Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Giving the Gift of Abbington Green

Looking for that perfect gift for everyone on your list? Look no further! We have great gift options from your favorite Asheville B&B. 

Let us help you with your holiday shopping! Here are a few of the gifts that can be purchased as a souvenir or for a loved one....we ship via the USPS to you or right to your loved one! Call us at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn to place your order! (828)251-2454

Would you prefer for your gift recipient be able to choose? Remember, our Abbington Green Gift Certificates can be ordered via our homepage for any amount! www.abbingtongreen.com

Abbington Green Bath Luxuries

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn Bath Luxuries, made in NC exclusively for us.
Boxed Set of 3 Lemon Verbena Soaps (3 oz each): $10
Wildflower Shampoo, Conditioner or Hand Lotion (16oz each): $10 each or 3 for $26
Boxed Set of 4 Herbal Bath Grains: $10
Abbington Green Lip Balm: $4
Gift Basket with the whole collection, one of each item: $50
All items +tax and shipping.

Abbington Green Stoneware Mug

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn Stoneware Mug, made in the US by Deneen Pottery.  $18 each or 2 for $32 + tax and shipping
The Abbington Green Glass Ornament

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn Glass Ornament.
$15 + tax and shipping
Abbington Green Gift Certificate

Available in any amount! Order online on our website
A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1 Cookbook

"A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1" Cookbook: $20 + tax and $5.75 shipping fee. Cover art by Mike Ryon.

Happy holidays from all of us at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn,
Nick, Steve, Lady Amber Abbington, and the entire team

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Baking for the Montford Holiday Tour of Homes

We've had a great time baking for the upcoming Montford Holiday Tour of Homes...the 20th Annual Tour which proceeds benefit the Montford Neighborhood Association for neighborhood improvement projects and programs for youth at the Montford Recreation Center.

We chose 3 cookie recipes to bake this year...2 from our cookbook, "A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1", and a new recipe that we thought looked festive and delicious.

We hope that you'll enjoy seeing the cookies that we've baked and have posted the recipes below, along with pictures of the freshly baked cookies.

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed (and cold)
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips (you can find these in the baking aisle)
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 4 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • more sugar to coat cookies before baking if desired

  1. Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter. You want very fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in extract, food coloring, and Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips.
  4. Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together and forms a ball.
  5. Shape dough into a log, about two inched in diameter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for two hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325F.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Cut slices of cookie dough about 1/4 inch thick and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until cookies are set. Do not over bake.
  9. Let cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.
  10. Store in airtight container for 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.
*adapted from a recipe by momontimeout.com

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

yield: about 60 cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (can substitute pecans or hazelnuts)

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium-to-high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda.
  3. Beat mixture until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  5. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer, stir in the remaining flour by hand.
  6. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  7. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, 2 inches apart on an parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  8. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned. 
  9. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely
*recipe is included in "A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1"

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

yield: about 24 cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together margarine and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses.
  5. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  6. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  7. Place the cookies 2 inches apart, onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container
*recipe is included in "A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1"

For more cookie recipes, order your cookbook! Call us at (828)251-2454 to place your order...it is the perfect gift for yourself and everyone on your list!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Nick's Notes 12.4.2015-A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1

I never thought I would be able to say that I have a cookbook........but I now can.

The most common question I hear every week during breakfast is "Do you have a cookbook we can purchase and take home with us?"

I was always happy to share our recipes, and now they have been compiled in our first cookbook.  So, thank you to our guests for being the inspiration.  We have so many recipes we wanted to share that we have collected over the years from magazines, friends, or created in the kitchen here ourselves.  We have modified many of these recipes to our taste and to our guests' satisfaction.  We use flavors of fresh herbs from our herb garden here at Abbington Green to add that final touch.   

We called it "A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 1" because I know there will be additional recipes we will want to share in another cookbook.  There are 50 recipes in 7 sections including Fruit Courses, Sides, Breads and Jams, Main Breakfast Courses, Cookies, Social Hour Appetizers, and Cooking Classes we held here last winter.  The most requested recipe is our house specialty, Orange Pecan French Toast.  Yes, the recipe is in the cookbook!

A special thank you to Bradshaw, my assistant at Abbington Green, for all the hours of typing my poor hand written recipes; our friends Ivy and Ken, who helped with binding the cookbooks; and Steve for always supporting me with my dreams, and to Mike Ryon for the beautiful cover image. I hope you enjoy cooking these recipes as much as I enjoy making them for our guests at Abbington Green.

50 guest favorite recipes from Abbington Green B&B Inn, your favorite Bed & Breakfast in Asheville's Montford Historic District. 7 chapters of Nick's tried and true recipes, from Breakfast favorites to 5pm Social Hour nibbles, to recipes from our March Cooking Class Series. It is a great souvenir of your stay with us!

$20 + tax and $5.75 USPS shipping to you or your gift recipient.

To order, call (828)251-2454 or send an email to info@abbingtongreen.com.

Wishing you all a happy and delicious holiday season from Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn!

All the best,