Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

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December 2012



Farmhouse Dining – Holiday Style

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Earlier in the week, I shared with you my stress relievers.  For some, the idea of preparing holiday meals brings on undue anxiety.  I invite you to leave the cooking to us at the Farmhouse for Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner.

Holiday Menus at the Farmhouse

Christmas 2012

Lunch served from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmhouse Garden Lettuces with Granny Smith Apples, Pecans, Dried Cranberries, and Cranberry Vinaigrette – or – Serenbe Farms Sweet Potato Soup

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Onion Sauce, Serenbe Farms Roasted Carrots, Serenbe Farms Cabbage with Apples and Sorghum Gastrique, and Grits Soufflé


Apple Caramel Cake – or – Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie

New Year’s Eve 2012

Dinner served from 6:00 pm to 10:00

Sweet Onion Veloute, Country Ham and Poached Golden Raisins 
– or – Lobster Salad with Serenbe Farms Radishes, Potato Crisp, and Tarragon Vinaigrette

Gulf Coast Fish with Parsnip Puree, Roasted Parsnips, Serenbe Farms Chard, Pecans, and House-made Bacon – or – Rocking Chair Ranch Braised Short Ribs with Potato Puree, Serenbe Farms Collards, Red Onion Marmalade, and Beef Jus
Grapefruit Ginger Granita

Champagne Crème Brûlée

Please call the Farmhouse at 770 463 2622 or visit us online at to make your reservations.
My very best wishes for safe, memorable, and festive holiday celebrations for you and yours.



December 2012



Making the Holidays Jolly

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For some, it may seem like folly to try to make the season jolly.  Isn’t that the irony of this most wonderful time of the year?  Here’s what I do to keep stress under control throughout the holidays and, really, year round.
I love to work out and make an effort to do so first thing in the morning.  My current favorite workout regime involves the bootcamp classes at Elite Fitness here in Serenbe.

Another way I keep stress at bay is walking our dog Pudge.  Because Pudge needs his daily exercise, I’m only too happy to head out on the paths in Serenbe with him.  Sometimes our destination is the barn and corral to visit the farm animals.  Other times, we meander down wooded paths, and still other forays send us along Serenbe’s streets.  No matter the route or destination, it’s calming to get out in nature and fill my senses.

One of my favorite ways to decompress during the holidays is to sit and gaze at the lights on our fresh Christmas tree while sipping a cup of tea and listening to classical music.

Photo courtesy of Greg Newington, Newington Gallery

As you might imagine, the holidays are a particularly busy time for those of us working in the hospitality industry, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Fitting in time to socialize with our own friends and families can be a challenge, yet we’re always able to carve out time to participate in holiday festivities, too.

May you take care of yourselves and practice your own healthy 
stress relievers so you may enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.



December 2012



A Joy to work with

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Allow me to introduce Joy Belyeu.  Since March 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Joy at the Farmhouse.

She came to us with catering experience and readily learned the ways of a restaurant kitchen, becoming an invaluable member of the Farmhouse team.  If Betty Williams, our primary breakfast cook for Inn at Serenbe guests, is my right hand, Joy is the left, and both ladies know how I think.  As a result, whether I’m physically in the kitchen or not is of little concern when these women are on hand.

Joy is a talented cook of both sweet and savory dishes, which is not typical, as a good cook usually specializes in one or the other.  Joy expertly has worked all stations and is currently responsible for desserts at the Farmhouse.  She also has a knack for “tweaking” a recipe, knowing instinctively what ingredient is needed to achieve the desired result.

I think of Joy as the heart and Betty (see September 25, 2012 post) the soul of the Farmhouse and Inn kitchens, respectively, and would be lost without them.  I feel blessed to have an outstanding staff.
Joy is the proud mother of four daughters, two of whom work with us at the Farmhouse.  If you’d like to meet Joy for yourself, you’ll find her at the restaurant Thursdays through Saturdays for our dinner service. 

Congratulations to The Inn at Serenbe for being named a readers’ pick in the “Best Guest Accommodations” category of Lifestyles magazine’s Winter 2012 “Best of 2012” issue.  

A standing ovation to Serenbe Playhouse for being named a readers’ pick in the “Best Place to See a Play” category.