Crown Point Vista House (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Monday, March 28, 2011
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When I visit the waterfalls, I like driving on I-84 past Multnomah Falls, and then backtracking on the old highway to end at Crown Point Vista House because it is the perfect spot to look back over the Columbia River Gorge. Of course, the view is much bluer and greener during the summer, but I still think it's pretty impressive nonetheless.

We briefly went inside the Vista House.

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Latourell Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Sunday, March 27, 2011
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I always save my favorite waterfall for last.

I've blogged Latourell Falls before, that post has video if you want to hear and get another sense of the water. During the summer though, the waterfall is almost a trickle in comparison to the sheer power cascading down this day after a series of recent rainstorms.

Another bridge.

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Shepperd's Dell Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Perhaps it was a good thing that it was so drizzly that day. I drove much more slowly than usual on the windy shaded old highway. After leaving Bridal Veil Falls, my sedate pace meant I managed to spot the sign for Shepperd's Dell Falls.


My first visit to this waterfall. The reason why I've never been able to stop before is that there's really no room to park, just a slightly wider shoulder that only fits a few cars. Once you pass the sign, there's a bridge over the very steep and narrow canyon. And there's no place to turn around. So I've always missed it every other time I've gone.

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Bridal Veil Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
After Wahkeena Falls, we stopped off at Bridal Veil Falls.

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Unlike most of the others, Bridal Veil Falls isn't visible from the old Columbia River Highway. But it's just a short half mile hike down to the falls.

Of course, I've also blogged Bridal Veil Falls before in the summer when everything is lush and green. And while these shots have more barren trees, the water pictures are much better. I love how I can almost see how fast and furiously the water crashed between the rocks.

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Show Me Your Muffin and the giveaway winner!

To check out the winner of the giveaway, please scroll down to the bottom!

I am here with the next edition of "Show Me Your.. " series.  After breakfasts, cakes, omelettes, lunchboxes, curries, fridges, wholegrains, cookbooks, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and soups it is MUFFINS this time! Muffins have always been our favorite be it plain ones to ones with nuts and chocolate! They are great finger foods and even make a wholesome breakfast.

So get out your aprons and baking pans and start baking your muffins. Send them across for this event. Some guidelines for the event.

  • Create a blog post featuring your muffin recipe.
  • Feel free to use the logo.
  • Please link back to this announcement page.
  • Eggs are allowed in recipes.
  • Multiple entries are allowed. 
  • Archived posts are allowed if you provide a link to this announcement page. 
  • Email your entries to divyablogs[AT]gmail[DOT]com on or before April 30, 2011.

And the lucky winner of the CSN giveaway chosen randomly is..

Swapna of Simple vegetarian Recipes!

Thanks everyone for participating and sharing about your favorite cookware!

Wahkeena Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Not much to say about Wahkeena Falls. Just a super quick drive past Multnomah Falls and right up on the freeway. So hop off, snap photo, and back in the car again.

Gee, I said virtually the same thing when I blogged Wahkeena Falls the first time.

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Multnomah Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Monday, March 21, 2011
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After Horsetail Falls, we made our way to Oregon's most visited tourist attraction.

Again, I've written about Multnomah Falls before, so read that post for more details about the legend. There are also more pictures of the falls from various angles that I didn't capture this time simply because it was too wet. And everything I had to say about Multnomah Falls is in that previous post because evidently I don't have any new stories for ya. But how about some pictures of moss, fern, and drizzle?

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Horsetail Falls (Winter) - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon

Sunday, March 20, 2011
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After lunch at Bunk Sandwiches - Portland, we were ready to go "hike" the waterfalls. I say hiking loosely because most of the waterfalls are viewable from the Historic Columbia River Highway so it was really just pulling over the side of the road, snapping photos, and then onward to the next waterfall.

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Bunk Sandwiches - Portland - Oregon

Saturday, March 19, 2011
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Since Gourmet Pigs had never been to Oregon before, she had a list of three things she wanted to do. Eating at Bunk Sandwiches was one of them.

Why do they call themselves bunk? According to the Bunk Sandwiches website, with so many places proclaiming they're "the best," Bunk would rather you decide for yourself. That unpretentiousness was rather endearing in a very PDX kind of way that made me miss home. Then I clicked on the link to see their press. Getting written up by local press is a given, but once you hit the New York Times, or appear on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," or get proclaimed by Mario Batali to be one of the world's top 100 contemporary chefs (that would be Tommy Habetz, former sous chef at Batali's Lupa in New York City, who currently co-owns Bunk with Nick Woods), hype is unavoidable.

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Vintage Recipe Thursday: Nasty Jell-O of the Month

Thursday, March 17, 2011
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I present you with Corned Beef Loaf!  This recipe comes from The New Jell-O Book of Surprises, as in "Surprise!  There's Jell-O in your meatloaf!"

Since we can't have corned beef without cabbage--

This recipe is from Today...what salad...what dessert? Jell-O brings dozens of answers... (1928)
Salad Suprême doesn't sound too horrible.  I might be brave enough some day to try it!

Nasty Jell-O of the Month is sponsored by its creator, Emily, whose blog is Livin' Vintage.  Thanks, Emily!

