Here are a few pictures of some signs of Spring up here in Eagles Mere. The Azaleas and Daffodils are in full bloom, and the Fiddlehead Ferns are peeking out ready to be plucked and cleaned. In the past I’ve roasted them in olive oil and also sauteed them in butter and onion, but one of my favorite preparations is to pickle them with some dill, garlic and some hot red chilis. We’ll see what I come up with this year.
Update #1: I represented the Inn at a benefit for the Blomsburg Theater Ensemble last Saturday. The event is called “The Taming of the Brews” and it features many local restaurants and breweries offering samples of their goods. I was very happy to be a part of it. Most importantly, it raised a lot of money to help fund one of the better small town theaters in Pennsylvania. I also had a chance to network with some good local microbreweries and we hope to have some new brews in stock by the beginning of Summer. There were probably 20-30 other restaurants there, but we won the people’s choice award for the best restaurant voted by the patrons of the event!! Considering they only give out two awards(the other is for best brewery), I felt extremely honored to have been chosen for this. We did a seared Sea Scallop with a cilantro creamed corn with a carrot and ginger orange sauce. Slightly ambitious considering the volume of people(we cooked over 600 scallops), but it paid off in the end.
Update #2 While fishing on Hunter’s Lake last Thursday, I was lucky enough to see a pair of Ospreys hunting for fish. We were right nearby when one went into its dive and smacked the water. At first I thought it came up empty-handed, but upon a second glance we saw it did have a fish, and a nice one at that(about 12 inches or so). I also only caught one but considered it a successful trip nonetheless.
Update #3 My lamb should be here this afternoon so I’ll have another post about what we do with that, probably tomorrow. I’m also going to search for some ramps later to prepare with the lamb and this weekends offerings, and I’ll also end up preserving some for future use.
I don’t want to, but feel I need to, end with this quick clarification. I was told by some guests who are attending an upcoming wedding, that another lodging establishment in the area has been giving false information about our rates. Several different people were told that if you stay with us you had to pay the full price even if you weren’t eating with us. Although these potential guests chose not to stay with us, I figured I’d mention it here to clarify these things.
I can see where the confusion would come from considering our guests almost always choose to eat here, so they aren’t seen elsewhere in town for dinner, but we never tell anyone they have to and nor would we charge for dinner if they choose not to eat with us. We DO discount your rate if you don’t want dinner.
The whole lamb I’m getting today is a perfect example of the reason everyone who stays with us(and some at other places) want to eat here. We serve good, fresh, local products, made from scratch, to those who want to eat with us.
That’s all for today. I’ve got my work cut out for me today.
More about the lamb tomorrow.