Artisan Spirits Week ~ Travel Oregon Wanderfeast

Another week....another feast!  Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.  For information about this...Read More
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Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week

I am particularly excited about Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week, as the orchard featured, Kiyokawas is a stones throw up the Hood River Valley from our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn.  It is one of my favorite fruit stands, not only because of the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your apple and pear related questions but because of the variety of fruit.  Over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears, many familiar, many old world varieties which you may or may not have ever...Read More
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Travel Oregon Wanderfeast Beer Week ~ Week Three

Another week....another feast!  Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

The beer spectrum in Oregon is...Read More
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Week Two - Travel Oregon Fish Week

A month of so ago I introduced you to Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

Oregon’s streams, lakes,...Read More
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Cheese Week in Travel Oregon's Wanderfeast Celebration

A month of so ago I introduced you to Wanderfeast, a celebration of food, foodies, and your chance for an authentic Oregon Culinary Vacation.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game that frolic in every nook and cranny of Oregon, ten top chefs will chase after ten of Oregon’s finest epicurean products. It’s ten weeks of foodie bliss, from one end of Oregon to the other.  And you’re invited to come along.

Week One - Throughout...Read More
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Culinary Tourism Through An Innkeepers Freezer!

This is my kitchen! 

I am an innkeeper! 

I want a new kitchen!

However, I know that patience is a virtue and I am waiting patiently for winter so I can get my new kitchen!

Our inn will be hibernating for a  month or so this winter so we can begin renovating this 1970's, plywood cabineted (is this even a word?), floor tile on the counter mess of a kitchen.  Yeah...the picture isn't too shabby but believe me when I tell you that it really needs a makeover!  Do you hear that "This Old House" people?...Read More
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A Culinary Tour Down First Avenue and Antiques In The Streets!

Want a taste of a small town in Oregon this weekend?  Come join us in Albany as we celebrate "ANTIQUES IN THE STREETS!" 

Albany is known for many spectacular things but this event for sure stands out among those of us that LOVE vintage finds, a sweet downtown and very yummy tastes of locally grown and prepared food!

On Saturday, our annual event, "Antiques In The Streets" will begin at 8am!  Our Albany Farmer's Market begins at 9am and is just around the corner from all the festivities!  Our...Read More
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Oregon Bounty Wanderfeast - A Culinary Vacation through Oregon

Leave it to Travel Oregon to create a clever, catchy word or phrase.  First it was Oregon Bounty.  Then it was Cuisinternship.  Now Wanderfeast. What in the world is Wanderfeast?

"It’s a thing we made up because there are just no words to describe what it’s like to spend the harvest season following your taste buds on a quest to procure the best of Oregon’s flavors at their peak.  From the wine crush in Applegate Valley to the chanterelles hiding in the Coast Range to the fish and game...

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Balloons, Elephant Ears and a Culinary Tour...it's all up in the air!

Next weekend is the award winning Wah Chang NW Art & Air Festival!  The party begins Friday, August 27th and continues through Sunday, August 29th at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, Oregon!

Our balloonist begin floating in to town late next week to prepare for their hot air festivities!  Join us as we celebrate the stunning "Balloon Night Glow" while enjoying Curtis Salgado. "America" will be our entertainment on the MAIN STAGE Saturday evening!  Celebrating their 40th anniversary tour,...Read More
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Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn located in Oregon's Wine Country

Guest Blogger
Wayne Bailey
Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn

Baby grapes of Youngberg Hill Vineyards in the Willamette Valley Oregon

We LOVE watching the babies grow.  We have been working hard to keep up with all the growth and give the grapes enough energy and sunlight.  Look at the walls of green vines protecting the beautiful grapes.

Have you always wondered what it would be like to work crush?  Crush  happens when the grapes are ready to harvest, usually between late September- October. We notify volunteers as soon as we know, often on short notice — so be ready...
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Culinary Tourism in Strata!

Googling the word, "strata," I found that it can mean many things.  A geological formation, the former name of a rock band, it's a recipe and a name of a company!  I'm not sure why this recipe is named "Strata" except that in this photograph, you can kind of see why perhaps because of the way it rises as it's squeezed out of it's perfect boundaries while baking.

