Cooking and entertaining have always been at the top of my list of ways to make people happy. I enjoy taking risks with new recipes, putting my own personal spin on them, and then presenting them in ways that make our guests feel not only satisfied, but special. Between mouthfuls, I get “oohs” and “aahs”. I get asked for my recipes. People tell me they could never cook or bake like I do. I feel honored.
But, pssssst….. Can I let you in on a little secret?
Nothing I make is complicated, it’s not always perfect, and I sometimes can’t make the same thing twice. I’ve learned to elevate common dishes by pairing fresh, local ingredients with easy, readily available foods. I also enjoy preparing tried and true favorites using unexpected ingredients that create a fresh take on an old recipe.
We believe in starting breakfast off with a little something sweet. If you do too, you might like Mrs. Gladys Williams’s Rhubarb Cake. I’ve been using this recipe passed on to me in 1993 by my sweet neighbor lady.
Most days life moves pretty fast here at the Inns, but I always take the time to test a recipe I plan to serve to guests. Main dishes, baked goods and delectable breakfast desserts all get a run-through before making it to the breakfast table. There’s always a willing taste tester (Dan and April) hanging around my kitchen, and I get plenty of feedback.
Lately we’ve been serving up this Summer Vegetable Crustless Quiche at the Inns. It is a crowd pleaser and so versatile. I like to change out the vegetables to ones that are in season. There’s always a stray zucchini popping up on my doorstep or a few tomatoes dropped off by friends this time of year. I love making good use of them.
I believe we should all put a little more trust in our abilities. We should give ourselves permission to make mistakes. Sometimes we should let go and just go with it. Cooking should be fun and extra points for making it fancy.
It doesn’t always go to plan, but Dan and I have polished our skills and have learned how to send our guests away feeling full and happy. The kitchen at the Inns at 8th and Main has been serving overnight guests (and their guests) for a couple of years now and we are ready to expand our breakfast offerings.
In the past, we’ve periodically opened up weekend breakfast reservations to the public. Now we’ve decided to do more of that. Take more risks. Try new recipes. Feed more friends and neighbors.
Eliza Jane’s Breakfast Club is the place to enjoy a full, homestyle breakfast on a weekend morning in Morgan County. Eliza Eberlein and Jane Christie were former caretakers of the Stone House and we celebrate them by including them in our talks about the history of the house.
We did not know Eliza or Jane personally, but we feel these two women have inspired us to continue to care for the house and provide the same hospitality they extended to their guests and families through preparing food. We want to do right by them and their love for the Stone House. We will continue to provide our full, homestyle breakfasts to guests and locals alike. We will periodically announce Breakfast Club dates with the next one coming up this weekend.
Locals welcome on August 7th & 13th with a reservation. You don't have to stay overnight to join us for Eliza Jane's Breakfast Club. Give Amy a call, and let her know you're coming. You can view the menu here.
We hope you’ll join us for Breakfast Club this Sunday. Until then, here’s to cooking, passing on recipes and showing ourselves a little more grace in the kitchen.
Join my husband Dan and I as we remodel, cook, host and share an amazing life together in these old historic homes.
House Manager April
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