Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Twist on the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

The best part about Thanksgiving has to be leftovers! This recipe by Chef Eric Greenspan will give you a new twist on the usual turkey sandwich.  This turkey-stuffed grilled cheese is likely to make your taste buds dance.

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese


For cranberry sage jam:
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 ounces fresh sage leaves
For fried shallots:
1 cup shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups buttermilk
Oil for frying
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper, to taste

For grilled cheese:
8 slices rye bread
1/4 cup cranberry sage jam
8 slices medium cheddar cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 pound green beans, ends trimmed
1/4 cup fried shallots
1/2 pound butter
1/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
2 ounces fresh sage leaves


To make cranberry sage jam: Add fresh cranberries, sugar, and sage to a saucepan set over medium heat. Let cook until cranberries have broken down, and a jam-like consistency is reached. Remove from heat and let cool.

To make fried shallots: Soak sliced shallots in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Remove shallots from buttermilk and toss in seasoned flour. Fry until crispy and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.

To make grilled cheese: Assemble sandwich in the following order: rye bread, cranberry sage jam, slice of cheddar cheese, 2 slices of turkey breast, green beans, fried shallots, another slice of cheese, and top with bread.

Heat cooktop to a medium-high heat and coat with butter. Spread a generous layer of butter on top of the sandwich, sprinkle with sage leaves, and dust with parmesan. Place the parmesan cheese side down in the pan and cook until crispy. Flip and cook the bottom until the cheese melts, and the bread toasts. Serve immediately.

Things to Consider

1. Find Organic Turkey's and Ingredients Pre-Thanksgiving at Pilgrim's Market
2. Try Cougar Gold Cheese in the sandwich
3. Be Thankful every day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Cellar in Downtown Coeur d'Alene Has New Owner and A New Menu

The hustle and bustle of summer in downtown Coeur d'Alene has ended, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a great place to visit. Downtown shops, art galleries and restaurants are ready to welcome you this holiday season and all the time. Especially one of the many fixtures in downtown The Cellar, (formerly The Wine Cellar), because they have some exciting news!

Seven Year Journey Leads Back to the Beginning

Tom and Patricia Power after purchasing The Wine Cellar moved it from its old location in the "Cellar" on Sherman Ave. to the former location of Brix Restaurant at 317 Sherman Avenue. With the move they also renamed it The Cellar in 2010 and added a full service bar. 

Adam Hegsted was the Chef at Brix when it first opened. Now seven years later, numerous national awards, and several restaurants later, Hegsted is back. This time though, he is not just the chef he's the owner! 

Exciting New Menu Items

Hegsted has revamped the menu toward shared plates. Bites and Tastes are priced per piece: bacon-wrapped dates, jalapeƱo poppers, salt-roasted escargot ($2 each) or sockeye salmon cakes ($3). Order dishes like baby kale with shaved celery and candied lemon ($6/$12), charcuterie ($5/$18), bouillabaisse ($8/$12) as half or full plates.

Along with the new menu items several new specials will be offered including: Pints & Pies (pizza and beer, $10), Drink Your Glass Off ($5 wine, $20 house bottle), Taco Tuesdays, a daily happy hour from 2-6 pm.

Live music, which has always been popular, will be continued. So get on your toe tapping shoes and check out the new menu! 

Things to Consider

Make Reservations especially on Friday or Saturday night. (Can do so right from The Cellar website
Lunch is ONLY served on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 4:00pm
Dinner is served Tuesday - Sunday from 4:00pm to Close
The Cellar is closed on Monday

Monday, May 27, 2013

Get Your Cycling Gear For Ironman Coeur d'Alene

The Iron Man Triathlon is fast approaching in beautiful Coeur d'Alene Idaho. We wanted to take a moment to appraise all of our athletes on the availability of  great cycle shops that cater to all types of biking enthusiasts. You can be sure to fill your needs at any one of these shops.

