- Candace's Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits -
"Capture the sweet, warm flavors of fall in this gorgeous apple cobbler! After all, is there anything better than your home smelling like freshly baked cinnamon apples? Three of my personal favorites, apples, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls come together in this unique, satisfying dessert. Enjoy!"
- Candace Hagaman, Pastry Chef | Timberlake's Restaurant
- Ingredients -
For the biscuits:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
For the cinnamon swirl filling:
½ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted
For the apples:
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
6 cups sliced and peeled granny smith apples
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
2/3 cups water
- Preparation -
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- For biscuits, in a medium bowl combine flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until fully combined. With a pastry blender, cut in 4 tablespoons of butter into the flour mixture. It should resemble coarse crumbs. Stir together milk and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk and vanilla all at once. Using a rubber spatula, stir the dough together just until it forms a ball. Do not overmix.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for about 5 strokes. Roll the dough into a 12" x 16" rectangle. Combine, nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with nut mixture all the way to the edges. Roll up in a spiral, starting from the short side. Pinch seam to seal. With a sharp knife, cut into six 1-inch thick slices, set aside.
- For the apple filling, in a large saucepan stir together 2/3 cups brown sugar, corn starch. Add apples and water. Cook and stir until bubbly and apples are tender. Carefully pour hot filling into an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.
- Arrange biscuit slices cut side down, onto the hot filling. Bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until biscuits are slightly golden. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream.
Cooking not your thing? Taste this tasty treat by Pastry Chef, Candace Hagaman, herself at Timberlake's Restaurant.
- 5 Favorite Autumnal Beer Pairings at Timberlake's -
These featured cozy beers are sure to get you ready for sweater weather! As temperatures start to drop, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about fall beers. Crisp nights in the mountains call for darker, richer, more complex beers to warm us up. Luckily, Timberlake's Restaurant features eight rotating North Carolina made craft beers at a time and most are inspired by the upcoming change in season. If you're planning a trip to Timberlake's or are planning your own harvest dinner at home, make sure to consider these beer and food pairings for the ultimate fall dining experience.
Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing
This Oatmeal Porter is a unique Highland creation. This robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor, and a mild hop character without being heavy. We recommend you try this beer with your favorite chocolate dessert! The malted chocolate notes in this beer are sure to please those who don't normally consider themselves to have a sweet tooth.
Timberlake's Pairing: Pairs with our Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Toasted Coconut Crust
Mystic Dragon Cider
Mystic Dragon Cider | Appalachian Mountain Brewery
This apple-based cider is infused with green tea, rhubarb, and strawberries to give it a mysterious sweetness while drying it out slightly. It's a perfect complement to soft cheeses and cured meats.
Timberlake's Pairing: Pairs with our Charcuterie and Artisanal Cheese Board
Abby's Amber Ale | Double Barley Brewing
Abby's Amber Ale is a dark copper, medium-bodied beer with a nice malt balance. Maris Otter and Crystal malts give this beer a rich character while not being overly malty. It's hard to go wrong when considering a pairing for this beer because of its adaptable flavor profile. We recommend pairing this beer with grilled meats, spicy cuisine, or a fruit-flavored dessert.
Timberlake's Pairing: Pairs with our Quattro Burger
Clawhammer Oktoberfest | Highland Brewing
The Clawhammer Oktoberfest is Bavarian-inspired and Asheville-made. Being a Märzen lager, this beer is known for a smooth and well-rounded toasty malt character. This beer pairs best with hearty spicy foods, especially sausage or pork.
Timberlake's Pairing: pairs with our Sweet Tea Brined Pork Ribeye
Pumpkin Ale | Foothills Brewing
The Pumpkin Ale by Foothills is a crisp, dry ale. The brewery uses pumpkin pie spices brewed with real pumpkin and a blend of malts to give Mom’s pumpkin pie some serious competition. Easily a fall favorite. We recommend pairing this beer with rich, slow-cooked meats, or your favorite comfort food.
Timberlake's Pairing: Pairs with our Shepherd's Pie
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-Why You Need to Go On a Solo Corporate Retreat -
Many of us have attended a corporate retreat in the past. Whether it is an annual event we enjoy (or not) or a quarterly trip off-site to help teams bond with one another, retreats allow individuals a much-needed break from the office to aid in proper reflection. It enables those to evaluate processes that are working, those that are not, and then establish the proper steps or procedures for moving forward. The goal is to come back renewed, refreshed, and ready to go!
