Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Oregon’

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

November 24th, 2016 by Julie

  Chicken Tortilla Casserole is an easy and extremely tasty recipe.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
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


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.

Roe a Oregon Shakespeare festival brilliant new play.

November 20th, 2016 by Julie

Roe by Lisa Loomer is a fascinating and brilliant new play in the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland Oregon.
Director Bill Rauch said ” I am thrilled to welcome this extraordinary writer back to the Festival.”
The unflinching passionate play tackles a very thorny issue. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 43 years since Roe v Wade came before the Supreme Court, yet the ruling still divides people in this country to this day.
Whatever your views are about the subject of the play, it is written with empathy and humor. I learned so much from the story that I did not know before, many of our guests who have seen the play have said the same thing.
Loomer shows us both sides of the argument without judging people or their beliefs.
This play is smart and moving, it asks us to open our hearts and minds. This is a must see play!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 30th, 2016 by Julie

 A Winters Tale
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is always spectacular, the plays this season will not disappoint. Summer is always a spectacular, the weather is wonderfully warm, with sunny mornings we are serving breakfast outside, it’s just heavenly.
 All of the Theatres are in full swing.
The Wizz have all opened in the
Allen Elizabethan Theatre to rave reviews.
Richard 11 opened in the
Thomas Theatre  I saw Richard 11 on recently. It was brilliant! especially Richard played by Chistopher Liam Moore who is oh so delightfully despicable.
 Scarpetta Restaurant in Ashlandscarpetta1
Did you know... there is a new restaurant in town, Scarpetta opened recently on Main Street, featuring locally grown seasonal foods. Petra Jung and Tony Travanty who are native Wisconsin have made their home in Ashland. “The Rogue Valley provides an array of locally produced ingredients.” says Tony. The  cuisine at Scarpetta is mostly French and Italian, it is creative and authentically Southern Oregon. Try it next time you are in Ashland.

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

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland presents Hamlet

September 3rd, 2016 by Julie

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a new version of Hamlet. This production of Hamlet tells the familiar story of loss and revenge but with a new eye. Director Lisa Peterson has created an engaging and memorable Hamlet.
Danforth Comins gives a stellar performance as Hamlet the Prince of Denmark. A young man who is grieving for death of his father the King of Denmark.
Very soon after the Kings death Hamlet’s uncle Claudius ( Michael Elich ) quickly marries Hamlets mother Gertrude ( Robin Goodrin Nordili) the kings widow. Hamlet wonders why his mother would marry again so quickly and why would his mother marry his Uncle?
Hamlet is visited by the ghost of the dead king who tells him that his uncle Claudius is responsible for his untimely death.
Hamlet is full of vengeance and plots revenge for the kings death.  Still haunted by the ghosts, either real or imagined Hamlet enters into a disturbed nightmare and spins off the rails into insanity.
The special effects are very well done, the multiple ghosts who haunt Hamlet are thrilling and genuinely scary.
Throughout the play guitarist Scott Kelly plays dark and foreboding Doom Metal music. The music doesn’t detract from the play it actually enhances the dysfunctional and tragic story. The music floats over the scenes with incredible mystical sound.  It really works well.
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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.


 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”.

Do something wild.. rafting adventures.

July 27th, 2016 by Julie

Do something wild.. rafting adventures and have some summer fun….a sizzling hot summer day and cool water, what a fabulous combination. In Ashland there are two outfitters who will provide you with the ultimate day out on the absolutely beautiful Rogue River. Noah’s located on North Main Street and  Indigo Creek Outfitters on A Street. You can choose from either a half day relaxing Rogue Float Trip or a full day exciting whitewater rafting trip.
There are also fishing trips and three or four day camping and rafting trips. Whatever you choose you are sure to have lots of fun on the spectacular Rogue River.
For information  Noah’s and
Indigo Creek at  indigocreekoutfiterscom.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Great Expectations

July 20th, 2016 by Julie

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings Charles Dickens characters to life in the Bowmer Theatre.
How do you turn a 59 chapter novel by the master story teller Charles Dickens into a stage play with dozens of characters, Linda Alper and director Penny Metropulos have managed to bring Pip, Magwitch, Estella and the enigmatic Miss Havisham to life on the stage at the Bowmer Threatre.
Pip (played as a boy by Bodhi Johnson and as a grown man by Benjamin Bonenfant ) is a poor orphan who lives with his crazy and mean older sister (Erica Sullivan) and her kindly husband Mr Joe ( played by Al Espinosa) One night when walking through a grave yard he is accosted by a frightening escaped convict Magwitch ( Derrick Lee Weedon), Pip steals some food from his sister to give to Magwitch, and this is where the story of Pip begins…
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Pip is invited to the strange home of the reclusive  Miss Havisham, ( Judith-Marie Bergan) while there he meets for the first time a very spoiled but pretty young girl Estella ( Nemuna Ceesay) who is the ward  of Miss Havisham.
Pip yearns to get a good education and become a gentleman.  He learns that an anonymous benefactor  has given him an mysterious inheritance, his great expectation. He thinks that his benefactor is Miss Havisham .. but is she?
As the years go by he gets a fine education at a boarding school and becomes a gentleman. He still visits Miss Havisham and the hardhearted Estella who hardly gives him the time of day, but he still holds out hope that she will love him as he loves her.
Great Expectations is a very complicated story which is helped along by narrators throughout the play, we were glad of these narrators who keep you on track with the plot and back story.
The play is a coming of age story of the sadness and terror of Pips life as a poor boy to his great expectation as a young man and the lessons he learns along the way. What will happen to Pip in the end, will he become the gentleman he desires and marry Estella.. You will have to see this powerfully entertaining play to find out!

Vegetable and goat cheese frittata

July 16th, 2016 by Julie

 Vegetable and goat cheese frittata 
  • 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
    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.