Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

Like most people you may buy your eggs at the grocery store. Not all eggs are created equal and you do not always get what you

eggs think you are paying for.

Years ago we were like most consumers purchasing our eggs at the grocery store. We would just grab a dozen and place them in the grocery cart without giving any thought where they came from.

Then grocers started offering standard eggs, premium eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, free range eggs and, occasionally, pasture raised eggs. Prices varied greatly between the various choices but did we really know the differences and were the prices justifiable?

For years we purchased cage-free eggs when we learned that regular eggs were being produced by hens in very small cages called battery cages. We weren’t necessarily looking at healthier eggs for us to consume but more concerned about the welfare of the hens that were laying the eggs. We also purchased organic cage-free eggs that we thought would be healthier for us.

Then we found out that the term cage-free was basically a good marketing ploy for people like us who were concerned about animal welfare. We were shocked when we learned that those cage-free hens never see the light of day and never go outside for sunshine or to scratch in the dirt, eat insects and other things happy chickens do. Yes, they are not confined to tiny cages but commercial egg production centers (aka hen houses) hold thousands of chickens at a time so the chickens have very little room to run around. This certainly is not ideal.

So we started buying free range eggs and felt better because we thought the hens got to range freely about the farm. We later learned that in large commercial egg farms they are still in the henhouse with thousands of other hens (like cage-free) but they are provided a small door to go outside to see the sunshine. This outside area in many cases is a small fenced patio and most chickens do not know that they can outside. Since there are so many free range chickens in the henhouse there is not enough room for many of them to go outside even if they wanted to. These outdoor areas are small fenced concrete patios in some cases so the chickens cannot naturally scratch in the dirt or eat insects which they love to do. We wrote an earlier blog post in June 2010 about the difference between free range and pasture raised eggs.

Since running the inn we have learned about pasture raised eggs and that is all we now purchase. Our eggs come for a farm up the road and the chickens have a house to go into at night or during bad weather for protection. During the day the are roaming outside around the farm scratching in the dirt and small gravel and enjoying the bugs and grasshoppers they like to eat adding to their healthy diet. These chickens are not confined in a henhouse with thousands of other chickens (like factory farms) so they tend to be healthier and do not require all the antibiotics of factory farmed hens. We visit the farm and can attest that our eggs come from happy chickens.

If you can purchase eggs from a pasture raised source, go for it!  You will get fresher eggs (ours are usually gathered the day we buy them), healthier for you eggs (check out those bright orange nutrient filled yolks) and know that you are getting them from happy hens.

Bear on the Square Festival Next Weekend

Next weekend is the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, a highly entertaining and lively weekend of music and art17BearLogo held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.

Pre-festival events will occur on Friday, April 19, with the beginning of jamming on the Historic Public Square and the Live Country Auction that night.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, there will be free admission on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park with a heavy emphasis on bluegrass and old-time music from the Southern Appalachian region.

A juried Artist Marketplace on the square, Saturday and Sunday, features traditional mountain crafts, and there will also be a Country Store at Hancock Park. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance,  a Saturday Open Mic event, kids activities, and food complete the offerings.

Frogtown Winery Valentine’s Dinner & Brunch 2/16-17

Come stay with us and enjoy Frogtown Winery’s Valentine’s Dinner Feb 16, 2013 7:00 pm. The following day 2/17 they will have a Valentine’s brunch at 12:30pm.

The dinner will be four courses paired with wine and dessert. Reservations Required.

The Menu

The Welcome- Amuse Bouche, Frogtown 2010 Inclination

The First Course- Grilled Meatballs with Red Pepper Olive Ragu, and Pecorino on a bed of Arugula

Frogtown 2011 Sauvignon Gris

The Second Course- Hearts of Polenta with Tomato Butter

Frogtown Sangiovese 2010

The Third Course- Surf & Turf Frogtown Style, Filet & Scampi

Frogtown Propaganda 2008

The Dessert- Surprise

Coffee 

The Valentine’s Dinner shown above is $55.00 per person plus gratuity for a total of $66.00 (plus tax) includes a generous pour of wine with each course.

The Sunday Brunch is $45.00 per person plus gratuity for a total of $54.00 (plus tax) includes a generous pour of wine with each course.