With the recent change in how businesses operate, corporate gatherings of anything over 10 people are generally not happening. Many individuals are working from home or working alone in some capacity. If you have been working from home the past few months, you may be ready for a change of office scenery. With summer in full swing (at least with regards to temperatures and hours of sunlight), it is the perfect time to think about a solo corporate retreat. While we certainly don’t need an excuse to get away for a few days, if you haven’t considered a solo business retreat, now would be a perfect time.
Being able to refresh and reset is so important for our professional performance. Stepping away from the office helps clear the mind, especially if you have been at a home for the past four months. Getting yourself out of the day-to-day environment allows your brain to reset. We also gain a clearer perspective on our roles and responsibilities, as well as our professional goals. Our minds require that purposeful reset every so often to be able to perform at peak levels in today’s stressful environment.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of it:
#1. Give yourself at least two days away
To get the most out of this, you need to give yourself some space and time away. This will help settle into the right frame of mind. You want to avoid rushing through this. Include some time to get outside and enjoy some healthy, fun exercise as well.
#2. A retreat is getting away from your usual surroundings
Pick a place that looks and feels nothing like what you are used to. Go someplace beautiful. In the summer, go someplace cooler away from the heat. Get some fresh air. Yes, we are partial to the mountains!
#3. Make a schedule with room to breathe...and allow yourself to change plans if necessary
This is supposed to be an exercise away from the daily stresses, so make it easy on yourself. Have some goals, along with a loose schedule for each day. Don’t overwhelm yourself with this retreat. It is supposed to be a retreat- an exercise to refresh your spirit while focusing on you.
#4. Include some time for fun
This is not just about business. It is mostly about you. If you are in a beautiful mountain retreat, go outside for a hike, enjoy a run, or try something new. Treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment. Read a book by a lake or waterfall. Pack a picnic instead of eating in front of your computer. Try your hand at sporting clays, fly fishing, horseback riding, shopping, or take time to meditate.
#5. Schedule it now and do it!
We are all very busy, and it is really easy to come up with excuses as to why you never have time to do something. Typically, it becomes more of what is a priority. A solo retreat should be a priority, as you will come back refreshed, rejuvenated, and everyone around you will thank you for doing it.
One additional note:
For those that work from home, or are working from home during COVID-19, have you ever thought about working from a resort or vacation rental for a week? It is similar to the retreat idea, as it enables you to get your job done from a different place. Resorts have business centers, wifi, office space in rooms or vacation rental units, and offer beautiful grounds, room service, spas, and access to a plethora of adventures. If you are looking for a change of scenery where you can enjoy yourself while getting work done, we invite you to discover Chetola Resort!
- Fun and Easy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat -
Summer has officially begun, and it certainly feels like it. Temperatures are warm, humidity is high, and when combined, it can feel very uncomfortable. With everything going on this year, you deserve some easy and fun ways to beat the summer heat. Your friends at Chetola have some ideas to share with you, which also encourage you and your family to get outside this summer, all while staying cool. Please note that in order to get the most out of our recommendations, we highly suggest that you visit the High Country (Blowing Rock/ Boone area and elevations above 3000 feet).
As locals of the High Country, here are our top 5 ways to stay cool this summer:
#5. Enjoy A Cool Beverage Under a Shady Tree
This one should be fairly easy, and although we recommend one of the large oaks by Chetola Lake, it can work almost anywhere in the High Country. Sitting in the shade can reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees. Add some ice to your beverage, relax and enjoy.
#4. Find A Nice Level, Shaded Hiking Trail
As many have come to realize, finding large stretches of flat land in the High Country can seem challenging, but the Moses Cone National Memorial Park (adjacent to Chetola with private access!) has 27 miles of trails to explore. While there are some trails that go up in elevation, the walk around Bass Lake is flat and offers several shaded areas. Avoiding too much incline in your hike can help you stay cool, as your body doesn't have to work as hard. Also, just like #5, the shade can keep you cool
#3. Take A Sunrise or Sunset Walk
Enjoying a morning walk or an evening jaunt can keep you cool, as temperatures may be 20 degrees cooler than during the heat of the day. Summer offers almost 16 hours of sunlight, so there is plenty of time early or late in the day for enjoying the cooler hours. Unlike the lower elevations, evenings can be quite comfortable and may even require a light jacket or hoodie. Get the latest local forecast by visiting Ray's Weather featuring a report directly from our very own weather station.
