Living the Good Life

A Blast from the Past

By: Stephen Wilaj Updated: Oct 31, 2016 08:39 PM
New Castle house: Quaint, warm a up…haunted? By Len Rome – NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WYTV) – Overlooking New Castle is North Hill, a neighborhood of spooky old homes, including one that will soon become a bed and breakfast. They’ll call it the Belladonna Inn on East Wallace Avenue, a home from a much older time — quaint, warm…and haunted. The guide for WYTV’s seance, Michele Saling, called on the memories and the energies trapped in the walls. “Now I’m protected,” Saling said. “I mean I have my own spirit guides, I have my own teachers on the other side and we’re safe in the circle of love that we’re going to create today from…I’ll just say mischief.” How about mischief from an 8-year-old girl who’s searching for someone? The co-owner of the Belladonna, Mariah Kakis, has seen the child on an upper floor. “I got up and went out into the hall, looked around,” Kakis said. “She just had this weird quality like she wasn’t really real from the get-go — like see through, almost misty.” Saling knows the girl drowned not far away. “She’s here because she wants her mommy to know she’s OK,” she said. And maybe the child has a friend in a ghostly cat that roams the halls forever? Saling’s husband, Dustin Moran — and Mariah too — have watched it appear out of nowhere. “When it runs up the stairs, that’s it,” Moran said. “As soon as she turns the corner to go up the stairs, she’s gone.” There’s more to this house, like the sound of heavy footsteps — just footsteps — and the man Dustin saw dressed in 19th century clothing, looking down at him from the stairs. “As soon as I saw it, it kind of like disappears — went away,” Moran said. “Later on when I went up the stairs and looked around, I didn’t see anything at all. “But he’s been present since basically I walked into this room. He wants to know what we’re doing,” Kakis said. Why, we’re listening for the dead…and who’s afraid of that? “And as we sit in the circle surrounded by the white light of the divine, we are safe,” Kakis said. Safe…until the next haunt…Happy Halloween. For more info on the Belladonna Inn, check out its official website. Copyright by WYTV – All rights reserved

2018 Best of New Castle PA Award

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Belladonna Inn Receives 2018 Best of New Castle Award

New Castle Award Program Honors the Achievement

NEW CASTLE August 7, 2018 — Belladonna Inn has been selected for the 2018 Best of New Castle Award in the Event Venue category by the New Castle Award Program.

Each year, the New Castle Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the New Castle area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 New Castle Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the New Castle Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About New Castle Award Program

The New Castle Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the New Castle area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The New Castle Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: New Castle Award Program

CONTACT:
New Castle Award Program
Email: [email protected]
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Proud to be of Service

Our sister company Tin City Caters is proud to haven been chosen as the caterer to this worthwhile event right here in New Castle, PA

Injured Marine, family welcomed into Sinise Foundation-built home

U.S. Marine Corps Major Eric Burkett quoted the 23rd Psalm as a passage that touched him one day in church “and hit me like a throat punch.” It was that inspiration that prompted him to name his new home “Still Water,” as a haven where his fellow Marines are always welcome to take shelter on the banks of the Neshannock Creek.

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with avocado sauce as served at the Art of Veggie at the BellaDonna Inn.

INGREDIENTS
for the cauliflower burgers
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets)
3-4 tablespoons oil, divided
a few generous shakes of spicy seasoning – cumin, chili powder, cayenne, etc.
a minced garlic clove or two
3/4 cup breadcrumbs or ground almonds
3/4 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the quinoa according to package directions but only using 1 cup broth of water to keep it from getting too heavy.
Cut the cauliflower into florets, transfer to a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with spices to taste. Roast for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Pulse through a food processor to form small pieces that stick together. You don’t want PUREE here, you want enough mushiness to help it all stick together.
Combine the cooked, pulsed cauliflower with the quinoa, garlic, breadcrumbs, Pepperjack cheese, eggs, salt, and another teaspoon or two of spicy seasoning (cayenne will make it hot-spicy, so just add a few shakes of that one). Form 10 patties.
In an oiled or nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the burgers until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

NOTES
In terms of level of spiciness, that is totally up to you! and it happens mostly at step two when you’re mixing up the burger mixture. Don’t be shy to add more spices or adjust – especially after you fry and taste one of them. Mine turned out a little bit differently every time I made them depending on what spices I used more or less of.

