A Leap of Taste Has a New Manager

Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jay moved to Klamath Falls with his wife Katie in 2003 after accepting a job with the U.S. Forest Service. Upon arrival, they realized the need for an outlet for organic, and locally produced foods. In 2005 they opened and operated Nightfire Natural Foods where they cultivated a popular community resource for whole living and self healing through nutrition, and alternative medicine. It was during this time, through the store, that Jay became involved with helping young adults gain valuable work experience, developing a positive work ethic, while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. He holds a strong belief that personal change can be achieved through positive reinforcement, promoting self-sufficiency, and building upon each individuals strengths and abilities.

Jay is honored to join the Dragonfly team in the position as manager of A Leap of Taste! He will continue to build upon the excellent reputation that Leap has earned, while helping the Dragonfly team achieve their goals in improving the lives of young adults on their journey self discovery, and their transition into healthy productive individuals. Jay welcomes new challenges, loves learning new skills and enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life. He brings to the table his years of experience in food service, his team building skills and his ability to provide a positive work experience for anyone he has the pleasure to work with.

Jay enjoys spending quality time with his wife Katie, their two children, Aunna and Joe and their small pack of dogs. Together the Treetop clan enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, wildcrafting and discovering the abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities that Southern Oregon has to offer. When not at work, or in the garden, he can often be found at one of his favorite hot springs or swimming holes.

Something Delicious for that Holiday Party

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Something Delicious for that Holiday Party

Susan's Chocolate Brownie Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Large Poetential Farm Eggs at room temperature
  • 1.5 Cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract (preferably from the stock your daughter brought back from Mexico)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour, sifted (Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 12 Ounce Bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

1. In a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate with the butter, stirring a few times until smooth, about 7 minutes

2. In another large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar at medium speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the melted chocolate, then fold in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into a small baking dish, cover and freeze until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Working in batches, scoop 2 tablespoon-size mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for about ten minutes, until the cookies are dry around the edges and cracked on top. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely before serving. 

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Welcome to Downtown

Nice little featurette on Downtown Klamath Falls by KOBI

http://kobi5.com/features/tank-of-gas-getaway-2014/item/downtown-klamath-falls.html#.U6hiwo1dXfa

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Bolga Baskets, In Stock!

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Bolga Baskets, In Stock!

From www.africanbaskets.biz...

Sun Hats for your Garden.

As one of the most popular imported handicrafts, African baskets have become a favorite around the world. While beautifully crafted baskets are made throughout Africa, none compare to the quality, craftsmanship, and popularity of the baskets from the village region of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. For decades Ghanaian Kinkanhe Straw has been transformed into brilliant works of art by skilled artisans whose intricate weaving techniques have made "Bolga Baskets" a household name.

Bolga Baskets International™ Bolga Baskets are all completely hand-woven and come in as many unique sizes, colors and patterns as they have household uses. From a gardening partner, to a grocery carrier; a picnic basket to the centerpiece of a fine living room, Bolga Baskets' uses are limited only by your imagination. Funky yet stylish . . . Both modern and timeless . . . let Bolga Baskets International help you find the perfect baskets for your lifestyle!!

Purses


Bolga Baskets International™ offers a wide selection of baskets to meet both your functional and aesthetic needs. Our popular "Oval" and new "Rectangle" baskets are perfect for afternoon picnics or carrying different sized items. They offer exciting variations of the basic round theme. Our large "Laundry" baskets are a stylish way to keep dirty clothes hidden and our simple, yet elegant "Fruit" baskets are a centerpiece on many kitchen tables. Our versatile "Flower" baskets are popular as gift baskets and make great Easter baskets as well, while our beautiful "Pot" baskets are a great way to enhance living room shelves or mantels. What can you do with a Bolga Baskets International™ Basket?

In addition to our wide variety of baskets, Bolga Baskets International™ also offers exciting purses, hats and fans from both Ghana and Burkina Faso. Our stylish purses come in many different sizes and shapes for organizing your belongings with a touch of culture. Our popular large and small rim Ghanaian hats are a favorite in the gardening community as well as any situation where you need to keep the sun off your face and still look your best.Bolga Baskets International's™ traditional Fulani Hats come in four styles and are the exact ones used by the Fulani ethnic group in the Sub-Saharan desert regions of Africa for the ultimate sun protection. We even offer traditional fans for cooling you off on hot summer afternoons.