Reservations required. Call 706.865.0687 ext 4404.502.9463 By email cydney@frogtownwine.com or online http;//www.frogtownwine.com.

Wolf Mountain Valentine Gourmet Dinner & Brunch 2/9, 2/10

Wolf Mountain Winery is located just 1.5 miles from Cedar House Inn and Yurts. Stay with us and make plans to attend these special Valentines events. The menu for the special dinner on 2/9 is show below and looks fantastic!
They are also having a Valentine’s Brunch the following afternoon 2/10 for $30pp, plus tax and gratuity.
Seatings at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Contact the winery for more info, reservations and menu.
Valentine Gourmet Dinner

Valentine Gourmet Dinner at Wolf Mountain Winery

Saturday, February 9th – 7pm

Gourmet Dinner features a 6 course dinner with wine pairings for $80 per person all inclusive.

Cellar Reception
Duck Confit, Anjou Pear, Apple & Sweetgrass GA Gouda Tartlet
Wine Pairing – 2011 Sparkling Blanc de Syrah Brut

Salad
Swiss Cheese Crisp, Baby Spinach, Caramelized Ham Croutons, Walnuts, Poached Cranberries, WMV Apricot Champagne Vinaigrette
Wine Pairing – 2011 Chanteloup

Raspberry, Black Pepper & Lavender Sorbet

Entree
Fried Lobster Tail & Chateaubriand Duo, Rosemary Demi Glace, Gorgonzola Stuffed New Potatoes, Roasted Beets & Parsnips
Wine Pairing – Barrel Sample Coupage

Cheese Course
Warm Sweetgrass Green Hill Brie, Blackberry Glaze, Maple Candied Pecans
Wine Pairing – 2010 Private Reserve Chardonnay

Dessert
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Tart, Crème Anglaise, Florentine Crisp
Wine Pairing – NV Delicieux

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR ALL FOOD SERVICE EVENTS
CALL 706-867-9862

Valentine’s 2012 Special Events

Stay with us during Valentine’s 2012 and enjoy the following special events:

  • Three Sisters Vineyards, presents its Annual “Wine & Chocolate LOVERS” Celebration throughout February. This February 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, and 25th-26th, the Three Sisters Vineyard will combine chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up. No reservations are required for the walk-up $20 per person tastings. However, the special $35 per person private tasting/seating in the winery will require advance ticket purchase, with limited seating. The $35 tasting includes a barrel tasting, souvenir wine glass, special chocolates and treats. http://www.threesistersvineyards.com/
  • Wolf Mountain Vineyard invites couples to its Valentine Celebration Weekend. Saturday, February 11th at 7 p.m. will be the Valentine Gourmet dinner with a six course meal with wine pairings. The dinner is $80 per person, all-inclusive. The Vineyard is also having a Valentine Sunday Brunch with seatings at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on February 12th. The cost of the brunch is $30 plus tax and gratuity. Contact Lindsey Smith to make reservations at  info@wolfmountainvineyards.com
  • Love is in the air at Yahoola Creek Grill this February with its Cupid Combo dinner special. During Valentine’s weekend, February 10-11, and Valentine’s Day, guests can choose an appetizer, two entrées and dessert from the list of Love-inspired Valentine specials for only $59 per couple! For more information call (706) 842-220 or visit www.yahoolacreekgrill.com.

Wolf Mountain Winery August Brunch 8/14,21,28

The end of summer is near but there is still time for a weekend getaway to enjoy a stay at Cedar House Inn and Wolf Mountain’s  Artisan Cheese & Southern Regional Cuisine Brunch. Featuring  hand-made cheeses from South Georgia’s Sweetgrass Dairy along with goat  cheeses from Alabama’s Fromagerie Belle Chevre, the selection is sure to  please the most discerning palate.