Our favorite is locally owned "Vertical Earth," they offer a whole lot of everthing you might need, from bike rental to full computerized custom bike fitting. Mike Gaertner is the owner and we have enjoyed working with him in the past to provide a great experience for our guests that choose to bike ride during their visit. Mike and his staff always tell our guests that cycling is the best way to see the nicest views of the lake and offers such unique ways to see the town, up close and personal. He offers a variety of services and repairs from flats for $5 + tube costs, to derailleur adjustments, $10 front or rear.

Things To Consider:
  • Vertical Earth; 2175 N. Main; 208-667-5503 Choose from a fleet of bikes. $15 half day; $25 full day; Includes helmets. Trunk mount bike carriers: $15- 1 day rentals
  • For more information check out
  • Terra Sports 510 E. Sherman 208-765-5446
  • Cycle Metrix; 7656 Baillie St. in Dalton (our close neighbors) 208-755-6324

Monday, May 13, 2013

Come To The Farm Chicks Show In Spokane June 2013

Farm Chicks Shar Scott and Amy Lowery

Are you looking for a little added spice and creativity in your life? You won't want to miss a most amazing show coming to the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, June 1st and 2nd, 2013. It is always held that first weekend in June, no matter what the weather! It's called the "Farm Chicks" and yes, you will most certainly see some of the most creative Chicks on the planet, selling their wares and showing off their latest creative brainstorms!

It all started in 2002 in a little barn in Serena Thompson's & Terry Edward's little home town. It has grown beyond their wildest imaginings and now features over 200 "Chicks." I'm excited to tell you that American Country is one of those "Chicks!" We search all year long to find just the perfect treasures to re-purpose, re-think, re-design and re-sell. Believe me, it is just as much fun being a "Chick" as it is being a shopper!

The booth displays and designs alone are worth the price of admission, not to mention the "Chicks" themselves, who are all decked out in the latest barnyard fashions with aprons, boots and hats that are one-of-a-kind. See you there!

Things To Consider:
  • Parking is free
  • All indoor show
  • Admission is just $8
  • Advance tickets may be purchased on Friday, May 31, at the Fairgrounds from 3-5 at the ticket windows (Spokane County Fair & Expo Center 404 N Havana Street, spokane Valley, WA)
  • No early admissions offered this year 
  • No pets allowed
  • Show hours on Saturday, June 1 are from 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday is mega-crowded making it difficult to bring toddlers in strollers, we suggest baby packs
  • Camping and RV spaces are available right at the fairgrounds: 509-477-1766
  • Show hours on Sunday, June 2 are from 9am to 4pm
  • Crowds are a bit thinner on Sunday, and many of the dealers bring in fresh treasures
  • Visitors arrive from all over the country, the closest airport is Spokane International GEG
  • Spokane County Fair and Expo is located at 404 N Havana St. Spokane, WA
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  • Drive time from our front door to the show is 30 minutes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meet The New Chef At Tito's Italian Grill in Coeur d'Alene


Chef Jim Barrett

Chef and friend, Jim Barrett is waiting to share his culinary talents with you at the newly refurbished Italian restaurant in the downtown plaza shops. He is a master chef, and the variety on his menu is just a small sampling of his creative abilities. He enjoys featuring a full Italian menu with a Mediterranean flair and a variety of most unusual pizzas like "Loaded Idaho Potato" ...all quite amazing to the taste buds.

Our favorite treats are the fabulous "Steamer Clams" with "Cheesy Garlic Bread." A meal for two! He also makes a mean "Wedge" salad. He has been known to design an entire menu around our American Country B&B "Swill Seeker" evening events.

The wine selection is delightful as well. He has a wine display area that you walk through to reach your table. You may find something new on the way to tempt you, and all at prices that will go easy on your pocket book. We found a new favorite "Old Vine Zin" made by "Seghesio Vineyards." The best part is, you can also buy wines to take home.

