Links to check out:
- Gail L. Jenner -Author/Educator/More about my books
- Jefferson Backroads - A great local publication
- Jefferson Public Radio - check out As It Was Historical Series
- Women Writing the West, a writers' group
- Author Carolyn Wing Greenlee
- Fort Jones Museum & History website
- For the Love of Climbing - Mountain Climbing, that is
- Facts About Beef and Nutrition
- Facts About Ranching, Cattle, and Beef
- Ranching - Sustainability - Cattle and Beef
- Siskiyou County CattleWomen website
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Can't wait to announce: Bernita Tickner and I were just offered another contract with Arcadia Publishing to write and produce another STATE OF JEFFERSON book, this one to be part of the POSTCARDS series! What a thrill.....especially since we have so much material to include.
Further updates on the book will come in the future. If you have any suggestions on places, people, or items to include (OR if you have vintage postcards!), please let me know. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, more on my books and about me, check out my personal website: www.gailjenner.com
Stay in touch!!!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
To say I was thrilled is an understatement...even traveling the 3 hours north to Roseburg did not dissuade me from attending the signing. Welcomed by a stack of 85 books and a large poster inviting customers to look at the books made it easy to break into conversation with people. And though Roseburg is probably considered at the "edge" or on the margin of the State of Jefferson territory, nonetheless I was delighted with the number of people who came up and said, "The State of Jefferson? I know where that is...." or "Gosh, wouldn't it be great if there really could be a State of Jefferson?"
Several people recalled that they had seen a bit about the State of Jefferson on History Channel's 'HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES' last summer. When I told them, yes, and I had been interviewed on that program, they were duly impressed (I didn't tell them that those of us waiting to be interviewed had waited for 5 hours because of the rain or that the editors/producers had trimmed all but a few bits of conversation from the interviews, which left far less in the expose than we 'locals' had hoped would be included)! The fact is, the State of Jefferson made national TV!
It seems the idea or ideal that comes to mind with the concept of the State of Jefferson, or this 51st state, has not died -- in spite of the fact that the reality is in stark contrast to the dream. People in this neck of the woods do see themselves as different: they connect to their environment and to the land in a far different way, and that perception has not dimmed with time.
Is it the more rugged environment we are enveloped by that affects us? Is it the weather and/or the fact that life is more connected to the peaks and valleys and rivers that dominate our landscape? Is it the small populations that are interlaced by open spaces that make the living here at least feel different?
Friday, July 08, 2011
Well, the episode of History Channel's "How the States Got Their Shapes" featuring the State of Jefferson premiered this week. The episode was titled "Culture Clash" and the State of Jefferson was the first topic included in the programming.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Earlier this spring I had the opportunity to participate in some interviews with the production company, Half Yard Productions, in their survey of The State of Jefferson, for the History Channel's series "How the States Got Their Shapes!"
Monday, February 07, 2011
I thought I'd share with you all one of the recipes that we've included in our newest State of Jefferson book, HISTORIC INNS & EATERIES IN THE STATE OF JEFFERSON, coauthored with Bernita L. Tickner. The recipe is for Stilton Cheese and Onion Soup!
This book was an adventure that took over a year, all the while, gathering photos, history, and then, RECIPES! The recipe came to us courtesy of The Winchester Inn, in Ashland, Oregon.
Originally a hospital, the inn is now a delightful addition to the many B & Bs featured in Ashland. For more about the Winchester, check out our new book. It features 30 locations from all over the "great" State of Jefferson (that includes northern CA and southern OR), including photos and regional and specific history.
I'm also including two photos, courtesy The Winchester: how it appeared as a hospital and how it looks now.
Inn, Restaurant &Wine Bar
Stilton Cheese and Onion Soup
¼ lb of butter
1 cup flour
2 onions julienne,
1 bunch leeks, chopped and washed
2 bottles Hefeweisen beer
3 cups chicken stock
1 pint heavy cream
1 cup Stilton cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter and whisk in flour to make a roux. Stir with a wooden spoon until dark tan in color, stir in beer, reserve mixture.
Cook onion and leeks in 4oz of butter until soft over medium low heat. (approx 15 minutes), add chicken stock and slowly bring to boil, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper whisk in reserved roux, stir in cheese, and then finish with the heavy cream. Season again if needed. Thin with more beer or chicken stock is necessary.