Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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, the margaritas are made and we are looking for that simple and very tasty something to chew on, we make "Insalata Caprese" and a little "Baked Brie!" Who doesn't love a bit of mozzarella with lots of herbs and tomatoes? And...who doesn't love that nutty and creamy brie oozing fresh out of the oven spread on crusty Italian bread.
So...here goes! Enjoy and let us know how much you loved these recipes and if you have a "really good" margarita recipe to share, let us know about that too!
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
About 7 ounces whole ripe Brie or Camembert cheese with rind
2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread butter over the top and sides of Brie. Place the Brie on an ovenproof rimmed serving plate. (I like using a mini cast iron pan...it looks cool and keeps the cheese warmer longer). Sprinkle almonds over top.
Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese just begins to melt!
and now for the Caprese!
3 lg. fresh tomatoes
16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, only fresh will do
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
1/2 sliced black or kalamata olives
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar ( I use 30 yr. old basal mic vinegar...really, really good flavor!)
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
1/8 cup fresh oregano
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper (or use Fleur de sel...a French sea salt...yum)!
Slice mozzarella into small slices, slice tomatoes thick and combine the tomatoes and cheese with all the remaining ingredients. Toss well and coat everything!
Chill for 1 hour (minimum). When ready to serve, arrange tomatoes on a large platter, put some of the cheese slices on each tomato slice. Work in olives and onions. Drizzle remaining dressing over the top and serve with crusty bread!
And yes...these recipes can be served with one of our awesome "inn" breakfasts! We hear it's a European thing. Loving that fresh just picked and tossed dish makes us innkeepers pretty popular in Oregon. Check out one of our Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild Inns to see what's cookin' this summer!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
If anyone is looking for a fun Father's Day thing to do with or for dad, google distilleries in Portland. Last year I played designated driver and drove Ray all over the NE area of Portland. I made the mistake of buying the Portland Monthly mag that included a very nice article on all the distilleries in the NE district. He had a blast though. It was great to happen upon a distillery and enter through a garage door and taste the distilled goods. Ray enjoyed the tastes and I of course enjoyed all the weirdness of actually going in to these strange places to see what they were like. So, I guess we are a good pair. If I was to do the tasting, I would have to be carried on a stretcher to each tasting point. I need a nap after one light beer so we do know our limitations and that's a good thing!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Antipasti: Funghi Assortitti ePatate al Forno ( Assorted mushrooms baked with herbs and potatoes)
Primi: Gnocchi di Patate Con Pesto ( Little potato dumplings with fresh made basil pesto)
Secondi: Buridda-Genovese style fish and Seafood stew including: whitefish, squid, shrimp, tomato, mushrooms, pinoli, vino bianco, onion and fennel served on toasted rustic bread with spicy aioli garnished with Italian parsley
Dolci: Vanilla panna cotta (cooked cream) with fresh berries and chocolate garnish
This is a reservation only event!! Space is limited so call early!!
$45 per person, wine and gratuity are not included
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
It's time for a party! We are pleased to become one of the several "new" trails in Oregon joining "Oregon Country Trails" system. Join us for our "COMING OUT PARTY!" We will be hosting folks from all over Oregon, other states and regions as we invite them to drive our "Willamette River Country Trail!"
on our trail:
Albany Visitors Assn
Albany's Brass Ring Carousel
Freeway Lakes County Park
Tangent Harvest Festival
The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn
MoonShadow Farms and Vineyards
A Touch of Class Day Spa
Edelweiss Manor B & B
The two "farms" on our trail are hosting huge parties on Saturday, June 26th! So, yeah...we're coming out! We hope you check out the info below and join us as we celebrate our "trail" and we encourage you to visit each and every location. Look for signs pointing you in the right direction and check out the "Oregon Country Trails" website at www.oregoncountrytrails.com for maps and more info!
Midway Farms Annual Open House
June 26th 1pm - 5pm Enjoy a summer day on the farm!
Celtic music will put a spring in your step as you walk around visiting all the chickens, ducks, turkeys & more. Meet our famous family milk cow Heidi along with her adorable new baby Abigail.
Dutch chocolate our wonderful Welsh pony will be available for rides.
This is a family fun day at Midway Farms. Children are encouraged to dress up as a garden elf or fairy. Face painting will be the rage.
Midway Farms is located midway between Albany and Corvallis on Highway 20. For more information visit our website at
www.midwayfarmsoregon.com or contact us at
MoonShadow Farm: Gypsy Arts & Crafts Lavender Faire is June 26th and 27th from 9am to 4pm
Address for MoonShadow Farm: 34556 Mt. View Place NE in Albany 541-928-5122 for more info!
- fresh cut lavender and "you" cut
- lavender products and plants
- oil and hydrosol distillation demo
- hypertufa herb and sedum planters
- local artisans and crafters
- antiques and collectibles
- live music 1-3pm each day