Archive for August, 2010

Refreshing Moroccan Mint Iced Tea

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Just when we thought the scorching hot days of summer had already passed, we have a week of all 90+ degree days to look forward to this week! So, to keep cool and refreshed, we thought we would post this great recipe for Moroccan Mint Iced Tea. If you don’t have any fresh mint leaves handy, we grow mint here on our organic farm, Koinonia Farm, and you can purchase our mint and other organic herbs at a Whole Foods, Giant, or Wegmans store nearby. Just look for the Koinonia Farm label!

Ingredients: Makes 1 quart

  • 4 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3 bags of green or black tea
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 Tbs. sugar or other sweetener


  1. Place tea bags and mint leaves in a teapot of sufficient size.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the tea and mint.
  3. Let steep for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove tea bags and mint leaves.
  4. Add preferred sweetener and serve over ice.

Fresh from the Organic Farm…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Basil Grilled Chicken (Cristin’s favorite!)

This simple recipe is perfect for a summer cookout.  Pick some fresh basil from Gramercy Mansion‘s organic farm during your next stay or look for our Koinonia Farm label at a local Giant, Whole Foods or Wegmans.

Serves 4
¾ tsp. coarse grind black pepper
4 chicken breast halves, skinned
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
¼ cup chopped fresh Basil
½ cup butter or margarine softened
2 tbs. minced fresh Basil
1 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Fresh basil sprigs for garnish

Press ¾ teaspoon pepper into meaty sides of chicken breast halves. Combine melted butter and ¼ cup chopped basil; stir well. Brush chicken lightly with this mixture. Combine ½ cup softened butter, 2 tbs. minced basil, parmesan, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl until well-blended.
Grill chicken over medium coals 8-10 minutes on each side, basting often with remaining melted butter mixture.
Serve chicken with blended softened basil-butter mixture and garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.

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Baltimore Restaurant Week is here again!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Have you been wanting to visit a restaurant in Baltimore but have been waiting for a special occasion to do it? Well, Baltimore Restaurant Week is a great reason to try that restaurant because you can have a 3-course dinner from a pre-fixed menu for only $35.10 or a 3-course lunch for only $20.10. Baltimore Restaurant Week will be taking place from August 13-22 this year which gives you plenty of time to visit a few great restaurants. Many of the finest restaurants in Baltimore participate in Baltimore Restaurant Week, so you can eat at a very expensive restaurant for a fraction of the cost! Also, since so many restaurants do participate, there are many different types of cuisine to choose from that should satisfy every restaurant-goer. To see what restaurants are participating this year and their menu offerings, visit the Baltimore Restaurant Week website.

Also, this year, Baltimore County is having its own Restaurant Week, also from August 13-22, featuring some of its finest restaurants that are also offering 3-course dinners for $35.10 and 3-course lunches for $20.10. Linwoods and Milton Inn are two of the restaurants participating in Baltimore County Restaurant Week and these are two of our favorite restaurants here at Gramercy Mansion that we send guests to for our all-inclusive romantic getaway package and our romantic elopements! To see the other restaurants participating in Baltimore County Restaurant Week, visit their website.

If you do choose to visit one of the restaurants participating in Baltimore Restaurant Week or Baltimore County Restaurant Week, make that evening even more enjoyable and luxurious by staying with us at Gramercy Mansion or the 1840s Carrollton Inn. You can even take advantage of some of our specials, like the Last-Minute Special or our August Room of the Month Specials which are $100 off the regular rate for the Tudor Room at Gramercy Mansion and $150 off the regular rate for the Carroll Suite at the 1840s Carrollton Inn. So, we hope you enjoy Baltimore Restaurant Week and come visit us soon!

Amanda’s Delicious Walnut Ball Recipe

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Everyone at Gramercy Mansion fell in love with these delicious cookies when innkeeper Amanda baked them last week. So, we thought we would share this great, simple recipe that is sure to win over anyone with a sweet tooth!

Ingredients:chocolate drizzle cookies

  • 2 cups of chopped walnuts (if you prefer pecans, these can be used instead)
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (or more to taste)


  1. Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and flower.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans and mix by hand.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Roll in confectioners’ sugar and/or drizzle with melted chocolate chips on top.

Enjoy and keep checking back with us for more recipes as the seasons change!

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