Tomato & Zucchini Tart Recipe

September 3rd, 2014

Our friends at Linwoods Restaurant and Catering have been kind enough to share this delicious recipe with us.  Anne’s garden has exploded with huge, juicy tomatoes of all shapes and sizes during the past few weeks.  Stop by to pick some up or enjoy them during breakfast at Gramercy.  Nothing says summer like fresh garden tomatoes!

Tomato & Zucchini Tart, courtesy of Linwoods

First you will need to make the tart shell.

Tart Ingredients:

4 oz butter-cold/cut into cubes

1 ¼ cups of flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2-3 tablespoons of ice water

  • Combine: butter, flour & salt
  • Slowly, add ice water.
  • Roll into ball
  • Chill in fridge
  • Roll it out
  • Make into whatever tart shape you’d like it to be.
  • Bake at 325° until golden brown.

Slice 3 large beefsteak tomatoes ½” thick

Slice 3 large zucchini ½” thick

Grate 2 cups gruyere cheese

1 cup of champagne mustard

  • Spread the mustard on chilled and cooked tart shell.
  • Spread cheese over shell.
  • Alternate slices of tomato & zucchini to fill shell.
  • Sprinkle with some kosher salt and dried oregano.
  • Cook at 350° for 10-12 minutes.

Cut, Serve and Enjoy!

Planning a wedding or special event at Gramercy Mansion?  Be sure to check out Linwoods off-premise catering services.  The professional event team, consistently delicious cuisine and elegant presentation rank them among the best caterers in Baltimore and we are happy to recommend them as one of our three approved caterers at Gramercy.

Star-Spangled Summer Events in Baltimore

September 3rd, 2014


Tall ship in Baltimore Inner Harbor

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem at its birth place this summer. Visit Baltimore for the free Star-Spangled Spectacular Festival, September 10 – 16, 2014, featuring Tall ships, Navy ships, Blue Angels, history demonstrations, concerts, regional food and drink, and an amazing fireworks display over Fort McHenry!

The excitement doesn’t stop in the city… our neighbors at Stevenson University are hosting a Star-Spangled Salute on Wednesday, Sept 10.

1:30 p.m. – Screening of Anthem, a documentary about the people and events that shaped the Star-Spangled Banner by Maryland independent filmmaker Mark Hildebrand.
7:30 p.m. – An American Salute: Music of our Nation, Baltimore county’s musical tribute to the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Check out a few of our favorite patriotic places around town:

We hope you’ll spend a star-spangled weekend in Baltimore this September!  Gorgeous, historic rooms and suites available throughout the month at Gramercy Mansion and 1840s Carrollton Inn.  Check out our room of the month specials and last-minute discounts.

Chocolate-Drizzled Pecan Balls

August 4th, 2014

From our kitchen at Gramercy Mansion… A guest and staff favorite!  Amanda’s chocolate-drizzled, sugar-coated delicious treats are a perfect indulgence any time of day.  Substitute walnuts for pecans if you prefer.

Ingredients

2 cup chopped pecans

2 sticks softened butter

4 tbsp sugar

2 cups flour

Dash of salt

3 tsp vanilla

Chocolate chips

Powdered sugar

Directions

Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and flour.  Stir in chocolate chips and pecans and mix by hand.

Roll into balls and bake for 30 – 45 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar and drizzle with melted chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

From our gardens to yours… A September Tea

July 30th, 2014

Join us for a refreshing afternoon tea featuring herbs from the garden!

*New Date*

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.
Gramercy Mansion

$40 per person plus tax and service

Call 410-486-2405 to reserve by 9/21/14.


Enjoy teas created with fresh and dried herbs and flowers from Gramercy’s gardens and learn how to brew tea from the flowers and herbs growing in your own garden.  Tour the exquisite landscaped grounds with Anne and the historic mansion and bed & breakfast rooms with our knowledgeable innkeepers.

Afternoon Tea Menu

First Course
Cinnamon Pecan Scones and Blueberry Scones served with Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Second Course
Mini Quiche Florentine
Classic Deviled Eggs
Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Third Course
Chicken Salad served on Mini Rolls
Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins
Open-Faced Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwiches served with Raspberries

Fourth Course
Seasonal Fruit Skewer
Lemon Squares
Raspberry Crumb Bars

Teas to be Served
To be determined… brewing up some great ideas with garden inspiration!

