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Competition: Holiday Cookie Class

Now that thanksgiving has passed tis the season for holiday cookie baking. This is a tradition that I am still getting used to. In England Christmas entertaining is focused on christmas cake, mince pies and savory foods like sausage rolls. You may be offered festive baked goods but they are generally imported traditions from other countries like the German lebkuchen or Italian panettone. Here cookies seem a key part of holiday festivities, entertaining and gift giving and the array of cookies is amazing. Decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread are holiday favorites, but there are a wealth of enticing cookies.

If you would like to expand your own cookie repertoire here is your chance. The Inn at Cedar Falls is hosting a holiday cooking baking class. The cosy Inn is a perfect venue for such an event. After the success of our competition this summer Ellen asked if I would like to host another competition for them.

This hands-on class is led by Joan Heitman, breakfast cook at the Inn. The class runs from 11am-2pm on Wednesday 9th December. Innkeeper Ellen and Joan will carefully select five different recipes for you to make and eat. The class includes instruction, recipes, lunch and a box of cookies to take home. The value is $55 per person but you could make a trip of it and if you want, you can also spend the night and save $25 off the regular rate of a room, cabin or cottage.

This is a great excuse for you and a friend to spend the day exploring Hocking Hills. The class is on Wednesday 9th December so you must be free on that day. The competition deadline is noon on Friday December 4th. Please answer the following questions and email your answers to hungrywoolf @ hotmail . com (Email your entry – don’t leave a comment).

What cooking class is the Inn at Cedar Falls hosting in January?

What dessert recipe is featured on the Inn at Cedar Falls website?

What is your favorite holiday cookie?

The winner will be picked at random from all of the correct entries and will be announced on Friday afternoon.

An old family recipe for sugar cookies, and one of my early recipes.

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Inn at Cedar Falls. Competition Results

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I was staggered by how many entries I received for the competition and I loved the additional the comments and observations that people added to their entries. There were so many touching responses and reasons why people wanted to visit the Inn that I am sorry that I only have one prize. I hope that those of you who didn’t win will be tempted to try the Inn at Cedar Falls on your own (maybe you have already!) It is a lovely get away, cosy  and relaxed and the food is very good. Combine it with a hike in the Hocking Hills or a spa treatment at the Inn (or both!) and you are in for a memorable trip. 

I had some entries for people who had been married at the Inn, some from people with special occasions coming up, or people who felt like they needed a break from the city or a romantic dinner for two. 

The answers were:

1)Which year did the Inn at Cedar Falls open?
A) 1987  (which I learned from one of the responses is the same year U2 released The Joshua Tree) 

2) Who was the founder (and also the first cook) at the Inn?
A) Anne Castle (Ellen’s Mother)

3) What is the name of the current chef?
A) Anthony Schulz (who one reader thought looked like a happy man!) 

4) How many people does the restaurant seat?
A) 45

5) How many cottages does the Inn have?
A) 12 

I enjoyed the entry that put all the answers into a story: ‘I remember the Inn when it was in the planning stages and founded in 1987 by Anne Castle.  The Chef Anthony Schulz has purchased our locally grown produce for his restaurant that seats 45.  We have stayed in one of the 12 cottages’. And also the person who added question number 6.  Who wins this contest? (with their name). 

It was interesting to see the various email signatures and I discovered some new local companies, blogs and even a comic as a result. 

There were 109 entries, all with correct answers. The first one arrived within minutes of my posting the competition and the last one crept in at 11.45pm last night. I used a true random number generator (it picked number 21) and the winner is: 

Jenna Wojdacz – Congratulations, I hope you have a wonderful time. 

Thank you to everyone who complimented my blog. I hope you will visit again and enjoy some of the other posts. 

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Competition: Dinner for two at The Inn at Cedar Falls

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Innkeepers Ellen Grinsfelder and Terry Lingo have very kindly offered the prize for my first Hungry Woolf competition – A five course dinner for two at The Inn at Cedar Falls in the Hocking Hills. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Inn for a wonderful bloggers getaway weekend and now you have a chance to experience the charm and delicious food that the Inn has to offer for yourself.

The Inn at Cedar Falls is situated right in the heart of Hocking Hills with easy access to the major attractions and hiking trails. Local activities include canoeing, ATV trips and Canopy tours. If you prefer something more sedate (or need to recover) the Inn also has its own spa. The Inn is open for lunch and dinner, private events and accommodation and you do not have to be staying there to dine there. Apparently a lot of people come for a spa treatment and dinner, or come for lunch pre or post hike. If you are the lucky winner, here is a taste of what you can expect:

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Each entree selection comes with three set preliminary courses (plus dessert for the lucky prizewinner!) The meal starts with a selection of crackers, olive tapenade and one of the Inn’s signature Wisconsin cheese balls. Both were tasty and did not last long at our table. Next was the soup of the day. In our case this was a spaghetti squash soup made with local squash and decorated with onion blossoms. It came with soft white homemade bread.

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The third course is a salad and ours had a perfectly roasted Roma tomato. Even the non-tomato lovers at our table commented on how good it was.

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There is a choice of six or seven entrees, including one vegetarian option. The chef’s choice of vegetable and starch change daily. Between the eight diners at our table we covered almost the full range of entrees. I would say that the beef and lamb won the most accolades. Pictured from top left are the Peking roast duck, the filet mignon, Lake Erie perch en papillote and the lamb chops. The filet mignon was really good and will probably be my choice when I go again.

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There was also a choice of desserts including a chocolate torte, blueberry creme brulee and a mixed berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. I chose the cobbler and it was delicious. The topping was surprisingly light and the fruit was not overly sweet. inn_dessert

The Inn has an open kitchen and it is always a good sign when you see one of the chefs coming in from the garden with a handful of fresh herbs for dinner that evening. The Inn grows a lot of their own herbs and sources as many ingredients as they can locally. I was pleased to see that they were showcasing some Ohio wines. We enjoyed two Ohio wines from the Kinkead Ridge winery, particularly the white Viognier Roussanne which I had not tried before .

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The Inn has a series of small dining rooms so there is an intimate and cosy dining experience. We were there on a beautiful summer evening so chose to eat outside.

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Now that I have whetted your appetite here are the five questions. All of the answers can be found on the Inn at Cedar Falls website. Please email your correct answers to hungrywoolf at hotmail dot com. The closing date for the competition is August 31st and the winner will be selected randomly from all of the correct entries. The winner will be announced on hungrywoolf.com and will be notified by email. You will be sent a gift certificate directly from the Inn at Cedar Falls.

1)Which year did the Inn at Cedar Falls open?
2) Who was the founder (and also the first cook) at the Inn?
3) What is the name of the current chef?
4) How many people does the restaurant seat?
5) How many cottages does the Inn have?

If you can’t wait and want to visit the Inn it is located at:
21190 State Route 374, Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, 43138.

You can also read more about the bloggers getaway on Columbusfoodie.com and see more photos here. There will also be a Columbus Foodcast with owner Ellen Grinsfelder coming soon. I will try to add links from the other bloggers as I spot them.

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