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French Toast

Nation French Toast Day is November 28

Remember the orange popsicle filled with vanilla ice cream?  Who didn’t love them then and who doesn’t still love them now?  Here at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast we regularly order a case of fresh Organic Valencia Oranges to use in Orange Ricotta Pancakes, Fresh Orange Smoothies, Fruit Salads and more.  Recently I made this creamy French Toast with a Gluten Free White Bread but I prefer using a fresh Challah Bread.  Challah makes the best French Toast and when combined with cream cheese, vanilla and orange, a dreamy

Creamy Orange French Toast

In a small bowl cream together 1/2 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp sugar and 4 oz softened cream cheese

In another bowl Whip together:

  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • zest from a orange
  • juice from that orange
  • cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp sugar

Spread the cream cheese mixture between two slices of bread.  I like to lay the sandwiches on a cookie sheet where the milk and egg mixture has been poured, flipping them after about 5 minutes.  The type of bread you are using will determine how long to soak.  Dryer bread a little longer that a very moist bread like Challah. Fry on a hot griddle until golden, about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, combine fresh orange juice from half an orange, 1/2 cup maple syrup and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract in a small sauce pot. Bring to simmer and take off heat.

Serve piping hot garnished with thinly slices oranges and a dusting of powdered sugar.

You can adjust this recipe to satisfy dietary needs.  I’ve used coconut or almond milk for lactose intolerant guests. A Vanilla Soy Creamer adds flavor. There are some very good non dairy cream cheese products available.

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Pumpkin Pear

The Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Caramelized Pears has become a favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast table.

Pumpkin Panna Cotta
1 1/2 Cups Half & Half
2 to 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Package (1/4 Ounce) Gelatin
1/3 Cup Milk

Caramelized Pear:
1 Large or 2 Small to Medium Pears
1 1/2 Tablespoon Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Place the milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it, stir gently and leave for 5 minutes to soften. Combine the half and half in a small saucepan with the syrup and pumpkin, and heat until the mixture just reaches the scalding point but does not boil, whisking often.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Whisk in the gelatin mixture until smooth.  Divide the mixture into 4 glasses or ramekins and refrigerate.

Cut the pear/pears in half, remove the core and peel, then cut into small dice.  In a heavy frying pan heat the butter until sizzling.  Add the pears, sugar and cinnamon and stir. Cook over medium heat stirring often until the pears and very tender and obtain a nice golden brown color.  Remove from the heat and place in a covered bowl until needed.

To serve, allow the panna cotta to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.  Add a dollop of sweetened cream to each panna cotta, then spoon on some of the pears in their juice. Serve immediately.

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Hood River Valley

October is National Apple Month

October is recognized as National Apple Month and Oregon is among the leaders in fine apple production.  Apples are a member of the rose family of plants and the blossoms are much like wild-rose blossoms.  Oregon produces over 21 commercial apple varieties, with Fuji and Gala leading the state’s production but we know of one orchard, Kiyokawa Family Orchards in the Hood River Valley that grow over 90 different varieties! The state’s rainfall and mild climate make it a prime location for apple orchards. The most orchards can be found in Oregon’s northwestern region near and around Portland.  In 2015 Oregon produced an estimated 110 million pounds of apples.

History of the Apple – Oregon Growers

In 1847, Henderson Luelling brought more than 700 one year old grafted fruit trees from Iowa to Oregon by ox-team along with his wife and 8 children.  Today, in front of a military building in the city of Vancouver, WA, an historic apple tree with a plaque on it records the following story: ‘In 1847, Henderson Lewelling, know for promoting the fruit industry in Iowa, Oregon, and California, came to Oregon in a covered wagon with his wife, children and 350 fruit trees that had survived the long journey.’  It goes on to say ‘By 1850, their first crop produced 100 apples. It was the time of the Gold Rush in California, and when they rushed to San Francisco with the apple crop, prospectors were so hungry for fresh fruit that he sold them for $5 each. They used the money to build more orchards.’

Today, the Hood River Valley is one of the major growers of apples.  Kiyokawa Family Orchards in the Hood River Valley have been growing the finest produce available since 1911. The fertile soils found at the base of Mt. Hood and rarified, glacier-fed water sources create a unique growing environment.  The Kiyokawa’s take pride in promoting local and sustainably grown produce and utilize a farm management system that incorporates best management practices.

