Friday, August 20, 2010

A Sweet History


Almost every summer
when visiting my parents, 
Mom and I love
to dine with our dear
family friend, Miss
Charlotte at a wonderful
gem of a restaurant in
Portland, Oregon called

Albertina's is named after
the beautiful young wife
of Alexander Kerr, founder
of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing
Company, best known for
producing canning jars.
They met when she
 worked in his factory.

Tina, as she was known
by her family, died at the
age of 21 of Typhoid, only
four months after the birth
of their son John.  Her
dying request was that a
home for orphans be
established in her name.

Alexander donated their
home and from this first
nursery evolved an orphanage
and what is today known
 as the Albertina Care Centers.
Their mission is to assist
children, adults and
families in Oregon who
face challenges from
mental health and
developmental disabilities 
with programs that help them 
lead fuller and more
 independent lives.

The first orphanage
reopened in 1981 as 
Albertina's Restaurant 
and Shops {gift, thrift
and antiques}.  It is fully 
staffed and run by volunteers
with all of the proceeds 
used for the organization.

The food at the
restaurant is wonderful
and you feel like
you are visiting
your grandmother's

They publish
a cookbook.

To celebrate
another memorable
trip to the Pacific 
Northwest, I'd
like to share my
favorite recipe
from Albertina's.

It's easy, pretty

Albertina's Blueberry Tart
Yes, those are blueberry stains!

Here's what you need:

5 cups of blueberries, divided

1 cup of flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
1 Tbs white vinegar

2/3 cup sugar,
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbs flour

My mom's addition ~
It really enhances the taste!
Zest of 1 lemon

What you end 
up with....

For the complete
recipe, click here.

When you enjoy
your first sweet bite,
think of Albertina....

Her short life.

Her sweet legacy.

~ Joy J. Golliver

All others:
and P&H


Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! What a wonderful woman she was. xo

cityfarmer said...

I have read this charm-ing story somewhere in time ...

thank you for such an endearing post with the history of it all ...

I am b.o.u.n.d. and determined to bake this luscious treat this weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is heart-filling and wonderful; you have an observant eye and heart dear friend! Blueberries, so symbolic of summer and the Pacific West coast! Your photos are lovely, especially that first one of the blue glass on the linen table clothe.....and the quote at the end? Anyone who doesn't get this message early enough in life has truly missed out. THANK YOU FOR THIS FRIDAY INSPIRATION!!!! Anita

Karena said...

Suzanne this is so beautiful!! A very poignant story!

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

They must not have been married very long considering how young she was when she died. He must have loved her a great deal to have carried out her dying wishes. What a wonderful story.


Olive Cooper said...

A darling and sweet story. Love the blueberries. Have a great weekend. hugs♥olive

pretty pink tulips said...

Suzanne, you always bring the dearest stories to us. Army of Angels, indeed! And a blueberry tart in these last days of summer - pure bliss!
Happy Weekend! xoxo Elizabeth

Violet said...

What a legacy she left. Touching so many lives after hers here ended. Loved your story. And also the one just before this about your parents darling puppy...

Being in the Portland area, with all the wonderful shops and malls there etc, you and your mom didn't happen to visit a Seattle area mall a week or so ago did you? I glanced at a woman walking through Pottery Barn, and it struck me how she kinda looked like your photo here. Then, I was eating at an outdoor table when a woman who looked like your mom walked by, and I thought, no, it couldn't be.... but wouldn't that be strange and wonderful to come across and recognize a blogger friend?!? Or to realize you have twins out there : )

~ Violet

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a wonderful love story, Suzanne. I really enjoyed reading it and admire the Kerr's for their humanitarian efforts. Great post.

I will definitely make the tart while blueberries are so in season now! Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Such a lovely, loving story and quote. Thank you for sharing what matters most.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Isn't it amazing that such a short young life could impact so many? Loved reading about Albertina's and look forward to trying the blueberry tart recipe. I love blueberries!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love that quote! Great story and wonderful recipe. I might have to break the no sugar rule and try it sometime:)

Anonymous said...

That quote was just what I needed today to keep on going. Thank you. AS if lemon & blueberries weren't enough!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Such a wonderful sweet story! Love how she continued on after her passing! The tart looks fabulous!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Rozmeen said...

Looks very tasty! Lovely story and she must be a wonderfull woman.

