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March 25, 2019

Lemon Panna Cotta is Perfect Spring Dessert

What could be more spring-like than a lemon dessert?  Panna cotta means “cooked cream” in Italian.  The sweetened, thick cream is the perfect ending to a meal any time of year.  The brightness of lemon makes this version taste light and sunny.  Panna cotta is sometimes called a custard, but a true custard is thickened with egg yolks, not gelatin.  

Panna cotta is a gluten-free dessert.

Lemon adds a bright note to this creamy dessert.

Lemon Panna Cotta with Blackberry Sauce

1 cup whole milk

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup crème fraiche

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Lightly oil six custard cups and set aside.  Mix milk and cream in a heavy saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat, cool slightly, and add vanilla.  Pour lemon juice into a small bowl.  Sprinkle gelatin on top of the juice and let stand about 10 minutes.  Stir sugar and gelatin mixture into milk mixture.  Stir over low heat just until sugar and gelatin dissolve, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in crème fraiche and lemon peel.  Divide among custard cups.  Cover and chill until set, at least six hours.

Sauce

2 cups fresh blackberries

2 tablespoons packed golden brown sugar

2 tablespoons crème de cassis

Puree 2/3 of the blackberries, brown sugar and crème de cassis.  Strain into a medium bowl, extracting as much liquid as possible.  Stir remaining berries into sauce.

To serve, run a small knife around each custard cup.  Place bottoms of cups, one at a time, in a bowl of hot water for 45 seconds.  Place dessert plate on top of custard cup and invert, shaking gently, to turn out the panna cotta.  Serve with sauce.  This recipe make six servings.

Our chef notes that if you cannot find crème fraiche, heat one cup of whipping cream to lukewarm.  Remove from heat and mix in two tablespoons buttermilk.  Cover and let stand in a warm area about 24 hours until slightly thickened.  Chill until ready to use.

March 18, 2019

Many Films Shot in Beautiful Tennessee

When we think of U.S. films, we often think of Hollywood.  But the gorgeous landscapes and famous landmarks make Tennessee a great location to create movies.  Both the large studios and independent filmmakers have shot in our state.  Below is a list of some of the recent films that were created all, or in part, in Tennessee.  Visit http://www.tntrivia.com for more information.

Recent Films Created in Tennessee

Many films have been shot all, or in part, in Tennessee

You could be discovered by a filmmaker on your next visit to eastern Tennessee!

The Green Mile with Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Sam Rockwell.  The exterior of the prison is the Tennessee State Penitentiary which closed in 1992.

Nashville with Jeff Goldblum, Lily  Tomlin and Julie Christie.

Hannah Montana:  The Movie with Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Tyra Banks.  Middle Tennessee served as the backdrop for the movie, which is appropriate since Miley Cyrus is from the Volunteer State.

Black Snake Moan with Justin Timberlake, Christina Ricci, and Samuel L. Jackson.  This dark film was shot in Memphis and Stanton.

The Fugitive with Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, and Tommy Lee Jones.  The movie was filmed in the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee/North Carolina border.  The iconic scene features Harrison Ford jumping into the Tennessee River.

Coal Miners Daughter.  The story of Loretta Lynn was shot in and around middle Tennessee, including Hurricane Mills and the Ryman Auditorium.

The Blind Side.  This biography of Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michale Oher was filmed in Memphis.

The Firm with Tom Cruise.  The movie was true to the book, which was set in Memphis.

The Matrix.  Nashville was the backdrop for the opening chase scene.

Jungle Book.  Fall Creek Falls served as the jungle setting, showcasing the natural beauty of Tennessee.

Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.   The Folsom Prison scene was shot at the Pipken Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Memphis.

Green Mile.  This modern classic used the old State Prison building outside Nashville as its setting.

New Films Shot Locally

The Knoxville Film Office reports that five feature films were shot in the city in 2018 with more scheduled in 2019.  According to KnoxNews, “the movies run the gamut in terms of genre.  They include:  the paranormal Jim Gaffigan flick “Light From Light”; the Civil War film “Into the Wilderness”, the black comedy/musical “Flirting with Azrael”; the thriller “Purity Falls”, and the political/historical drama “No Time to Run”.”

So, when staying at Buckhorn Inn always put your best profile forward, you may be discovered and become a star!