and Packages.  Partnering with Talbott and Arding – Hudson’s premier purveyor of prepared foods, cheeses and desserts – beginning May 1 we will be offering guests the opportunity to pre-order custom “picnic baskets” created from a selection of the chefs’ daily creations.  In a recent article Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic in Hudson Valley Magazine Mona Talbott, one of the shop’s chef owners, is quoted:

“Picnics are so much about the senses; you have the beautiful sunlight, the wind in the trees…you don’t want to just chow down on a sandwich.”

Mona offers suggestions for items she believes are just the thing to create the perfect outdoor meal from cheeses and pates to chocolates and cookies (“a piece of cake would be too clumsy”).  Talbott and Arding changes their offerings daily and can put together a delicious collection sure to suit a wide range of tastes; everything prepared using fresh, local ingredients and inspired by the flavors of France, Italy and North America.

If guests want we are also able to arrange wine or champagne to add to their al fresco feast through Hudson Wine Merchants.  We wish we could also arrange music and great weather, but some things are out of our control.

The Croff House is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful service to enhance our guests’ experience in Hudson.

For more information please contact The Croff House at 518.828.1688

Reservations for The Croff House can be made online by clicking here.

Perfect in Winter

Looking for a getaway spot – The Croff House is perfect in Winter!

The Croff House just participated in the first Hudson Historic House Tour.  It was a wonderful day – the weather was perfect: snow gently falling to create just the right Holiday mood.  We brewed up a batch of fresh mulled cider and a whole bunch of Duncan’s famous “Snickerduncans”.  Tour participants had the opportunity to visit 5 different historic homes that are currently being operated as bed and breakfasts/inns.  The afternoon event took place from 2:00-5:00 followed by a reception at a 6th location.

Upon entering The Croff House everyone commented on the festive holiday smells: the scent of the wood burning in the fireplaces, the spices coming from the mulled cider and the rich aroma of the cookies.  People commented how the inn looked perfect in winter – all dressed up for the season – and remarked at the beauty of the 1870’s details throughout the house.  Warming themselves by the fires, guests also had the chance to view several of Duncan’s handmade needlepoint Santas, which were displayed in all the Library, the Living Room and the Dining Room.   Some actually thought the pieces were paintings until they got a close look and marveled at the detail of each.  It was truly a highlight for many visitors.

Before long it was time for each tour guest to move on to the next property.  We wished them Merry Christmas and that we hoped to see them back again, next time as guests.  Almost all agreed that The Croff House was just perfect in winter!