Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Fences - Hotel Roanoke

This painting hangs inside the Hotel Roanoke. When I snapped a picture, I missed the artist's name unfortunately and didn't find anything on Google. I love this painting though and look there, right along the bottom is a little stone wall that I can use for Friday Fences!

While Googling info on the artist, I did come across a couple of the hotel's famous recipes.

"Wanting to serve a “signature” dish that would stick in people’s minds, restaurant chef Fred Brown was asked to come up with something memorable. The result was peanut soup served with spoon bread."

“We are known for our peanut soup and spoon bread,” said Michael Quonce, marketing manager for the hotel in Roanoke, Virginia. A tasty combination, the peanut soup and spoon bread is a favorite memory with many hotel guests.

“It is always on the menu. I don’t think people would let them take it off,” said Catherine Fox, director of tourism and communications for the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I can remember coming here as a child with my parents and eating it … The soup is very rich and good.”

We did try the Peanut Soup with our dinner. It was pretty tasty! And I missed the Spoon Bread which they served at brunch the next day but my husband tried it and liked it.

So, here you go:


2 quarts chicken broth

1 pint peanut butter

1 small onion diced

½ cup ground peanuts

¼ pound butter

1/3 teaspoon celery salt

2 branches celery diced

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Melt butter in cooking vessel and add onion and celery. Sauté for five minutes but not brown. Add flour and mix well. Add hot chicken broth and cook for a half hour. Remove from stove, strain and add peanut butter, celery salt, salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle ground peanuts on soup just before serving. Serves 10.


1 ½ cups corn meal

5 eggs

1/8 pound butter

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon sugar

1 ½ cups boiling water

1 1/3 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix corn meal, salt and sugar together and scald with boiling water. Add melted butter. Beat eggs and add milk to eggs. Combine two mixtures and add baking powder. Pour into baking pan and bake 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 10.

The floor we stayed on had a room that served appetizers and drinks. They had the most incredible chicken salad out. I swear I could have eaten the whole bowl if I was sitting there alone with no one to witness. I contacted the hotel for the recipe and they said they would talk with the chefs. Hoping I get it!

Also linking with SkyWatch Friday ...a painted sky works right?!


  1. I love making soups, and will try anything in them when making. So I think Tanya that I will have to steal this recipe off of you.
    Have a great Day.

  2. 1/8 pound of butter! Well, I guess I won't be eating spoonbread again any time soon. :-)

  3. I love the artwork! Thanks for the recipes too. Happy New Year.

  4. Such a pretty painting of the town!

  5. nice. intereting recipe. i would have never thought peanuts in my soup??! peanut pie, cake or shake or something like that. ha. ha!!( :

  6. What a neat painting, and I love trying new recipes thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the painting -- so colorful but also has a nice soft effect to it.

  8. Great painitng...very colorful. thanks for sharing the recipes...never had p.nut soup..but have spoon bread.

  9. The recipe sounds delicious, I'll have to give it a go. Great, colourful painting/picture too!

  10. love the painting. we'll let you use it for both memes. ;)

    peanut soup. hmmm...

  11. I love those gorgeous colors on the painting & both recipes sound delicious! Such serendipity that you stumbled upon these food gems while researching art info - it was meant to be!:)

  12. A coincidence indeed :) I provide a sky to inspire and you show us the end result. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!

  13. Love the painting and it works for me for Skywatch and Friday Fences.
    I've never had peanut soup or corn bread but they sound delicious.

  14. A really detailed painting! Love the vibrant colors!

    Happy New Year Tanya!

  15. Hey! I have been there. When I was working, my company held an annual meeting there. What I remember most is that there were going to be some protestors, and lots of time was spent with the security guys preparing. The protests ended up being minimal.

  16. The peanut soup sounds delicious. I don't know if we'll ever get to the hotel, but I'm going to remember to have it if we do get there.

  17. I like how the painting did double-duty for the Friday memes! :)
    I'm not too sure about Peanut Soup but the Spoon Bread sounds yummy!

  18. Looks like a peaceful little town. Happy colours. Please have a good weekend.

  19. A beautiful painting! I like all the colors!

  20. Such a great painting. The recipes have made me hungry! Good luck on getting the chicken salad recipe - nothing like good chicken salad! (Did I mention I'm hungry?)

  21. I love the painting. I'd especially love to see the church spires in person that are in this.

    1. ohhhhh that church is just GORGEOUS!! i need to make a point just to go downtown and photograph it! maybe i'll put that on my "to do" list for the weekend :)

  22. I wish I had that talent. The Peanut soup sounds tasty!

  23. That is a great painting. And I think a painted sky counts. Wishing you a very happy New Year full of great photos!

  24. Had some potato soup last night, complete with a few potato skins. Doesn't sound all that appetizing, BUT it was delicious!

  25. I think the spoon bread sounds better than the soup, but I am not a big fan of peanuts. I recognize that photo but cannot recall the artist. If I remember I will let you know!

  26. These two are sure strange recipes, but it must be something different to make everyone remember. I guess they accomplished their aim.
    I do like the painting too, it's beautiful.

    I'm visiting from SkyWatch Friday. Here's my sky:

    Regards from Barcelona. I hope you are having a great Sunday.

  27. I love the picture. Thanks for sharing the recipes. We were back in Roanoke Friday night for Buddy to run in the Frosty Toe 10K Saturday morning. It was one beautiful day for a run. genie


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