Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Blackberry Season

Blackberry season is upon us! They’re tasty, nutritious, budget friendly, fun, and your civic duty to pick them, so get out there and get some. Like most produce in Oregon the season is several weeks late, but all that unseasonal rain has made for plump, juicy berries. Continue reading →


Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe has been in my family for quite a while. It’s one of the first dishes I made as a child. It’s fast, easy, and always popular. This is a personal adaptation of the basic recipe that introduces a hint of lemon to the crust. Please note that with the exception of the first four ingredients, the measurements are estimated. The filling of this dish is quite variable. Also, the amount of sugar needed for the filling will vary depending on the sweetness of your berries. Feel free to adjust to your taste. Continue reading →

Corn Dogs and Fried Twinkies

Ah, the State Fair, the lovely chance to search out foods you don’t normally see and probably shouldn’t eat. Fair food is also found at festivals, boardwalks, and other kinds of carnival or temporary gathering. While you’ll find the foods we now expect to find at a fair, e.g., corn dogs, fries, cotton candy, funnel cakes; vendors are always trying something new to attract customers. Continue reading →

First Burger

 First BurgerFor my first restaurant review, I thought I’d go to first burger on the 1st of September. That has to be lucky right?

First Burger is located in Historic Downtown Albany, Oregon. They’ve been open for a couple of years but this is the first time I’ve been able to get there. I was intrigued by the way they advertised their local, fresh ingredients. This is their mission statement from their website, “First Burger is based on the simple idea of using the best possible ingredients available to make the best possible hamburger. We Oregonians are lucky that the best quality is local, natural and sustainable. First Burger strives to keep Oregon working; we hope that you will join us.” They also list their suppliers on their website, all of which are indeed local. Continue reading →