Editor’s Note: Our Cheese and Chocolate Cuisinternship Winner, Lisa Graff, recently completed her week long adventure in Southern Oregon at Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms. This is her last post. Enjoy!

Day 5: More Chocolate Gorging, and Sad Goodbyes

I can’t think of anything more delightful than waking up and heading immediately to a chocolate shop to bury oneself up to the wrists in liquid chocolate. Yu-um! After helping Dan and Mya cook up some caramel…

and finishing up my Madagascar chocolate bars, I helped Dan make some blue cheese truffles (made with cheese from Rogue Creamery, of course!).

I also channeled my inner Jackson Pollock by splatting colored cocoa butter over chocolate molds…

and whipped up a few batches of dark star chocolates.

“The finished dark stars.”

It was another day of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and I couldn’t have been happier.

After lots of teary goodbyes with my new cheese- and chocolate-making friends, I headed off to nearby Medford airport to pick up my boyfriend, who had just flown in from New York. Now it was my turn to play tour guide, and luckily the weather cleared up just in time for a splendid weekend of sightseeing and relaxing. We had a fantastic dinner at the Standing Stone Brewery in Ashland, and spent the weekend doing laid-back things like attending a play at the Shakespeare festival, miniature golfing, and wandering around beautiful downtown Ashland. And, of course, eating!

“Sipping coffee at a picturesque coffee shop in Ashland.”

On Sunday we made our way up to Crater Lake National Park, an unbelievably gorgeous lake in the middle of a long-ago erupted volcano.

Even this late in the year, the mountain was still covered in snow, which was a shock and a treat for both of us, having recently arrived from heat-soaked New York!

Monday morning rolled around much too soon; we were so sad to leave! Luckily my friends at Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle had packed up an enormous box of goodies to share with my friends when I got back to the city. I couldn’t believe the week was over so quickly! It was an amazing trip.

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  1. Francis Plowman says…

    Love to see that Phillies hat !

    Written on September 14th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  2. Lisa Graff says…

    Francis, I recently went back to Philly and sampled my first scrapple. I thought you’d be proud! (Although, obviously it was not quite so delightful as cheese at the Creamery…)

    Written on September 14th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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