Wednesday, May 9, 2012

10 Fitch Bed & Breakfast Recipe - Pear & Gorgonzola Breakfast Panini with Baked Eggs


We served a couple of new recipes this week using pears and gorgonzola cheese.  If you will be staying with us at our romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast you may get to enjoy one of them during your stay.  And here is the recipe for one of them so you can enjoy it at home as well.

10 Fitch Bed & Breakfast Recipe - Pear & Gorgonzola Breakfast Panini with Baked Eggs


The amounts given in this recipe will make 2 servings - multiply accordingly for the number of servings that you need  

Ciabatta bread, about 6 inches in length for each sandwich
¼ lb Pancetta chopped and or ¼ lb thinly sliced Mortadella 
2 ripe but firm Bosc pears.  In a pinch you can also used canned pears which is still very good but you do lose some of the texture.
1/3 cup grated gorgonzola cheese
2 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, stems removed.  If you use dried thyme use about ½ a tablespoon 
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1- 2 Tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
handfull chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons butter
very thinly sliced raw red onion
fresh baby arugula
salt & pepper 
4 baked egg
half and half
smokey paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. In a hot frying pan cook and occasionally stir the pancetta until it starts to crisp, add chopped red onion and continue cooking until pancetta is fully crisp and onions have softened slightly. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels lined plate to drain. To the same pan add your sliced Mortadella if you are using it.  I did use both pancetta and mortadella.  Cook the mortadella until is has some nice brown color on both sides, then remove from pan and set aside with the pancetta.
  3. In a bowl combine the cheeses, balsamic vinegar, and thyme together blending and mashing with a fork until relatively smooth.  Stir in chives & walnuts, set aside.
  4. Peel and core the pears, then slice about ¼ inch thick.   Heat butter in a frying pan until hot then add pear slices and cook over medium heat until caramelized on both sides. Remove from heat.
  5. Add a par of butter to 2 ramekins and microwave 30 seconds to melt butter.  Crack two eggs into each ramekin, top with 2 tablespoons heavy cream, season with salt & pepper. Bake the eggs for about 20 minutes or until desired doneness.  About halfway through cooking time get your panini press ready and begin assembling your sandwiches.  When the eggs are done remove from oven and use a knife or rubber scraper to loosen edges. Set aside.  You will be removing the eggs from the ramekins with a spoon to plate them with the sandwiches.
  6. If you don't have a panini press a George Forman grill works great and is what I use.
  7. To assemble the sandwiches, split the Ciabatta bread and spread half the cheese mixture on one side and half on the other. Sprinkle pancetta onto one half and layer with pears, sliced red onion,  mortadella slices and arugula.  Top with other half of bread and  put into your press or grill.  Cook until bread is golden and crusty and cheeses are beginning to melt. 
  8. Remove from press and cut in half and then cut each half in half again diagonally.  Place 2 halves on plate.  Place a small bed of arugula on plate, top with baked eggs, sprinkle eggs with paprika & serve.
This is so delicious especially when you eat the egg with the sandwich. Enjoy!

Auburn NY, May 9-20, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Bed & Breakfast

From the Cayuga County Tourism Office a listing of events taking place May 9th-20th

