Beautiful Weekend Ahead!

The daffodils are blooming, all the leaves are popping out in their fresh green color! So much going on downtown the next few weeks! It is the perfect time for a spring getaway!

We have been remodeling on of our bathrooms, and it is turning out beautifully! We have added a marble shower with a rainfall shower head and body sprays!  Pictures will be done soon! Be one of the first to stay in the upgraded Clem Studebaker Room!!!

Blog Special 3 for the price of 2!

Life is so busy for all of us these days! Why not have a 3 day weekend and still go to work on Monday! If you live  within 90 miles of the inn, you can arrive on Friday and stay until Monday am.  I’ll pack you a special gourmet breakfast for your drive to work ( or you can still have our candlelight breakfast before you leave.  If you are in the Central Time Zone you gain an hour going to work, so you can be there in no time!

Plus with our blog special you can stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2!  Good through April 30th.  Call the inn for specific details.

Save even more by adding our Tippecanoe Dinner package!

End of February ……..

Well, at the beginning of February, I challenged myself to write every day about Food and Love. I made it to the end (with the help of my best friend, Kathy!).

Here at the Oliver Inn, we are all about food and love. We try to create a relaxing environment with great food, a special place for you to take the one you love for a great getaway. Remember to keep looking for ways to share food and love with your friends and family every day.

Keep following us for recipes and events as well as our restoration project here at the Inn. I will still be blogging—just not every day. See you in March!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I have friends, and sometimes guests, with various food allergies. So I’m always on the lookout for good alternative recipes. Here’s a great chocolate cake for those who need to avoid wheat.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup sugar
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons coffee
4 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
powdered sugar for dusting

Grease 6 half-cup ramekins with the 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle the inside of each one with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Place ramekins in a 9×13 baking dish.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, stick of butter, and coffee. Microwave for 90 seconds and then stir until smooth and creamy.

In a mixer combine the eggs, remaining  sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix until frothy and almost doubled in volume, about 5 minutes. Fold 1/3 of this mixture into the chocolate. Repeat 2 more times, until all the egg mixture has been folded into the chocolate.

Portion the batter into the 6 ramekins. Add enough water to the pan to come up halfway on the sides of the ramekins. Bake about 20 minutes. The edges will just be setting and the cake will have risen slightly. Cool slightly and the loosen the edges with a dull knife. Invert each cake onto a plate and then flip back over so the top is facing upwards. Cover and refrigerate.

Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!

Many people think everyone in South Bend is Irish, since Notre Dame is known as the Fighting Irish. Well, I don’t know about the rest of the year, but of course we’re all Irish for St. Patrick’s Day!

South Bend hosts many festive events that weekend, including the annual St. Paddy’s Tent Party, to be held this year on Friday, March 12. Then on Saturday, March 13, we have a big parade that ends with the Greening of the East Race.

We have some great Irish pubs in town, including Fiddler’s Hearth, just a few minutes’ walk from the Inn. Start making your plans to come and spend St. Patrick’s Day weekend here in South Bend. It’s only a couple weeks away!

Catering Events at the Inn

I’ve been catering large and small events for over 20 years. Some of that time I had my own business, and some of that time I worked as the head baker for a small college. All that planning, cooking, and serving was great experience for me. Now I cook for guests nearly every day. And believe it or not, I still enjoy it!

Today we are hosting a private breakfast for a group of local bankers. Our beautiful dining room is a popular location for business meetings over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We also often serve private dinners for groups of guests who are staying at the Inn. Many people love the convenience of hanging out together for a weekend with friends or extended family, while someone else does all the cooking and cleaning.

Next time you’re looking for great food, an elegant setting, and a relaxing time, give us a call!

German Pancakes

If you are looking for a way to wow your family for a fun breakfast, this recipe for German Pancakes is just the thing.

2 tblsp. melted butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp. salt

Coat a large oven proof  frying pan or a 9×13 baking pan with the melted butter. (If you prefer, you can use 6-8 small ovenproof dishes to make individual serving-size pancakes.)

Combine the remaining ingredients, whisking hard until frothy or using a blender. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake at 400 for about 20 min., until puffy.

For toppings, you may want to saute sliced apples or peaches (fresh or frozen) with cinnamon and butter, or use sliced fresh strawberries. Whipped cream adds a fancy touch. The pancakes are also delicious served simply with warm maple syrup.

Let me know how these turn out and what toppings your family likes.