Gourmet Haul

I have a confession: I am a foodie. Our family loves interesting, fresh, gourmet food and the processes and products that go into it.

My husband is as likely to park the TV on Food Network as he is ESPN to spend some downtime, and we enjoy celeb chefs like Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Rachel Ray and the folks at America’s Test Kitchen (and its evil twin, Iron Chef America).

One of the wonderful things about the Cannon Beach area is the food industry. We visited the Tillamook cheese factory and the smaller, more charming Blue Heron French Cheese company. There’s a Harry and David’s in the Seaside outlet mall, and lots of little food and gift shops up and down Highway 101 in between.

I came home with a huge haul, an entire backpack full, of food stuff, including:

  • Wheels of smoked pepper and herb garlic brie
  • Chili garlic cheddar, garlic white cheddar cheese, plus the always popular cheese curds
  • Different chutneys, including Harry and David’s popular red pepper and onion
  • Jam, jam, jam! Fig/ginger conserve, maple pear butter, peach butter, pumpkin butter, and key lime curd.
  • More fabulous Chukar Cherry stuff – a restock on our favorite cherries jubilee
  • Almond and lemon shortbread cookies, and almond and hazelnut truffles
  • Some cool Fantes collapsible measuring cups and flat-pack measuring spoons

Our family has enough cheese and interesting jam to last us a good, long time! And I’m excited to try cooking with some of the new products.

2 Responses to “Gourmet Haul”

  1. Becca Says:

    That cheese company was fun, wasn’t it? Mitch and I are going back during the weekend of our anniversary! I told him, he just had to see it, and he agreed, so we are going to make a long day of it and play tourist! Woohoo!

  2. Holy Says:

    We did the Cheese Factory a couple of months back when we went to Newport but the factory production was closed.

    I love getaway weekends like that in funky touristy towns for the out of the way kitchen shops and gourmet food finds….I woulda been right there with you, buying gadgets and specialty dips and spreads, etc.