  • May 9th – May 20th - Made in NY 2012 - Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Made in NY 2012, is an annual juried exhibition featuring New York State artists. The exhibition features 75 works of art by 73 artists from throughout New York State. Made in NY 2012 features paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, and more.  Members free, non-members $6.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553
  • May 9thArt OpeningAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Photography of Craig W. Humphrey, Ph.D.  The exhibit centers around people, places, animals and architecture from around the world: Galapagos Islands, India, Japan, France, England, USA, Italy and other places. The images capture the spirit of the people, animals and their environments, with several photos representing the sacred.  Dr. Humphrey's photographs have appeared in the quarterly magazine "Life in the Finger Lakes" several times and have garnered numerous awards.  Local guitar legend Duke Shanahan will perform throughout the duration of the opening.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669
  • May 10th - An Evening of Food, Music, and WineAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  The Aurora Inn Dining Room and the Skaneateles Festival will jointly present a signature event, the Skaneateles Festival Wine Dinner. Served in the Aurora Inn's gracious Lakeside Room, the evening's dinner will feature performances by David Ying, cellist of the Grammy award-winning Ying Quartet and one of the artistic directors of the Festival. Fellow artistic director Elinor Freer will also be on hand. The event commences with a 6:30 p.m. performance, and dinner will begin at 7 p.m.  $85++/person.  www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888
  • May 10th - Making Movies Contemporary Film & Video SeriesAuburn Public Theater,       108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Sponsored by the New York State Council on Arts and the Frederick M. and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust. Presenting established and emerging regional filmmakers and media artists from NYS. Stephanie Gray is a NYC-based experimental filmmaker and poet.  Screening:  You know they want to disappear Hell's Kitchen as Clinton (2010), along with a selection of Super 8 films.  Suggested admission $5, 7:30 pm  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553
  • May 11th - "The Unfortunates" - Morgan Opera House, State Route 90 and Cherry Ave., Aurora. "The Unfortunates," the sixth winning play in the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an intimate ghost story written by Aoise Stratford and directed by Bruce Levitt. Erika Steinhagen will play the fictional Mary Jane Kelly -she's behind in her rent; her window is broken; she's lost her key; her boyfriend has just moved out. And it's 1888 -not a good time to be poor and "unfortunate" on the streets of London. $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/students, children, 8pm.  www.morganoperahouse.org 315-364-5437
  • May 11th - Tommy Tune:  Steps in Time with the Manhatten Rhythm Kings - Community Community College, Irene Bisgrove Theater, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  Broadway's legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high stepping through his 9 time Tony Award winning career celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend. Backed up by the multi-talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings, get ready for a unique and masterful evening that leaves audiences standing, cheering, and dancing in the aisles.  Tickets $50.00, 8pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
  • May 11th - "Fresh" - Auburn Public Theater,  108 Genesee St., Auburn.  FRESH began as a grassroots effort for a grassroots movement, and it's been tremendously exciting to see the movie spread like wildfire. Within a month of the launch in April 2009, FRESHthemovie.com received over 20,000 visitors and hundreds of screenings were organized. Today, FRESH is a community of over 100,000 advocates for healthier, more sustainable food, a film that's used all over the world as a platform to raise awareness and connect people to solutions in their community.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/11, 1:00 & 8:00 pm  5/12, 8:00 pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
  • May 12th - Plant Exchange - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle? Need to thin out those perennial but hate to just toss them away? We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinning at our annual Plant Exchange. You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home.  11am – 1pm, free.   www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark  315-947-6143
  • May 12th - Wildflower Walk - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Don't miss your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center. Many flowers like colt's foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center. Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  1pm, free.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark  315-947-6143
  • May 12th - Riesling Weekend Celebration - CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn. Enjoy our estate Riesling, the signature white wine of the Finger Lakes.  Taste and compare dry and medium dry vintages from the last several years.  Noon-5pm, free.  www.cjsvineyards.com  315-730-4619
  • May 15th - Finger Lakes Wine Dinner - Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora - 5 paired courses, with a reception wine.  Call for reservations.  $60++/person, 6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm dinner.  www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888
  • May 17th - Waterproof Wallets - Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Using recycled mailing envelopes, food wrappers and other impermeable materials, participants will make waterproof wallets for men, women, and children. Jessie Reich will lead the class. All materials will be provided.  6-8pm, $15/members, $20/non-members.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553     
  • May 17th -  Making Movies Contemporary Film & Video Series - Auburn Public Theater,       108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Sponsored by the New York State Council on Arts and the Frederick M. and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust. Presenting established and emerging regional filmmakers and media artists from NYS. Peer Bode is a nationally an internationally exhibiting artist with media works in museum collections worldwide.  Screening:  Going Private Public (2011), That Thinking Feeling (2009), World People (2002), and Transport 1,2,3 (2001).  7:30pm, suggested donation $5.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553     
  • May 18th - Peter Mack's Jazz Legends - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Featuring an all-star quintet - Peter Mack, Gary Smulyn, Dino Losito, Joe Magnarelli, and Harvey Sorgen!  8pm, $15/personwww.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
  • May 18th - "The Beginners" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments.  Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Golden Globe Award nominee Ewan McGregor).  Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds) only months after his father Hal Fields (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away.  5/18, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/19, 8:00 pm, tickets $5/online, $6/at the door.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
  • May 18th - So Whats New In the Solar System - Southern Cayuga Planetarium, 2384 Route 34B, Aurora.  www.southerncayuga.org/planetarium 315-364-7461
  • May 19th - Voices of the Night - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  The sounds of the night woods have invoked many feelings in people from calming to terrifying. Join naturalist Jim D'Angelo for a look and listen into the creatures behind the sounds and a hike to experience the voices of the night first hand. The twilight hike through the nature center will end as the sun sets over Lake Ontario.  7pm, free.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark 315-947-6143
  • May 19th - Tim Young, Comedian - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A headliner at clubs all over North America, Tim has also performed at hundreds of college campuses and comedy festivals in New York, Montreal and Seattle. He has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Tough Crowd and Shorties, and has been a commentator on VH1, MTC, TLC and the E! Channel.   Tickets $12.00, 8pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
  • May 19th - I Love Chocolate - King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Five tasting-size, sinful, chocolate desserts  are paired with our award-winning Treleaven wines for a match made in heaven.  Tickets are generally available at the door for $7, but you may call ahead and reserve them to be certain.  Free live music by Cielle from 12 to 2, and "Restless" from 2 to 5.  Wine available by the glass or bottle - bring friends, hang out, and enjoy the afternoon.  www.treleavenwines.com  800-684-5217
  • May 20th - Preserving Your Family Heirlooms: Seminar by Peter Wisbey - Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  The Community Preservation Committee/Willard Chapel will present a seminar on preserving family treasures by Peter Wisbey, curator of collections for the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford. Mr. Wisbey will give practical tips for safely polishing silver, boxing important costumes and textiles and storing paper documents. Visitors are invited to bring an object for an informal "how to" as time allows. A list of archival suppliers and other resources will be available.  Free, 2pm.  www.willardchapel.org 315-252-0339


