September 6, 2011

I’m back….Finally

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I finally have time to write a blog post, after the busiest August the Inn has ever had.

We are putting the finishing touches on our new walk-in cooler set-up, which will give us the ability to do even more with the array of local farms we’ve been working with.

Speaking of which,I recently visited a new farm, called Tewksbury-Grace, where they grow the widest assortment of vegetables I’ve ever seen in one place. They also inoculate oak logs with Shiitake spores so we have access to some wonderful, locally grown mushrooms now.

My garden did really well this year for us, and we’re still getting lots of heirloom tomatoes. Its funny how the little seeds I started in my basement in February have grown into plants that are almost as tall as I am. I’ve got seven different varieties, all of which are really good.

We re-opened our Pub, with a new name, “The Blind Pig”, which has gone over pretty well. We have had a ton of great music down there, which will continue into the fall. You can check our calendar for dates. We’ve gotten our beer list up to well over 150 beers, and I will be making some changes, and bringing in some really special beers soon.

I started preparing a new dish recently, “Beef Bourguignon wrapped in Puff Pastry”, using grass-fed beef and our own house cured and smoked bacon.  Our guests who have tried it had wonderful things to say about it, so we’ll be using that recipe this Fall, and maybe we’ll make it a mainstay on our menu.  

I think one of the reasons we’ve been so busy is that we’ve had several different articles written about us recently, which can be viewed in our press section.  We’re also filling up for the next couple of months for the Fall foliage, so if you think you can make it up, give us a call soon for reservations.

That’s all for now, I’m sure I’ll be back with something new a little sooner this time.

Toby

March 15, 2011

Tomatoes…Asparagus…Morels…

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I think Spring is almost here. After our fifteen inches of snow from a week ago, I am finally ready for Winter to be over. We have been keeping busy, even though the Toboggan Slide stopped running a few weeks ago. I’ll tell you all about it.
I was asked to present a meal for 275 Innkeepers in Lancaster, at The Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Conference, March 6th, and then the day after I presented a seminar for them on how to incorporate more local foods into their businesses. You can view the menu and some pictures in my previous blog.
While down there I met with Bill Moore of Lancaster Brewing company to discuss a few things and tour the brewery. We’re planning a beer/food pairing dinner here at the Inn. Should be pretty sweet. I’ve also(I think) convinced him to come to the Sullivan County Tasteful Event, July 23rd this year. I’ll tell you more about that later.
I’ve started a good relationship with a beer distributor out of Philadelphia and we now have about 150 beers on the list. My favorites of the new ones so far are the Caldera IPA, Red Racer IPA, and the Tokio Imperial Stout from Brewdog. The last one there was wicked…18.2%abv!!! It sounds like it would have a big bite, but it is surprisingly smooth considering the abv. We also just started working with the Bavarian Barbarian out of Williamsport and we now have the 2×4 IPA on draft in the Pub. We’ll soon have some of their bottled stuff.

I just met with the sommelier from Il Bucco in NYC and we’re going to be working on expanding our wine list as well. Hopefully, the Bill will pass to privatise the Liquor industry, so we can have access to more unique and interesting wines soon.

Like I mentioned earlier, I have been working on getting some breweries and wineries to come to the Tasteful event in July. So far I’ve talked to about 8 different breweries, all of whom seem interested. What more can you ask for than a day of tasting great food, beer and wine?!??!

So now that we’re far enough along into the winter to be planning Summer events, I decided to get started on my garden. I have about 100 plants worth of heirloom tomato seeds started in my basement under a highly suspicious looking, grow-light set-up. I can’t wait till the neighbors call the police about it! I’ve also got some heirloom green beans, cucumbers, and kale, all of which will get started today.

I’ve also got some Morels spores in the fridge, but I need the ground to thaw a little before I get those babies out.
I have been thinking a lot about my asparagus patch lately. I hope they survived this harsh winter, because I can start eating them this year, if they do come up.
I’m pretty sure my Blueberries and Raspberries are going to be okay, don’t know about the Rhubarb though.

What else????

