Mentone and a sense of community always includes food
This past spring I was overwhelmed by a sense of community and gratefulness for those with vision to provide ways to enrich the Mentone Community when we were preparing for MERF’s first fundraiser. I have been fortunate to be a part of many diverse communities throughout the years from work, from friendships, from church and from new adventures.
Someone wrote: Community is inside of you – but it’s not about you. It’s about other’s experiences with you. My life in Mentone from coming here as a little girl attending Camp DeSoto, working as a college student and now as a business owner and non-profit board member have taught me the beauty of knowing that joy of having experiences with others. Community has provided me and many others a sense of belonging, working toward a common goal, a sense of ownership and having fun, meaningful experiences together. I often came to Mentone to be refreshed and renewed as I was growing up and living off of the mountain. Sitting on a porch overlooking the valley, sharing meals with friends and walking in the woods was always perfect therapy for getting my life in perspective. Now I get to live here, hike in my woods, ride my bike, expose others to the beauty of Mentone and share fun and fellowship with many wonderful people. I am grateful for the great experiences of community I have enjoyed since moving here almost 17 years ago.
In 2000, I had fun writing my first cookbook, Mountain Laurel Inn and Mentone Memories, and incorporating memories from the many communities that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.Each of the recipes originated from a friendship, the breakfast table or a memorable time in my life. Below the recipe describes the contributor or the reason for including it. Under Eggs Rancheros, it says “This is one of many recipes my mom sent me as she panicked over the thought of my cooking breakfast for a living. It is a favorite among guests.” The impetus for the cookbook was from guests asking for recipes after being served breakfast at the B&B but I also enjoyed adding recipes from childhood, my time as a teacher in Athens, GA, as a part of Camp DeSoto, as a memory of college and special community gatherings. Despite not knowing how to cook when I opened the B&B, I used my resources and now over 1200 cookbooks have been sold.
There are six recipe sections in the book: “Breakfast at Mountain Laurel Inn”, “Camp Delights”, “Great Grub from Community Gatherings”, “Baxter’s Buffet”, “Mountain Laurel Inn fruits and breads”, and “Fabulous Food from family and friends”. There are ideas for campfire dinners and desserts, dog biscuits for your favorite pup, brunch ideas and treats such as bubble bread, sausage and cheese dip and fried kudzu. Copies are for sale at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B, if you need a new delight to share with your community. Thankful for the Mentone community – Sarah Wilcox
Thank you for visiting Sammie’s blog about her adventures as the guest greeter at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B in Mentone, Alabama.