#2. Go Even Higher
Air pressure is lower at higher elevations, which cause the temperatures to be lower as well. Think of it like inflating a bicycle tire- as you increase the amount of air, the pressure increases, producing more heat. The opposite is true with less pressure, which produces cooler temperatures. So, although it is cool in both Blowing Rock and Boone (each above 3000 feet), it is even cooler above 5000 feet. Grandfather Mountain and Beech Mountain both offer incredible views, trails, food, fun, and cool temps. The average high temperature on Beech Mountain even in the middle of the summer is around 70 degrees!
#1. Waterfall Hikes!
There are some areas of the High Country that are considered tropical rain forests due to the amount of precipitation that falls each year. All of this water has to come down, and since we are in the mountains, a lot of it flows over steep terrain. This results in a plethora of waterfalls. There are a number of easy to moderate waterfall hikes near Chetola Resort. These make for the perfect hike, as they are beautiful, often in shady areas, and may even allow for swimming. We assure you that you will certainly cool off when you swim in a mountain creek. Water temperatures are typically in the 55-60 degree range, so be sure to limit your time, bring a towel, and a change of clothes.
Summer is here, so get outside and enjoy it. We would love to welcome you to Chetola Resort, and North Carolina's High Country.
- Top 5 Timberlake's Cocktails -
Nothing pairs better with summertime than a deliciously crafted cocktail. Our bartenders have compiled a list of their top five favorite drinks sure to please the cocktail connoisseur. Whether you're sipping from our lake-front patio or your own front porch, we invite you to treat yourself with a classic from Timberlake's Restaurant. Cheers!
Watch as Timberlake's Bartender, Vincent, crafts one of our new summertime cocktails.
Blue Ridge Breeze
.5oz Tiny Cat Vodka
.5oz Peach Schnapps
.5oz Coconut Rum
Top with equal amounts of cranberry and pineapple juice
Add a splash of Grenadine
Served in a Collins glass with an orange slice and cherry
This drink is the definition of a vacation cocktail, truly a tropical escape in a glass. This fruit-forward beverage uses local North Carolina based Tiny Cat vodka, fragrant peach liqueur, and fruit juices to create an easy-sipping summertime treat. We recommend shaking all ingredients in a cocktail shaker before pouring over ice. Enjoy!
Blowing Rock Bramble
1.5oz Tito's vodka
Juice from a half lemon
Muddled fresh blackberries
.25oz simple syrup
Served in a Highball glass with blackberries and a lemon twist
Enjoy our twist on this classic English cocktail. Traditionally, bramble cocktails are made with gin but we've opted for vodka because who doesn't love Tito's?! We love this cocktail because of its simplicity and fresh taste. We recommend using extra ripe blackberries in this recipe for a deeper flavor profile.
.5oz Maker's Mark
.25oz Rosemary mint simple syrup
.5oz Egg whites
Topped with housemade sour mix
Served in a Highball glass garnished with a rosemary sprig
Tangy. Rich. Nutty. Frothy. This cocktail requires five high-quality ingredients and they all come together beautifully to create our version of a classic sour. Our bartenders make their sour mix by hand and we recommend you do the same! The recipe consists of equal parts of lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. For a vegan version of this cocktail- try whipped chickpea juice instead of egg whites.
2oz Makers Mark
1oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
.75oz Honey simple syrup
Served "up" in a martini glass and garnished with dehydrated grapefruit
If you're into brunch cocktails, the Brown Derby is perfect! The tart grapefruit flavors in this cocktail are sure to wake up your palate while the softer honey and bourbon notes soften the overall taste. The honey simple syrup in this drink can be made by mixing equal parts honey and hot water. We recommend shaking this cocktail with lots of ice before straining into a chilled martini glass.
1.5oz Sutler's Gin
.75oz Lillet Blanc
.75oz Creme de Cassis
Half of a lemon's juice
Served "up" in a martini glass with a lemon twist
This classic gin cocktail is sure to bring you a glimpse of what pre-prohibition era Chetola may have felt like. Our bartenders have placed their twist on this cocktail by using Creme de Cassis, a black currant liqueur. This cocktail is perfect as a before-dinner aperitif to stimulate your appetite. We recommend shaking all ingredients with lots of ice and straining over a chilled martini glass.
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