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Chicken Tortilla Casserole

November 24th, 2016 by Julie

  Chicken Tortilla Casserole is an easy and extremely tasty recipe.
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Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt
Chicken Gravy, recipe follows
1 cup canned green chiles chopped and drained
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray
Twenty-four 6-inch corn tortillas
3 cups shredded Cheddar
Chicken Gravy:
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Add the chicken to a large stockpot, cover with water and add a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken and set aside. Reserve 3 1/3 cups of the broth (1 cup is for the chicken gravy, supplement with boxed stock if you don’t have enough.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large saucepan, combine 2 1/3 cups of the reserved broth, the Chicken Gravy, green chiles, onions garlic, sour cream, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
Spread 1 cup of the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange a layer of 6 tortillas over the mixture, and then top with 1 cup shredded chicken and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. Repeat this layer three more times, ending with cheese. Spread any remaining mixture over the cheese. Make sure all of the tortillas are covered or they will get very hard during baking. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Directions for the Chicken Gravy:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and the flour turns light brown in color. Gradually whisk in the stock and milk and continue to stir while cooking over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, after about 5 minutes, whisk in some salt and pepper.

Unwind at a Spa in Ashland Oregon

September 15th, 2016 by Julie

 A wonderful day at the spa!
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Why not unwind from everyday stress…Your journey to relaxation begins at one of Ashlands wonderful spa’s. Spend a few hours or a whole day at either The Blue Giraffe Spa, Waterstone Spa or Chozu Bath and Tea-house Spa. These spa’s are the very best places to find an oasis of peace and tranquility while you are visiting Ashland Oregon.
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There are many treatments available including facials, massage, body wraps, steams and soaks and manicures and pedicures and much more!
We at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast would be happy to book your spa treatment for you.

Beasy’s on the Creek Ashland Oregon

September 9th, 2016 by Julie

57b012a62cedd8b9d3110fbed45596f0963638abWhy not try something new,  Beasy’s on the Creek is a lovely restaurant located on Lithia Way in Ashland Oregon. Beasy’s restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1996.
Beasy’s offers tasty locally sourced steaks, that are hormone and antibiotic free. There is something on the menu for everyone from chicken to wild local fish and seafood, a fresh garden salad is served with all dinners, and of course you can’t miss dessert, choose from silky creme caramel or vanilla cheesecake and lots more.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5.30 pm.
for reservations call 541-488-5009

Summer in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2016 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” The jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

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 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream. Ashland has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, many boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Vegetable and goat cheese frittata

July 16th, 2016 by Julie

 Vegetable and goat cheese frittata 
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Ingredients
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 3 oz. ham, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together eggs, cream, ham, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
    2. Melt butter in an 10-inch oven-proof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and sauté until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add radishes, scallions, and garlic and sauté until scallions are just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
    1. Reduce heat to medium. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cook until eggs begin to set around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Bake until set, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve immediately.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine a perfect pairing!

July 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine tasting!
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Wine… a perfect pairing!
Most tourists who come to Ashland each year mainly to go to Oregon Shakespeare Festival and see as many plays as they can fit in during their stay.
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More and more tourists are also interested in spending their free afternoons visiting the many fantastic  boutique wineries in and around Ashland and tasting the great wines that this unique region produces.
In Ashland there are several wineries Dana Campbell Vinyards, Grizzly Peak, Weisinger and Belle Fiore.
Just a short drive from Ashland there are our personal favorites Agate Ridge Vinyards and Pebblestone Cellars.
At Belle Fiore Winery you can eat lunch or dinner in their dining room or out on the terrace, it’s a wonderful place to visit, drink fabulous wines while tasting fine food. The winery is just a short drive outside of Ashland but if you don’t have a car there is a shuttle bus that will whisk you from downtown Ashland to the winery.
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Bloomsbury Books Cafe

July 1st, 2016 by Julie

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Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon.
It’s hard to find independent book stores any more but Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon has a wonderful store full of interesting and eclectic books.  One of these is a beautiful new book by local photographer Barbara Tricarico is now available for sale at  Bloomsbury Books on Main Street in Ashland. Her wonderful pictures bring our amazing little town to life on every page.
While you are in the book shop climb the stairs to visit my favorite Coffee House. ( they serve tea as well plus sandwiches and sweet treats) It’s an intimate space full of comfy chairs and cozy nooks, also in warmer weather you can sip your coffee outside in a lovely garden area.
See you there!

Harry and David Tours

June 20th, 2016 by Julie

Harry and David factory tours, Medford Oregon.
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While in Ashland take a visit to Harry & David in Medford Oregon. ( Yes, Harry and David were real people) There are more than 2000 acres of orchards growing their harry david cakefamous Royal Riviera pears in our area. You can drop by their flagship store where you can buy all sorts of fabulous foods, fruit, wines and lots more, also indulge in sampling many of their tasty products.
Take a tour of the factory, it’s well worth a visit.
A Harry & David bus will whisk you on a 1/2 mile ride to the facility and a knowledgeable and friendly guide will tell you all about the operation and history, you will see how they make the cakes, chocolates, moose munch and individually hand packed famous pears and much much more.
It’s a wondeerful way to spend an hour or two, see how Moose Munch is made and how how much quality control goes into choosing the perfect pear!
We will gladly arrange for a tour for you, just ask either Julie or Jean-Pierre.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

June 8th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

For tickets and information go to osfashland.org

Chocolate Crinkles

June 5th, 2016 by Julie

                                                     CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
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These wonderful Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a favorite afternoon treat at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions 
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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