Christmas Cheesecake – and it’s sugar-free!

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Sugar-free Christmas Cheesecake

Ami, in my real estate office (Coastline Realty) was just asked to bring a sugar-free dessert to a Christmas party. I suggested cheesecake, since it doesn’t depend on sugar for its appeal (it depends on butterfat) nor for its texture. This is a pretty standard New York style cheesecake – since I’m one of the few New Yorkers in Cape May – except that it has a Pasta Frolla crust.  I’ve just discovered Monkfruit sweetner as an alternative to sugar. It doesn’t have the spinach-y taste of Stevia. We can buy it locally as Monkfruit in the Raw.

 

CRUST

1 ½ cups flourcheesecake

1 stick unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp orange or lemon extract.

Chip the butter into the flour. Add the salt, egg and extract. Knead together to make a dough. Roll or press out the dough to line a 9” springform pan.

Alternatively, buy a pre-made frozen pie crust and thaw, then press into a 9” springform pan.

 

FILLING

4  8oz. packages of cream cheese

1 cup Monkfruit in the Raw sweetenercheesecake

¾ cup milk

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

1 teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Beat cream cheese in a mixer bowl. Add eggs, one at a time and beat in. Add all of the other ingredients. Pour into the crust and bake for 1 hour at 350 F. Leave in the turned off oven for hours afterward, then refrigerate.

Of course, if you’d prefer augured version, just substitute sugar for the Monkfruit. In other Cape May news, there’s only one more chance for a Christmas Candlelight Tour this year. December 27th is the date. Come and stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.

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Christmas in Cape May – Victoriana Run Riot

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Cape May b&bChristmas in Cape May – Victoriana Run Riot

Christmas in Cape May?  Yup, this is no ordinary beach town, it’s decorated and bubbling with activities for the holiday season. The beginning is this weekend with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Holiday Preview Weekend. Saturday, the Physick Estate will be an open house with free tours, hot cider and cookies. During the evening, Santa will arrive on the grounds and take up his position in a beautiful Victorian sleigh to hear all the kids’ Christmas gift lists. The Caroll Gallery in the carriage house will  house “An Old Fashioned Christmas” display with model trains, toys and a giant Christmas tree.

This weekend will  also begin three holiday-theme trolley rides; Santa’s Trolley Ride, the Ghost of Christmas Past, and the Holiday Lights Christmas tours.

Cape May b&bThe big events for this and every Christmas season in Cape May are the Christmas Candlelight tours. Saturday Dec. 7th, 13th and 27th , from 5:30 to 8:30, you’ll be able to tour aver a dozen historic houses all decked out for Christmas.  Homeowners try to outdo each other with elaborate Christmas decorations laid over already elaborate Victorian interiors. In Cape May, our motto is “More is More.”  Call MAC (609) 884-5404, or go online to reserve and buy tickets.

Of course, you should come stay with us at Leith Hall, Cape May b&b, where our halls are decked and our trees decorated.Cape May b&b

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Sherlock’s here? Oh no – Another murder !

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Oh No, not again! Another murder in Victorian Cape May! Don’t worry – Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

sherlockThis November 7th  through 9th , there will be another adventure, another murder, another mystery. Friday night, there will be a dessert reception at The Inn of Cape May. Someone will die. Sherlock and Dr. Watson will begin their work. On Saturday, you can tour Cape May bed and breakfasts and search for clues to the mystery.  Saturday afternoon, 3:30 to 4:30 , the mystery will unfold further at the Rose Room in the Inn of Cape May.

Sunday lunch at the Inn of Cape May will precede the solution of the mystery. The best, the worst, theSherlock best dressed, etc. will all get prizes. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and buy the entire package through MAC (the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) or just the parts that interest you most.sherlock

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Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon

Food and Wine

Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon !

Food and WineJust when you thought the Cape May season was winding down, the middle of September brings the Cape May Food and Wine Celebration. There will be spectacular dinners  like the Farm to Table dinner presented by the Red Store in Cape May Point and a Bourbon Tasting Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant in the Inn of Cape May on the beach in Cape May.  The Chocolate Lovers Feast will be at The Blue Rose, oneFood and Wine of Cape May’s newest and best restaurants.  There will also be special dinners, tours, and grape picking at three of Cape Mays vineyards – Hawk Haven, Natali, and Cape May Winery.

Just imagine your stay in Cape May. The ocean will still be warm, the weather will still be ideal. There will be lectures and demonstrations, tastings from many Cape May restaurants at Food and WineConvention Hall; winery, brewery, and bourbon events,  samples and tastings, and feasting galore. You can go to the website of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts for a more complete list; and you can call or email us to make reservations.

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Crab and Craft Beer Festival

Aug. 9   3rd Annual Crab and  Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer and crab cakeThe Crab and Craft Beer Festival is one of the most popular events of the whole year.The Cape May Brewery and other suppliers add their best brews. Crab cakes and other shore delicacies are plentiful. There’s music and vendors, and fun. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and take advantage of this great day.

