Bacon Brittle

Anytime you have guests who want to sit around after breakfast and visit, try serving this recipe as a breakfast dessert.

Ingredients

8 ounces bacon, cooked your favorite way until crisp (We use a smoked maple bacon.)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup or golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
coarse sea salt

Preparation

  1. Chop the bacon into small bits about a 1/4-inch in size.
  2. Butter a rimmed baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  3. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, water, butter and syrup.  Bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture reaches 300°F on a candy thermometer, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda, then the bacon bits.  Immediately pour the mixture on the prepared baking sheet.  Use a large spoon (If it sticks, oil it lightly.) to quickly spread the brittle into a thin, even layer.  Sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Allow the brittle to cool completely, and then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 3/4 pound.

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Homemade Biscuits from The Caldwell House

2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
4 tablespoons butter or shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
About 3/4 cup milk

Sift flour once, add baking powder and salt, then sift again. Cut in shortening or butter.  (You may want to use your hands to rub the butter into the flour).

Add milk gradually, stirring until a soft dough is formed.

Turn out on slightly floured board and lightly “knead” for 30 seconds, enough to shape.

Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 inch floured biscuit cutter.

Bake on ungreased sheet in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

Makes 12 2” biscuits.  You can also make tiny tea biscuits only 1 1/2 inches wide.

 

 

Abbeville Christmas Stroll – 2012

Abbeville Christmas Stroll, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
5:30 – 8:00 pm
The Christmas Stroll is an event created to increase pedestrian traffic in the Main Street district.  It began with a partnership between the Downtown Business Association and the Main Street program. It is now organized by the Main Street Promotion Committee who solicits sponsors and encourages businesses to participate.    It is held the first Thursday in December from 5:30pm till 8:00pm (December 6, 2012).  Shoppers stroll under the twinkling white lights that illuminate the buildings and the trees as they visit the shops and businesses and later dine in one of our excellent restaurants.
The uniqueness of this event is that each participating merchant pays a fee for an advertising campaign. Each merchant’s fee  not only covers the cost of advertising  and promoting the event  but it also enrolls the participant as a validation stop on the Stroll route.  Along with their payment, we ask that the  provide entertainment and refreshment. Musical entertainment this year will feature Ike Funderburk and Dennis Faulk, the Bayou Chorus Blend, the Randall Family Band and, of course, Santa Claus.
Each attendee is given a Stroll card and the goal is to get them into each business by having the card validated.  After the stroller has completed the route and their card has been validated, their stroll card is then placed in a box which qualifies them for a chance to win the gift basket give away at the end of the evening. This is an annual event and we have had 20 to 26 participants each year.
This retail activity showcases their products and services.  The event is used to attract visitor and shoppers to an old fashioned family holiday event.
The Stroll really kicks off the holiday season in Abbeville and puts everyone in the holiday spirit. The bonus is that the cash register does ring up sales for the weeks that follow.

Validation Spots:

Annie K’s Unique Boutique

Bank of Abbeville

Bayou Air Conditioning

Belaire Traditions & Treasures

Cajun Maritime, LLC

City of Abbeville

Gulf Coast Bank

Phil’s Boys & Girls Wear

Piazza Office Supply

Salon 106

Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum

True You

The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

The Depot at Magdalen Place

Sponsors

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick CPA’s

Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Rainey LLC

A Historical Tour of The Caldwell – Part III – Evangeline Master Suite

The Evangeline Master Suite, located on the first floor of The Caldwell House, is its most luxurious guest room and is used as the Honeymoon Suite, but of course any guest can choose to stay in this lovely room.  When the home was built, The Evangeline Master suite was not a bedroom but served as a second parlor.  As Mr. Caldwell aged and couldn’t go to church, he used to sit for hours staring out a window in this room at his beloved Methodist Church, located catty-corner to The Caldwell, listening to religious programs on his radio, and singing the hymns.  Mr. Caldwell previously went to a Methodist church down the street, but one day he decided it was too far away and he had a church built across the street. (photo by JLang Photography)

Mrs. Caldwell was quite a character, as well.  When the home was built, there was a tree on the west side very near the house.  When age prevented the Caldwells from climbing the stairs to the second floor, someone decided to take advantage of the situation.  The Caldwells became aware of a man climbing the tree and sneaking into the upstairs rooms to steal things.  Finally, Mrs. Caldwell, who was quite comfortable with a gun, decided she had had enough.  One evening, she listened for his footsteps upstairs while she followed him downstairs with her rifle.  When he stopped in a corner in a bedroom above what is now the Evangeline Master Suite, she aimed the gun and pulled the trigger.  The bullet went through the floor, through an armoire and through the ceiling above.  The man apparently wasn’t hit, but he did run out of the house and never came back again.