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Auburn NY, May 4-5, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Bed & Breakfast

If you will be staying at 10 Fitch this weekend you might like to know what's happening in Auburn.  Here are this weekends offerings.

FIRST FRIDAY!
Date: May 4
Time: 4 – 10PM
Details: Downtown BID & Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission presents this ongoing festival of art & culture happening the first Friday of each month. FREE activities include exhibition receptions, live music & refreshments. Merchants offer discounts & specials. 315.252-7874  www.auburndowntown.org





AUBURN ALE HOUSE offers Discounts
Date: May 4
Time: 3 - 6PM
Location: 288 West Genesee Street
Details: Patrons enjoy $2 well drinks & 16 oz. domestic drafts, plus appetizer specials. The Ale House offers a dozen different sauces for their classic chicken wings including their famous Cajun finish.  315.252-2337  http://theauburnalehouse.com

AUBURN PUBLIC THEATER hosts Edgy Folk
Date: May 4
Time: 5 – 8PM
Location: 8 Exchange Street @ Genesee Street
Details: APT will host an evening of live music with Edgy Folk featuring Jon Peterson, Donna Dennihy, GD Bower and Heather Bower-Lee.  Also, get a sneak preview of the photography exhibit featuring the work of Craig W. Humphrey, PhD. scheduled to open on May 9th. A wine/beer bar is available to those with proper I.D. This event is free & open to the public.  315.253-6669  http://www.auburnpublictheater.org/liveevents.html

BEAUTIFUL THINGS hosts Open House
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location: 6 Seminary Avenue, next to Bee Line Auto
Details: The owners will be giving tours of this antique & collectibles shop open Wednesday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM.  315.702-8273

CAYUGA MUSEUM hosts Dance Performance
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location:  203 Genesee Street
Details: The Museum will feature a dancer from Fancy Footwork Dance Studio. Refreshments will be served.  315.253-8051  http://cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum/

CENTER FOR WELLNESS offers Discounts
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location:  1 Hoffman Street & Genesee Street
Details: The Center will be offer 20% off gift shop merchandise. 315.704-0319
http://www.thecenter4wellness.com/
FLOORS & WALLS offers Drum Circle & Discounts
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location: 152 State Street
Details: Pick up your coupon and enjoy 10% off your purchase of any in-stock merchandise. Coupons also available for a “two for the price of one” yoga class. Drum circle and refreshments 6 – 8PM, 315.253-6002  http://www.floorswallsauburn.com/

MASSAGE STUDIO 151 offers Foot & Chair Massages
Date: May 4
Time: 4 - 7PM
Location: 151 State Street
Details: Marjorie and Camille welcome you for a consultation on the benefits of massage. Enjoy a complimentary foot or chair massage with an essential oil. Cheesecake & coffee will be served.  315.247-7874  http://www.massagestudio151.abmp.com/

MEMORIAL CITY HALL offers Historic Tour
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location: 24 South Street
Details: The city welcomes you to visit the seat of government for the city of Auburn. Tour and learn about the history and day to day use of this historic building. 315.255-4146   www.auburnny.gov

SCHWEINFURTH Memorial Art Center offers Art Trivia
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location:  205 Genesee Street
Details: Are you an art history buff? Do you enjoy Jeopardy? Come to First Friday at the Schweinfurth Art Center and play Art Trivia. Enjoy light refreshments and the Made in NY 2012 exhibition. 315.255-1553   http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org/

SEWARD HOUSE MUSEUM shows Work of Todd Bachta
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location:  33 South Street
Details: The Museum will host a reception featuring local artist Todd Bachta and live music provided by Kevin Dorsey. This event is free and open to the public. 315.252-1283   http://www.sewardhouse.org

SWABY’S TAVERN offers Food & Drink Specials
Date: May 4
Time: 4 - 10PM
Location:  6 South Street
Details: Swaby’s offers a respite after visitors make the rounds to all the sites. Their kitchen will be serving half-price burgers and wings, plus drinks specials. 315.252-5400   http://www.swabystavern.com

WILLARD MEMORIAL CHAPEL offers special Painting Exhibit
Date: May 4
Time: 5 - 8PM
Location: 17 Nelson Street
Details: The Chapel and Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will present Karen Bove’s painting display entitled, "Lost Auburn." This exhibit includes over twenty paintings of historic buildings that have vanished from Auburn’s streetscape since the 19th century, like the Burtis Opera House, the Richardson house and the Osborne mansion. These paintings are part of CPC’s celebration of Historic Preservation Month. The Chapel will be open for tours and refreshments served. Friends of Hospice Thrift Shop will be open as well. 315.252-0339  http://www.willardchapel.org


Also This Weekend:

EVERY LITTLE STEP
Date: May 4 & 5
Time: 5/4: 1PM & 8PM; 5/5: 8PM
Location: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street @ Genesee Street
Details: For over three decades, there's been one singular sensation: A Chorus Line, the groundbreaking hit musical inspired by the emotional lives of dancers during the audition process. Now the story comes full circle as a new documentary offers a revealing, unprecedented look at the auditions for the Broadway revival of the perennial classic, including interview footage with Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie to name a few. The music, the moves and the real-life drama - they're all here in a documentary that brings you closer to the footlights than you ever thought possible. Tickets $5 online, $6 at the door. 315.253-6669   http://auburnpublictheater.com/cinema.php

Celebrate CINCO de MAYO at MESA GRANDE!
Date: May 5
Hours: 4 – 9PM
Location: 100 Genesee Street & Exchange Street Mall
Details: For a $10 ticket enjoy live salsa music performance by Grupo Calle Uno, dancers, mechanical bull rides, games, raffles, tequila tastings, live DJ, and break the pinata filled with coupons and treats, plus drink & food specials all day. Stay on the bull the longest and eat FREE at MG once a week for a year! Proceeds benefit the Calvary Food Pantry represented by Capt. Jack. 315.252-6252
www.mesagrandetaqueria.com