This is a very easy recipe and again one of those we have twisted around, added to and played with till we got it right.  Simple,...Read More
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Cherries, Cherries, and More Cherries ~ We Just Can't Get Enough

The 2010 Hood River cherry crop is amazing.  We have been picking about 10 pounds of fresh cherries every few days and they become the main ingredient in many a tasty breakfast treat here at the Old Parkdale Inn.  We’ve been making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast. 

One of our guests’ favorite though, is the Double-Crust Cherry Tart and as promised here is the recipe.

Double-Crust Cherry Tart1 ...

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Celebrating a New Culinary Trend in Oregon ~ Olive Oil

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been growing pinot noir and pinot gris grapes for the past four decades.  But recently, visionaries like Ken and Penny Durant have embraced a new agricultural and culinary trend in Oregon – olives.  The Durants planted a small olive orchard The Arbequina Olives in the orchards of Durants Olive Orchardsin 2005 and now have 13, 000 olive trees on 17 acres in the Willamette Valley.  Two years ago they built the Oregon Olive Mill, Yamhill County’s first, and largest, olive oil pressing facility.  To celebrate the 2010 olive...

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Homes For Sale In Oregon!

Yes, there are homes for sale in Oregon...vintage homes in a town that boasts the most in the entire state!  Albany, Oregon has over 700 historic homes and buildings and they are all within four historic districts.

Each year, some of these gorgeous dwellings are open for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.  This year that happens to be on July 31st!  Join hundreds of visitor's to Albany and The Willamette Valley to get a glimpse of some of the most unique homes in the country. 

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Dessert for Breakfast - Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

The Innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild use the freshest, locally grown ingredients when preparing breakfast for our guests.  Berries are big in Oregon and during July the Oregon farmer harvests the Blueberry.  The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake3 The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake is so easy and is always a favorite summer culinary treat at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This great crumb-topping coffee cake recipe comes to me via the Hood River County Fruit Loop Cook Book and Nelson's Blueberry Farm where we...
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Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Herbs and Cream...breakfast at the inn!

Pondering what I wanted to serve my guests for breakfast a few days ago, I remembered that I had this egg recipe I got off the Williams-Sonoma website.  I remembered liking it because it was single serving and had tomatoes and cream in it.  It just had to be delicious and you can't go wrong with something that calls for cream!

Similar to my "Shirred Egg" recipe, this one is healthier version.  Not as much cheese but just enough grated on top as it exits my oven...to make it perfect!

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Culinary Tourism...a "nosh" tour in the Willamette Valley!

Oh my, where do I begin?

I was born in SoCal on a warm dry day in 1961. Ok...skipping ahead a few years.... I watched as my grandmother pounded the heck out of a steak. She was a tiny thing but man could she pound the heck out of that beef. And, she was one of those kinds of women that could pull a few items out of her pantry and prepare a feast. Now my Jewish grandmother on my mom's side, another important influence in the kitchen, she told a totally different story. Couldn't understand a word...Read More
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Culinary Tourism in the state of Oregon!...baked brie and caprese!

Not sure I would want this guy in my garden but I loved going to our local nursery last week!

Looking for all kinds of herbs to plant in our garden has been fun this year.  Our usual Sweet and Thai Basil will steal the show in all our breakfasts at our inn but this year we are looking for those unusual herbs that add a taste that's new and fresh!

There are a few of my favorite summertime recipes below that I hope you make, enjoy and share with your friends.  Around here when the sun is shining,...Read More
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A Northwest Culinary Treat ~ Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Panini as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Panini as served at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Guests at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast have been treated to the Rogue Creamery Lavender Cheddar Spring Tart several times now much to their delight.  This past weekend at our inn located in the Hood River Valley we served the Rogue Creamery Panini with Apples, Spinach and Red Onion.  I sauted the onion in a little butter to soften the flavor for a perfect breakfast sandwich.  Yummy!!  Enjoy and visit the Rogue Creamery on Facebook, like, and stay tuned to more of the yummy...
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Call Them Finishing or Flavored Salts. We call Them an Oregon Innkeeper's Culinary Secret

Sharing culinary secrets with each other is one thing us innkeepers do best.  Last March I traveled to Ashland for the annual meeting of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and was a guest at the Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast, hosted by innkeepers Pat and Tom Howard. 

Pat developed her own custom salts and these are sprinkled onto food just before  serving.  The basic recipe is 2 Tbsp good salt and 1 tsp. flavoring.  "This is where you want to use a good quality salt - grey salt, sea salt, or at...Read More
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