Archives: Oregon

Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Sauce

August 6, 2015 | By andrea | Comments Off on Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Sauce | Filed in: Local Goodness, Products I Love.

I like trying new sauces and condiments, and I have a fridge full of them to prove it. I especially like supporting local Oregon businesses, such as Secret Aardvark Trading Company. I love Secret Aardvark’s Habenero Hot Sauce so I thought I’d give their Drunken Jerk Sauce a try: tropical Jamaican flavors made in not-so-tropical Portland, Oregon. Are • Read More »

Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014 | By andrea | Comments Off on Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly | Filed in: Appetizer, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Products I Love, Recipes.

I’ve been buying locally-made Aloha From Oregon pepper jellies for years. They have a potpourri of flavors so you can switch it up depending on the season (Cranberry Pepper Jelly for Thanksgiving, Mango Pepper Jelly in the summer, etc). This last weekend I took a jar of their pepper jelly to a barn party and • Read More »

Big Tony Brown Super Spicy BBQ Sauce

June 26, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Condiment, Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Recipes.

Last summer I posted about my family’s favorite condiment: Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce. The sauce is made locally in Newberg with all-natural ingredients, and is a must-have for condiment and/or barbecue lovers. Flavored with a blend of warm spices, it has a touch of tang, a balance of sweet and heat, and no trace of the fake smoke • Read More »

Intent Coffee Roasting

May 24, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness.

  A few Sundays ago our church was serving (and selling) coffee from Intent Coffee Roasting, a local Portland company. Not only is it good coffee, but it’s a company worth supporting. You see, Intent gives at least 30% of the profits back to the communities where the coffee is grown—places like Uganda and Nicaragua. Owner and roaster Mark Johnson believes in developing • Read More »

Moonstruck Chocolates

May 8, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Moonstruck Chocolates | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I took a quick field trip over to Moonstruck Chocolates this morning because, well, do I need to have a reason?? Actually, I went there because Mother’s Day is this weekend, and my birthday is just around the corner, so I thought good chocolate was in order. Moonstruck Chocolates is a local Portland company that has received • Read More »

Bee-Nut Butter Bliss

April 20, 2013 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I was at the Zupan’s Market in Lake Oswego last week and I got to try a new local product that I’d never seen before…Bee-Nut Butter Bliss. The all-natural peanut butter has a touch of sweetness from Oregon clover honey, and a light saltiness from sea salt. The texture is in between smooth and crunchy. After tasting it, I • Read More »

Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

January 12, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.

Before you turn up your nose at a cauliflower recipe, this easy-to-make soup really is delicious. It’s similar in flavor to potato cheese soup but lighter in texture and not as rich. I love cauliflower but I didn’t pick up much cauliflower flavor…mostly the sharp cheddar. Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of • Read More »