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Wine Country Recipes

Innkeeper Recipes

We are blessed in Finger Lakes Wine Country not only with world-class wines and delicious local bistros but also warm and friendly innkeepers.  We are assembling some of our innkeeper's favorite recipes and sharing them here.  Enjoy!

The Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast in the heart of the historic district in downtown Elmira, celebrates the life of one of the region's most famous summer residents, Mark Twain.  Get inspired by Mark Twain Country with this video overview by The Getaway Guy.  Twain enjoyed all things gingerbread including a version of this recipe~
The Painted Lady | Gingerbread Waffles
  • 2 c. sifted flour                             
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda                     
  •  1 c. molasses
  • 1 ½ tsp. ginger                             
  • 1/2 c. sour milk or buttermilk
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon                            
  • 1/3 c. melted butter or salad oil
  • ½ tsp. salt

Sift together the dry ingredients. Beat the egg until light, add the molasses and sour milk, and blend well. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Add melted butter or salad oil. Bake in a waffle iron, following the manufacturer’s directions for operating. Serve with Lemon Sauce, or whipped cream. Makes 4 waffles.

The Painted Lady | Lemon Sauce

  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. grated lemon rind
  • 6 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt 
  • dash of nutmeg

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon rind, and salt in a saucepan. Add the boiling water gradually, stirring constantly. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, or until clear and thickened, while stirring constantly. Then stir in remaining ingredients. Serve hot over the waffles. Makes 2 2/3 c. of sauce. Serves 8.