Archive for February, 2011

A Favorite from Pies on Parade in Years Past

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I wanted to share this recipe with everyone as it hasn’t made it onto the table for several years.  This was always one of our most popular creations during the Historic Inns of Rockland’s annual Pies on Parade Event.  Although the recipe is for one tart, it can be easily modified to make individual tarlets as shown in the photo.

Pies on Parade



1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
  1/2 c. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 to 3 T. cold water


Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor blend together flour, sugar, and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons water and toss until incorporated. Add enough remaining water if necessary until mixture begins to come together but is still crumbly. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic for 1 hour. Press crust evenly onto bottom and sides of an 11 inch tart pan with removable fluted rim. Prick the crust with a fork, line the dough with aluminum foil and weigh it down with pie weights or beans and bake in the middle of oven until golden, about 30 minutes. Make the filling while the crust bakes.
8 oz. 1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 large egg, beaten lightly
  1 T. all purpose flour
1/4 c. seedless raspberry jam
1 T. water
3 c. raspberries


In an electric mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, almond extract and egg until smooth. Add flour and blend mixture well. Pour the filling into the warm crust, spreading evenly, and bake in the middle of the oven until set, about 20 minutes. Cool the tart in its pan on a rack. In a small saucepan heat the jam and water over moderate heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat and cool jam slightly. Arrange the raspberries on top of the part and drizzle the jam over the berries.
Note: You can substitute raspberries for almost any type of berry. You can also do the same with the jam. To make individual tartlets, use a 24 mini muffin pan instead and press large gumball size pieces of dough into each well. Reduce baking times by half.

Guests pick LimeRock Inn for 2011 “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining” from over 8,500 B&B’s

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

We’ve won another award!!!!  Please see our press release below.  We are very honored!!Best-Location-for-Shops

Rockland, ME – - The LimeRock Inn in Rockland, ME was chosen by our readers of Travel Guides as  North America’s “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining” for 2011. Having unanimously received the greatest number of votes out of 8,500 properties by their loyal B&B guests and regular visitors to, LimeRock Inn earned one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.  Last year, readers awarded LimeRock Inn with the distinction of “Most Affordable Luxury Property”, making this inn a two-time award dinner.

 “Warm, welcoming and full of character and charm, P.J. Walter & Frank Isganitis offer exceptional hospitality and effort to go that extra mile,”said Pamela Lanier, owner of and travel guide/cookbook author. “Earning themselves the designation of “Best Location for Walking to Shops/Dining for 2011” with Lanier readers, this B&B truly stands out above the rest,” finished Lanier.

 “We’re delighted to receive a Lanier award for the second year in a row,” said Frank Iganitis, LimeRock Inn co-owner. “It’s especially satisfying since this award came directly from our guests, and one of the things they love most is our location, which is a great selling point for the inn” finished Isganitis.

 The LimeRock Inn, a turreted Victorian mansion,  is an exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture. Featuring two front parlors, spacious guest rooms and an inviting wrap-around porch, LimeRock Inn offers guests the chance to experience luxury and elegance in a gracious historical setting. Located in Rockland’s Historic District within strolling distance to the renowned Farnsworth Museum and Rockland’s thriving Main Street and harbor, the Inn is perfectly situated for those who enjoy exploring Rockland’s downtown and waterfront by foot or for leisurely driving tours of the Midcoast region. Eight sizeable guest rooms are decorated blending period details with comfort and luxury.

 Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International has been assisting inn goers with a comprehensive variety of boutique lodgings since 1982, announcing an “Innkeeper of the Year” winner for 28 years in a row, the oldest and most prestigious B&B vote program in the world.

 Thinking of visiting Rockland and the Penobscot Bay region, or want to meet these exceptional innkeepers that put their heart and soul into their B&B? Contact the LimeRock Inn today and you’ll be received at their B&B with open arms! For more information and reservations, visit LimeRock Inn at or email  To talk with the Frank and PJ, call 207-594-2257.