Saturday, July 27, 2013

Loving Summer

It is such a treat to be able to go out in the garden & pick fresh vegetables to use for cooking.  I love the summer for the Indiana tomatoes especially.  Last summer we had a drought.  This summer it is back to plenty.  The squash & zucchini are rampant and ginormous!  The tomatoes are everywhere & in every shade of red & orange you can imagine.  We made a wonderful yellow squash casserole that I can't stop eating.  Mom made a great crunchy pasta salad.  Dad made a bulgar wheat salad with tomatoes & cucumbers.  We also made potato salad with fresh dill, cucumbers & sweet onions in vinegar, & a summer tomatoe pie with bacon, cheese, & sweet onions in a pie shell-scrumptious!!  The garden this year makes it easy to imagine being a vegetarian.  The huge amout & size of the zucchini make me think that zucchini bread is in my future.  As a chef I am so happy to have all kinds of edible garnish out there whenever I need it.  There is oregano, green & purple basil, three kinds of sage, rosemary, parsely, dill, tarragon, wild lettuces, & mint.  There is also lavender which I love to make syrups out of for any fresh fruit.  It is just delicious & unique.  So many variations and unlimited creativity just outside the back door.  Wish it could always be summer in Indiana.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Harvesting Breakfast

How wonderful to have freshly grown fruits to cook with!!  Last Wednesday George & I met up with an old friend in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  She had located fruit farms growing apricots & blueberries.  Wow was it hot!!!  My bucket was only half full of gorgeous apricots, fortunately George had a bucket full.  The trees were loaded with fruit.  We decided just to buy the pre-picked blueberries.
   This morning I made fruit cups with watermelon, fresh apricots, & fresh blueberries.  Our waffle batter was also full of blueberries & served with a blueberry syrup made with cornstarch & lemon juice.  It was hard to decide which tasted best George's fried green tomatoes or the blueberry waffles with fresh blueberry syrup!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Murder Mystery Parties

Here at the Inn we have murder mysteries.  These parties require at least 10 people or five couples.  We have had corporate groups, Harley riders, weddings,  Red Hat Ladies, & surprise parties do these events.  We have some choices when it comes to the murder mystery.  There is the 1920's theme Murder at the Four Deuces, The Immortal Ball a vampire supernatural themed, The Reunion a 1950's theme party, & a Christmas themed one as well.  The price is $65 a couple plus tax & tip.  This includes a four course dinner with appetizers, a salad course, main entree with two sides, a dinner roll, dessert, & drink.  There are also four prizes for the player who is the best actor/actress, who has the most money, best detective, & best costume.
     These are always a lot of fun and very entertaining. It helps when there are outgoing guests involved.  It seems like they help to drag everyone else into the event.  Alcohol we serve beer & wine seems to ease the dynamic.  Sometimes there is confusion on what to do.  I try to remind them that is just like real life in a way.  For example if you want to kill someone & steal their money you have to try to do it on the down low.  There should be no witnesses, but there is no CSI unit to investigate either.  There is a scavenger hunt to find weapons and bonus advantages.  This is my favorite part.  People vying to get to the clue before the others.  The people playing make all the difference in the fun factor.   There is a lot of work involved in pulling one of these off.  I am the chef & game leader so it is a balancing act to pull it off.  The people soon realize that the more you put into the experience the more they get out of it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

River Bluff Trail

Our guests have been excited about our beautiful River Bluff Trail.  The Trail starts just about 2 miles from the Inn.  It's a paved path that runs under the trees along the river.  The Trail runs from one street to the next for a 1.3 mile run which can be extended by using the Davis Road Side to Riverside Park where the Dentzel Carousel is housed. The trail is gorgeous most can't believe how close the river is to the trail.  Logansport has so many parks.  We are fortunate to have them.  France Park just added a zip line to its dazzling line up of pretty sites within its park. 
     Some wedding pictures were taken here last weekend.  Can't wait to see them posted.