Category Archives: Food & Recipes

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


Recipe for Brownies with Bacon

There seems to be an increasing use of bacon in sweet dessert items like chocolate brownies. The combination of smokey, salty bacon with sweet, rich chocolate is better than it may sound at first. So, we thought it would be … Continue reading


Recipe for Cream Scones

Most traditional scone recipes use both butter and milk or half&half. Here we skip the butter and a few of the mixing steps by using only heavy cream. This simplifies and shortens the preparation process, and the end result yields … Continue reading


Tonight’s Secret Ingredients Menu

Appetizer: TBDSalad: Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Apple Vinaigrette and Mustard Seeds with toasted walnutsSoup: Roasted SquashCheddar-Garlic BiscuitsEntree: Pork Loin with Caramelized Apples, Turnip Gratin, and Crisp-Roasted KaleDessert: Pear and Cream Gallette


Tonight’s Secret Ingredient Dinner Menu

Appetizer: Grilled Shrimp (as always) Soup: Roasted Butternut Squash with Ginger Sourdough Breadroll Salad: Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Apple Vinaigrette and Mustard Seeds with toasted walnuts Main Entree: Pork Chop with Caramel-Apples, Grilled Brussels Sprouts, and Turnip Gratin Dessert: Pear … Continue reading


This Week’s Secret Ingredients

No shortage of interesting things coming from the good earth here in SW Michigan. Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Turnips, Leeks, Brussel Sprouts, and Asian and European Pears. The bumpy green orb is an Osage Orange-not edible but it looks interesting.


Local Apples and Pears at the Farmers Market

Our source from nearby Glen at the farmers market. VaLi pears (spicy asian) and Nittany apples. (Sent from my BlackBerry)


The Secret Ingredients Plan

Pears! Maybe I got a little carried away, but they had an assortment of Asian, d’Anjou, Bosc, and Red Bartlett. I have them out in the kitchen ripening. Thinking about freshly sliced Asian pears with the salad greens and a … Continue reading


This Week’s Secret Ingredients

Winter squash, Sprouts, Leeks, and Italian Cauliflower from Boeve Farm. Organic Salad Greens and Kale from Eaters Guild, Nittany and Courtland apples and a wide variety if Pears from Fenville. We’re off to a good start. (Sent from my BlackBerry)