We might as well go whole-hog vintage Irish-American and listen to some Bing Crosby:

And, of course:

A giveaway!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This is a special giveaway for readers here at Dil Se...!

What is your favorite cookware? I am a big fan of pan sets which range from non-stick ones, stainless steel and copper pans. I happened to find these beautiful Tri-Copper Pan Sets in the CSN Stores Website. Don't these look beautiful?

Would you like to win this giveaway and buy your favorite cookware for your kitchen? You have the opportunity to win a gift card and choose your favorite cookware from their online stores.

All you have to do is..

Leave a comment in this post, telling what is your favorite cookware.

For extra entries,  follow my blog publicly, in a reader, subscribe by email, like the site's facebook page and leave a comment for each entry right here in this post.

I will be choosing the winner on the March 21, 2011 using a random integer generator.

Life This Week: March 14, 1938

Monday, March 14, 2011
I really think I need a themesong--anyway it's that time again.  Bringing cheer to your Monday, it's Life This Week:

How about "Five Lively Ways to Serve Doughnuts"?  I haven't had a chance to try them out, but are any of you dear readers brave enough to try doughnuts spread with cheese and toasted under the broiler?

Scary: this issue reproduces drawings from the Austrian Ministry of Defense depicting "what to do when enemy bombers attack you."  It's amazing how far in advance governments were preparing for World War II.  Photos of preparations in London and Berlin are on this page.

Be like Thomas Jefferson!  Buy Heinz pickles!

Next, we have a fun pictorial on Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Life was invited to the Comus Ball, which had never been photographed for the press before.  I don't know a lot about New Orleans society, but I do know that Comus Ball invitations are collectors' items because they are so fabulous: this link has photographs of the 1924 invitation.

Poor Gargantua!  I'd be mad if I were in a tiny cage, too!

An article about a Mexican art show features several full-color photos and a black-and-white portrait of Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo.

From Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans

Eddie Cantor takes Deanna Durbin on a tour of New York- I love that they stopped to have a chocolate soda.*  I have a sneaking suspicion that the world might be a more pleasant place if there were lots of soda fountains!  Netflix didn't have Mad About Music, but I did watch Three Smart Girls, which is available on DVD.  I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I liked this one.  It's basically a prototype for The Parent Trap with a few musical numbers thrown in.  Sounds ghastly, right?  Even with teenage girls (three of them) sobbing all over the place, it's a charming little movie.  Ray Milland is as dashing as ever in a supporting role and Deanna Durbin (in her first feature-length film) plays a scheming fourteen-year-old delightfully.  No, it's no Oscar-contender, but it's solid family-friendly fare that won't be too taxing for the grown-ups.  Definitely recommended for pre-teen girls.  Why didn't I know about it when I was twelve?

Deanna Durbin is way more pleasant than the fascist movement in Belgium (which I didn't even know about) or a depressing article about psychiatric treatment.

Thankfully, we get to end with fluff: an article about "loll[ing] in the West Indian sun between parties" in Jamaica.  If you'd like to see some more resort fashion, BaronessVonVintage has featured several posts on the subject recently.  She has some fantastic photos!


Neither Paul nor I have ever had a chocolate soda, so we had to try one straight away, especially since we have a fabulous soda siphon of our very own.

Chocolate Soda:

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I used melted leftover chocolate glaze from my Sachertorte)
1/4 cup milk (if you melt the glaze, add the milk to it in the saucepan, use very low heat)
Vanilla ice cream (we used about 1 1/2 scoops per glass, or about 1/2-2/3 cup)
Chilled seltzer

Mix the chocolate syrup and milk together in the bottom of a pint-sized glass.  Add ice cream, top with seltzer.  Makes one yummy chocolate soda.

Adapted from "Fantastic Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda."

Dinner and a Movie: All This, and Heaven Too

Friday, March 11, 2011

image from Wikipedia
All This, and Heaven Too is the ultimate melodrama.  It had me hooked.  Set in France during the reign of Louis Philippe, Bette Davis plays a young woman, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, who is the ideal governess.  Her kindness wins over the Duc de Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his four children, which earns her the animus of the Duchesse (Barbara O'Neil), who will do anything in her power to separate Henriette from the de Praslin family.

All This, and Heaven Too is available on DVD.


Braised Ham Slices with Pineapple
Buttered Rice
Stewed Tomatoes
Carrot Salad
As promised, here's the first ham leftovers post.  I don't have a PDF for this menu, because nothing really needs a recipe.  The recipe for the tomatoes is on my Life this Week post for February 14th.

For the carrot salad, combine 1 cup grated carrots with an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple (drained), 1/4 cup of pecans and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.  Stir well, cover and refrigerate.  Makes enough for two.  I was seriously concerned while I was making this.  I thought, "Maybe someone should stop me," but it's actually really yummy.  Paul liked it too, in case you need reassuring. 

All you do for the ham is put a large skillet on high heat, throw in the ham slices and pineapple and pour over some pineapple juice (I used about 1/2 cup).  Heat the ham and the pineapple rings while you boil off the pineapple juice.  Be sure to move the ham and pineapple rings around so they don't get stuck.

For the rice, just make it according to the directions on the package and add butter and salt to taste.

That's it!

All recipes are adapted from Martha Meade, Modern Meal Maker (San Francisco: Sperry Flour Company, 1935).

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