Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chef Yvonne - in the kitchen - with a knife!

Our Murder Mystery season is almost over; we have had numerous private mysteries booked this year and they have all been a great success!

Those of us who are working in the kitchen during the mystery evenings, helping to prepare the four-course dinner, can’t help but chuckle at the sounds that come from the dining room and the stories from the servers as they deliver the food.

Sometimes they have to step over freshly-killed guests or figure out how to respond to some of the characters. Consider placing a bowl of soup in front of a retired superhero named Prince of the Small Woodland Creatures who uses a spork as a weapon......

Crazy (but creative) costumes, jokes, magic, and of course, murder, always keep the night interesting and entertaining. Here’s a clue, though: I didn’t do it!

Our 2015/16 season will begin on November 21.   Private mystery parties can be arranged for groups of 16 to 22 people.   Check out our website or give us a call for more information.  

Written by Jenny Anderson
Assistant Innkeeper  The White Oak Inn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Winter Getaways

The map shows The White Oak Inn is not exactly located in the Arctic, but the past few weeks have made us question that!  With overnight temperatures often dropping below zero and frequent snow squalls we could be forgiven for wondering whether we were suddenly transported to another part of the world.

But there are rewards for dressing up warmly and getting outside.  You can’t help but notice the beauty of the surrounding area. The river, which runs parallel to our road, is frozen in white, jagged blocks that look like some kind of meringue dessert topping. In the mornings as the sun rises, icy sparkles glitter on the trees like diamond jewelry. The bright red cardinals in the evergreens with the white snow background are spectacular. And the clear night skies glow with moonlight and stars.  

Driving through Amish Country you’ll see beautiful snow-covered fields, and the steamy breath of the horses in the cold air.  

If the outdoors just isn’t your piece of cake, you can still sit at a window in the inn and marvel at the large assortment of birds visiting our backyard feeders.   You can relax in front of one of the seven inn fireplaces with the hot beverage of your choice, or if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the rooms with whirlpool tubs, submerge yourself in a big tub of hot water, close your eyes and pretend you’re on a beach somewhere.

With winter specials available until April, you still have a few weeks left to experience a winter getaway at The White Oak Inn.     And don’t forget that our hearty breakfasts, home-made cookies, and hearty dinners will also do their part to fill your tummy and keep you warm.

Yvonne Martin
The White Oak Inn

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and we can't wait to pamper our guests on the most romantic weekend of the year.  We enjoy these special event weekends because it gives us a chance to come up with theme menus and change our routine a little.   Not to mention that this particular weekend gives us an excuse to eat chocolate, in the interest of quality control of course.    

When I think of food for Valentines, I immediately think of the color red, heart shapes and chocolate.   So we're going to have plenty of things that fit all three of those categories this weekend.

Here's a sneak peak preview of the menu I've planned so far for Saturday dinner.    Of course, being a Gemini, I reserve the right to change my mind on any or all of these items between now and then, particularly if something fun strikes my fancy when I shop for supplies later this week  :)

White Winter Vegetable Soup garnished with Slivered Roasted Beets

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Blueberries, Candied Pecans and goat cheese, with a Cranberry Pomegranate Dressing

Choice of:
Eye of Round Beef with Bearnaise Sauce
Atlantic Salmon with a Honey Glaze, Black Sesame Seeds and Teriyaki Sauce
Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Marinara Sauce
Neapolitan Potatoes
Roast Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes and Portobello Mushrooms

Chocolate and Hearts Dessert Trio - Chocolate Bavarian in a Chocolate Shell, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry and a Shortbread Heart

Hoping everyone has a delightful weekend, and to quote the song by Stephen Stills, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."

Yvonne Martin

Innkeeper White Oak Inn

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Half Hour Drive

The joke among the inn staff is that whenever guests ask us how long it will take to get to a nearby activity or attraction, you're always safe to say "about a half hour drive".   Because it seems to be true.    Although our catch-phrase used to be Escape to the Middle of Nowhere, it really should be Escape to the Middle of Everything.

Here's a list of just some of the attractions that are a half hour drive or less from our front door.   Come on out and discover them for yourself.
Velvet Ice Cream factory and museum
Historic Roscoe Village
Holmes County Pottery
Bowden Bells
The town of Millersburg for shopping and antiquing
The Victorian House Museum
Shopping in downtown Mount Vernon
Heritage Winery
Tree Frog Canopy Tours zip line
6 golf courses
Kokosing Gap Trail for cycling or hiking
Kenyon College Campus
Numerous antique stores
Amish Country Furniture store
Several Amish bakeries, bulk food stores, produce stands and cheese shops
Many Amish farms, schoolhouses and other Amish businesses
Several fruit orchards
Blueberry Hill, pick-your-own blueberry farm
Kokosing Valley canoe livery
Camp Mohaven Horseback Riding
The Kokosing River for fishing,canoeing and kayaking
The Bridge of Dreams covered bridge
Mohican Valley Trail
Honey Run waterfalls and park land for rugged hiking
Angels, Cups and Pages used book store
Mohican State Park
Schnormeir Gardens
Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College
Several Farmers' Markets

Any time is a great time to come and discover the heart of Ohio.    

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer is in Swing at The White Oak Inn

While road-tripping across the beautiful countryside of Central Ohio, whether it be on your way to Roscoe Village with the family or journeying to one of the many fine Ohio Wine Tastings, be sure to stop and visit us here at the White Oak Inn. We are busy as always with romantic outdoor weddings and hosting an assortment of guests all summer long. We are also always excited about the summer season for all of the sizzling recipes straight off the grill. We hope you come stay a night, try one of our delicious dinners, and experience all that Ohio Amish Country and the White Oak Inn has to offer...Tree Frog Canopy Tours, anyone?

And doesn't this look like a deliciously romantic way to spend a Saturday evening for two?

Innkeeper White Oak Inn

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Jam Recipe

This is a wonderful concoction, full of warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.   If you're looking for an unusual home-made gift for friends, a batch of this can be made in less than an hour.   Gives 6 to 7 half-pint jars.

Christmas Jam

1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced into small pieces
1 large can crushed pineapple, with juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
one pouch of liquid Certo or other pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar

Prepare preserving jars by sanitizing in a dishwasher or immersing in a pot of boiling water.

Mix everything except the Certo and sugar in a large pot.   Bring to a simmer.   Keep at a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until pears are soft, stirring frequently.    Add more water as necessary.    Mix in Certo and sugar and bring to a full rolling boil.   Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.    Remove from heat and pour into prepared jars.   Screw on lids with bands.   Cool and refrigerate for up to a month OR process in hot water bath for longer storage.

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Year's Packages and menu

Just thought we'd give you a sneak peak at our New Years' packages and menus.
Both our one and two night packages include a New Year's Eve clebration of pre-dinner appetizer party, dinner, midnight celebration followed by a dessert buffet, and brunch on January 1.     Our two night package also includes a light buffet dinner on Dec. 30 and breakfast Saturday morning.

The New Year's dinner menu will be:
Crab Bisque
Spring mix and Arugula salad with roasted beets, candied pecans, goat cheese and pears and a lemon oregano dressing
Choice of:
Beef tenderloin with Bearnaise sauce
Atlantic Salmon filet with Mango Ginger Salsa
both accompanied by Duchesse potatoes, and a Rosemary Roast winter vegetable medley

Dessert will be chocolate of course!

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn