HaPpY NeW yEaR

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall, and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest never rise !



It’s snowing!! We had a mini blizzard this morning and have about 2″ on the ground here in McHenry. The Wisp is finally able to make some decent quality snow and the guns are pumping it out all over North Camp and the original slopes – Face, Squirrel, Wisp Trail, Roadrunner, and Possum. I just can’t remember such a slow start to the ski season. Wisp should be up and running with some chairlifts by Thursday ….full progress report here


Deep Creek Drive is beginning to look like a cozy mountain resort village again. Gotta love this scene 🙂

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I had some perfect holiday time with my daughters, Erin and Devon… back home from California.

They both love to cook and we made a full blown Christmas turkey dinner with the help and recipe from Rebecca, their Mom. We roasted the bird breast down in a bed of onions, carrots, celery, apples, and Sauvignon Blanc. After an hour, we turned it upright and let ‘er go. It was so moist from the steaming of the vegetables and wine. I’m an old traditionalist when it comes to turkey cooking, but I must say…this is a great recipe. Rebecca found it in the Splendid Table recipes as a brined preparation, but we decided to forego that step. Shoot me an email and I’ll send you the recipe. Devon got inspired and put together a fantastic Stuffed Pork Loin one night that came out of the McClive’s Restaurant recipe box. She butterflied a tenderloin & stuffed with apples. ground pork, crumbled cornbread, then roasted it with rosemary, thyme, and apple cider. The finishing sauce were the pan juices deglazed with apple brandy and touched up with a bit of beef demiglace. What a feast :} Well, I guess you can see where my focus has been over the last few weeks. I hope you had a lot of holiday fun with your loved ones also.

Check out the Chamber Web Site for January events and hop in the car, take a road trip up here to Deep Creek Lake and enjoy a bit of winter wonderland.


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