For a gluten free version, be sure to use the almond meal instead of the breadcrumbs. It won’t hold together quite as nicely, but it’s still delicious.

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with Avacado Sauce

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with avocado Sauce

INGREDIENTS
for the cauliflower burgers
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets)
3-4 tablespoons oil, divided
a few generous shakes of spicy seasoning – cumin, chili powder, cayenne, etc.
a minced garlic clove or two
3/4 cup breadcrumbs or ground almonds
3/4 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the quinoa according to package directions but only using 1 cup broth of water to keep it from getting too heavy.
Cut the cauliflower into florets, transfer to a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with spices to taste. Roast for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Pulse through a food processor to form small pieces that stick together. You don’t want PUREE here, you want enough mushiness to help it all stick together.
Combine the cooked, pulsed cauliflower with the quinoa, garlic, breadcrumbs, Pepperjack cheese, eggs, salt, and another teaspoon or two of spicy seasoning (cayenne will make it hot-spicy, so just add a few shakes of that one). Form 10 patties.
In an oiled or nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the burgers until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

NOTES
In terms of level of spiciness, that is totally up to you! and it happens mostly at step two when you’re mixing up the burger mixture. Don’t be shy to add more spices or adjust – especially after you fry and taste one of them. Mine turned out a little bit differently every time I made them depending on what spices I used more or less of.

For a gluten free version, be sure to use the almond meal instead of the breadcrumbs. It won’t hold together quite as nicely, but it’s still delicious.

Vegan Lentil “Meatloaf”

Recipie for the Vegan Lentil ” Meatloaf” that was served during the he Art of Being Veggie at the BellaDonna Inn.

VEGAN LENTIL LOAF
TOTAL TIME: 1 H

OUR PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES

This easy veggie filled lentil loaf is even better than the classic meatloaf! Be sure to use green or brown lentils, not red.

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups cooked French lentils (you can use vacuum packed steamed lentils from the produce section. Be sure your lentils aren’t too wet from cooking.)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 ¼ cup diced crimini mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon bbq sauce
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 tablespoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup quick oats
½ cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup ketchup
pinch brown or coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onion, carrots, celery, pepper, and mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper until softened. Add the garlic and saute another minute longer.
In a food processor, pulse together the lentils, cooked vegetables, tomato paste, bbq sauce, flax meal, parsley, salt, pepper, oats, and breadcrumbs. You may have to work in batches if your food processor is small. Do not puree, but blend into a chunky dough. You want some bits of veggies for texture.
Form the dough into a ball and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Form into a “loaf” shape as shown in the pictures. Alternatively, fill bell pepper halves with the lentil mixture and place in a baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread the ketchup on top. Sprinkle with sugar to help caramelize the topping. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let the lentil loaf cool at least 10 minutes as it firms up during this time.

Menu for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

We’re All Mad Here…

The menu for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party:

Scones:
Mixed Up Berry Scones with lemon curd

Savories:
Mock Turtle (cold) Soup
Humpty Dumpty (deviled) Eggs
Magic (stuffed) Mushrooms
Pig Babies (ham sandwiches with orange marmalade)
Duchess Potatoes

Sweets:
UnBirthday Cake (chocolate mousse)
Queen of Tarts (cherry)
Treacle Cookies
“Eat Me” Macrons

4 awesome teas themed to the party 3 hot and 1 iced

Great things Happening in New Castle, PA

Our friends at the BellaDonna Inn have a lot of events coming up over the next few weeks. Here are 4 of them. Don’t forget the ghost tours. Every Saturday trough the end of October. Plus we’ve booked some private parties. Can’t make it to some events. Give them a call and they can create a private event just for you and your friends. It’s what they do.

Blood Moon – Return from the Dead

The haunted BellaDonnaInn will be hosting it’s first annual Blood Moon Halloween party on Saturday, October 28th at 8:00 PM.
This year’s theme is “Return from the Dead” We will be reviving our long standing tradition of Blood Moon parties from previous years.
It will be held in our beautifully restored Victorian Mansion on the historic North Hill in New Castle., PA
Costumes are encouraged – So wear your “finest” dead apparel and join in on the fun.
BYOB and join us for the after party.
Spooky Halloween munchies will be provided by Tin City Caters. A $5 donation will be appreciated.

101 E Wallace Ave, New Castle, PA