Blackberry Jam

I have been told that all you need to grow blackberries in Oregon is to disturb the soil and wait. That seems to be true along the riverfront near our condo. Luckily, there is a walking path within arms reach of the plants.  So, on a recent morning walk with my dog, I brought my…

My First Rainbow Trout

My son’s love of rainbow trout goes back many years.  Seven years ago, when Cam was 3, we joined my husband on a business trip to the Portland area.  During our wanderings, Cam and I found the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, where they raise…rainbow trout.  He was captivated by the fish and made me buy him…

Smoked Salmon Creamy Pasta with a Kick

When we came to visit Portland last year, we discovered The Smokery at the Portland Farmers Market.  Last weekend, we tasted their Old Irish smoked salmon…all it took was one bite, this was the perfect mix of smoke with a touch of sweet. In addition to eating it ‘straight,’ I decided to make it as…

Cooking from the Portland Farmers Market

Now that we have arrived in Portland, I no longer have access to my own garden, but I do have a number of wonderful farmers markets in easy reach.  The biggest is the Saturday market at Portland State University.  It is an easy 1.3 mile walk before we shop, and a very easy ride on…

Wineries on the Way – Washington & Oregon

  After a long 7 hour driving day, we finally reached Richland, WA and Fiction at the J. Bookwalter Winery. It was so nice to sit out on the patio relaxing in the 95F heat with a glass of chenin blanc. Dinner featured the happy hour menu and a flavorful flatbread for me with a…

Big Sky Country

There are so many things I could write about our time in Montana, it has been an utterly enjoyable 4 days.  We have explored history at Little Bighorn,we were awed by the beauty on Going to the Sun Road,we hiked on trails at Herron Park,we cooled off in Whitefish and Foy Lakes,and we rafted the…