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Don’t put that in your mouth-you don’t know where its been!

Here at Castle in the Country, our approach to food has always been focused on using fresh and whole ingredients. This is rooted in a belief that the less processed ingredients are, the better their flavor and nutritional value. The price we pay for the convenience of cooking out of boxes, cans, or the freezer…

Easy Peasy Grilled Shrimp

This simple and quick recipe is part of our Friday Evening Appetizer gathering almost every week. I like it because it is so easy, but our guests like it because it tastes really good. The excessive amount of oil creates a lot of smoke, which becomes the dominant flavor. In fact we often call this…

Sausages and Eggs Breakfast Entree

Today’s breakfast entree was made with guilt-free Hollandaise. I stopped using the Knorr mix and whipped up a batch from scratch instead. Simple-egg yolks, butter, and a little lemon juice and hot sauce. Food is always better when made with fresh, unprocessed, and local (if you can get them that way) ingredients.

Recipe for Baked Pears in Honey-Mint Sauce

Baked Pears in Honey-Mint Sauce Comments: Be sure to adjust baking time according to how ripe the pears are. This recipe actually works better with hard, less ripe pears. Ingredients4 Pears6 stems fresh mint4T honey2T butter¼ t ground cinnamon¼ t ground cardamom Procedure1. Preheat oven to 350F. Halve each pear, core, then make a series…

Recipe for Grilled Bruschetta

Grilled Bruschetta(Most of us say Broo-shetta, but an Italian corrected me to say Broos-ketta. However you say it, simple and delicious) Comments: Easy to do on the grill, which adds a smokey flavor that can’t be replicated any other way. As with most simple recipes, the quality of ingredients really makes a difference. Use sturdy…

Spring at Castle in the Country

The Forsythia is in full glory. Here are a few pictures of wildflowers we saw on our walk today: Spring Beauty in bloom next to bloodroot (I think) in bud. Trout Lilly leaf in lower left corner. The common violet. Spring is here!