recipes

Pecan Baked French Toast

We love this baked french toast because the bread is toasted before mixing up with the egg mixture, which creates a dense, not mushy texture. Since the french toast is sweet on its own, we serve with a dollop of whipped cream and berries rather than maple syrup.

[recipe] Honey Balsamic Cantaloupe

Another of our favorite starters here at Northern Comfort! This is super simple, but a great way to dress up cantaloupe -- whether you're looking for something special or have a not-quite-sweet enough melon on your hands.    Ready for a stay at...

[recipe] Quiche Lorraine

This is hands down, my personal favorite breakfast that Jeff makes! And it has a funny, first-time-innkeeper history... We serve our quiche without a traditional crust. In all honesty, that's because we couldn't make the crust! Last summer, when we arrived at Northern...

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Patty Brower

Patty Brower

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  Hi there! I'm Patty. I'm a writer, innkeeper and maker. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Visit the online shop and check out our handcrafted soaps, candles, cool finds and more. Or plan a visit to Northern Comfort, the bed and breakfast and antique shop in northern Minnesota that I run with my husband, Jeff, and our basset hound, Peppermint. Are you a business owner? I also work with indie retail and creative business owners to build beautiful social media platforms, websites and email marketing programs.

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Parmesan Potato Nests

Parmesan potato nests are another favorite of our guests here at the B&B. Super-easy to make, this is a great way to get a crispy potato fix that's a bit less oily than traditional hash browns and much easier to make! These are also great for serving to larger groups,...

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Northern Comfort Fall Snack Mix

Happy Fall! Today is our first-ever Fall Festival here at the farm. We're opening up the shop and marking everything 20% off (get ahead on that Christmas shopping!) plus there's a bonfire, giveaways and our favorite... treats.  We're serving up caramel apple cider...

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Northern Comfort’s Homemade Bread

What's better on a cool fall afternoon than the scent of baking bread, am I right? Baking bread has always been one of my favorite things to do -- there's nothing better than warm loaves of bread, fresh from the oven, resting under white flour sack towels on the...

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We’re Putting Up Peaches!

Is there anything more summery than fresh peaches? Jeff and I got our hands on a bushel box of peaches a few weeks ago from the Ely Nordic Club. After picking up on a Tuesday evening, we headed home with a box full of peaches and not a lot of plans. Turns out, we knew...

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Northern Comfort Granola

So... what makes breakfast at Northern Comfort super fun? It's not the cushy robes, the peaceful sound of the wind in the pines or the homemade toasted bread. It's not even the chance of early morning encounters with Peppermint, the basset hound hostess.  It's the...

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Savory Cheese Crumbles

Since weekends at the 3 Snugbugs house mean studio time, that also means weekends at our house mean quick meals and slow cookers. Our favorite go-to meal is a thick beef and barley soup that is great as leftovers with dumplings. But I'm always at a loss as to what to...

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{recipe} Coconut Coffee

As you may have read in our newsletter or elsewhere on our blog...Jeff and I are working together to cut grains, sugar, dairy and alcohol for 30 days (following the Whole30 approach.) One of the worst, drag-my-feet part of cutting dairy for a whole month had to do...

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Back to Basics (Part II) Italian Bread

New Years Eve was a night in with games and good food for Jeff, Peppermint and me. We made up leftover ham and wild rice into a nice, thick soup and as a special treat, I decided to serve up the soup in homemade bread bowls!! I wasn't sure that my normal bread recipe...

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