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March in Lancaster, Swans and Mud Sales

It is hard to believe that winter is almost over, or at least we hope it is. The sun is shining brightly and the almost 4 feet of snow is down to about 2 feet. This is the time of year we look forward to the Tundra Swans and Whistling Swans stopping at the lake…

Dream Weekends in Lancaster County

Join us for the first in a series of Dream Weekends here at the inn. We are very excited about the specials we have in store for 2010 and are launching these weekends with our Wine and Wolves Weekend Feb 26 and 27. We have been dreaming here at Swiss Woods and would like to…

Eight Broads in the Kitchen

Last week 7 other innkeepers and myself, launched a new blog that is all about food. It is difficult to keep this blog just about recipes and to keep it up to date so we are using the network of friends and innkeepers that I have come to know over the past few years and…

The wedding

Many of you know that our oldest daughter Mirjam became engaged to Dwight Zimmerman in the spring and they were married on Sept 29. The wedding was in a local church and the reception took place here at the inn on the lawn. A group of innkeeping friends flew in to help me with the…

Pumpkin Pancakes

The fall of the year is always a good time to dig out all the pumpkin recipes. This year we are still enjoying beautiful color on the trees and it is November! Bonus time for sure. These pumpkin cream pancakes are a favorite of our returning guests. As I was reading the sheet for our…

Baked Oatmeal

Lancaster County has many dishes that you don’t find elsewhere in the US. PA Dutch cooking is an odd blend of old world German and new word colonial. Corn, used for cattle only in Germany till recently, is a staple in the PA Dutch kitchen. Simple foods, prepared well and savored with friends and family.…

Potato Quiche

Breakfast here rotates between savory and sweet, one morning featuring something in the pancake, waffle, french toast realm, and the next an egg dish of some sort. This recipe was born from a love of potatoes and eggs. I vividly recall sitting around the kitchen table at home and mom would gently fry leftover potatoes…

August 1, the Swiss National holiday

August 1 is to the Swiss what July 4th is to America. We always love this day of commemorating Switzerland and are especially thrilled when a visit from friends coincides with it. Yesterday was just one of these days and we did the traditional cervalat, veal sausage and regular sausage on the grill. Swiss cervalat…