Once on This Island

Once on This Island

Wellbeing Practices of Oak Street Station

Wellbeing Practices of Oak Street Station

The health and safety of our guests are our priority.

We ask that all guests be vaccinated.
Your choice regarding masks will always be respected.
Common areas are sanitized regularly.

We look forward to welcoming you into the comfort and safety of our inn.

Miss Havisham’s Tablescape

Miss Havisham’s Tablescape

The Wedding Tablescape

When Elin set Miss Havisham’s Wedding Table in honor of OSF’s Great Expectations, then it followed that some special visitors would make an appearance. Tucked beneath the tablescape’s fragrant lavender, mint and ivy is a breakfast treat. Egg mice with peppercorn eyes and chive tails have come to nibble on tiny wedges of Spanish Mangecho cheese.

Egg Mouse with Manchego Cheese

The rest of Miss Havisham’s breakfast is equally delicious. Buttery waffles with fresh berry sauce, grilled chicken sausage and early pears filled with cream cheese and sprinkled with toasted pecans. A sparkling toast of breakfast mimosas complete the menu.

Breakfast Pears

Miss Havisham’s Egg Mice

To make Egg Mice you will need peeled, hard boiled eggs, jalapeno or other small pepper, chives and a wedge of cheese.

Slice the bottom of the egg off lengthwise so the egg mouse has a firm base.

Use a paring knife to make tiny slits for the pepper ‘ears’ and peppercorn ‘eyes’

Arrange the chive ‘tail’ onto your plate

Place the egg ‘mouse’ on top part of the chive ‘tail’

Place the cheese wedge in front of the egg mouse

Serve with fresh ground salt and pepper.

An Artist’s Table

An Artist’s Table

Elin's Latest TablescapeArtistic attention to detail is what makes the unique Oak Street Station experience. Assistant Innkeeper Elin Babcock is both a world traveler and an accomplished artist with studio space at Ashland Artworks. Her daily tablescapes transport guests to exotic ports of call; from Italian Carnival, to the Germanic Countryside, to the Eiffel Tower and more.

In her art and in her tablescapes, Elin’s specialty is ‘found’ objects that she mixes with more traditional pieces. The sparkling Buddha head in the middle of this Carnival table is one example of Elin’s artistic ‘fusion.’ Enjoying breakfast at one of Elin’s tablescapes is second only to traveling with Elin on one of her guided tours of France, Spain or Morocco.

Elin's Table

800 Cookies for Taste of Ashland

800 Cookies for Taste of Ashland

Chocolate Cookie DoughIt’s official. By popular request, Oak Street Station has been asked to bring 800 of Aunt Sue’s Chocolate Chip Cookies to the Taste of Ashland. This will be the first year that we will provide cookies for both days of the Taste which will be held on April 25 & 26. Our cookies will be just down the street at Ashland Artworks.

2015 AIFF Highlights

2015 AIFF Highlights

2015 Filmmaking GuestsOak Street Station had three delightful guests for the 14th annual Film Festival, two filmmakers and a juror.

Andrea Scott produced and directed the documentary Florence AZ .

Laura Coxson was one of the producers for the documentary Iris.

Liz Ogilvie was juror for the Best Documentaries. She is Director of Marketing of Fandor. You  can learn more about her at her Fandor blog.

Though our festival is known for its documentaries, this year we enjoyed solid features as well. John’s favorites were Christmas Again and The Well.

My favorite was the film noir Man from Reno. We both really like Imperial Dreams.

New Logo for ABBN

New Logo for ABBN

ABBN Logo

What’s Cooking? Meringue Mushrooms

What’s Cooking? Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms

In a large bowl, beat until soft peaks form: 4 egg whites (room temperature), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Very gradually, add 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed: 1 cup granulated sugar

Beat until meringue holds very stiff peaks

Preheat oven to 200′

Spoon meringue into pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Pipe thin, pointed shapes to form stems, and round, button shapes onto the baking sheets to make mushroom caps. Use your finger or a spatula to smooth the tops of the caps if necessary. Dust lightly with unsweetened cocoa. Bake for 2 hours at 200′, turn off oven, and leave them in the oven to cool for another hour or overnight.

Working with very dry hands, use a small knife to carve a point out of the underside of the mushroom caps. Spread this underside with melted chocolate, and insert a stem into the indentation. Let set in a dry place, and store in an airtight container. These will keep for several weeks.

2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival

2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival

The thirteenth Ashland Independent Film Festival took place here last week.  What great entertainment!  But the best part was hosting film makers at Oak Street Station.  Ellen Su and Kyle Moy (seated below with John) created Spacebound, a three minute animated film which you can watch below.

John with Spacebound filmmakers

John with Spacebound filmmakers

Our filmmaker guest Julia Morrison was the Best Feature Winner for the Festival. Her film Hank and Asha was a delightful twist of a romantic comedy. I highly recommend it.

Breakfast with these creative people was a lot of fun. We are already anticipated next years line up of films and guests at Oak Street Station.

Julia Morrison with James Duff

Julia Morrison with James Duff

Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast?!

Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast?!

Laughs were definitely on the menu when Animal Crackers cast members Mark Bedard, Daisuke Tsuji, Brent Hinkley and Eddie Lopez came for breakfast at OSS. The zany cast was won in a Daedalus Project auction by long-time OSS guests Shirley and Martha.

This picture with OSS guests, staff and the actors gives you an idea of what breakfast with Animal Crackers is like!