Category Archives: Chef Kevin’s Corner

Some of our local food partners

As many of you know, we are a proud member of the “Vermont Fresh Network” and I’ve written about it HERE but with the annual member meeting coming up on Monday, we would like to thank all of our partners that bring some of the best ingredients to our dining room and bar.     […]

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Rhodesian Slash & Grill

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”.  Today, around the country, many people are celebrating Columbus Day. I know there is a lot of debate about whether this is good or bad, but like it or not, it changed the world. Now, many years later, a young lad left the great African continent to pursue […]

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Apple Cider Syrup

Well…..summer is almost over. Yesterday I woke up to 35 degrees and that crisp fall like air. This time of the year brings many different memories and expectation. What comes to your mind as summer slowly relinquishes its grip on calendar? I think of apple picking and the cider days of Vermont. I have fond […]

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Thyme to grow your own herbs

The days of using all those dried herbs you see in the grocery aisle are over. With the abundance of fresh herbs already packaged for you in the produce department or even better, your own herb garden, there’s no reason to reach for the dry herb jar. At the inn, we have our own herb […]

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Consistency

One word…..consistency What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? Dictionary.com defines it as “uniformity among the parts of a complex thing”. I believe our guests expect consistency and that is why we have so many repeat diners. If it was the sauce on the veal, the size of the pork flat iron steak or the spices in […]

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Celebrating 23 years!

23 Years! Yes, I’ve been the chef at Echo Lake Inn for 23 years. For those of you starting to do the math….I started when I was 16 (that way I would still be 39). Actually, I just turned 50 and have been at the inn for almost half my life. I had to sit […]

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Let’s talk turkey!

Let’s talk turkey! Not all turkeys are the same.  Here at the Echo Lake Inn, we use only Vermont naturally grown fresh Stonewood Farm turkeys. Here are some reasons why (taken from their website): Our Turkey Friendly Barns are un-crowded and open-sided providing lots of fresh air & natural sunlight. All-Natural Turkeys. No hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products […]

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Pumpkins are just for pies and Jack-O-Lanterns…or are they?

Here’s a picture of one of my Jack-O-Lanterns from last year.  I also make quite a few pies for Thanksgiving, but why stop there? How about a nice warm pumpkin soup for a cold autumn night? One of the inn’s guests favorites is my Mapled Harvest Bisque. Now, I usually make it with butternut squash, but […]

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Chef Kevin’s Corner

In my last blog, I promised you some information on how the Vermont Fresh Network works. Since we are a member, and have been for some time, I want you to know why I think it’s important to Echo Lake Inn. Here’s their mission statement: “ Advancing relationships among farmers, chefs, and consumers to grow […]

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Chef Kevin’s Corner

The other day the kitchen phone rang and on the other end was a gentleman wanting to interview me for his new book, Best Chefs in America; The Ultimate Chef’s Guide to Chefs. I said sure and proceeded to answer more questions in one call than I can ever remember. He wanted to know who […]

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