A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chestnut Street Inn

May 25

So last weekend a funny thing happened on the way to Chestnut Street Inn. Pretty much all of Bureau County and half of central Illinois got paid a visit by this Limoosine. It was quite a sight. I think it may have been the most exciting thing to happen in Sheffield in a while. Certainly […]

Loving and Loathing Food: The Reality of Eating Disorders

May 3

Everyone knows I love food. I love eating it, cooking it and sharing it with people. It’s my art and my zen. It’s my singular mission to bring the joy of eating and cooking to others and to educate them about healthy eating. What everyone doesn’t know is that it wasn’t always this way. In […]

Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate

Apr 22

For those of you who have been following the continuing escapades of our cooking classes at Hy-Vee, you have likely attended one of our Lucy and Ethel themed cooking classes. Last week we did another one titled “Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate.” This was the last of my classes at Hy-Vee and […]

If Jeff Won the Masters Championship What Would He Eat?

Apr 8

If Jeff won the Masters Championship what would he eat? That’s a big IF since he isn’t a professional golfer, although he LOVES golf. It is his favorite hobby and he lives for the big tournament weeks when the TV is glued to the Golf Channel for nonstop coverage. Today is the annual Champions dinner […]

Happy Birthday Celine Dion!

Mar 30

I’m going to start this blog by saying that since I am subjecting you all to an entire blog post about Celine Dion, there are a ton of recipes as an added bonus/consolation prize for your patience and readership. So without further ado, happy birthday Celine Dion! What does this have to do with the […]

Spring Has Sprung!!!

Mar 20

Happy first day of spring!!! While I cannot say that spring has sprung quite yet with the long winter we have been having, I sure am anticipating some of the first bounty of the spring. Some of my favorite vegetables come with this season. Here are a few of them and a few suggestions on […]

The Value of Membership

Mar 7

Many innkeepers ask me what the value of membership is to the state bed and breakfast association or other professional associations for that matter. While each bed and breakfast is entirely unique and has completely unique needs, there are some universally common values that every bed and breakfast can gain from these memberships. We just […]

The Secret To Working With Your Spouse

Jan 28

Guests often ask us what the secret to working with your spouse is. They usually chuckle and say they’d likely kill each other if they had to be together 24/7/365. While I don’t believe that, I do believe that not all couples can in fact tolerate working together. This doesn’t say anything about the strength […]

Do You Really Have Good Taste?

Dec 18

Do you really have good taste? Taste is perhaps one of the most subjective things on the planet. It is contingent not only on some very specific biological differences between us but also upon social and cultural differences that are learned very early on in life. While peoples tastes change as they age and you […]

Let’s Talk About Food Porn

Sep 25

  I just recently read an article in Huffington Post written by a woman who despises it when people take photos of their food at restaurants. She ranted and raved about it being disruptive and disrespectful. Well let me tell you, as a restaurant owner, I wholeheartedly disagree. Food photos or “Food Porn”¬†as I like […]