Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Seckel Pears Baked in Cardamom-Mint Sauce

This recipe works with any variety of pear that is available. Be sure to adjust baking time according to ripeness of the pears. This recipe actually works better with hard, less ripe pears. Serves 8 Ingredients 8 Seckel Pears (or … Continue reading


Picnic Basket Package

When our guests arrive at our Southwest Michigan Inn Castle in the Country we find that many of them never want to leave their guest room.  They’re coming for complete rest, relaxation and romance and every package we provide is … Continue reading


Chocolate!

Chocolates included in our packages come from a store in Allegan called, “Something Sweet.” We talk with the owner about her favorite subject, Chocolate Truffles!


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Romantic, delicious, and available here. Someone ordered a dozen for tonight, so we thought a picture was in order. Lucky, lucky, lucky.


Recipe for Chicken and White Wine Pub Pie

The addition of white wine adds a nice dimension of flavor to the sauce, use whatever you like:sweet, dry, sherry, whatever. The parsley and green beans can be substituted with what is available and in season. Ingredients:1C Chicken Broth2.5 lbs … Continue reading


Recipe for Steak and Guinness Pub Pie

This hearty pub pie is made with beef tenderloin, enhanced with Guinness stout and thickened with sharp white cheddar cheese. The vegetables included are optional and can be varied based on seasonal availability: for example, I use frozen peas instead … Continue reading


Cherry Cobbler

I lucked out at the Holland Farmers Market Wednesday and found some pie cherries. While sweet cherries are plentiful and available many places, consider yourself fortunate when you see these, at least in West Michigan. The season for pie cherries, … Continue reading


Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at Castle in the Country

Today is a perfect day for our guests to stay on site, enjoy the nice weather sitting in our lakeside screenhouse, and munch on all the goodies we pack in our picnic lunch, including our own sourdough bread.


Recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

We take our cues from the local seasonality for this excellent dessert. Here in our corner of West Michigan we are in that special time when the rhubarb is winding down and the strawberries are just beginning. The combination of … Continue reading


Recipe for Sourdough Bread

We make sourdough bread multiple times per week here at Castle in the Country from a starter that began life on April 15, 2005. It is used here for french toast, croutons, picnic baskets, dinners, breadcrumbs…very little goes to waste. … Continue reading