Peach Boat, a summer fruit favorite at the Chanticleer
One of the best things about this time of the year is summer fruit! Pictured to the right are what the staff and I call “Peach Boats”.
Fresh peaches, topped with thick creamy Meyer lemon yogurt (non-fat, but doesn’t feel that way!) with raspberries and strawberries, decorated with zest of lemon and fresh garden mint.
The bowls consistently come back empty and suspiciously clean — are people licking the bowls for that last drop of sauce?
Apple Rose and Plum Tart
Lately I have been experimenting with the apple rose tart idea. This version’s “crust” has walnuts and dates, sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup. A fruit compote was spread over the crust, then plums and apples layered on top.
Today’s version is gluten-free and low in fat. Instead of fruit compote, I’ve also pureed non-fat yogurt and over-ripe bananas — this yields a very sweet creamy filling with little to no added sugar.
Recipes for apple rose tart are varied and one can find more than a few variations online. There are quite a number of ‘how to’ YouTube videos available. Many demonstrate techniques that are overly complicated. I’m still playing with the recipe streamlining the technique. This will be in my new cookbook.
Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters
Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano– and micro-breweries? Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.
Interested? For more information, here’s the link
Ashland Oregon Farmers Market
March 11 starts the 2014 season for the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market!
For your table, you will find all sorts of locally grown produce. For your garden, you can select a wide variety of locally-grown vegetable starts, flowers and perennials. Enjoy tasting and buying specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, pasta, coffee, tea, beer, wine and hand-made arts and crafts. Usually local musicians entertain with live music.
Every Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
March 11 – November 25, 2014
Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street between E. Main and Lithia Way, in the heart of downtown
May 3 – Oct 25, 2014
Introducing Southern Oregon Lavender Loop!
At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few “Lavender Ladies”. They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate. Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn’t a fluke, go back for seconds — err o.k. thirds.
In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley. I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public. What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields!
July 12–14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For specific information about the individual lavender farms, and a map of the Applegate go to the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop’s Facebook page. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Ashland Farmer’s Market Starts 3/12
“Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market” opening day is March 12! For the valley’s best locally grown produce, flowers, and plants, as well as ready-made specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, wine and hand-made arts and crafts.
Every Tuesday starting 8:30–1:30 at the National Guard Armory out on 1420 E. Main. Not to be confused with the Historic Armory in the Railroad District! For more information go their webpage.
Ashland restaurants and eateries offer week-long specials for 2013 pre-Preview Week.
Showcasing Ashland’s culinary expertise from February 3rd through February 9th, locals and visitors alike can partake in discounted dinners and special offerings from 10 restaurants and eateries throughout Ashland.
Also everyone gets a chance to win a night out in Ashland — go here to download the drawing’s entry form. Multiple winners will be selected
Prizes include: $50 gift certificates from each of these participating restaurants – Alex’s Plaza Restaurant & Bar, Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, Milagros Fresh Mexican, Pasta Piatti, Sesame Asian Kitchen, Smithfields Restaurant & Bar, The Great American Pizza Company, Umi Sushi, and Yogurt Hut.
For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours
My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!
Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.
Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Apocalypes, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.
While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.
For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website …
One of my new favorites: Tot Restaurant!
At 310 Oak St. (walking distance from the Chanticleer Inn) check out their menu and the website: www.totrestaurant.com
Opened June ’12, one of the newest places in town. I’ve been there twice, each time it was a delight. Wonderful food and great service.
They call themselves “Southeast Asian BBQ”, but it’s more that BBQ. Soups, rice bowls and sandwiches are available — all very well prepared with great mix of flavors! Worth going back and back, and back.
For more restaurant selections go to Ellen’s favorite eatery list.
“Roam the Rogue” a Spring Passport Tour
You’re invited to join a self-guided tour of the Upper Rogue Valley Vintners on Saturday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm for a Passport Winery Tour!
Come visit the Upper Rogue wine makers as each of the Upper Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers.
For more details and a list of the wineries, go to the Roam the Rogue website.