Butternut Squash Bisque from The Biltmore

We’ve always enjoy everything we’ve tried from The Biltmore. Butternut Squash Bisque Serves 4 Ingredients:• 3 butternut squash • 1 onion, small chopped • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 clove garlic • 1 shallot, chopped • 6 oz sherry cooking wine • 16 oz chicken stock or broth • 12 oz heavy whipping cream (When I make this, I use coconut milk instead of whipping cream) • 1/2 tsp dried sage • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg • 1 Tbsp Kosher saltMethod:In a heavy–bottom sauce pot, sauté onions, celery, garlic and shallots until translucent. Cut squash in half, remove seeds and roast in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Deglaze with sherry and reduce wine by 2/3. Peel squash and add pulp to soup pot and bring to a simmer. Add remaining ingredients to soup pot and simmer for an hour. Puree soup with a stick mixer or food processor until smooth. Strain soup and serve.Winemaker’s Suggested Pairing:Biltmore® Riesling Maralyn D Hill Maralyn D. Hill, President International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association CityRooom.com, Editor-at-Large, The Epicurean Explorer Books By Hills Success With Writing Where & What in the World Blog Big Blend Magazine JustLuxe Spa Review Magazine The Epoch Times NoraLyn Member: Society of Professional...

Biltmore Estate Praline Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Many of you are aware that I’m partial to the many aspects of Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. When I had my Time-Warner Cable, Dishing with Carolina Chefs show, from 2002 to 2006, I had the opportunity numerous time to visit, interview, and learn so much about Biltmore Estate. In addition to the fine chefs, winery, and estate itself, the philosophy behind all that happens there is great. When I saw this recipe for the Praline Pumpkin Pie, I thought you would enjoy. Praline Pumpkin Pie Crust Ingredients: • 1 pie crust, partially baked • 4 tablespoons butter, melted • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped . Filling Ingredients: • 3 eggs • 1 egg yolk • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground • 1 1/2 cups milk • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 2 cups pumpkin puree • Candied pecans (optional) • Whipped cream (optional) . Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, and pecans to create the praline mixture for the crust. Press praline mixture into partially baked 9″ deep dish pie shell and bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Then place in freezer until praline mixture is semi-frozen. For the pie filling, combine eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl. Add the salt and spices, mixing well. Slowly stir in the milk and cream, then add the pumpkin puree. Pour mixture into pie shell over praline mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40–50 minutes or until set. Consistency of pie will be somewhere between a traditional pumpkin pie and a pumpkin cheesecake. If desired, garnish...

Celebrate Thanksgiving the Way the Vanderbilts Enjoyed Including Recipes

Having visited Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC numerous times, I had the opportunity to interview the winemaker, chefs, gardener, and florist. I’ve a file full of recipes they have shared. However, this article is from the Biltmore Estate and has a lot of history with it. So, please know I am passing on information that I believe you will enjoy. I did not write the copy. The Vanderbilts were known for their hospitality as well as holiday celebrations that highlighted the ultimate in food and wine for their guests. What did George and Edith Vanderbilt like to eat on special occasions? Our menu book indicates their enjoyment of baked turkey with cornbread dressing prepared by Ellen Johnson, an Asheville local who translated traditional Appalachian recipes into favored fare at Biltmore House. Try Ellen’s recipe for yourself, plus an array of delightful side dishes and desserts guaranteed to make your holiday celebrations extra special—plus our winemakers suggest perfect wine pairings to accompany the traditional tastes of the season. Turkey and Cornbread Dressing |   Haricots Verts |   Creamed Corn |   Apple Tart Bring Out The Flavors of Your Thanksgiving Feast! Surprise and delight your guests by offering both a red and a white wine option to pair with the Thanksgiving meal. Our winemakers recommend selecting our buttery, complex Biltmore Estate® Chardonnay and our elegant and medium-bodied Biltmore® Reserve Pinot Noir to grace your holiday table. For a delicious and festive option, Biltmore Winemaster Bernard Delille also suggests choosing any of oursparkling wines to complement your Thanksgiving meal from start to finish. “To celebrate such a wonderful meal, we always serve sparkling wine because this special time deserves an equally special wine,” says Bernard Delille. “Like the Vanderbilts, my family and I make sparkling wines part of our holiday tradition.” Special Holiday Meal by Biltmore Chefs & Winemakers George Vanderbilt’s Favorite Turkey and Cornbread...