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While most people know Oregon for its beautiful landscape and rich woodworking scene, few people know that the state is actually one of the top producers of hazelnuts in the whole country. In fact, as many as 99% of the hazelnuts grown in the United States comes from Willamette Valley

  Pandemic or not, one has to eat. Hearty, nourishing food comforts the mind, body and soul. Not to mention that creating routines and normalcy at a time when most people’s lives have been radically upended is important as long as you “social distance.” And according to the CDC: “There

The Oregon Chocolate Festival turns “sweet sixteen” this year, with a party to top them all on March 6 to 8 at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites. For starters, attendees have an opening night choice of celebration.  “Those who want a fancy culinary affair can go to the Wine

  February is Ashland Culinary Month and “Restaurant Week” kicks off the foodie celebration February 3 – 9 with a slice of local flavors. There are multiple establishments involved in this six-day celebration, and for 2020, tradition and tapas set the tone.  The Rogue Valley Messenger had a chance to

Microwaved chicken nuggets, cold tater-tots, cardboard pizza.  When it comes to common perceptions of school cafeteria lunches, these less-than-appetizing provisions are likely among the list of what comes to mind for many parents. (Along with the classic “mystery meat.”)  For parents with children in Jackson or Josephine Counties, however, this

Over Easy? Named for their heavy reliance on eggs? Partially.  Chef Braden (who is also the owner) claims it is an expression of their style—casual, non-pretentious, kid-friendly and welcoming. Though, they do use “a lot of eggs,” says his wife Stephanie, who can be found waiting tables and ringing up

I spent a lot of time engrossing myself in history books. I went to school at OSU for history, meaning I spent most of my time reading dusty old tomes written about dead white guys, talking about government and liberties and pursuit of property and stuff. I’ll be honest, most

The Thanksgiving meal is a timeless American tradition. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are bound to delight your friends and family who gather around the table. But if you don’t have anything to balance out those rich foods, this feast may start to feel a little one-note. While your

  Life didn’t really turn out how I thought it would. Namely when asked what I wanted I wanted to be when I grew up, bartending wasn’t really given as an option. I imagine it’s generally frowned upon for a seven-year-old to say, “I want to be around as much

Ashland is known for its many desirable features. The the picturesque hill and mountain views surrounding the Valley; the beautiful parks; the lively and unmistakable downtown center.  Then there’s SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival bringing creative minds and tourism to the city every year. Ashland, for all intents and