Monday, October 19, 2009

Thanksgiving at Blue Lake Ranch in Durango

With a variety of accommodations suitable for family groups, Blue Lake Ranch is a favorite destination for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We have many bed and breakfast guests who return each year to gather with family in Durango. On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to our acclaimed southwestern style breakfast buffet, we will again offer a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner for guests! Our cabins and casitas are filling up quickly for both Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday this year - so call now to book your reservation!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Express - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

We have had several younger guests recently due to holiday weekends and fall school breaks. These discerning young tourists have had rave reviews for the DSNGRR Peanuts Great Pumpkin Patch Express ride! This is a terrific way for kids to experience the train ride. Charlie Brown and his pals welcome passengers to their pumpkin patch for live entertainment, a variety of activities and a chance to pick their own pumpkins! Click Here for departure times and ticket information.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

David Says - Plant your Peonies now!

After the first true freeze of the fall when the leaves have turned and plants are brown is the time to plant your Peonies. Right now David is introducing 35 new peony colors to our already spectacular collection for next summer! The soil is still warm and pliant enough to plant, and getting the bulbs in now gives the roots a chance to grow during the winter. Moisture from the snows will keep them nurtured until the spring when they will prepare for their explosion of color when they bloom at the end of June.

It is interesting to note that while peonies around the rest of the country traditionally bloom over Memorial Day at the end of May, our elevation here at Blue Lake Ranch (the highest collection of commercial peonies that we are aware of!) shifts our bloom season to the end of June ~ just as our Iris are beginning to fade!

Happy Planting and stay tuned for more tips from David!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blue Lake Ranch Berry Strata - Weekly Recipe

We have had some good feedback on the breakfast favorites that we've been posting on here, so we'll make it a weekly posting! This week we have Pam's fabulous Berry Strata:

Blue Lake Ranch Berry Strata

2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp sugar
1/2c ricotta cheese
1/4c orange juice
4 eggs
4 slices day old bread torn into pieces
1 bag frozen mixed berries – or fresh

Melt butter in small saucepan. Turn off heat and stir in honey. In a separate mixing bowl combine eggs, ricotta and sugar. Add orange juice, butter & honey mixture and stir. Fold in berries and bread pieces.

Pour mixture into a 10” round baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or leave overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Jackie's Tamale Casserole - A Blue Lake Ranch Favorite!

This morning we had an email from a Blue Lake Ranch guest who visited with us in July. She has been craving Jackie's fabulous Tamale Casserole we served at breakfast one morning and finding herself with some extra tamales in her refigerator requested the recipe. With no further ado:

Jackie Crawford, Blue Lake Ranch

12 tamales, finely shredded (use food processor at low speed)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans chicken stock
2 cups shredded cheese
5 eggs

Beat together mushroom soup, chicken stock, eggs and cheese. Fold into tamales and pour mix into a deep baking dish. Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes or until bubbly and cooked through.

Serve with sour cream and fresh salsa! Enjoy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Blue Lake Ranch Applesauce

The branches of our numerous apple trees nearly brush the ground under the weight of their voluminous fruit! We hardly let a bed and breakfast guest leave the ranch house without a handful of freshly polished beauties, with hearty invitations to pick more during their stay!

Our fabulous breakfast cooks, Jackie & Pam, are always coming up with creative recipes to share our apple wealth. Here is the recipe for an applesauce that has been quite popular these days - as a simple side or partnered with our potato pancakes!

Core and roughly chop about 3-4 pounds of apples (any variety)
Place in large saucepan with a little bit of water (about an inch) over medium high heat
Add to taste: Equal parts white & dark drown sugar
Simmer over medium heat until apples are fully softened – about 30-40 minutes
Run apples through a food mill, blender or food processor.