Local, seasonal nom nom food action at Taste of the Valley

Celebrate the bounty of the season on Oct. 2 Presented by the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance (WVSFA) We in the Willamette Valley are some lucky buggers. This rich land brings us an amazing bounty of fresh food, plus we abound with people who appreciate this food and know how to bring out its best. … Read more

Homemade cheese, classical music and sun salutations

This week I am grateful for… Homemade cheese “Cheese—milk’s leap toward immortality.” —Clifton Fadiman My beloved wife Jodie has rediscovered her love of cheesemaking, and it makes for a happy husband. She’s been making cheese off and on since 2009, and like anyone working on a new hobby, there have been successes and failures. The … Read more

BHAGs: Terry Pratchett, New Zealand and craft beer

Go big… or go anywhere This tweet from @SEKeener (Sean Keener, founder & president of the BootsnAll Travel Network) got my blood a’going… @antsaint – Nice – Not sure how, but that why it’s a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL. What’s urs pal? Are your goals Big, Hairy and Audacious? We all need big goals. Goals … Read more

Eugene Irish Cultural Festival seeks new Steering Committee Members

A touch of Ireland in Oregon Every year, the Eugene Irish Cultural Festival gives us a taste of Celtic culture right here in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re a fan of the festival, have you thought about how you could also help plan and run the show? A call for new committee members Peggy Hinsman, … Read more

Umpqua Brew Fest and Homebrew Competition

2nd Annual Umpqua Brew Fest, Oct. 21-22 Oregon homebrewers and craft beer lovers, head to the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg for 2 days of beer and fun. The Umpqua Brew Fest celebrates clean water, craft beer, and sustainable living. Breweries from the Northwest and beyond will pour dozens of craft beers, with a backdrop … Read more

7 ways home can be just like traveling

Wherever you live, sometimes it’s easy to forget that home is also a destination, a unique spot of the world. As of Sept. 20, 2011, I’ve lived in Oregon—my adopted home—for 11 years. Every day, the adventure of home is still like traveling. How does home stay fresh and interesting? After all, home is not … Read more

How to dry your own tomatoes

DIY Home-dried tomatoes Ah, tomatoes. Your homegrown, sweet-tart garden and farmer’s market goodness would be perfect, if only I liked to eat you. That’s the thing. Tomatoes are versatile and amazing, but you’ll never see me bite into one, or slice it up raw, or chuck fresh wee cherry tomatoes on my salad or suchlike. … Read more

Taking stock of 2 years

Two years ago, on Sept. 12, 2009, my wife Jodie and I got married. I am so, so glad to be by Jodie’s side. She is the most amazing partner, beyond anyone I ever could have dreamed for or asked for. Thank you, my darling Jodie, for the years we’ve had, and for all the … Read more

Oregon craft beer: Corvallis Beer Week Sept. 12-18

Week-long celebration of Craft Beer comes to Corvallis Sept. 12-18 Corvallis’ Craft Beer scene continues to blossom beginning Monday, September 12, 2011. That’s the day the inaugural Corvallis Beer Week kicks off to promote the education and celebration of craft beer and microbrew throughout the beautiful city of Corvallis, Oregon. The idea for Corvallis Beer … Read more

Easy slow cooker seafood stock

The screw-all-that-boiling, making-stock-in-summer alternative Nothing says summer like… um… making homemade stock. Because, hey, it’s summer! Yeah, summer. Who doesn’t want to boil liquid over a blazing hot stove for hours on end, wondering how much sweat you’re contributing to the flavor profile? Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. But here’s the … Read more