I am attending an Artisan Cheese making class next week. I figure we make just about everything else around here ourselves, why not the cheese, too?
The week after that is “The Taming of the Brews” again. We have to go to defend our title of “best restaurant” from last year.

For those of you who have not been here for them, you really need to check out some of the bands we’re getting down in the Pub. The last one was Inland Traveler, and they were amazing! Seriously. This Saturday we have Via Audio playing down there. These aren’t junk cover bands, people, a lot of them are stopping here in the middle of National tours, and their original music is great! You can check them out here:

Inland Traveler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yxKOm2wKgI

Via Audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8FM-x6-YOM

Not unlike Oliver,  who spends 3 seperate hours a day running around and chewing things like a maniac, then sleeping the rest of the time, I prefer to go for quality not quantity with my blogs. I’ll give you a while to digest all of this and I’ll report back shortly with some pictures or something.

Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Conference

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 Here is the menu and a slideshow of what we served at the Conference,they asked us to cater the kick-off dinner based on our use of local sustainable products:

Slideshow: Lancaster 

2011 Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Conference Dinner Menu:

“Northern Tier” Fresh Salad Greens

Mixed Hydroponic Salad Greens, Beets, “God’s Country Creamery” Blue Cheese, Mustard Vinaigrette

 

Assorted “God’s Country Creamery” Cheeses

 Home-Made Crackers

 

Fresh Baked 9-Grain Bread, Strawberry Preserves, Whipped Butter

 

“Forks Farm” Free-Range Chicken Eggs

Mustard Pickled-Deviled Eggs,  Smoked “WildForSalmon” Sockeye Salmon

 

“Dr. Joe Jurgielwizc ” Sustainable Duck Breast

Duck Galantine, Raspberry Aspic, Duck Cracklin’s

 

“WildForSalmon”  Sockeye Salmon

Oven-Roasted Wild-Caught Salmon, “Northern Tier” Cilantro, Lime-Olive Oil

 

“Kuhn’s Family Farm” Duroc Pork

Curried Ham Loaf, Gingered Apricot Glaze

 

“Pekin Paradise” Duck Ravioli

Gluten Free Duck Ravioli, Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic, Sage-Butter

“God’s Country Creamery” Gouda Mac & Cheese with  Bacon Lardons

 

“Kelchner Family Farm” Thyme Creamed Corn

 

Peach Lemon Pound Cake with Blueberry Sauce

February 9, 2011

Ready for another weekend of the Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide

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Here is a picture of Oliver and I, taking a break from splitting wood for the fireplaces at the Inn. We’ve got to keep the fires going for all of the cold tobogganners who have been coming to the Pub!! We’ve been doing a battered fish and chips special down there and it has been getting great reviews from guests. We’ve also got some Nugget Nectar in stock from Troegs Brewery(among many other great beers), if you haven’t had it yet, you really should try it. It is seasonal so it will not be available much longer. It is always excting when we have that beer around.
Another reason I am excited for this weekend is because Jay Smar, an old favorite of mine, is putting on a show at the Inn on Saturday night. He does coal mining songs, and old time and original Pa mountain music. He plays guitar, banjo, and the fiddle, and even does some flat-footin once in a while. He starts at 8 in the pub if you are interested.
There is also plenty to do during the day. You can go ice skating, ice fishing(I tried, unsuccessfully, on Tuesday), cross-country skiing, and try out the toboggan slide if it is open. If you are into cross-country skiing, we’ve gotten more snow here in the past couple of days, it doesn’t seem to ever stop snowing really. The trails are really good right now and the scenery is magnificent. If you don’t have skis remember you can borrow ours!! Or if you aren’t into being out in the cold, you can always go the wineries in the area.

Well, thats all I have for now, there is much to do to prepare for the weekend.

