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Coconut French Toast / Sweet and Spicy Sausages from the Mooring

Get that B&B vibe at home with this easy baked Coconut French Toast recipe from Leslie at The Mooring B&B! Prepare it the night before, and simply pop it into a pre-heated oven the next morning. Serve with Sweet & Spicy Sausages.

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  • 1 loaf good Italian or French bread, thickly sliced
  • 3 lg eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (about half a can)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 tblsp cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Spray a 10×14 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Fit bread slices into pan, not leaving too much room between slices.

Beat eggs, sugar, extract and milks together. Ladle mixture over bread in pan, making sure that each slice is soaked. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

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Mix together flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles peas. Stir in coconut and nuts. Top bread slices with the crumb mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until topping browns and edges of bread are beginning to crisp.

Makes 10-12 servings

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sausages

  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tblsp  chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • Breakfast sausage links, thawed if frozen

Mix the sugar and spices together and store in an airtight container.

When you’re ready to serve the sausage, roll the links in the sugar and spice mixture; arrange in a baking dish and bake in a preheated 350-400 degree oven for 10 or 15 minutes,  or until cooked through (if fresh) and nicely browned, turning halfway through baking time so they brown evenly.


themooringAbout The Mooring
The Mooring B&B, located on Stockton Avenue, was built as a guest house in 1882. It offers eight rooms and two suites, each with a mix of period antiques and contemporary furnishings. Daily breakfast choices include one of Leslie’s signature French Toasts (like the one above!) or eggs cooked to order.

Visit themooring.com for more information

Cape May hosts the inaugural Cape May Seafood Festival

Last Saturday marked the inaugural Cape May Seafood Festival, a celebration Cape May’s commercial and recreational fishing industry. It was sponsored by the City of Cape May and Cape May Forum. Visitors to the festival enjoyed live entertainment, free education programs, cooking demonstrations, and locally caught seafood.

You can find out more about the event on the official website capemayseafoodfestival.com

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Trending: Boutique stores

Last year, if you’d asked me to describe the type of shops we have in Cape May, I would’ve said they’re largely geared toward our summer visitors: t-shirt shops, souvenir shops with “Cape May” emblazoned on knick-knacks, the quintessential surf shops.

But last summer, the 500 block of the Washington Street Mall welcomed Galvanic, a shop specializing in men’s clothing, accessories, and unique home decor. We haven’t had a dedicated men’s clothing store in years, not since Barry’s closed (where Fralinger’s is now). Galvanic took over the space previously occupied by Gifts Galore and gave it a complete renovation. They gutted down to studs and painted the exterior a bold, charcoal gray.

Some people objected to the new look, but I was pleasantly surprised the first time I walked in. The inside is gorgeous: rough-hewn wood walls, sparse decor, handcrafted furniture. The store isn’t geared specifically to tourists, and it’s not geared specifically to locals. It’s just a great store, with interesting merchandise sourced from around the world. I ended up back there for my holiday shopping, infinitely preferable to trekking to the Hamilton Mall in May’s Landing.

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Left to right: Red Oak Trading, Galvanic, Sea Bags

Since Galvanic came onto the scene, two more stores have opened on the mall that point in a similar direction: Red Oak Trading, sister to Good Scents, took over Wave One’s space on the 300 block this spring. Like its big sis, the store is eclectic, offering a curated selection of women’s clothing, accessories, home decor, and a scattering of books. A large number of products are made in the USA, and the shopkeeper can tell you about every one of them. Sea Bags just opened down Liberty Way, carrying nautical-themed totes made in Maine of recycled sail cloth. Ours is their third retail location, after Portland and Seaport, Maine. I walked past their window for a week before I broke down and bought their octopus tote.

These new faces follow a trend that has been emerging over the past few years: boutique shops with sophisticated, upscale merchandise. They join the ranks alongside existing stores including Across the Way, Pink, West End Gallery, Miss Demeanor, White, and Splash.

Do these newcomers foreshadow the type of shops we’re likely to see in Cape May going forward? Time will tell. But I can say, definitively, that I’ll be doing the bulk of my holiday shopping in Cape May this year.

What do you think of these new stores? What type of shops do you want to see in Cape May?