Kerry Kraus


Some of the greatest cooks in Arkansas don’t work in a restaurant. Yet they serve some of the best food The Natural State has to offer. I’m referring to those wonderful people who run bed and breakfasts. The Bed and Breakfast Association of Arkansas decided once again to showcase these culinary masters with the newest edition of the association cookbook – INNspiring Ideas for Fabulous Foods

They take ordinary, everyday ingredients and turn them into extraordinary treats. They know 50 different ways to cook eggs – all of them very tasty. Breakfast casseroles both sweet and savory, homemade breads, fruit dishes and their own house specialties are included. The over 200 recipes aren’t just for breakfast. This all-round publication also has appetizers, soups, salads, dinner entrees and desserts.

I flipped through the index and found incredible sounding offerings such as blueberry breakfast rolls, Italian scramble, caramel apple French toast, cinnamon baked grapefruit, sausage tortellini soup, jalapeno cheese squares, whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, Buddy’s biscuit pudding and roasted garlic potatoes. This is a mere sampling of the variety of dishes covered in the book.

The cookbook also has information on each of the participating bed and breakfasts, and interspersed among the recipes are funny, poignant and heart-felt innkeeper stories.

To order your copy of INNspiring Ideas for Fabulous Foods, contact any of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Arkansas member inns included in the cookbook.  Or call the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s gift shop at 501-682-7777.

Not really interested in cooking? Then just book a stay at any of the bed and breakfasts and savor the pleasure of having someone cook for you.


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