$40 per person plus tax and service.

By reservation only.
Call 410-486-2405 to reserve your space!
Non-refundable payment required in advance.
Special rates available for groups of 8 or more.
Limited availability.  Rain or Shine.

Baltimore Vacation or Staycation

July 7th, 2014

The East Coast is home to some amazing cities bursting with history, culture, and regional cuisine.  Baltimore has made it’s mark as a mid-Atlantic destination for International travel while maintaining a charm and hometown feel that draws locals and visitors from nearby suburbs and neighbors from Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Hampden neighborhood

Whether visiting from far away or escaping the daily grind for a stay-cation just a few miles from your own backyard, here are a few less-touristy sites to explore in and around Baltimore this summer.

The Great Outdoors

Beat the Heat

Shopping

Dining & Nightlife

And don’t forget to book your bed & breakfast stay! Reserve a room at Gramercy Mansion for country serenity just a short drive from the fun and eclectic shopping and dining in Hampden, or book a suite at the 1840s Carrollton Inn, just a block from Little Italy and close to Fells Point and the many attractions of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Gramercy Gems & Fun Finds

July 2nd, 2014

If you’ve never visited as a bed and breakfast or party guest, you probably don’t know about the amazing treasures around every corner at Gramercy Mansion.  I never tire of coming to work… I always stumble upon something new, completely one-of-a-kind, or giggle-worthy to brighten my day.  And I love seeing the look on guests’ faces when they discover a jewel in the eclectic gift shop or ask me to snap a photo next to one of Anne’s treasures.

Many items throughout the Mansion are for sale as part of our gift shop while many others have found a permanent home here. You must visit to have a peek and find your own treasure to take home.  Book a B&B getaway (a few days might give you enough time to start exploring) or stop in for a look around.  Just be sure to call first to make sure there isn’t a private event taking place (410-486-2405).  Or join us for a garden tour on “Tuesdays with Anne” throughout the summer and take in the wonders of her garden sanctuary including charming statues, fanciful sculptures and elf houses, water features, artistic benches and more.

Here are a few of my favorite Gramercy gems captured by Anne’s grandson Justin and myself as we toured the house with fresh eyes today and appreciated all the little whimsical touches… enjoy!

Three Last-minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 7th, 2014

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for awhile, but their hearts forever”

Celebrate Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 11th!  Our Mother’s Day tea at Gramercy Mansion is completely sold out but it’s not too late to plan a special day for a special woman.  Show your love and appreciation with time spent together.  Here are a few ideas to fill her day with fun and celebrate…

With Wine!

Plan a day at one of Maryland’s wineries to sip and savor time with mom.

Visit Dejon Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland for Mother’s Day afternoon with live Motown music and more by musical duo Love Story and a tasty menu by The Harp Restaurant of Perry Hall available a la carte.  Admission is $10 per person, ages 18 and over and free for guests 17 and under.  Reservations recommended.

Plan a visit to Linganore Winecellars any time during May and treat mom to a tasting of a variety of cheeses and chocolates paired perfectly with Linganore wines.  $10 per person; reservations recommended.

For more local wine events, visit www.marylandwine.com.

With Flowers!

46th Annual Market Day at Cylburn Aboretum is the perfect place to pick out pretty blooms for mom this Saturday.  Plants for sale include hanging baskets, herbs, perennials, annuals, rare and native plants.  Chat with local gardening experts for tips and advice.  Click here for details.

Tiptoe through the tulips at Ladew Gardens and take mom on a tour of the manor house, gardens and nature walk.  Enjoy lunch in the Ladew cafe with a special treat for mom (while supplies last).  Or purchase a family membership as a gift to enjoy the stunning gardens all season.  House, garden and nature walk tickets are $13 per adult, $7 children 2 – 12.

With Brunch!

Treat her to brunch at the always-fabulous Milton Inn, featuring a Spring fresh 3-course menu from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day.  $42 per person, $21 for children 12 and under (entree and dessert only).  Click here for details.

Feeling a little more casual?  Step out to a family-friendly brunch at Miss Shirley’s Cafe, featured in USA Today’s 10 best places for Mother’s Day brunch!  With homestyle favorites and deliciously decadent dishes as well (raspberry white chocolate waffles, anyone?), you can’t go wrong.  Locations in the Inner Harbor, Roland Park and Annapolis.