Please feel free to explore our site to learn more about Bolga Baskets International's™baskets, hats, and other unique items from Ghana and Burkina Faso.

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Leap of Taste Mediterranean Quinoa

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Leap of Taste Mediterranean Quinoa

Don't want to make it? Come on down Susan already made it for you :)

Don't want to make it? Come on down Susan already made it for you :)

1 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup toasted Pine Nuts (or Slivered Almonds)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped mint
3 tablespoons chopped Italian Parsley
1/4 cup currants
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Wash, rinse and drain the quinoa. Place in a 2-quart pot, add water and salt, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer with lid on until all water is absorbed (15-20 minutes). Don't stir the grain while it is cooking. Test for doneness by tilting the pan to one side, making sure all of the water has been absorbed. Remove lid and let rest 5-10 minutes.

Dry toast pine nuts in skillet or 300 degree F. oven until they begin to change color and give off aroma.

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mint and parsley in a large bowl Add currants and toasted pine nuts and toss. Using a fork, add cooked warm quinoa a little at a time. Crumble feta over the top. Toss well. Serve at room temperature.

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Metolius Teas

Metolius Teas

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For Tea lovers out there, we now have a small selection of Metolius Teas. Metolius Teas are delicious teas hand-crafted in Bend, Oregon.  Each blend synthesizes medicinal qualities and flavors to have the best effectiveness for pleasure and health. Of course, they only use the highest quality herbs and teas available.

We currently have the following varieties...

  • Assam - Black Tea
  • Cardamom Rose Mate' - Mate', Cinnamon, Rose Petals, Pink Peppercorn and Cardamom
  • Ginger Chocolate Black - Black Tea, Ginger and Chocolate
  • Emma - Raspberry Leaf, Toasted Coconut, Lavender and Jasmine Flowers
  • Metolius - Peppermint, Cinnamon, Chocolate and Stevia
  • Purple - Hibiscus, Toasted Coconut and Blueberry
  • Mate' Coco Spice - Yerba Mate', Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Cloves, Marshmallow Root, Cayenne, Toasted Coconut and Chocolate
  • Sweet Bee Green - High Mountain Chinese Green Tea, Lavender, Jasmine Flowers and Vanilla
  • Dragonpearl Jasmine - Green Tea and Jasmine Flower

Susan's Oat Cakes

Susan's Oat Cakes

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We know you love them. And now you can make them at home (although those who've tried still say they don't quite taste the same, but worth the try)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Fine-Grain Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Flax Seeds
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Toasted)
  • 1/3 Cup Etra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Cane Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs

Pre-Heat the oven to 325F. Butter a 12 cup standard muffin tray. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt, flax seeds and walnuts in a large mixing bowl (many of these ingredients are available in our bulk bins here a the store).

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the coconuty oil, butter, syrup, and sugar then slow-melt together. Stir just until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, don’t let the mixture get so hot that it cooks the eggs on contact in the next step.

Pour the coconut mixture over the oat mixture stir a bit with a fork, add eggs and stir again Spoon into muffin cups until they are nearly full.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the edges are golden, remove the pan from oven and let it cool a few minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool.

ENJOY!

ALOT has a new website!

ALOT has a new website!

We have updated our website! Go to www.aleapoftaste.com to check it out.  This will enable us to keep our menu up to date as well as post regular updates in the News & Information section

First order of business is to give you all a heads up on some important upcoming dates.  There are some days we will be closed and others where we will be open late see below...

  • November 28th - Thanksgiving Day - Closed
  • December 5th - Snowflake Parade - Open until 9:30pm
  • December 24th - Christmas Eve - Closing at 1:00pm
  • December 25th & 26th - Christmas Holiday - Closed
  • December 31st - New Years Eve - Closing at 3:00pm
  • January 1st - New Years Day - Closed