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National Apple Dumpling Day

National Apple Dumpling Day

National Apple Dumpling Day is September 17 and these Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings come to you from the the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in Oregon’s Hood River Valley.  The Valley’s reputation for quality apples dates back to the 1900 Chicago World’s Fair, where 16 blue ribbons were awarded to local growers.  A Chicago newspaper reported that, “Since the Centennial Exposition, everybody in the world knows about Hood River apples.”

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the dumplings:

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
4-5 tbsp milk
4-5 small apples

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small saucepot, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Bring to a boil and stir until the butter melts completely. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the dumplings.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and shortening. Mix with your fingers until dough has a grainy texture (will look sort of like cornmeal). Add the milk and mix until combined.

Roll out dough to 1/8th inch thick on a well floured surface. Cut into 4-5 large squares.

Peel and core your apples then place one apple on each square of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top of the apple then gently wrap dough around apple, sealing edges with a little water. Don’t worry if the dough doesn’t completely enclose around the apples—just do the best you can.

Place the dumplings in a greased pan and pour the sauce over the dumplings and around the sides of the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.

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Pumpkin Pinots Pears

Pumpkins, Pinot and Pears.  The Oregon Bounty harvest is on.

Did you know that over 80% of the pears in the world were grown right here in Oregon?  Mostly in the Hood River Valley in Northern Oregon. It’s the perfect time to take that drive called the “Fruit Loop” in Hood River, Oregon.  Winding through orchards, farms, roadside stands and vineyards, the Fruit Loop sounds like a perfect thing to do while you are visiting an Oregon Bed & Breakfast.  Don’t forget to pick up some fresh fruit and a homemade pumpkin pie, or apple, or pear, or cherry.  They all go great with the Oregon Pinots.  

And then there’s the Pinots.  Harvest of that lovely fruit that makes Oregon so famous for it’s wines will soon begin.  Oregon’s prize winning, world renown, and absolutely palate pleasing wines are featured not only at our inns, but everywhere you go in Oregon.

Pairing some of Oregon’s wines with a few slices of several varieties of pears and of course pumpkin pie, makes for the perfect Autumn afternoon.

While you’re here search recipes, and see what dishes our innkeepers are making with Oregon’s “never ending harvest!”

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MaMere’s Guest House is located in the heart of wine county, and is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding wineries or visiting Western Oregon University.  The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and is only a block from WOU and Monmouth’s Main Street.

MaMere’s Guest House is charming, unique and colorful inside and out! Built in 1891 as a boarding house for female students, it has since housed hundreds and continues to do so today in its present form as a Bed and Breakfast Guest House.  From the Inn tour local vineyards, visit the coast, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the beautiful flowers, while listening to music from the Monmouth Amphitheater in Main Street Park

The innkeepers serve up this delicious Puffed Pancake for breakfast but it can also be a lovely brunch or luncheon dish served right from the oven.

Apple Puffed Pancake
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

6 large eggs
11/2 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

3 large apples (such as gala or yellow delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced into wedges
3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, optional

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a good blender, process or blend the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until well blended. Set this batter aside.

Place the butter in a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish. Place the dish in the oven about 2 minutes, or until the butter just melts. Carefully remove from the oven and place the apples in a single layer in the baking dish. Return to the oven about 4 minutes or until the butter begins to sizzle.

Remove from the oven and carefully pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Return to the oven and continue baking about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Cut into pieces and serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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Dining with a view

You’re sure to work up an appetite exploring the great outdoors in Oregon’s Mt Hood Region. Here are but a few Outdoor Dining with a View options

Solera Brewery ~ a short block walk from the Inn leads to the Beer Garden of Solera Brewery ~ A close-up of Mt. Hood, and the Hood River Valley orchards in the rural setting

Riverside Grill ~ a Hood River restaurant situated on the edge of the Columbia River with panoramic views of the Columbia River and it’s Gorge

Rams Head ~ Timberline Lodge ~ You can’t get much closer to Mt Hood!  Casual food and drinks with stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson

Vertical ~ Mt Hood Meadows ~ of the 9 dining options at the Ski Resort, Vertical has the most amazing view

Full Sail Brewery ~ Hood River ~ Overlooking the Columbia River

Horsefeathers ~ Overlooking downtown Hood River and the Columbia River

3 Rivers Grill ~ Great Views of the Columbia from both the inside and outside on their deck

The Hood River Valley has no shortage of spectacular Mt Hood Views.  There is an abundance of quality places to eat and dine and certainly some great places to explore on your own.  Imagine relaxing at a panoramic site, sipping on cider and snacking, all the while looking out over the Hood River Valley, Mt Hood or the Columbia River.  Our Innkeepers will share with you some of our favorite spots.