Things To Consider:
  • Casual attire
  • Open for lunch and dinner
  • Join the wine club for $20 a month and forgo the corkage fees
  • Call 208-667-2782 for reservations
  • Visit
  • Outdoor sidewalk seating in the summer

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Idaho Outdoor Adventure At Its' Finest

We all know that Idaho is known for Outdoor Adventure, but finding out how to connect with all there is to see and do is often more of a challenge than we have time for. We have found the perfect solution to that challenge..."Row Adventure." Peter Grubb, owner and outdoor adventure enthusiast himself, has been promoting Idaho, and adventures worldwide for 30 years. His company is top rated on a national basis. Many of our guests arrive and want to book something at the last minute...not a problem with "Row Adventures."
Just choose your adventure, whatever it may be... rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, bicycle tours and more, this company is always going to be found creating the perfect itineraries to match your adventure expectations.
Our guests at American Country that have enjoyed this company, can't say enough wonderful things about Peter and his well trained staff.

Things To Consider:
  • Row Adventures is located at 220 Sherman Ave.; Coeur d'Alene; 800-451-6034
  • Visit the website
  • Send an email with your inquiry to
  • It's always best to plan ahead so clothing and equipment needs won't be an issue
  • Row Adventures also provides clothing and equipment rentals

Monday, March 25, 2013

Don't Miss Live Theatre Productions In Coeur d'Alene

Perhaps you thought our small town of 45,000 people might be too small to have outstanding theatre productions. Think again!

We are proud to have some very famous personalities that sometimes populate the local theatre bill, such as the Travolta sisters, Ellen, Margaret and Ann . They appear in many of the shows that are performed in our Schuler Performing Arts Center. One of the most exciting productions was the "Wizard of Oz" which featured two of the sisters in leading roles...we must say, the magical broom from that set sold at a benefit gala auction for a surprising amount.

We recently had the privilege of attending the 45th anniversary of the Summer Theatre to hear "Over The River and Through The Woods," a reading by Dennis Franz, Ellen Travolta, Jack Bannon, Patti Duke and regional stage stars Dane Stokinger and Jessica Skerritt...what a treat!

Not only do we have the "Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre," but we also have "Lake City Playhouse," which is more of a community theatre. This non-profit theatre has 7 shows per season and also hosts Children's Theatre workshops.

Things To Consider:
  • Schuler Performing Arts Center is located in Boswell Hall on the North Idaho College Campus
  • For show and ticket information call 208-769-7780
  • Ticket prices range from $32-47
  • Lake City Playhouse is located at 1320 E. Garden Avenue
  • For show and ticket information call 208-667-1323
  • ticket Prices range from $11-20

Monday, March 11, 2013

Always Awesome Antiques Shopping In Coeur d'Alene

American Country Americana Collection

If you have ever visited us at American Country, you know we love antiques. We are a bit eclectic, but we focus on Country Store and Advertising. However, as any dyed in the wool collector will tell you, once you get bit by the antique bug....there is no cure. Here in Coeur d'Alene, we are lucky, as antiques are popular, and there are plenty of stores to browse throughout the region.

We especially enjoy the collectives where merchandise changes on a weekly if not daily basis. One of our favorites is Wiggetts, in downtown Coeur d'Alene. It is the largest, with over 40 vendors. We actually rented a showcase there when we first opened the B&B and sold quite a few of our treasures.
A bit to the North you will find Government Way Antique Mall. Glen is the owner, and he takes great pride in offering a big variety of antiques from the most unusual to things from the 60's era. If you would like to take a  beautiful one hour drive North to Sandpoint, you will find the Marketplace Mall a real treasure trove. Better yet, they are right next door to the most fabulous pies you have ever tasted, The Pie Hut, offering old favorites and others to tickle your taste buds. They also provide a nice lunch menu, so plan to make a day of it!

Things to Consider:
  • Wiggets Marketplace; 115 S. 4th Street; 877-790-9989 or 208-664-1524;
  • Government Way Antique Mall; 3650 N. Government Way; 208-769-7318
  • Marketplace Antiques; Sandpoint; 502 Church St.; 208-263-4444
  • Pie Hut; just in case you decide to grab some lunch in Sandpoint while you shop; 208-265-2208