Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

Monthly Archive: May 2012



May 2012



Southern Chef Series at Serenbe Returns

Written by , Posted in Linton Hopkins, Recipe Articles, Southern Chefs Series

This year marks the third full season of the Serenbe Southern Chef Series.  Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House returned to my kitchen on January 15 and 16 to instruct 10 enthusiastic students in the preparation and presentation of such Southern favorites as gumbo, creamed baby greens with brown butter, the perfect roasted chicken, bananas foster, and chocolate pot de crème.  Chef Linton might just be the region’s most enthusiastic chef!  He and Hugh Acheson, another Serenbe Southern Chef Series participant, were just honored with the James Beard regional chef award for the Southeast region.  Receiving this honor is akin to earning an Oscar.  Congratulations to Linton and Hugh.

It’s great fun to have these chefs in my kitchen and to break bread with them, Serenbe residents, and visitors, who, by the end of the class, are new friends.  
Bon appétit. 

Chef Linton’s Chocolate Pot de Crème

For 6


2 c      heavy cream

½ c     half & half

5 oz     dark chocolate (75% works great)

6         egg yolks

1/3 c  granulated sugar


Heat oven to 325°F.

Bring cream and milk just to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth.

Whisk yolks and sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot chocolate mixture. Strain mixture into another bowl. Cool 10 minutes, skimming any foam from surface.

Divide custard mixture among six 3/4-cup custard cups or soufflé dishes. Cover each with foil. Place cups in large baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Bake until custards are set but centers still move slightly when gently shaken, about 55 minutes. Remove from water. Remove foil. Chill custards until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead.) Cover and keep chilled.




May 2012



Blogging about the Serenbe Experience

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This is an exciting time to be living the Serenbe experience.  Since the beginning of the year, it seems something is always budding and blooming, and I don’t just mean the early spring and the advent of new growth on our plantings.  It’s also about seedlings we’ve planted by way of new growth opportunities for Serenbe in even greener living (the HGTV home and the Bosch Experience Center); more shoots breaking ground in Grange, making way for new neighbors; bigger and stronger branches on our retail trees with the addition of Twig, Elite Fitness, Fern’s Market, Resource, Honeycomb Consignment and the inaugural Stables Market as well as the nurturing of a deeper educational root, with the groundbreaking of the new building for The Children’s House. 
Marie and Steve Nygren

If you’re reading this, you’ve found I’m back to blogging.  The hiatus has me invigorated to continue sharing with residents and hopeful residents about the comings and goings of life in Serenbe, menus and happenings at the Farmhouse, our collective experience of living in the glorious South and life in general. 

For those who’ve found my site again, thanks for checking back in, and for all my new readers, I’m glad we’re now together.  Get ready for a fun and food-filled summer.  Be sure to sign up to receive e-mail alerts for future posts.  
Until then, enjoy life.  It’s all good.