Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cookbook Book Club - July -- Gobbler's Roost

There is a restaurant outside of Nevada
That's been in business eight years or so
And except for me, none of the Cookbook Book Club had been there
They're usually open on Fridays and Saturdays
but in June, they also do Thursdays
(which is Cookbook Book Club night)
so this week we ventured East
to Nevada and "the boonies" to dine at

It is on gravel roads
(so don't wash your car before you go -- you'll have to wash after!)

The property consists of a cabin, an event center and the restaurant
owned by Kent and Kathy Abele

And there are turkeys "everywhere"
Even turkey tracks on the floor.

On Thursday's it's an abbreviated menu.
Normally, dinner consists of appetizer, soup, salad, bread, entree with potato and dessert for one price
But on Thursdays, appetizers are separate.   There is no soup and dessert is ice cream.

Kathy, for us, made us appetizers and a dessert
But alas, we had no soup!

The group was enchanted by the property and restaurant
(And amazed that I could drive right to it!!!)

As we say every month --
"It was the best one"!!!

The food:

Onion rings
Everybody agreed they were the best ever!
(and believe me, we live in "onion ring" country so that's quite a compliment!)
We inhaled them!

served with an Asian sauce
OMG was it good!

 A salad with choice of Housemade Sweet Onion vinaigrette or Ranch
We all chose the vinaigrette, fell in love, and were clamoring for the recipe!

Some of our entrees:

Sara chose ribs

Donna chose pork chop

Michelle was one of four fried chicken eaters!
Sorry, did not get a picture of the steak eaters!

I chose fried chicken as well.    Delicious and enough that I took the breast home
and we both shared it for lunch!
Those "little brown things" on the plate?    They're called M and L potatoes.
Why M and L.    They stand for Mary and Lonnie
Who ran Marlon's Cafe in Bronaugh for years!
That was the way they fixed their "baked potatoes"
(it's hard to call something "baked" when it's never seen an oven -- but Marlon's did!)
I like that Kathy kept a little bit of local history in her choice of potato

And we did have ice cream for dessert
(it came with the meal)
But then Kathy made for us:

This wonderful summer dessert.
Two kinds of sherbet rolled into an angel food cake!

 We were happy campers!
And full campers!

After dinner, Kathy gave us a tour of the kitchen.
A small kitchen to be sure
And we learned a lot

We also fell in love with the Sweet Onion Salad Dressing
And bottles can be bought to bring home
Which several of us did!

Kathy wouldn't give us the recipe but she did share the ingredients
(it's no secret -- it's on the label!)
My goal this week is to try to replicate it!
(And I think I can!)

We'll all be back.
It's really that good of a restaurant
A hidden gem in Vernon County, Missouri


Bernideen said...

This looks like a delightful place and the food looks all made in house which is a rare treat today!

Eileen in Fla. said...

I've never been to the mid-west, so enjoy the local flavors you highlight. I always get the sweet onion dressing on my Subway sandwiches, and would love the recipe when you replicate it.

Pat said...

Oh, my goodness. . .so much good food!
What a joy to be given a tour of the kitchen!
I'm betting your salad dressing will even taste better than Kathy's!