A compilation of comfort: Recipes for comfort food in 2020

Beautiful photo of Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnWelcome to a new year and a new decade.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will start the year and the decade out with something they know well….comfort.  From the comfort of welcoming inns, to recipes for the best in comfort food, this is one topic that the 11 DINE inns know well.  We’ve gone back into previous postings on our blog to find the best in comfort food ideas for you to prepare in your own kitchens.  Of course, for the ultimate in comfort, you’ll allow us to prepare these recipes during your upcoming getaway.  However, we know you can’t be in DINE country all the time, so here are some ideas from our kitchens to yours for the ultimate in comfort foods.

Spinach for breakfast!

Click here for three fabulous breakfast pies and stratas with spinach as the main character.  Not only are they comforting foods, but they are healthy and a hearty way to start the day!

Glazed donus from Rabbit Hill InnHomemade donuts – best enjoyed warm from the oven

Recently while visiting the Grafton Inn in Vermont a plate of warm donut holes was offered to guests as a “before breakfast” treat.  While they may not go with your new year’s resolution to lose weight, they’ll definitely fulfill that resolution to life to its fullest.  Click here for a whole compilation of homemade donut and donut hole recipes.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to add “dessert at breakfast” to your list of new year’s resolutions!

All things bright and gingerful

Nothing beats the fresh taste of ginger on a cold winter day.  Add it to your tea when you have a cold or try one of these ginger-filled recipes to add comfort to a stormy winter evening.  Simply click here for wonderful pancake and dessert recipes.  And be sure to scroll all the way down for an amazing ginger martini offering from the Deerfield Inn.

Pie in the Sky recipes

Did you know that January 23rd is National Pie Day? From good old’ American Apple Pie to Pecan Pie Bars and even a special hand pie, you’ll find some of the perfect comfort desserts in this blog filled with unique pie recipes to celebrate.  Click here for some pie-spiration for January.

Hands holding a bowl of soupUmm Umm Good Gluten Free Soups

Ask anyone about comfort foods, and it’s likely they’ll mention soup.  We’ve pulled together some hearty and healthy soup recipes from the DINE kitchens and added in another element.  All of these recipes are also gluten free!

Whether you choose Connecticut, Maine inns, or Vermont, Massachusetts or New Hampshire inns, when you decide on dates for  your DINE resolution vacation, be sure to #BookDirect with any of the 11 DINE inns.

I In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

n Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic (complimentary breakfast shown in top photo here).