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An October Surprise!

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When the apple are at their peak, we offer this monster of a pie. Caramel topped with apples topped with Pecan streusel topped with more caramel and more pecans!

GRILLED MEATLOAF SANDWICH

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This is a classic beef & pork meatloaf, grilled on our homemade Milk-n-Honey White Bread with Cheddar and Bacon

Loaded Caesar

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We Compared an "Authentic Caesar" to this one. No anchovies nor raw eggs, but a tangy dressing with Amish Bleu and Salami, plus our homemade Focaccia croutons. This one won!

Apples are Back!

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The first of the Michigan apples are here! This week it's Goldens and Galas.

Lulabelle's Punkins

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They're back - Lulabelle's Frosted Sugar Cookies in Punkin shape 

Makin' Whoopies

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Another bride, another June, another delicious riff on "Pie". These Apple Cider Whoopie Pies are made with real cider and a cream cheese filling!

CARAMEL APPLE PIE - LIMITED TIME ONLY!

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MEATLOAF SANDWICHES, CAESAR SALAD AND

ONLY IN OCTOBER - the Caramel Apple Pie is a monster. It starts with a layer of caramel on the bottom, a mix of Michigan Apples on top of that, then Pecan Streusel, then more caramel, then more pecans! Large pies must be ordered in advance through this site, Small pies may be ordered in advance and are also available on a first-come basis.   


Time for  heartier food like the classic GRILLED MEATLOAF SANDWICH with Cheddar, Bacon and Chili-Mayo sauce  on our Milk-n-Honey White Bread.  $9


GRILLED NEW ZEALAND WHITE CHEDDAR AND RASPBERRY JAM ON MUSTARD SEED BREAD $7


For a spin on a classic go for the LOADED CAESAR SALAD, Organic Romaine, homemade Focacia Croutons, and a tangy dressing that doesn't contain eggs or anchovies, plus non-traditional Amish Bleu Cheese and Salami.  $10 Get it with optional charbroiled chicken. for an additional $4.


SOUP SEASON IS HERE  


GYPSY SOUP - You'll have visions of Stevie Nicks twirling about (and I mean that in a good way) when you try this vegan mix of slow-cooked chickpeas, organic sweet potatoes, organic peas and Indian-inspired spices, plus tomatoes. It's hearty, healthy, and we think, delicious  


CHICKEN DUMPLING SOUP - We have lots of rich homemade chicken stock on hand. The time is right to use it for this soup, made with a homemade butter dumpling. 


Beef & Serrano Chili – HEAT ALERT! The recipe calls for bell peppers, but we don’t love bell peppers, so we substituted Serrano Peppers, which cranks up the heat on this one quite a bit! We’ll have this hot as well as in 16 oz. jars to go.



APPLE & CHEESE-STUFFED ACORN SQUASH and BLUEBERRY-ALMOND CHICKEN SALAD

  


My very first cookbook was the hippy-dippy Vegetarian classic original 1979 MOOSEWOOK COOKBOOK. While technically not the greatest book, its heart is in the right place and my heart holds it dear. The APPLE & CHEESE STUFFED ACORN SQUASH is a beloved classic. Oven roasted squash, cooked to the point of caramelization at the edges and then stuffed with sauteed apples and a mix of Cheddar and Cottage cheese. It's a Woodstock Era Classic$ $9


The Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad has oven roasted chicken breast meat, dried wild blueberries, slivered almonds, celery, parsley and may-o, on a croissant, over greens or on Focaccia bread $11






GOOD MORNING, MORNING GLORY and HELLO APPLE CIDER WHOOPIES!



Start out your day on the right foot with BLUEBERRY MORNING GLORY MUFFINS. These aren’t your average pieces of cake in a muffin wrapper. Nope, these are LOADED with goodness like grated carrots and apples, currants, pecans, coconut and, this week, Dark Michigan Cherries. We use raw sugar and very little flour for an excellent way to start the day or re-fuel after a morning run. $3.25 


 APPLE CIDER WHOOPIE PIES are two cakey cookies with concentrated apple cider in the cookie and Cream Cheese Frosting in the middle. $3.50


FROSTED PUNKIN' SUGAR COOKIES $2.50


This week it's  Apple Ginger Limeade, made with fresh fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and about half the sugar of a typical 'ade. Check out the origin of the Foo-Foo drink on our blog $3.75 ea

PIES, AND BREAD PUDDIN' ON SUNDAY!



This week's PIELineUP is as follows:


CARAMEL APPLE PIE!

Michigan Apple 

The All-American Pie - Double Crust

Peach

Strawberry Rhubarb (we saved some summer}

Tart Cherry - Lattice

Triple Berry Oatmeal Streusel

Triple Cherry Stresusel

Banana Cream

Coconut Cream

Chocolate Cream 


6" pies (two generous slices) are available in-store on a first-come basis (The smaller version of the Caramel Apple Pie can be ordered in advance). Large pies 9" (6-8 slices) must be ordered in advance through the website. Because we sometimes get fruits in small quantities, not all pies on the PIELineUP may be available as large pies. 