Visit the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate and experience  one of New Jersey’s Top FiveCraft beer and crab festival Summer Festivals! This all-day festival features local craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods — including steamed crabs, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, potato salad and more. Enjoy live music all day on the outdoor stage. Have fun with jugglers and acrobats, crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and more. Craft beer and crab festivalAdmission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free trolley shuttle between Washington Street Mall and the Estate: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. back to Mall).

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SPRING FESTIVAL IS FESTING!

Spring FestivalSpring festival is Cape May’s annual sigh of relief that Winter is over. This year we have a few new events that will get you in the spirit. First, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you can put your Easter bonnet on and have a Royal Tea at the Carriage House at the Physick Estate. There will be Royal Trivia to test your knowledge of all things regal. There’s a Spring Festivalnew tour called the Cape May Time Capsule, where characters from the nineteenth-century will guide you through there town.

And Chocolate too…

Spring FestivalSaturday, May 3rd will feature the Chocolate Championship tour, where you can benefit from the cuthroat competition among Bed and Breakfast owners for the honor and the trophy. You get to sample the goodies and vote for the best in show. April 26th, there’s a Murder Mystery Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant, with a new mystery “Revenge is Sweet”  and  a delicious dinner. Earlier the same day (April 26) there is a Private Homes Tour, showing houses not ususally open to the public. Iboyd house love snooping in other people’s house and you will too.

Come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast and make it a festive Spring weekend.

 

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Old Fashioned Christmas Came to Live in Cape May

old fashioned ChristmasThis December, come to Cape May, where real old fashioned Christmas came to live. There are two major house tours offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Christmas Candlelight Tour and the Lamplighter Tour. The Candlelight tour is the biggest of the year, with about a dozen houses each night. There’s still a date available – Saturday, December 28old fashioned Christmas. Homeowners and Inn owners will greet you and show you their Victorian parlors, all decked out for the holidays. The carriage house at the Physick Estate will have hot cider and the town will be sparkling with lights.

Lamplighter Tour

A smaller, more intimate, tour of five houses and inns will be offered Friday December 27th , Monday December 30th, and Tuesday December 31st. My preference is the Lamplighter Tour. Five Victorian houses per day is near my limit. You can chose by what is offered on the evenings that you’d like to be in Cape May. old fashioned ChristmasCome stay with us at Leith Hall and enjoy Elan’s breakfasts and afternoon teas as well as Cape May’s shopping, touring, and dining.

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Holidays in Cape May – Come Visit!

Who would spend the holidays in Cape May? A beach town in the winter? Yes,218_CHRISTMAS_5 indeed. Cape May is hopping with Christmas activities. The Physick Estate has a special tour – The Physick Family Christmas. Several interpreters play the roles of Dr. Physick, his mother and his aunt – and emphasize what a lecherous (that is, fun-loving) old fellow he was.What’s amazing is that they are convincing as the prissy mother, the man-about-town son, and the suffragette aunt, and they always get the history right too.

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December 14 and 28, there will be two of the biggest house-tours of the year – The Christmas Candlelight Tours. Over a dozen houses are listed on each tour and they guarantee that your head will be swimming with wallpapers, antiques and decorations.

179_CHRISTMAS_EXHIBIT_4The Lamplighter Tour shows you about five inns at a time (a much easier to digest number)  and is available on December 13, 20, 27, 30 and 31. Come stay with us at the very decorated Leith Hall bed and breakfast and enjoy the holiday season the old-fashioned way.

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Christmas is Alive and Well in Cape May

 

A real Victorian Christmas in Victorian Cape May

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Victorian Vice

Do you love to snoop in other people’s houses? Do you love a cup of Christmas cheer and the resulting holiday spirit? How about a little Victorian vice? Then Cape May is the place for you!

Many people think of Cape May this season for the biggest tours of the year. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 28, you can join everyone visiting over a dozen Victorian houses all decked out for Christmas. There’ll be hot cider and cookies, wandering carolers, and warm trolley to get you from place to place.

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Mark Twain

Starting Monday December 8, (for three days) the Dickens Christmas Extravaganza will include talks on several of Dickens books, Mark Twain, and Robert Frost, as well as a wine tasting and a presentation on Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll in the 19th Century.

Come visit us at Leith Hall and enjoy the old-fashioned small-town charm that Cape May has to offer.

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Elan and Santa
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Most Haunted City

Cape May is the most Haunted City in America

Some say the Cape May is the most haunted city in America. Some just run screamingmost haunted city from the room. You decide. This year there will be trolley rides with Craig McManus, a.k.a. “the ghostwriter” when he’ll tell you about all of the spirits he’s discovered in the Victorian houses of Cape May. If you have the nerves for it, you can spend “Midnight at the Physick Estate” and listen for the presence of Aunt Belle – shut up in the attic. The house will be decorated for the season for weeks and available on the Phantoms of the Physick Estate tour.

Another frightful alternative are the Monsters, Mystery and Mayhem available at Elaine’s Dinner Theater. This year’s offering features Dr. Frankenstein and a series of most haunted citybaffling murders at the castle. As each of the characters you suspect is murdered, you don’t know who to fear most. At least you can depend upon the food.

Consider visiting us at Leith Hall during this haunted season. Call or go on line to make a reservation (Incidentally, we’ve been certified as “ghost free” by Craig McManus himself!)

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