Hope you’re now inspired to make a plan for mom and treat her to a terrific weekend!

Celebrating Earth Day at Gramercy

April 21st, 2014

Have you ever thought about how much the Earth gives us? With the blooming flowers and beautiful spring weather, it is only natural to want to spend time outside in the fresh air. In order for us to enjoy our green surroundings, we have to protect the environment. Earth Day is an International environmental movement celebrated every year on April 22 that helps us appreciate and protect our environment.

Here at Gramercy Mansion, our gardens are a prominent element of the mansion, providing a breathtaking backdrop for any event, big or small. From a stroll in the gardens to a gorgeous garden wedding, the flowers never fail to create memories and smiles. Planting flowers around the 45-acre property has many environmental benefits, as well. Planting flowers conserves the land that they grow on, and conservation is just one of the many goals of Earth Day. The flowers are also an important food source for a variety of insects including butterflies and bumblebees. Another significant result of planting flowers is the reduction of carbon in our environment. Not only do flowers create a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, but they also help our environment in immeasurable ways. Click here to explore our garden photo gallery.

Organic farming is yet another way that Gramercy Mansion contributes to the protection of the environment, a prime reason to celebrate this Earth Day. Koinoia Farm is the oldest organic farm in Maryland, not only providing the bed and breakfast with fresh herbs, but also providing them to local supermarkets. Organic farming relies on biological diversity and crop rotation to manage pests and maintain soil fertility, all without the use of harsh chemicals. This healthy way of farming keeps the soil healthy for future generations to come. It also provides nutritious and safe crops for the community.

Our staff makes up just a few of the one billion people participating in Earth Day activities. Even though it may seem small, our gardens and Koinoia Farm help protect the environment through conserving land, reducing carbon, providing food sources, and maintaining soil fertility. What are you doing this Earth Day to join in this environmental movement?

Visit for a bed and breakfast stay this spring and take home one of Anne’s plants from the many varieties now in bloom to begin or add to your own garden.

Join us for our Mother’s Day Tea!

April 21st, 2014

SOLD OUT!  So sorry!  Check back for future events and teas.

Celebrate spring with the special women in your life. Join us for a high tea while the beautiful gardens are in bloom, in honor of mothers everywhere!

Sunday, May 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$35 per person plus tax & gratuity

Gramercy Mansion
1400 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, MD  211153

Tea Menu:
Enjoy an elegantly presented afternoon tea in the atrium surrounded by breathtaking spring gardens.

First Course
Cinnamon Pecan Scones and Blueberry Scones served with Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Second Course
Mini Quiche Florentine
Classic Deviled Eggs
Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Third Course
Chicken Salad served on Mini Rolls
Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins
Open-Faced Herbed Cream Cheese Sandwiches served with Raspberries

Fourth Course
Seasonal Fruit Skewer
Lemon Squares
Raspberry Crumb Bars

Teas to be Served
Plantation Mint, Earl Grey Herbal Tea
Tea Menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering and presented by the Innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

$35 per person plus tax and service.
By reservation only.
Call 410-486-2405 to reserve your space!
Non-refundable payment required in advance.
Special rates available for groups of 8 or more.
Limited availability.  Rain or Shine.

Enjoy a bite of chocolate trifle! (Recipe)

April 14th, 2014

Just indulged in this delicious treat made by one of Anne’s garden club members!  Wow!  For all those chocolate lovers out there, make sure you try this tasty recipe for Chocolate Heath Bar Trifle.

Ingredients

-1 pkg Devil’s Food Cake
-1 large pkg. (5.9 ox.) Jello-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
-1/3 cup Kahlua
-2/3 cup milk
-1 pkg. Heath bars
-1 8oz. container Cool Whip
(1 cup of milk can be substituted for the Kahlua, depending on preference)

Directions
1) Bake cake in 9 x 13 pan. When cool, cut in small squares and trianges. Place 1/3 cake in a bowl.
2) Whisk pudding with milk and Kahlua and allow to set in refrigerator for 3 minutes.
3) Layer cake, pudding, crumbled Heath bars and Cool Whip about 3 times.
4) End with Heath bars on top.
5) Enjoy!