800 Cookies for 2015 Taste of Ashland

800 Cookies for 2015 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.

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

What’s Cooking? Candied Orange Peel!

What’s Cooking? Candied Orange Peel!

This is an incredibly easy and elegant treat, both Elin and Sue’s favorite!

Sue’s Easy Candied Citrus Peel

Place in a saucepan:
Strips of orange peel from about 6 oranges made with a channel knife (this makes the process easier)

Add water to cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Drain; cover with fresh cold water, and simmer a few more minutes.
Drain; refresh under cold water, and set aside.

Combine in a heavy, large saucepan:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the fruit peel and cook very gently over low heat until most of the syrup is absorbed.  Cover and let stand overnight.  Bring to a simmer again, then let cool slightly and drain.  Line two trays with wax paper and sprinkle about one cup of sugar on each.  Roll the citrus peel in the sugar until well coated.  Let dry for at least one hour.  Store in airtight container in the refrigerator up to two months.

I use candied orange peel for fruit butterflies’ antennae.  Candied citrus can be chopped, and used in muffins or meringue.  And they can be dipped in dark chocolate for a special treat.

More of our guests’ favorite recipes

More of our guests’ favorite recipes

This is the place where you can virtually experience breakfast at Oak Street Station. Find out which actors are coming to breakfast, what John is cooking up and what’s for dessert.