I’ll keep you updated on what is happening up here.
Toby

January 25, 2011

Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide

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The Eagles Mere toboggan slide opened to the public last weekend and had a great turnout, but without a long wait to ride. We had a bunch of folks in to the pub to warm up and enjoy some of our delicious pub food, not to mention some of the many great beers we have here. Hopefully we’ll see you here soon so you can experience the slide first hand, but until then, you can watch us go down here:

And as promised, here is the video of the building of the Eagles Mere toboggan slide:  

Well, now that you know exactly what you’re getting into, give us a call to reserve a room!! We will have live music every Saturday for the next four weeks, so stop in and see us.

Toby

January 11, 2011

I know…..

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I know it has been too long since I have posted (thanks to those who reminded me), but we have been working diligently on some new things for this year.

I’m not sure where to start, but here is some good news: Rumor has it that they will start work on the Toboggan slide this Thursday with hopes that it will be completed by Sunday. This means you could be going down the slide next Friday night.  We’re going to send a newsletter shortly but I figured it would be a nice gesture to notify my 7 loyal blog followers first.

What else…..Our ever-growing beer list has reached over 120 bottles, its got a good bit of variety….AND… a guest posted the Inn on Beer Advocate, you can see it here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24256 

Thanks for that!!

Also, Oliver is getting big, too big really, and he is only happy if he can chew on my hands for at least an hour every day. Soon he’ll have to learn to find me some rabbits, there is nothing better than a wild game stew in the cold winter months.

We have been making some changes here at the Inn, but I’m not telling what they are, you’ll have to come see.

For those locals coming in for the slide, don’t forget to stop by for a beer and some of our great pub food.

Helpful Hint: Make sure when you go online to make reservations that you are getting The Eagles Mere Inn, the search Engines have a few spots where you can click on Eagles Mere Inn, but its our competition trying to use our good “word of mouth” to snag some guests, just make sure you end up on www.eaglesmereinn.com if you want The Inn for the most fun and great food and beer/wine.

Soon we’ll post some video of the building of the slide/maybe going down?

Until then

Toby

October 29, 2010

A new addition!!!!

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This is Oliver, our newest staff member. He is 9 1/2 weeks old and loves playing with toys, eating, and checking out all the cool wildlife in town when we go for walks.  So far he’s seen squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and deer. Right now he tries to pick up all of the leaves he sees on our walks so he doesn’t have time to chase bunnies.

He also really likes to go to the local farms with me, to see the chickens, and cows and piggies.

If you are up and want to visit with him, just ask and we’ll bring him over. Right now he’s a little too crazy to be over here all of the time.

I’ll be posting more photos on our facebook page and maybe some video too!

September 27, 2010

Fall Foliage?!?!

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    Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. We’ve been really busy and the past couple of months have really flown by. I’ll start out by backtracking a little bit. Above are some pictures of our garden in all of its glory(these photos were taken by one of our favorite guests, although it looks a little different now). We’ve gotten great usage, and still are, out of our fresh herbs and nasturtiums, as well as our tomatoes, kale, green beans, and various other veggies. Also, my blueberry bushes produced about 7 quarts of fruit this year!! Pretty nice, considering they were just planted this past Spring. If they did that good in their first year, I can only imagine what the future holds for them.

What else…hmmm………..my Asparagus came up nice, so it looks like next year we’ll be able to use a decent amount. My Raspberries didn’t have the same kind of luck. The deer wouldn’t let them grow too much before they trimmed them down again.   I think I’ve got a solution figured out for next year. On a completely different note, we have been serving some great Venison lately, with a pearl onion and cherry chutney…mmmmm it’s good!!!

I’m not really serving the deer that eat my bushes……..yet.  Just kidding, our venison comes from the Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm near Catawissa, PA. It is really nice stuff and not too far of a drive from the Inn. 

So anyway, the garden is slowly diminishing, except for the Brussells Sprouts(don’t cringe if you haven’t tried freshly picked Brussels, wait till you try them tossed in a little olive oil and roasted,Yum!). We also have preserved fresh corn, green beans, and many different kinds of fruits for the off-season, so now we can serve local veggies and fruits year round.

