Bed and breakfasts throughout the world are often known for their intimate accommodations and attention to detail. When it comes to meal preparations, Hart House Bed and Breakfast in Michigan’s Oceana County dishes out a delectable breakfast treat customized for each of its guests.
Hart House Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Patrice and Al Martin take great pride in preparing and serving memorable morning meals for their guests. Patrice, who is the primary chef, grew up in an ethnically-diverse neighborhood in Chicago, surrounded by a myriad of cuisine styles. She jokes about not being able to scramble an egg when she moved away from home. But with her appreciation for food and wholesome ingredients, Patrice decided to learn the art of cooking.
“I observed chefs in action, studied cookbooks, collected recipes and binge-watched the Food Network. Then, I began experimenting on my own,” Patrice said. “Over time, I have improved my cooking skills, and I improve even more with each meal I create distinctively for our guests.”
Breakfasts at Hart House Bed and Breakfast include the guest’s choice of one of two entrees, accompanied by fresh fruit, baked goods, coffee, tea or juice. Patrice also sprinkles in locally-sourced foods and seasonings in the gourmet cuisines whenever possible.
“Oceana County is abundant with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables,” said Patrice. “Many local vendors provide a rich array of high-quality dairy products, meats, condiments, sweet treats and other goodies. We want to support the local farmers and artisans who are right in Hart’s and neighboring communities’ backyard.”
During Michigan’s apple season in the fall, guests at Hart House Bed and Breakfast have savored meals made with local apples, including a sweet apple-walnut-candied ginger braid with a hint of vanilla and Saigon cinnamon, maple-baked apples with golden raisins and walnuts, chicken-apple-sage sausage patties, apple hand pies and a maple sausage, apple and sage frittata.
In the summer, when vibrant-red strawberries are abundant, Patrice will treat guests to a strawberry balsamic and olive oil breakfast cake and rainbow fruit salad with citrus-honey dressing.
Other breakfast favorites among Hart House Bed and Breakfast guests, include a browned-butter, walnut and rosemary shortbread; parmesan and herb baked eggs; overnight yeasted waffles; and grilled Mexican corn avocado toast.
“I often joke that I have the soul of an Italian grandmother, and the guests often agree,” said Patrice. “One guest recently remarked that she could feel the love and care I put into each meal, and that it made her feel loved and cared for. That is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received.”
When preparing and serving guests breakfast meals, Patrice and Al want it to be a memorable experience for everyone, including those who may have special dietary needs. If you are on a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, or have other food limitations, the Martins welcome a conversation with guests ahead of their stay to make those meal accommodations.
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