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Zucchini Bread

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pastry Chef Duane Copeland is spoiling us with this month’s sweet treat recipe from L’Auberge Provencale. Be sure to try it out and tell us what you think!

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ZUCCHINI BREAD
Makes Four 8 x 4 pans

Ingredients:

-3 Eggs

-2 Cups Sugar

– 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

-1 Cup Flour

-1 Teaspoon Salt

-2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

-1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

-1 Cup Chopped Nuts

-5/8 c. or 5 oz. of oil

– 2 Cups Zucchini (unpeeled and put through blender or grated)

 

Directions:

Step One: Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Set aside.

Step Two: In separate bowl blend flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and nuts. Add egg mixture from step one to flour mixture, mixing well.

Step Three: Fold zucchini into dough.

Step Four: Pour into 4 loaf pans 8″ x 4″ (or cook one at a time) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Step Five: Remove from pan while still hot, let rest for at least 10-15 minutes and serve warm with butter.

 

ENJOY

 

Earthquake!!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

As everyone knows, Virginia had a 5.9 earthquake on Tuesday… L’Auberge Provencale made it through safe and sound! Thankfully it sounds like our fellow Virginians also had minimal damage and no injuries to report. With that comforting news I bring you our newest earthquake special…

Earthquake Shook You Up? We Won’t Shake You Down….

Stay at our Shenandoah Valley Inn September 05 through September 16, 2011 and receive $50 off any room or suite! To calm you down even further, we will include a bottle of wine in your room upon arrival.

Call now! Limited Reservations! 1.800.638.1702

Void with any other discount, not valid on weekends or with existing reservations.

Maurice and the Sunflower Stalk, A Fairytale

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Maurice, our gluttonous Guard/Office Cat, recently made acquaintances with a wandering Garbage Pig. This swindling swine stumbled upon L’Auberge Provençale one day last June and has shown no intentions of leaving since.

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On a sizzling hot day this July, in desperation for shelter from the sweltering summer sun, portly Maurice made a “shady” transaction with the newfound stranger. In exchange for his well-earned table scraps (we told you not to feed him…) Maurice received a handful of “Enchanting Provencale Seeds,” that the hideous hog ensured would hide our fat cat (and his hefty belly) from the summer heat.

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Fearful that Celeste would find out he’d been coercing dinner guests on the patio for provisions, Maurice concealed his recent fortune in the flowerbed outside his humble abode. As Maurice dozed off in one of his daily catnaps, the magic seeds (nestled deep in the garden plot outside his air-conditioned office) began to grow and grow… and GROW.

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Chilly from the cranked up AC, Maurice awoke and decided to relocate to a warmer location outside for his routine afternoon sunbath. Much to his dismay, he found a 20-foot sunflower stalk standing taller than the office itself and obscuring the sun from his favorite resting spot.

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What is to become of Maurice, the Pig and the Sunflower?

Will his stout physic be able to scale the statuesque stalk?

Is there a giant castle hidden in the sky with magic harps and golden eggs?

Or will Celeste scold him for doing business with pungent pig?

Virginia Bed & Breakfast

To be continued… Fee-fi-fo-fum

 

 

Video Sneak Peak!

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Northern Virginia Bed and BreakfastIt’s never a quiet day here at L’Auberge Provencale, there’s always another crazy project on the books! Our latest adventure (coming soon…) has been a year-long endeavor to design a video that captures the essence of our Virginia Bed and Breakfast and the full guest experience.

Shenandoah B&BProduced, directed and edited by Madame Borel, no expense was spared to portray the full vision. The shoot started in February and wrapped in June; the seasons were captured at their worst and best.

We started with food, food and more food. Shot from the garden to the dining room, Virginia B&Bthe film recreates the inner workings of the kitchen, the chefs and the talent that goes behind every plate and bedroom.

It doesn’t stop there! Celeste dragged the patient videographers all over the Shenandoah Valley to capture our guests’ favorite activities. From the shops in Middleburg, the Vineyards and Bed and Breakfast in Northern VirginiaWineries in Delaplane, the Old Mill in Millwood, views from Skyline Drive and even an impromptu flying lesson with Alain in his airplane We’ve got it all on film! Please enjoy a sneak peak of pictures from our shoot and stay tuned for the final production to be posted later this summer.

 

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