The Culinary Garden: Early Spring

The Castle Hill Culinary Garden is entering its second season and we are off to a great start! Seeding has begun in the greenhouse and now that nighttime temperatures are consistently above freezing there are a handful of plants ready to brave the cool air. Among these cold-hardy contenders are Russian and Siberian kale, sugar

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Daffy Time in Newport

As is typical of New England in early April, spring still seems more like a concept than a reality. But don’t worry, the daffodils will make it all better! They are poised and ready to pop, just in time for the annual festival that trumpets their return. There are swaths of them planted in strategic

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Monuments of Newport

Newport embraces its history. Long before it became the grandest resort of the Gilded Age, Newport was a colonial powerhouse of industry, culture and ideas. Freedom of religion and enterprise was guaranteed by the colonial charter of Rhode Island a hundred years before it was written into the Declaration of Independence. The 1663 charter, which

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Castle Hill Inn Escapes

Spring may be approaching but there is still a lot of hum left in the drum. With the last weeks of Winter upon us (we hope), consider finishing the season with an escape to Castle Hill Inn. Our Winter Wonder package is designed to brighten your spirits during the darker sometimes drearier days. If that

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Chinese New Year at Castle Hill

Not sure how to celebrate Chinese New Year? At Castle Hill we have got you covered. Between February 16th and 22nd, the tasting menu in the Dining Room will once again be the creation of Chef de Cuisine Andy Taur in honor of his Chinese heritage. His parents immigrated to the United States before he

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Duck Egg Salad With Oscietra Caviar

Yield: 12 canapes Ingredients 8 duck eggs (chicken eggs can be substituted if duck eggs are unavailable) ½ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard ¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon red onion, minced 1 ounce Oscietra caviar** 1 loaf brioche bread ¼ teaspoon paprika ¼ cup green onions, chopped Chive tips, as needed Salt

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Christmas at the Mansions

If you have ever wished that the Newport Mansions had even more glitz, then Christmas at the Newport Mansions is right for you. How does one deck a great hall that is essentially a 50-foot cube? Any way one wants really, it’s not like the original occupants of The Breakers were in Newport for the

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Creamy Pumpkin Polenta

Ingredients: For The Polenta: 1 ¾ cups organic cornmeal 6 cups chicken stock 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup grated parmigiano cheese 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons lemon juice salt and pepper to taste For The Pumpkins: 4 each mini pumpkin* 3 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter pinch cayenne

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Pearl Onion Au Gratin

Ingredients: 2 pounds white pearl onions 3 strips thick-cut bacon 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 each shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon all purpose flour ¼ cup grated parmigiano cheese tabasco sauce, to taste salt and pepper, to taste ¾ cups panko breadcrumbs 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 1

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Newport: Season Slow Down

Photo credit: Discover Newport   Between the last of the major cruise ship visits to Newport on November 3rd and Black Friday on November 24th, the City by the Sea takes on a different aspect, that is less about crowds and more about peacefulness. [In the interest of full disclosure, the city’s restaurant week will

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