There are 8 Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in this spectacular region.  For the perfect stay in the Columbia River Gorge visit the Hood River Lodging page of the Guild website.

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Lavender Blueberry Sorbet

Lavender Blueberry Sorbet

Lavender Blueberry Sorbet is a palette cleansing first course at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, a dish produced from an explosion of Blueberries and Lavender in Oregon’s Hood River Valley.

Ingredients:

Serves 2.
2 ripe frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup lite coconut milk
2 tsp dried lavender

Directions:

1. Peel ripe bananas, wrap in glad wrap and freeze overnight.
2. Add frozen bananas, blueberries, and coconut milk to food processor or blender and process until fluffy, smooth, and creamy.
3. Add lavender and carefully mix through with wooden spoon.
4. Empty the mixture into a container and put back into the freezer for a few hours to set.
5. When the ice-cream is ready, scoop with an ice-cream scoop, top with fresh fruit.  Enjoy

The Old Parkdale Inn is located in the Upper Hood River Valley on the north slope of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, in the quaint town of Parkdale.  Outdoor adventure, farms, wineries and fine dining are nearby.  The complete privacy of the inn and the serene gardens are perfect for romantic and restful getaways.

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National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Blueberry Muffin Day

Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day is July 11.  Today’s recipe come from the innkeeper at Sandlake Country Inn on Oregon’s Stunning North Coast.

Blueberry Coconut Muffins
Makes 12 Jumbo Muffins

3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
6 teaspoons baking powder
1 ⅓ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 ⅓ cups milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups blueberries
1 cup flaked coconut
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or use muffin cups on jumbo muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, then add the milk, oil and vanilla. Add the
liquid ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir just until the flour mixture is moistened. Carefully stir in the blueberries and coconut. Pour into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until
toothpick inserted in middle comes out dry.

The Sandlake Country Inn is 10 minutes north of Pacific City and just minutes from Pacific Ocean beaches.  This historical landmark B&B has 3 spacious rooms and a romantic, newly remodeled, stand alone cottage. Gourmet breakfasts are delivered to your door for ultimate privacy. Service and attention to detail are provided along with the privacy you’re looking for.  Relax in your romantic room, complete with private jacuzzi and private deck and fireplaces in each room.  Let our bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast introduce you to the way a bed and breakfast should be.

The Sandlake Country Inn Bed and Breakfast near Pacific City, Oregon is secluded and luxurious, making it the perfect location for your romantic Oregon Coast getaway.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Wine Sorbet

Wine Sorbet and Oregon Strawberries

Wine sorbet and Oregon strawberries.  Hopefully you celebrated Oregon Wine Month with the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and have stocked up on fine Oregon Wines, putting some aside for this smooth Wine Sorbet shared by Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast. Blackberries are also lovely in this light dessert.

Basic Wine Sorbet

Ingredients:
¾ cup water
⅔ cup sugar
1 ¼ -1 ½ cups White Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay wine

Use berries of choice or try nectarines, peaches and other fruit.
The innkeeper prefers using 1 ¼ cups of wine

Instructions:

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat slowly over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add wine, stir and remove from heat. Cool. Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions. I put the mixture in a 4 cup measure cup in the freezer and stir frequently until frozen. At this point you can put small amounts in a blender and blend for a smoother sorbet. Put sorbet into an airtight container to keep it for awhile. Enjoy.

Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast offers guests a quiet country setting with spectacular views, sunsets, and star gazing. Each of the two large guest rooms has a queen bed, table, chairs, and private bath.

As part of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Green Certification Program, Yamhill Vineyard’s intention is to care for you and the earth with respect and gentleness.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, its environment, culture, and heritage with you.  Get to know our State like a local. Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape, a world class city experience, or a new spin on business travel,  you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance when staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.