Monday, July 20, 2009

Corn, sweet sweet corn

The early corn crop is coming in and we’ve been enjoying some of the sweetest tastiest corn I can ever remember having. We had a cookout last night for a family reunion, so we served fresh local corn. They loved it.

I was worried we might not get good corn this year because we’ve had an unusually cool and dry summer, but apparently that isn’t the case.

I just love this time of year. Drive down any road in this area and you’ll find little stands where farmers or individuals are selling whatever excess they have from their gardens. It’s all so fresh and tasty. Ian thinks I need to wear blinders because I want to stop and buy from them all.

This reminds me of the story I heard from a neighbour a few years ago. He had planted too many zucchini plants and they had way more than they could eat or give to friends. So he put an old chair out at the side of the road, put a box of zucchini on it and a large sign that read, “Free. Help yourself”. He heard a car stop so he went to see how much they had taken. The chair was gone, the zucchini was still there.

Update on the tomato plants I bought at the auction: I planted two behind the barn and kept three in pots near the inn. The ones behind the barn have been given a little boost with sheep manure. One of them is taller than I am right now and has hundreds of green cherry tomatoes. The ones in pots aren’t growing as tall, but I’m getting a couple of ripe cherry tomatoes off each one daily. Not bad for $1 a plant!


Innkeeper
White Oak Inn

Monday, July 13, 2009

White Oak Inn Ohio announces new murder mystery schedule

We’re delighted to announce our schedule of murder mysteries for the 2009/2010 season. If you’ve never attended one of these you don’t know what you’re missing. Our incredibly irreverent, hysterically funny group of improvisional actors keep everyone rolling in laughter all night long.

The most frequently asked question about our mysteries is, “do I have to dress up?” Nope. You can come stark naked for all we care, but you’re going to have a lot more fun if you create a costume for your character. Everyone else is going to be dressed up, so you’ll feel left out if you don’t. We aren’t going to make anyone learn lines or do anything difficult. Except that maybe we’ll kill you. But it’s painless. Honestly.

Some other questions:

Are they serious? Are you kidding? Not in the slightest. We go for the cheap laughs every time.

Are they hard to figure out? Nope. If you’re paying any attention at all you’ll get it. Although it’s hard to concentrate when you’re busy watching Jeff perform his magic, or savoring your delicious dinner. (Yes, that’s a shameless plug for the food here.)

Anyway in case you hadn’t figured it out, our mysteries are a little bit of music, a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.

We’re offering 6 different dates and plots for individual couples and small groups this season. For groups of 12 or more people we can schedule other dates, subject to the inn and actors being available. Regular rates start at $279 per room including dinner, the mystery, overnight stay and a hearty country breakfast. Group rates can be as low as $239 a couple. For full details of schedule, plots and pricing, visit our murder mystery page.


Give us a call if you’re interested in booking a mystery for a group. We even have a special mystery written for Red Hat Clubs.

The new season’s dates and plots:

Friday November 20/09 The Class of 1969 Reunion

Saturday November 21 /09 The Games People Play

Saturday January 23 /10 The 2010 Hiney Awards

Saturday February 27 /10 Bigfoot

Saturday March 20/10 The Lounge Singers Convention

Saturday April 20 /10 The Unemployed Superheroes

Innkeeper
White Oak Inn

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Today’s recipe Goat Cheese and Blueberry Salad

Local blueberries are ready. One of the local pick-your-own farms has a one-for-one offer. You pick all you want. Keep half. Give the other half to the farmer. The farmer doesn’t have to pay to get his berries picked. You don’t have to pay for the berries you keep. Best of all, blueberry bushes don’t have thorns. They’ll have various varieties of berries available all the way to September, so come on down and get some for yourself.

In honor of the season, here’s a great way to use some of those delicious berries.

Goat Cheese and Blueberry Salad

Salad greens or fresh spinach – enough for 8 salads

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup or more of crumbled goat cheese

1 small can of mandarin oranges

1/2 cup of toasted walnuts or pine nuts

Dressing:

1/4 cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup canola oil

Combine all the dressing ingredients except the oil in a blender jar. With the motor running slowly pour the canola oil in the top.

Put greens on a plate. Drizzle dressing over top. Divide the blueberries, nuts, goat cheese and mandarin oranges between the plates.


Innkeeper
White Oak Inn

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two adorable kittens need new home!

We’re looking for a very special home for two little sweethearts. Two of our barn cats surprised us in early May with litters of kittens. The moms are now spayed so it can’t happen again. We’ve found homes for all of the kittens except these special two. Josey got a serious eye infection at 5 weeks of age, so we brought her indoors and on antibiotics. She has made a complete recovery. Then a couple of weeks later, Bonnie, the little runt of the litter managed to get into the sheep pen and get stepped on. She ended up with two broken back legs. The vet said with rest and good nutrition she should make a complete recovery, although the legs would always be a bit crooked. That was three weeks ago and she has proved him right. Due to the fact she now has a gait resembling that of John Wayne, Ian decided to re-name her Duke. And it has stuck.

The two are inseparable. Although we love them very much, we don’t really want to have three adult cats in the inn. So we’re hoping somebody has room in their heart and home for two little sweethearts. We have the grandmother and mother of these kittens and both have wonderful dispositions. So if anyone has room in their heart and home for two special creatures, give us a call. 740-599-6107.

Innkeeper
White Oak Inn