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Ashland Makes Fodors List


Fodors Travel Puts Ashland on its Best Small Town List

This of course doesn’t surprise many of us who live in and love this town.  See the article on CNN.

Explore “America’s Best Small Towns,” … Wacky and wonderful, Ashland is an arts lover’s dream. It’s home to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Ashland New Plays Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest regional repertory theater in the United States. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at one of the Northwest’s signature seafood spots and a trip to Lithia Park. The latter is on the National Register of Historic Places and stretches over 90 acres.

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Fawn Born in the Chanticleer’s Garden


A Fawn is Born

Less than a few hours old

The Fawn Less Than a Few Hours Old

A baby deer arrived early Sunday morning on June 8th — the newest addition to the “herd”.

For a couple of weeks before, each afternoon the mother hid in my rhodies under my bedroom window. It was obvious that she had selected the rhodies for the delivery room. 
A number of years ago, there was another doe that delivered her babies in the same place each year … it might be the case this doe was one of her babies who now is birthing her fawn under the same rhodies.
The image is blurry, but you can see how small it is compared to the mother’s leg. She got nervous with me taking pictures and led the baby across the street.
Fawn

The Fawn Skittering Across the Street

 

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Apple Rose Tart — Fun with food


Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose and Plum Tart

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.

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Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale


Ashland Spring Sidewalk Sale: May 16–18, 2014

Spring Sidewalk sale, an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, involves many stores in the Historic Downtown and the Railroad District.  Popular with both locals and out of town visitors.

With one or two exceptions, all of Ashland’s stores are independently-owned; they carry one of a kind art items and clothing.

Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.  For more information.

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Clematis in the Spring Garden


Clematis Blooms

Clematis, Irises, and Dogwoods are blooming and everything is leafing out. It’s Spring time in the garden.

Clematis

Clematis

 

 

 

Clustered Clematis

Clustered Clematis

Clematis big as saucers

Clematis big as saucers

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Springtime for Lawn Flamingos


While walking about the neighborhood above the Chanticleer Inn, there’s a garden bed filled with spring tulips and lawn flamingos.   I couldn’t resist sharing how some neighbors celebrate Springtime….

Lawn flamingos on Terrace Ave

Lawn flamingo on Terrace

Lawn Flamingos

Springtime Lawn Flamingos Among the Tulips

Pink Lawn Flamingos

Pink Lawn Flamingo with Blue Bunny Ears

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Ashland Oregon Farmers Market Opens March 11, 2014


Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

Ashland Oregon Farmers Market

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

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Apple Rose Tart: a preview of a new recipe


Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose Tart

Apple Rose Tart

I’ve been experimenting Apple Rose Tarts of late.  Ran across this idea while researching some new recipes, both for the next cookbook and to expand out the Chanticleer’s breakfast repertoire.

This tart pictured here is with a pecan-date crust using red delicious apples.  It has appealing presentation, is very tasty, and is far more healthy than it looks.  All three great criteria for a recipe.

There’s a catch however. When assembling these tarts, it does take a little time.  It’s not difficult, but the time adds up if doing a tart times 12!

Thus apple rose tarts will be served when there are a few guests in the house.  You will have a better chance to taste this tart if you stay on Sunday or Monday night, or during the low-season.

Apple Rose Tart

Bird’s eye view

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Chanticleer Inn B&B Winter Garden


Lately, it’s looking a lot like winter at the inn. We had lots of snow yesterday that covered the Chanticleer Inn’s garden!

Here are some images:

Snow Covered Fern in the Chanticleer Inn's Shade Garden

Snow Covered Fern in the Chanticleer Inn’s Shade Garden

New Zealand Flax in the Chanticleer Inn's Side Yard

New Zealand Flax in the Chanticleer Inn’s Side Yard

 

 

Hawthorne Berries with 'Snowcaps" in the Front of the Chanticleer Inn

Hawthorne Berries with ‘Snowcaps” in the Front of the Chanticleer Inn

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Blink Chargers in Ashland


Blink Charger in Ashland

Blink Charger in Ashland

Blink Chargers for Electric Car Drivers

There are two Blink Charger locations in Ashland’s parking lots.

  • 175 Hargadine St. in the parking structure near Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • 139 N. Pioneer St. in the parking lot between Pioneer and 1st St., enter from Lithia Way.

Of course, if you’re a guest at the Chanticleer Inn, you can get your ‘juice’ for free while you enjoy exploring Ashland and seeing plays.

 

 

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