Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Warm up!!!! Artisan Bread Recipe to Share

There is just something fantastic about the aroma of freshly baked bread on a cold winters day...
Here at The Lazyjack Inn we have quite a penchant for baking...we have a lot of fun trying out new recipes...some make it to the guest table and some do not..but we have a great time experimenting!
This is a terrific recipe that was recently shared and we would love to pass onto you.
We have added this one to our list of favorite breads!
Time to prep: About 45 minutes plus @ 3 hours resting and raise
Yield: 4 rounded loaves
1 1/2 tblspns yeast
1 1/2 tblspns kosher salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting )
1. In large bowl or platic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water(about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mising until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose(almost like a batter bread). cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room tempertaure for 2 hours (2 hours seems to be just about right...any longer than 3 brings on falling).
2. At this point you can shape your bread and bake OR refrigerate, covred, for as long as two weeks.
3. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on the dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with a serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with corn meal (any wooden cutting board or the bottom of a cast iron skillet will work fine). Let dough rest here for 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.
4.Place broiler pan in bottom of oven to warm (this will be filled with water when bread goes into oven). Place your baking stone (pizza stone or heavy cookie sheet)on middle rack and turnover to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temp. for 20 minutes.
5. When bread has risen dust with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Carefully slide onto heated stone ( this move is why the dusting of cornmeal is so important in step three!). Pour one cup of water into broiler pan and shut overn quickly to trap steam. (the steam is what will give you your fantastic crusty bread!) Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
We hope that you have fun with this one!
Taken from The New York Times November 21, 2007
(adapted from 'artisan bread in five minutes a day" by jeff hertzberg and Zoe Francois (Thomas Dunne Books , 2007)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gift Certificates at fantastic rates for Winter Escapes

Consider a gift certificate for a Winter Getaway to Marylands Eastern Shore.

With choices of rooms and suites and length of stay you can customize your Gift to best suit your needs...make your next birthday, anniversary or the upcoming valentines celebration one to remember.

For a limited time we are pleased to offer Lazyjack Inn on Dogwood Harbor gift certificates at our special winter rates.

Gift Certificates are custom made for each client and can be sent by post or emailed for faster service. Gift certificates purchased on this offer must be used by April 15th 2009.

For more information on the super winter discounts for these Gift Certificates please contact us by telephone: 1-800-690-5080 or by email:

Just tell us that you saw this offer on the Blog!

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tilghman Island featured in OutLook by the Bay Magazine

We were thrilled to receive notification of a new article featuring Tilghman Island as a winter getaway destination.

Outlook by the Bay, a publication "for the Bay Boomer and Savvy Senior" has published a two page article in the Winter 2009 edition.

"A Chesapeake Bay Island, even one with a drawbridge to the mainland, may seem and unlikely destination for a winter vacation or weekend , but plenty of people have discovered that much of what draws visitors to Tilghman Island in warm weather is still there when the temperatures drop."

The article features some beautiful winter photos of the island and the surrounding area as well as interviews with folks who have become 'winter regulars' on the island.

A complimentary copy of this publication can be obtained by contacting them at

It is always such a pleasure to know that so many others find Tilghman Island as special as we do!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Blues Breaker in Full Swing

Winter Hols are over....we have successfully passed the shortest day of the year and now we look towards the arrival of spring...but in the mean time there are 3 months to live....

Just because it's winter doesn't mean that you have to spend it waiting...some folks relish winter as a 'down time', the gardeners take this time to plan new designs and pore over seed and nursery catalogs, some folks flourish on outdoor winter sports, others take on big home projects without the lure of the warm outdoors to distract them...

Whatever your winter M.O. is we would like to suggest that you do allow for a tiny bit of that hibernation...right here at The Lazyjack Inn.

The Blues Breaker Package
Our most popular winter package.Revive your spirits during this winter retreat with a two night stay in one of our beautiful rooms or luxurious premier suites.
*Fireplace and elegant private bath with Jacuzzi and shower*
*Comforting afternoon refreshments by the library fire
*Fruit & Cheese tray and fresh flowers in your suite
Reservation and dining recommendations provided
*Evening turn down with chocolate and sparkling water
*A hearty blues breaking gourmet breakfast each morning
Blues gladly broken from January, 2009 - April 15, 2009
Mid week and weekend accommodations available
Rates for two nights BLUE BREAKER PACKAGE $330 - $407 + tax.
Limited time only provide the following blog code when you call to reserve
and receive even further discount on your winter stay!