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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 working hard to give them what they want. Included in the Royal Treatment package or…

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 Chicken, cubed (Or 6-7 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves)4T Butter1 Onion, diced2-3 Carrots, sliced1 Stalk…

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 of beans in the winter/spring months. Just take the amount of cooking time each vegetable…

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, also called “sour” or “tart” cherries, is short-just a few weeks. Most of the crop…

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 rhubarb’s tart, almost astringent, flavor with the natural sweetness of strawberries is magical. Especially when…