The room now has a sitting area with a gas fireplace. A king-sized sleigh bed is set within a turret of windows which are beautifully decorated with lace curtains. A large screen TV and DVD player are set inside a beautiful armoire and the room has a desk and chair for the comfort of our working guests. The honeymoon package offers an in-room breakfast.

The private bath contains a double Jacuzzi tub with a stained glass window above, a separate shower and pedestal sink. The bathroom doorway used to lead onto a side porch. In 2001, the Jacuzzi bathroom was added. (photo by Moore Photography)

 

 

 

The Caldwell Bar:

Formerly, this room which is adjacent to The Evangeline Master Suite, was used as a study or library, however, it now serves a more useful function – the bar!  The lovely wood bar and glass and wood cabinet containing various types of glasses for events add to the beauty of the room.

The Caldwell House Crawfish and Smoked Sausage Frittata

5 eggs
¼ cup spinach
2 tablespoons diced onions
1 tablespoon diced bell pepper
¼ cup chopped smoked sausage
1/4 cup chopped crawfish
1 – 2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Scramble eggs.  Add ¼ cup spinach and mix.  Set aside.

Place butter in a saute’ pan with all above ingredients except the scrambled eggs mixture and cheese.  Cook until onions are tender.  Let it cool about 10 minutes, then mix in scrambled eggs mixture and cheese.  Place into a pan sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 375 degrees until eggs are done, 30 – 40 minutes.

Season to taste.

Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

A Rehearsal Dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony, typically held immediately after the ceremony rehearsal.  Guests are the bride, groom, bridal party, close family and friends, particularly those who will play a part in the wedding ceremony.  The Rehearsal Dinner provides the bride and groom an occasion to thank those who participated in the wedding preparations and give both sides of the family an opportunity to meet before the wedding day.

The following may assist you in your planning of the Rehearsal Dinner:

Who is responsible for hosting the Rehearsal Dinner?  — Typically, the Rehearsal Dinner is hosted by the groom and his family.  The Rehearsal Dinner should present an interesting counterpoint to the atmosphere and style of the wedding reception.  Love formal dinner parties?  Hate formal dinner parties?  There are no rules.  Your rehearsal dinner can be anything you want it to be — a formal dinner affair, a backyard barbeque or taco party with jeans and t-shirts, or anything in between.  It is YOUR event – usually the kick-off celebration of YOUR wedding.  Even if the wedding is formal, the Rehearsal Dinner doesn’t have to be.  Choose the type of event that you and your family and friends will be comfortable with.

Photo by Shane Falgout Photography

Help! — Don’t know where to start?  No problem.  One call to The Caldwell House is all it takes.  A Caldwell consultant will assist you in planning the rehearsal dinner.  At The Caldwell, you have the freedom to coordinate rehearsal dinner activities as you choose – cocktails, dinner, toasting, giving of gifts, etc. – and The Caldwell staff will be there to assist.  Included in the rehearsal dinner package is buffet service with fleur de lis glass plates, silverware and glassware, sure to impress your family and friends.  Soft music can be played on The Caldwell music system, or you may choose to have a small instrumental ensemble.  Unlike a busy restaurant, your rehearsal dinner will be a private affair and our staff will help make it a stress-free, memorable event for all!

Visit The Caldwell House webpage on what we have to offer regarding Rehearsal Dinners.

The Caldwell House Stuffed Portobello Breakfast Nest

This simple but unusual breakfast item is sure to impress your guests and your family!

2 Portobello mushrooms, stems cut and cavity scraped

2 large eggs

1 TBSP olive oil

1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped

2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

salt and pepper to taste

 

Drizzle olive oil on portobello mushrooms and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place mushrooms on a greased baking sheet.

Sprinkle the basil and bacon in cavity.

Crack open the eggs and carefully put one inside each mushroom.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees.