One of the criteria we had when searching for a summer home in the mountains of North Carolina, was to live near the city of Asheville. We’ve fallen in love with this quirky town, its downtown architecture and welcoming neighborhoods. Asheville also has a thriving bed and breakfast community which recently launched a cookbook, Morning in the Mountains, showcasing the yummy breakfasts and brunches offered at the many Inns represented by the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA).
A thriving (although illegal) short-term vacation house rental business also exists in Asheville, however, which hurts local, official Bed & Breakfast inns. This cookbook serves as a reminder of what B&Bs have to offer, which short term rentals don’t…breakfast! At a reception celebrating this gorgeous book filled with fantastic recipes by creative innkeepers, and photography by Erin Adams, I got to taste test the many offerings laid out on the massive dining table at The Reynolds Mansion. Exploring this historic Inn, decked out for the holidays, instantly put me in the mood for the upcoming season.
Later we moved to Williams Sonoma at the Biltmore Village where we were treated to a cooking demonstration by Frank Salvo, Innkeeper at the 1885 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage. He masterfully concocted his signature Shrimp and Grits, along with Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs. You’ll find a secret ingredient in both which you might not find in basic recipes. I can tell you it works!
That night I got to stay in A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast, a Victorian-style Inn, in the Montford residential district, close to downtown. Emily and Bill maintain this beautiful home, which exudes charm and takes you back in time to a more quiet, slower pace, which was sorely needed. The rooms are spacious and amazingly quiet. Three other couples were there that night and I never heard a peep.
Breakfast, of course, was amazing including Italian Egg Cups with Proscuitto de Parma, a mix of red and sweet potatoes roasted with rosemary, and tea biscuits served with apple butter from a local farm. Their herbs are home-grown. You’ll find these and other recipes in this beautiful book which would be a welcome addition under the tree at Christmas.
Morning in the Mountains can be purchased through the ABBA website.