Archive for July, 2009

Old World Danish Meatball Recipe – Perfect For Any Occasion

July 31, 2009

Chef Tom Christensen, Executive Chef at Mid Pines Inn, wants to share this great recipe for Danish Meatballs that is perfect as an appetizer for a dinner party or as a side dish with any meal. 

Chef Tom is a European trained chef from Denmark and has been at Mid Pines for over 20 years.  He specializes in traditional French Cuisine.  Bon Appetite!

Ingredients – Serves 4 to 6

1 1/2 pounds ground pork
   shoulder or similar cut
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dehydrated onions
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 eggs
1 cup 2% milk
Butter or margarine
Vegetable oil


If you purchase pork already ground at the market, be sure that it is not seasoned pork sausage. Danish Meatballs can be frozen and reheated in the oven or microwave.

1 – Combine the ground pork with the flour in a bowl and mix well. Add the dehydrated onion, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs and then the milk. Spoon the mixture into a deep plate and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours for easier shaping.

2 – Add enough equal parts butter and oil to a skillet to measure 1/4 inch in depth. Heat over medium heat. Hold the dish with the meatball mixture in the left hand and spoon the pork mixture carefully into the pan with a soup spoon, shaping it into balls with the spoon. Cook the meatballs until brown on both sides, turning once.

3 – Remove the meatballs to a plate. Serve warm with Red Cabbage* and Caramel Potatoes* or serve as a light lunch with Potato Salad*.

*Recipe courtesy of


Pat McGowan’s Pre-Round Routine

July 24, 2009

Golfers often rush to the first tee and without a proper warm-up expect to play well.  It may happen occasionally, but most of the time you can expect a long day at the links.

If you want to perform well each time you play, you must take the time to warm-up.  I’m not talking about a long practice session.  So here’s a plan that will help you effectively prepare for your round when you only have 20-30 minutes before your tee time.

Get about 20 practice balls and head for the range.  Do a few long and slow stretches i.e. (club resting on neck and shoulders and do a full shoulder turn and hold).  Now, hit about a dozen wedge shots.  Some as short as 10 yards, all the way up to a full wedge.  All the while, swinging slowly (with good tempo) and taking a rhythmic practice swing between each shot.  Always have a target and use your pre-shot routine every time.  Now, hit a few mid-irons (6 or 7) and a couple of drives.  End this part of your warm-up by playing an imaginary 1st hole.  Select whatever club you’ll tee off with on your 1st hole, and then after playing this shot select the club you’ll play next and hit that “imaginary shot.”  This will help you with the transition from the driving range to the golf course.

Next, go to the putting green and (if possible) hit some chip shots.  Spend the last 5-10 minutes putting.  (After all, this is the most important club in your bag and it should get the bulk of your practice time.)  Practice your longer (lag putts) first and then end your session with several minutes on the short (2 to 4 foot) putts.  Make 3 short ones in a row before you’re done.  This way, you have a positive mind-set and you’re taking successful feed-back to the golf course.

Now as you head to the first tee you’re stretched-out, warmed-up, un-rushed and ready for an enjoyable round.

Follow this simple, yet effective routine and you’ll find yourself enjoying this great game more than you ever thought possible.

Make those putts!                  

All the best,                        

Pat McGowan

Have you seen a bluebird lately?

July 15, 2009

Although rarely seen by young people today, just a few decades ago bluebirds were the most prevalent songbird in America.

 A shortage of natural cavities for nesting and competition from house sparrows and starlings and other causes have eradicated 90% of the bluebird population. Only a massive effort by man to improve the availability of nesting sites can help the bluebird in its struggle to make a comeback. 

Pine Needles and Mid Pines are helping to bring back the bluebirds. We have 82 bluebird boxes on the golf courses and near the lodges. During the last 15 years we have an average of 325 fledglings each year, totaling over 4500 bluebirds. This year we are at 274 fledglings and still may get a few more, however a cold November and below average winter maybe the cause of our low numbers this year. 

When you come to Pine Needles and Mid Pines, you are more than likely to see a few bluebirds happily flying around looking for insects to feed their young.

-Written by David Frichte, Director of Golf Course and Grounds at Pine Needles and Mid Pines

Enjoy the efforts of Pine Needles and Mid Pines in saving the bluebirds

Enjoy the efforts of Pine Needles and Mid Pines in saving the bluebirds

The 82nd Airborne Arrives at Mid Pines

July 2, 2009

The beginning of the week brought the men and women of the 82nd Airborne to Mid Pines and Pine Needles.  Both properties worked closely together to host over 200 members of the Army and other government dignitaries for a day long symposium.  

To kick off the event, Mid Pines served a patriotic North Carolina Pig Pickin’ barbeque on Monday night under the tent and lawn off the 18th hole.  It was a perfect setting for all the attendees to relax and gather together before the symposium commenced on Tuesday.  

Pine Needles hosted the meetings in the Reception Center on Tuesday, with top-notch service provided by our staff and KLA Labs.  Any interested members of the 82nd Airborne were also invited to play both courses on Wednesday before departing back to Ft. Bragg.  

The whole event was a great success for both the 82nd Airborne and our properties.  We were honored to have them stay at both Mid Pines and Pine Needles and wish them well on their deployment in August.  We definitely look forward to having them back in the future!