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Managing Food Allergies at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

January 6th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

When some people think about a Maine bed and breakfast, they think about cold muffins, bagels, and store bought danish, and that’s definitely what happens here at the Maine Stay Inn.  Each day we serve a multi-course breakfast, and when I say “serve,” I mean it.  But many people still assume that a bed and breakfast might not be able to handle dietary restrictions, and that’s simply not the case!

Who would think these tasty muffins could have no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, and still loads of flavor?!

Who would think these tasty muffins could have no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, and still loads of flavor?!

Now, I must always point out that while we take every precaution when dealing with allergies, we make sure that guests know that allergens are contained on the premise and that the possibility of cross contamination could occur.  Especially when it comes to gluten free diets, guests want to know if we really know our stuff.  And we sure do!  I basically grew up learning to cook and bake gluten free items, because I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 12.  And over the years, a variety of foods have been removed from my diet, so I’ve learned to adjust, which has meant that the whole family is really aware of what is in foods.  So when we had 2 gluten free, 2 gluten and dairy free, one dairy free, and one nut free guests this weekend it was just no problem.  And we didn’t just serve them fried eggs!  Everyone got their “safe” version of our planned menu and it was so well received!

So most of the common food allergies are old hat at our Maine bed and breakfast, but things certainly get more complicated when a single person has multiple allergies.  Sometimes that means we need input from the guests, but usually with some thought and planning we’re all set, but that’s exactly why we request at least 7 days advance warning s that we can adequately prepare!  The thing that had us in a pickle for the longest time was a guest who was gluten free and vegan.  But with a lot of research and LOTS of taste-testing, we’re really getting the hang of it, and even served two different baked creations at teatime this weekend and no one knew the difference!  So if you’re considering a Maine bed and breakfast and have food allergies, look no further because we’ve got you covered!

Getting Ready For Our Annual Gluten Free Weekend!

October 26th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is almost upon us, but with the help of our trusty new friend and social media invention, Pinterest, we’ve got that covered – it’s our annual gluten free weekend that’s got me frazzled!  Now, at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, handling gluten free diets at any point is no biggie.  Since our family has well over a decade of gluten-free cooking under our belts (not combined – that is in real, calendar years!), we’re very familiar with the quirks of working with gluten free substitutes

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Help us decide on gluten free recipes that we’re considering on our Pinterest board of breakfast recipes!

and tweaking almost any recipe so it is safe for our gluten intolerant visitors (and for me, the resident taste-tester).  But somehow making everything we serve during the first weekend of November something GF seems like a way bigger deal!  I’ve spent the last year trying to figure out exactly what we’re going to serve.  Now, it doesn’t help that I am in love with what we served last year…  Seriously, I dream about the almond angel food cake whoopie pies with peach preserves basically daily.

Like I have mentioned before, I have a new addiction.  Pinterest.  Oh lordy, it’s worse for procrastination that Facebook!  I digress, but I have been scouring Pinterest for the prettiest and most inventive breakfast recipes that are naturally gluten free or lend themselves to effective substitutions.  And snacks.  And candies.  And non-breakfast deliciousness.  The problem, now, is that there are just too many options!  Thanks goodness that at the Maine Stay Inn we alternate sweet and savory breakfasts, because if I had to choose I would really be up the creek!  So instead of sharing a sneak peek at our upcoming menu, I need your help to narrow it down.  So hop online and check out the recipes that I am deciding between on our board called “Yummy Breakfast Recipes” and let me know what sounds best!  It’s hard to believe that our annual Gluten Free weekend is just around the corner, but with your help, I know we can make it the best one yet!

A Maine Bed and Breakfast Gluten-Free Recipe

August 28th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

For more than a decade, the owners of this Maine Bed and Breakfast have experienced gluten free cooking first-hand, as their daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Sure, it was a challenge at first, learning about what foods are safe and what aren’t, what kinds of starches you can substitute and what just won’t work, and especially what kinds of things you can bake with.  But there’s one “always safe” recipe that is a sure-fire home run: meringues.  And since it contains ingredients most of us have on hand, it sure is easy to whip up a batch.  But enjoy them quickly, because they won’t last long!

  • 3 egg whites

    What could be better than enjoying a delicious gluten-free snack while watching this sunset?!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Separate your eggs, placing the whites in a mixing bowl and reserving the yolks for some other treat.  Beat egg whites on medium-high until stiff white peaks form.  Reduce mixing speed to low and add remaining ingredients.  Spoon no more than 1/3 cup onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving plenty of space for expansion.  Bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven or until surface is beginning to crisp.  Reduce temperatures to 300 degrees and bake another 30 minutes.
  • OR, for a fudge-y twist on an old favorite, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and a handful of toffee crumbles and mix/bake as otherwise directed.

Fortunately for us and guests of our Maine bed and breakfast, we can pop these delectable treats into the oven almost whenever.  But be forewarned, they won’t last long (or at least they don’t around here!).  So next time you are searching for an easy and delicious gluten free cookie, look no further than this one for traditional meringue and one with a fun new twist!

Eating Gluten Free at a Maine Bed and Breakfast

July 15th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

When most people think of a Maine Bed and Breakfast, the morning meal conjures up images of Betty Crocker breads, muffins, and pastries, but when you’re gluten free, that isn’t really going to fly.  And truthfully, that smorgasbord of starchy and sticky pre-made goodies doesn’t fly at all, especially at the Maine Stay Inn.  We put a tremendous amount of thought into planning breakfast, making sure that we prepare something that’s fresh and nutritious.  It may seem strange, but we eat the very same breakfast you are served each and every day.  So if it doesn’t leave me satisfied, that recipe is given the heave-ho.  By the same token, though, if I am

Going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean fun free or meals full of salads!

not feeling energized and raring to go, that breakfast just doesn’t cut it.  Balance is key for our morning meals, as we try to include meats (though never in entrees out of respect for vegetarian and less-carnivorous visitors), high quality lean proteins, fresh fruits, veggies, and something just a little bit sweet and decadent.  But what if you’re gluten-free?

Not to worry, because I am allergic to gluten myself, making sure that our Maine Bed and Breakfast can provide you with a safe and satisfying meal is not a problem.  But because we order our supplies in advance and plan our menus just once a week, we ask for 7 days’ notice just to make sure we have everything we need.  Letting us know the day you arrive just doesn’t give us enough warning to ensure that your breakfast will be just right .  I mean, it takes lots of time, patience, and practice to master the art of gluten-baking, but after 13 years of it, the confidence is certainly building, but no matter what, a true glorious yeast bread doesn’t rise in five minutes, so please give us as much notice as you can! There are some recipes that are easily converted to something gluten free and others that just don’t seem right, so by giving us a shout, that means you can have a delectable and GF friendly meal to start off your vacation.  Plus, when you tell us that you’ll be eating gluten free during your Maine Bed and Breakfast getaway, we’ll make sure to recommend restaurants in town that take special care of their gluten free patrons.  I mean, what’s a vay-cay when you’ve got an empty belly or when you’re stuck noshing on rabbit food?  So next time you’re looking for a Maine Bed and Breakfast that caters to gluten-free foods, the Maine Stay’s got you covered!