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Inn on Main Street Asheville NC Bed & Breakfast
88 South Main Street
Weaverville, NC, 28787, USA
(828) 645-4935

Three-Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

Posted on February 26, 2011

I’m licking my wounds, or at least licking my spoons, after failing to win the Maggie B’s Chili Cookoff here in Weaverville. I at least got to taste some of the Nantahala Brewing Co. beers I had hoped would be my trophy, so all wasn’t in vain. Though my chipotle-enhanced version wasn’t a winner, I still think it turned out good enough to share the recipe. I was encouraged by a Texas native who told me mine was best, though no self-respecting Texan would normally even try a typically Asheville turkey chili. Also, one of the judges asked if I owned a restaurant. I took that as a compliment, though he might have followed up with “Look for a new day job” if I’d answered in the affirmative.

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Here’s the recipe for my Inn on Main Street Three-Bean Chipotle Turkey Chili:
2 Tbsp. canola oil; 1-1.5 pounds lean ground turkey; 1 large onion, chopped into half-inch chunks; 1 large jalapeno or serrano pepper chopped fine; 1 medium bell pepper diced; 1 carrot chopped in half-inch chunks; 2 lbs canned or stewed tomatoes; 2 lbs cannellini (white kidney) beans, 2 lbs red kidney beans; 2 lbs black beans; 1 Tbsp each of dried oregano, dried basil, chili powder and chipotle powder.

Remove seeds from the jalapeno or serrano pepper before chopping if you prefer milder chili. Brown turkey in canola oil on medium high heat. Add onion, peppers and carrot. The carrot adds color and nutrition without really affecting the taste. Add tomatoes and beans to a 4 quart or larger slow cooker and set on warm. Pour in meat and sautéed vegetables. Stir in spices and set on low for two or more hours. If it gets too thick for your taste, thin with beer or water. Garnish individual bowls with corn tortilla strips, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro, if desired. Substitute tofu for turkey to make vegan chili. Serves 20.

Chili con Cerveza is on the Menu

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Posted on February 23, 2011

I’ve been known to work for beer. That was the principal form of payment back in the days when equally-broke friends needed someone with a strong back, weak mind and a truck to move furniture. My back isn’t what it was, but little else has changed since we bought Inn on Main Street 12 years ago.

So I couldn’t resist entering a cook off this Friday at Maggie B’s Wine and Specialty Store, our favorite gourmet shop here in Weaverville. They are hosting the Nantahala Beer Tasting and Chili Competition from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. I was tempted to cook up some tofu chili, but figured the name alone would turn off the judges. I won’t say what I’m making, but it should be a more universally appealing recipe.

Oh yeah. First prize is four growlers (take-home bottles of draft beer) from Nantahala Brewing Co.

We do a lot of cooking at our bed and breakfast. I like to think we got good at it. Let’s see what the judges say. If I place, I’ll post my recipe.

Get a Peek Inside Asheville’s Best B&Bs

Posted on February 19, 2011

The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association is hosting a fundraising tour of our member inns on April 16 and 17, called the Spring INN Asheville Tour of B&Bs. This fundraiser will benefit MANNA Food Bank and we’ll be raffling a $250 Asheville B&B Association Gift Certificate. Learn more about the tour and buy your tickets online.

We are happy at Inn on Main Street to be a part of the tour. The Weaverville segment of the tour will be on April 17. Anyone booking a stay with us that weekend will be eligible for half-price tickets. Book directly with Dan or Nancy or online to get half-price tickets.

Spring’s a-Springin’ in Western North Carolina

Posted on February 17, 2011 

They may not look like much yet, but the tips of the daffodil leaves poking out of the mulch are a sight for frozen eyes. At Inn on Main Street bed and breakfast in Weaverville, we are SO ready for porch breakfast weather. The Asheville area has had a tremendous amount of snow and cold, but the past couple weekends have been gorgeous.

The Biltmore Estate is ramping up for flower madness, too. “Take a tropical break from winter with a visit to the Orchid Room in Biltmore’s Conservatory,” says their latest online newsletter. “More than 70 colorful orchids are in peak bloom, now through March. The Orchid Room features bromeliads and orchids, some of which are epiphytes, which gain moisture and nutrients through aerial roots”

I’m an epiphyte neophyte, but it all sounds great to me. And thanks to our discount winter tickets, it should be especially great for our guests.

Romance at the B&B

Posted on February 8, 2011

We’re nothing if not romantic at Inn on Main Street bed and breakfast.

We’re blessed to host hundreds of honeymooners, folks on anniversaries and just plain lovers on a getaway to Weaverville and the Asheville area.

That’s why we’re surprised to still have openings for Valentine’s Day weekend. Could be the weather; could be that the Super Bowl kept guys’ minds on a different playing field. In any case, we decided to sweeten the pot and extend our Winter Savings deal to this weekend. Stay two nights in a premium room, and get half off the second night, or a pair of two-day tickets to the Biltmore Estate, or a third night free. Stay in a non-premium room for two nights and get either our Valentine offer of a free soak at Hot Springs Spa or a third night free.

Nothing says “I love you” like cuddling by the fire in a romantic B&B.