May 12th, 2016 by Julie
Yeoman of the Guard
in the intimate Thomas Theatre
Ashland Oregon is such fun. For OSF there is a new seating arrangement where audience members are seated on benches right on the stage floor.
The actors and the action of the play takes place around these audience members, and they have to move around the stage when they are in the way of the plot.
The plot: Fairfax ( Jeremy Peter Johnson) is due to be executed the next morning on a “Bum Rap” as he calls it. In the prison his cousin Warden Carruthers(K.T. Vogt) as his only living relative will inherit all his worldly goods, but he has no intention of letting her get her hands on a penny.
Major Meryll(Joseph Anthony Foronda) and his daughter Phoebe( Britney Simpson) hatch a plan to save Fairfax from the hangman’s noose by disguising him a Merylls son ( who happens to be dead) While on the loose he meets a traveling singer Elsie( Kate Hurster)and quickly decides to marry her so that she will inherit everything.
The music is a foot tapping mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian and Folk and the actors sing and dance all while playing a verity of instruments. The whole show is a goofball tongue-in-cheek cowboy jamboree. You’ll have a rip-roaring good time!
May 6th, 2016 by Julie
THE RIVER BRIDE
This play is brilliantly written by Marisela Trevino Orta
, is partly based on a fable about river dolphins in the Amazon River.
It’s the tale of two beautiful sisters, the younger Belmira (Jamie Ann Romero
) wants to escape their small village, she is about to marry Duante (Carlo Alban
) whom she does not love, but he does promise that he will take her away to the big city, and her older sister Helena (Nancy Rodriguez
) who has always been secretly in love with Duante.
A mysterious stranger is pulled from the river, he causes long simmering friction between the two sisters. Who is this stranger? Belmira wonders could he be her ticket to the outside world that she longs to join.
The moral of the play as Belmira finds out ” Be careful what you wish for! “
This play is a spellbinding and enchanted dark love story that is delightful pleasure to watch. We loved it from beginning to end.
April 30th, 2016 by Julie
Bean and Bacon Soup
Bean and Bacon Soup is hearty, satisfying and full of goodness!
- 1 pound Great Northern White Beans
- 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- 1 pound Thick-cut Bacon, Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
- 1 whole Onion, Diced
- 2 whole Large Carrots, Peeled And Diced
- 2 stalks Celery, Diced
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 2 whole Bay Leaves
- Minced Parsley, To Taste
- 3 whole Roma Tomatoes, Chopped (optional)
Pick through the beans and give them a rinse. Put them in a bowl and cover them with water by two inches. Let them soak overnight.
Drain the beans and place them in a pot. Add the chicken stock and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
While the beans are cooking, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until just barely crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Add 2/3 of the bacon to the beans and reserve the rest for garnish.
Drain the bacon grease from the pan and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Season them with some salt and pepper and cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for another minute or two. Add the vegetables to the beans. Add the bay leaf and give it a good stir. Cover and cook on low (to medium-low) until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add a cup of broth if the liquid level gets too low.
When ready to serve, taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. If desired, stir in the tomatoes. Serve with chopped reserved bacon and chopped parsley.
April 12th, 2016 by Julie
Wonderful music of Johnny Cash!
Spend a wonderful evening at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre with the music of Johnny Cash.
More than two dozen classic hits-including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune-performed by a multi-talented cast of Phillip David Black, Sean Wolf Galuszha, Cat Greenfield, John Leistner and Brian Russell Carey. They paint a musical portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to the unique American legend. If you love the music of Johnny Cash
this is definitely the show for you!
The show runs through to April 17th 2016.
April 6th, 2016 by Julie
Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Eleven fascinating plays.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present eleven fascinating plays this 2016 season.
Tonight we will be in the Bowmer Theatre
for Great Expectations… can’t wait to see it!