  • Romaine, Applewood Bacon, Hardboiled Egg, Cheddar, Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette
  • Regional Artisan Cheese Display
  • Chilled Pimento Cheese Soup, Pickle Olive Relish
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Braised Country Fried Beef, Cream Gravy
  • Stewed Tomatoes & Okra
  • Grilled BBQ Chicken, GA Peach Glaze
  • Southern Egg Scramble, Peppers, Onion, Creamy Bacon Cheese Grits
  • Carving Station – Smithfield Ham, Housemade Honey Mustard
  • Dessert –  Summer Berry Trifle, Mini Key Lime Tarts and Cheesecakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberries

$30 per person plus tax and gratuity
Wine is additional by the glass or bottle
Seatings at 12:30 and 2:30pm

Dates August 14,21,28

We are the closest bed and breakfast inn to Wolf Mountain so stay with us and enjoy brunch Sunday afternoon.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED- CALL 706-867-9862

Barrel Tasting Dinner July 30th

Come stay with us and attend Wolf Mountain Winery’s Barrel Tasting Dinner on Saturday, July 30th at 7pm, cost is $40 per person, all-inclusive.  Watch the sun set as you taste new vintages from the barrel followed by a spectacular dinner buffet.  Reservations are required, so call the winery soon at 706-867-9862 to reserve your space to spend a great evening. These events tend to fill up fast.

The inn is only 1.5 miles from the winery so driving back to the inn for bedtime is easy.

Barrel Tasting Dinner Menu

  • Mixed Greens, Crisp Prosciutto, Walnuts, Local Goat Cheese, Blackberry Dijon Vinaigrette
  • Chilled Sweet Corn Soup, Avocado, Lime, Cilantro
  • Sweet Potato Spoon Bread
  • Roasted Green Garlic Vegetables
  • Florentine Salmon & Sole Roulades, Housemade Bearnaise
  • Cajun Duck Leg Jambalaya, Carolina Gold Rice
  • Carving Station – Country Sausage Stuffed Pork Loin, Mushroom Ragout
  • New York Style Cheesecake, Huckleberry Compote

We still have rooms at Cedar House Inn available so call us at 706-867-9446 or visit our website.


Bear on the Square Mountain Festival 4/16-17

The 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be an entertaining and lively weekend of music and art held in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. Pre-festival events will take place on Friday, April 15, with the first of the  jamming sessions on Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, as well as Master Classes in the afternoon, and the Live Country Auction that night.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, there will be on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the Main Stage Tent at Hancock Park. The juried Artist Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday features traditional mountain crafts and will also have a Country Store. More jamming on the square and  music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance and food complete the offerings.
 
For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup of performers, and updates between now and the event, visit website.

Yahoola Cherokee Spring Powwow 3/26-27

Stay with us and attend the Yahoola United Cherokee Spring Powwow

The Yahoola Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center will be hosting the first Annual Spring Powwow. The event is a fundraiser/benefit to help raise funds for the construction of a world-class Cherokee Indian museum in Dahlonega.  Festivities will occur atop Crown Mountain on Findley Ridge.  Experience Native American life from years gone by. 

Jane Mashonee, 7 time Nammy winner, will be performing on Saturday at 3 pm.  Brothers of the Spirit Flute will be playing native american flute music on Sat. and Sun.  Finally, Wright Flight will be playing throughout the weekend.

Watch or participate in a traditional primitive bow and tomahawk throw competition. Food offerings include “Indian” tacos and other foods from Buffalo Burgers to Fry bread to Italian Ice. Vendors will be selling Native American and Native American style items. Native American dancing and other styles of dancing will occur throughout afternoon.

For more information visit Cherokee Powwow or call 706-482-8353.

Cooking Class at the Inn March 12th

Cedar House Inn and Yurts invites you to our first cooking class led by Pastry Chef Jenni Field from North Carolina.

Take the breakfast part of the B&B experience home with you. Learn how to make a delicious coffee cake and frittata–two brunch staples.

The great thing about these two recipes is that they are open to interpretation, and there are as many variations as your imaginations can come up with. This 75-minute demonstration includes a sampling of the bounty as well as copies of the recipes and a hand-out that covers brunch baking basics. Leave your pen and notepad at home because the handout has all the information you need.

Cost: $45

Time: 1:00-2:15pm,

Saturday, March 12

What to Bring: Your questions and your appetites

For more information about our guest chef visit Jenni Field.

This event is limited to 8 persons and members of the surrounding community are invited.

Reservations required by March 1st.