Carriage Crossing Restaurant + Cookbook giveaway!

by spiceaholic on June 28, 2011

A group of Bengali people walk into an Amish restaurant . . .

Oh you haven’t heard that one?  Well, let me assure you it ends very well.  With full tummies all around.

Mr. Spice and I were in Wichita at the end of April for a friend’s wedding and to visit my parents.  While we’re usually content to just hang out and not do anything, this time I wanted to get out and do some touristy kind of stuff.  We’ve already shown him the stuff around Wichita, so we were trying to figure out something different.

That’s when we decided to make a day trip out of going to Hutchinson, which is about an hour away from Wichita and home to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and the Kansas Underground Salt Museum.  I’ve done the Cosmosphere a few times while growing up but the salt museum was new to me!  Check out the websites and if you’re ever in the area, you should go!

You know me, I’m always trying to figure out a way to factor food into the equation.  There is an Amish community in the area in Yoder, and I have always heard people raving about the famous Yoder cinnamon rolls and other goodies.  One of my dear friends, Theresa, suggested we check out the Carriage Crossing Restaurant while we were up there.  She vouched for the homemade pies there and that was enough for Mr. Spice and me to want to visit it.  Convincing my parents didn’t take too long, especially once we were all hungry from traipsing around museums.

We came in at a really off-peak time — I think it was 3 or 4 in the afternoon, so we were able to sit, relax,and enjoy ourselves. There was lots of menu-perusing and debates about what we should order.

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Once we placed our orders, some homemade bread and cinnamon butter came our way.

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I’m usually not a big butter person, but I really liked the cinnamon butter on the fresh, hot bread.

For my entree, I went with some good old comfort food — fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans. I had a choice of white or brown gravy for my potatoes but I managed to get them both on the side.

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My dad is so cute, he REALLY wanted me to get a picture of the fried catfish he ordered! He got mashed potatoes and fried sweet potato wedges on the side. The sweet potato wedges were like a dessert, with a hint of cinnamon on them.

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We made sure to save room for dessert! We ordered several pieces of pie to share, but my favorite was the one I chose — cherry pie!

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And of course we had to try one of the famous Yoder cinnamon rolls.

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These things are ginormous! They looked and tasted different than the cinnamon rolls you usually get at a grocery store. These had more of a coffee-cake taste and texture, the cinnamon was incorporated into the dough rather than in a filling, and it didn’t have that overwhelming sweetness that a lot of cinnamon rolls do . It was different, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

After all that food, we needed to sit and let the food digest for a while.  I noticed there was a gift shop towards the front so I decided to browse in there for a bit.  Well, let’s just say it didn’t take me long to spot the cookbooks.  It’s like I have some kind of cookbook radar or something.  I found a series of little cookbooks — each book covered a different subject like meats, vegetables, breads, pies, casseroles, cookies, etc.  After flipping through them, I decided to get the bread and pie books.  And then I decided to get a couple for a giveaway!  Yes, I’m so nice.  🙂

The goodies:

One lucky Spice’s Bites reader will receive both these cute little cookbooks.  “Cookbooklets” is probably a more accurate term, but don’t let their size fool you!  The Breads book contains recipes for goodies like cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, apple fritters, potato doughnuts, and pumpkin bread, among others.  The Pies books has quite the selection, including Shoo Fly Pie, Dutch Pear Pie, Apple Pie, and Coconut pie.

Sound good?

What do you have to do to win?

  1. “Like” the Spice’s Bites Facebook page — leave a comment on Facebook to let me know
  2. Follow me on Twitter — I’m @spicesbites — leave a comment here to let me know
  3. Tweet about the giveaway — leave a comment here to let me know
  4. Post about the giveaway and link back to my post — leave a comment here to let me know
  5. Tell me your favorite flavor of pie!

The giveaway will run until noon EST on Wednesday, July 6th.  I’ll randomly select a winner and notify them by email.  The winner will have 24 hours to provide me with contact info.   U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

**Update!**

We have a winner!

Congrats, Brandi!  I’ll be in touch via email to get your info.  Enjoy the cookbooks!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

brandi June 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

how fun!

following you on twitter!

brandi June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

like you on FB! 🙂

Maha Masud June 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My favorite pie flavor is hands-down PUMPKIN PIE. Can’t get enough of it! You’ve had my specialty, honey ginger pumpkin pie, my staple contribution to any Thanksgiving dinner. Next time you’re in DC (adding to the list of places “you must eat” at…) is Dangerously Delicious Pie http://www.dangerouspiesdc.com/. They even have savory pies!

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