PUNKIN CHEESECAKE with a Pecan Crust $16\6 6"


PUMPKIN-PECAN   BREAD $6.50 each

CRANANA (Cranberry Banana Bread) $6


The SKISKET - Part Scone part Biscuit, this mostly whole grain treat, has currants, walnuts and oats in it $3


MAGIC BOX SAUCE - We took a box of bruised and damaged stonefruit (peaches, plums., nectarines) and cooked them, ran them through the food mill and then added a bit of sugar and cooked down until delicious $ 10/pint. Check out the Article on the Blog!



Sunday:   Bread Puddin' with Whiskey Sauz $7


  

· Specials are made in limited quantities and are subject to change due to availability of products, a shift in the wind, force majeur (Jerry!), whim, and God’s Will.



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Ella Bonella is looking for a few good people to join the team. Our goal is to provide a consistently excellent experience for each customer. We are a small place with one simple goal – excellence. 


Introductory shop hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9-2, with either 4 or 8-hour shifts available. Additional days will be added as we grow. Additional hours may be available for prep, catering, and special orders. We are open to applicants of any age, from 15 (with a work permit) to 80+, as long as the applicant has the energy and the spirit to get the job done in a manner consistent with our Core Values of Friendliness, Superior Service, Integrity, Quality and Safety. Whether this is your all-important first job or you’re just getting back in to the workplace or you’ve decided that retirement isn’t for you, if you’re ready to work, we could use you!


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Counter Service


Job Duties:

· Demonstrate a positive customer service attitude in keeping with the company’s Core Values. 

· Assist customers with questions and product selection 

· Follow procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Smile and greets customers in a sincere friendly manner. Treat new customers like friends you haven’t met yet.

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately record orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product.

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.


Line/Prep Cook

Job Duties:

· Prepare sandwiches (hot and cold) and other items from the menu 

· Deep Frying experience a plus

· Follows procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately and consistently prepare orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product. Our aim is a “Wow” from every customer

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.

Requirements (both roles):

  • Desire       to provide excellent customer service. 
  • Outgoing, friendly       personality. 
  • Ability to handle multiple       tasks. 
  • Able to communicate       effectively with others and convey enthusiasm 
  • Follow all LCHD Service       Standards & guidelines. 
Obtain Illinois Food handler certification

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Just give us 48 hours notice and we'll make it special just for you!

Identity (No) Crisis

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Every item on our menu has a background. Read about it here!

Peek Into The Piemaking Process

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Here's a feast for the eyes! Check out a Tart Cherry Pie & Peach Pie Right Out of the Oven.

Pie For Breakfast?

You Betcha!

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  Back in the days when we sold pies at Farmers’ Markets, people would come up to us and say “I eat your pie for breakfast.” And why not? After all, people eat sweet things like pancakes and French Toast for breakfast – and the primary ingredient in most of our pies is either fruit, milk, or nuts. 


The Streusel-topped Triple Berry Pie was typically the breakfast favorite, but I set out to find more pies that would be suitable for breakfast. There are savory pies like Bacon-and-Egg, and Ham-and-Egg, then some not-too-sweet pies like Oatmeal Walnut Pie and (my personal favorite) custard-y Cream-of-Wheat Pie, which I like cold with just a touch of Maple Syrup. 


Then there are cereal pies like Euell Gibbons’ fave Grape Nuts Pie (you probably have to be over 50 to get that reference) and Cornflake Pie, which are def on the sweet side. BFK pies even take on International Character with an Orange-infused Italian Torta di Riso that will make you feel like you’re in Firenze!   

Just Open Weekends?

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Yep! We work all week to be ready for two days! 



Tell Me About Those Croissants!

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What the Pie is to the United States, the Croissant is to France, sort of. As a college student, I worked my ass off to be able to study in Paris in the Spring of 1985. I still remember that first morning in the City of Light – drizzly, homesick, thinking I’d made a mistake, and then I walked down the Rue Vavin and into the first Bar I saw (Bars in Paris are known for their coffee) and ordered un express and a croissant, the taste, smell, feel and sound of which I will never forget. It was buttery and crisp, with enough butter on the exterior to leave my hands shiny. 


Every subsequent trip to Paris meant a croissant and express first thing off the plane. I’d tried croissants in the states, but they were never the same.  During an extended break from Franks, I made a commitment to “perfect” the croissant, to the extent that was possible. I slaved and tasted (and tasted) until I had something that brought me back to that first bite, and people loved them. These croissants are perfect on a weekend morning.   


WORD TO THE WISE
The joys of the croissant are fleeting. With lots of air between layers, these ephemeral treats go from ethereal to stale in about 6 hours. We bake them right before we open and recommend that you eat them right away!

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