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Scootin’ in the Coupe 

Innkeeping is such a stressful job....all that cookie baking, talking to guests and fluffing of pillows  can wear you out.  Luckily, my friend Lynne, fellow innkeeper at The Australian Walkabout, had the solution.  She suggested that we check out the new coupes at Strasburg Scooters. Great idea! And, since Lynne is a four-wheelin' kind of gal, I got …

One Potato, Two Potato…..Heck with Three; Gimme More! 

It's hard to find another vegetable so versatile as potatoes.  Serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Fry them, bake them, broil them or boil! Cut them into all kinds of shapes and slather them with a variety of toppings.  Face it, Americans are in love with potatoes.  Whether they are white, yellow, red, blue, sweet, new, russet or fingerlings; there are certainly enough …

Pear and Cherry Bread 

This is a pretty hearty bread - it has more fruit than dough. First, find yourself a pear tree.  Luckily, we have one in the back yard behind the inn.  Next - find someone tall enough (or use a ladder) to pick the harvest. In our case, that was Bruce.  Even with a tall ladder, …

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Remembering a friend and a boss…..Sam Siciliano 

It was my first day at a new job… at headquarters for The Asbury Park Press.  I had made it almost until lunch when I heard my boss’s thunderous yell from the cubicle next to mine:  “Hey, Witkowski, got any plans for lunch?” I was totally embarrassed, but everyone else seemed to be so used …

Going the Extra Mile….All the Way to the Dressing Room 

I recently shopped at the Vanilty Fair Outlet in Reading.  Unlike other outlets, they actually have quite a selection of jeans – you can get short, petite, medium, tall and extra tall in just about every size.  And they are located in the old factories, so it’s a great reuse of space, rather than putting …

Sweet Street Cafe 

You have probably tried their desserts.  After all, Sweet Street desserts are featured by restaurants in over 60 countries.  They are as creative as they are yummy.  This local success story takes place in Reading - only about half an hour from the inn.  Last fall, they opened a café.  Café Sweet Street.  It's only open for breakfast …

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.. 

What would winter be like without chocolate?  Or spring, summer or fall?  We'll be serving these Ganache Filled Brown Sugar Bars at the inn all month. The recipe first appeared in the1995 edition of Food and Wine.  We hope you enjoy them here....or at home! Ganache Filled Brown Sugar Bars1/2 cup heavy cream1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, …

Back to School…or Maybe Recess! 

It doesn't matter in which direction you drive.  Once you leave Terre Hill, you're bound to pass by a one-room schoolhouse.  You can usually tell the percentage of old-order Amish and Mennonite kids attending these schools by the number of bikes (Mennonite) or scooters (Amish) parked outside.And it doesn't matter what time of the day you …

Melon Mania in Lancaster County 

It's been a great summer for eating.  And there's nothing sweeter than Lancaster County melons.   Farms stands and the local produce auction are exploding with several kinds of watermelons, honeydew, cantaloupes, canary melons and....my favorite - honeylopes.  They are a cross between a honeydew and a cantaloupe. So, whether you're ready to buy one, a dozen, …