So much to look forward to. Don’t wait! get your tickets soon……see you there!
by Charles Dickens
The River Bride
by Marisela Tevino Orta
Timon of Athens
The Yeomen of the Guard
The Winter’s Tale
March 25th, 2016 by Julie
Sticky Toffee Pudding
A good sticky toffee pudding should be more than simple sugar hit – add nuts, for texture, and cloves or ginger for a hint of spice, and this is one transatlantic migrant which will have no problem getting its visa renewed.
This pudding is my favorite, it’s one of the reasons why I put on at least 5lbs when I am in the UK!
175g medjool dates, stoned and roughly chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml boiling water
50g unsalted butter, softened
80g golden caster sugar
80g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of ground cloves
For the sauce:
115g unsalted butter
75g golden caster sugar
40g dark muscovado sugar
140ml double cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C or 350 F. Butter a baking dish approximately 24cm x 24cm.
2. Make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a pan with a pinch of salt and heating slowly until the butter has melted, then turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Boil for about 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour half the sauce into the base of the dish and then put it in the freezer while you make the rest of the pudding.
3. Put the dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof dish and cover with the boiling water. Leave to soften while you prepare the rest of the pudding.
4. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then beat in the eggs, a little at a time. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cloves and a pinch of salt until well combined, and then add the dates and their soaking water, and the walnuts, and mix well.
5. Take the dish out of the freezer and pour the batter on top of the toffee sauce. Put into the oven for 30 minutes, until firm to the touch, and then take out of the oven.
6. Heat the grill to medium, and poke a few small holes evenly over the surface with a skewer or fork, and then pour over the rest of the sauce. Put briefly under the grill, keeping an eye on it as it can easily burn. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Is sticky toffee pudding the perfect marriage of stodge and sweetness, or does the name promise more than the dish delivers? What do you like to add to yours – I like it with Custard or Ice Cream.
March 16th, 2016 by Julie
Did you Know…….
Mount Ashland has tons of snow this year and great skiing for all the family, alpine skiing
. There is also night skiing under lights. My children used to love night skiing, we would start around 4 pm after school on a Friday, they would ski until around 9 pm and come into the lodge every so often for some hot chocolate and a snack. They are all grown up now but they still have fond memories of those Fridays in the snow!
It’s a wonderful time to come to Ashland and enjoy the winter fun! For information go to
March 2nd, 2016 by Julie
Fire destroys Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon. For all of you who have been out to visit Butte Creek Mill during your stay at the Blue Moon, this is devastating news.
The unthinkable happened on Christmas morning. Butte Creek Mill which was a unique historic water powered grist mill, caught fire and burned to the ground.
No one was injured, for which we are thankful.
Bob Russell and his family are determined to rebuild the mill, we wish them well in their long journey ahead.
To find out more about the Mill and how to contribute to the rebuilding effort go to their website:
The Antique Store is still open while the mill is being rebuilt it is adjacent to the mill. It was an 1895 cheese factory before being converted to the antique store. They have an incredible collection including toys, advertising signs, country store materials, etc. There are new items to delight you each time you visit.
January 27th, 2016 by Julie
Smithfield Pub and Pies
opened just a few weeks ago on Second Street in Ashland. Just one block down from Smithfields Restaurant.
Owner and Chef Neil Clooney
has always wanted to open up a pub and pie place, when Paddy Brannan’s Irish Pub closed it’s doors, Clooney felt was the perfect opportunity to follow his dream.
Jean-Pierre and I had a meal there just a few days ago, we both had the Steak, Ale and Cheddar pie with sides of mashed potatoes and peas.. it’s the ultimate in comfort food… absolutely Delicious!
Meat pies are not the only pie on the menu, there are also fish, vegetarian and even gluten free pies.
The restaurant and bar has a real pub atmosphere, plus a large array of Oregon Craft beers to choose from.
It promises to be a lively place with live music and trivia nights.
Open Daily from Noon to Midnight…. 541-482-7437