And now, we move on to the Fall foliage season, which came out of nowhere and I guess kind of started already. I’ve already prepared a couple of batches of Butternut Squash Bisque and the apples we have been getting are really nice. I love the smell of fresh-picked apples and although the taste is different(not always in a bad way), it still makes me long for an apple picked off of a big, old apple tree that hasn’t been trimmed or sprayed in years, if ever. It starts out kind of bitter, then gets sour, then kind of sweet. The opposite order of a lot of dates I’ve been on(if forced to choose I’d easily rather go back to thetime spent with the apples ). Of course this doesn’t include you, Diana.

Sorry for my lame attempt at humor. I’m much better when I don’t think about it.

Try to stay focused here.

Okay, so check out our website for whats going on, especially the newsletter which will tell you about our upcoming events and specials, and get up here and look at the leaves already, what are you waiting for? The Endless Mountains of Pa. are one of the best places to experience the Fall Foliage season. Seriously they are.

Before you take off for your tour of the Northern Pennsylvania countryside, remember to to load up at breakfast(Its all-you-can-eat off of our breakfast menu). And although we don’t have the supposed “world famous” pancakes, like those that adorn the breakfast tables of other area establishments, its only because we don’t use the same internationally distributed pancake mix, we “mix”them ourselves, from scratch. Which goes great, by the way, with our homemade bacon, sausage, or for the daring: scrapple.   

Think about Pa. maple syrup with some local (churned by the Amish)butter, over fresh made pancakes, homemade bacon with free range eggs, or you could try the sweet potato hash. Or better yet, you could try all of that, we don’t care as long as you’re happy. Makes me hungry for some “Brinner” right now!

 Actually no, it is 9:30 at night and I just got some new beers to put on the list, so I need to “taste test” to be sure they are up to standards. It seems more appropriate given the time of day. Okay, I’m over the breakfast now, I got a little excited. It is good though(and I’m sure I’ll be back in the mood after the Delerium Nocturnum). 

Speaking of beers, have you seen our beer list lately, its getting quite expansive. I’ll be adding another dozen or so, once I can get down to talk to “my guy”. You know how these things go. Check out the list while you’re here for the newest selections.

Well that’s gotta be it for now, you’ll be getting a newsletter shortly, if you are on our e-mail list, wth some fall specials and info. on the upcoming wine tasting weekend and whatnot. If you are not on our list then sign up for it, you owe it to yourself.

I’ll be keeping up with my blog a little more regularly now, so watch out……

July 10, 2010

Severed Head?

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I know it’s been a while since I was on last, so I’ve got a few things to post.

First off, I made a watermelon-strawberry soup with basil on a hot day last week. I thought it could use some character so I carved this face into it. Pretty scary, huh? The soup turned out good. We finished it with a balsamic reduction.

We’ve added more bottles of beer to the list, we now have around fifty. You can view the list, and our new pub menu, on our website. We got some good European beers, as well as some nice micro-brews. I figured they would be good to go with our new pub food.(You can get the Pub Grub for lunch also!!!)

My garden is doing really well, I’ll post some pictures of that soon.

We have made 50 quarts of Strawberry jelly and 40 of Black Raspberry, to serve with breakfast. All local fruit, all really good. I’ll be making some peach soon. We’ll staret using them this weekend, and during the next week we’ll start using all of our homemade breakfast meats(sausage, scrapple, and bacon) We’ve been using the scrapple and everyone loves it. You should try it.

Thats all I have time for now, but I’ll be back soon to show the garden.

Toby

May 11, 2010

Check out this cake!!

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                                                                                                                                                      Sarah, my Sous-Chef, recently made this cake for a local business owner’s 70th Birthday. They wanted a golf theme, and I think she pulled it off. Sarah not only makes cakes like these from scratch, but also alll of our fresh baked bread and crackers. You really don’t find things that are homemade like that anymore. 

Anyway, I really just wanted to show you the cake.

I’m have another lamb coming in next week. I’m getting excited for it because we just ran a dish last night that was a “filet” of the lamb saddle, marinated in fresh garlic, basil, rosemary and thyme, then seared and finished with a minted tomato marmalade. It was really good!! Maybe you’ll get to try it, too.

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