Have a great weekend my friend!
xxx Rozmeen

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a precious legacy this sweet young mother left behind. The restaurant and shops sound wonderful, along with that delicious looking blueberry tart! Loved hearing this bit of history,

My Grama's Soul said...

What a sweet and wonderful post you have shared with us. I especial LOVED your ending quote.



Jemsmom said...

What a touching story. Isn't it just like a mom to want to take care of everyone? And what a tribute to her from her family for doing as she wished. That blueberry tart looks divine!

Fearless Nester said...

Oh what perfect timing for our blueberry season here too Suzanne. And I just found a tart pan that I haven't used yet. I'm so glad you showed the blueberry stains too, now I don't feel too bad for always messing up my recipe books. Gosh, what a legacy for that dear young woman to have left. ~Lili

A Vintage Chic said...

What a sweet and loving story, Suzanne...I hadn't been aware of it before. Thank-you for sharing this, your own memories with your mother, and this delicious-looking recipe...what a treat!

I hope your weekend is just wonderful, my friend.


Jenny Schouten Short said...

Poignant, beautiful, meaningful, purposeful.
xo Jenny

T's Daily Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful bit of history. What a lovely young woman who was wise beyond her years for such a good cause. The restaurant looks like a charming place to be. And your tart looks fabulous! Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy

North of 25A said...

Reading about Albertina I am reminded that when someone leaves us they are never really gone as long as they remain in our hearts...Thank you for reminding me.

Dovecote Decor said...

Suzanne: Another beautiful post to read over my morning coffee. The memory you shared on my last post was so poignant for me. I too had a little dressing table like that. It became a little theater for my animals. We had a charitable cafeteria here for awhile, but Albertina's sounds so much more charming. I used to eat at The Veritable Quandry, when I worked in Portland. My daughter just ate there when she passed through earlier in the summer. I had no idea it was still there.

hometown girl said...

what a beautiful story. your tart looks amazing, i love those cookbooks that have such a history! hope you enjoy the weekend! susan

Blooming Rose Musings said...

A very sweet and poignant story. I am so happy that you shared it with us.
The blueberry tart looks delicious and I think I may just have to give it a try this weekend.
I hope you are enjoying some lazy summer days.

fairmaiden said...

What a beautiful story. I am lucky enough to be able to buy blueberries from Oregon in our markets. I've been baking blueberry scones all summmer with fresh Oregon blueberries. yum!

The Zhush said...

Amazing story, your posts always have so much depth and heart! And, then there is this blueberry dessert here as an added bonus, too good!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh this is such a delicious and perfectly written post.....dear one, thank you for your kind visit this morning! Oh, school is happening soon, isn't it? I go back to my classroom this coming Thursday and I NEED TO SHIFT INTO A DIFFERENT GEAR!!! I have been relaxing and taking each day slowly and enjoying "the magic"...thank you for seeing the connection to "the Divine".......I know you have the gift...and tea with you again would be splendid....when things get into shape for the school year. Blessings to you dear friend, Anita

pve design said...

Wonderful post and wonderful tribute to Albertina.
I love that quote, I may have to borrow it.

BonjourRomance said...

What a wonderful story behind Albertina's. She was truly a remarkable young lady to thing of the childre and prepare a place for them.
I was over to visit about a week ago, and I was sure I became a follower, but I see I will need to re-follow. Thank you for you kind visit.
Have a good Sunday,

Jean said...

What an amazing woman! Thank you so much for sharing her story. Very inspirational.

Amy Arnaz said...

I love stories about a life that GAVE something. I have been consumed lately with noticing how many people want to TAKE, expect a handout. I LOVE stories about a person who fully blossoms in life ~ even if it was a short life. Good food for thought. Thank you. ~ Amy in Nevada

Jo said...

Such a sweet story and treat!

I love how you highlighted a truly giving individual that continues to carry on even though she is no longer with us.


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

My goodness, how did I not know about this wonderful place?

It's a must the next time we're up that way! :-)

Hugs and love,

Julie said...

HOw neat a post...I love the quote at the end. Truly when we know what our purpose is on the journey we are taking, it puts everything straight and into perspective, even if we don't always understand the circumstances.... Hugs to you.

Linda said...

This was really a sweet and interesting post, Suzanne~ thanks for sharing this!

Vonda said...

Aren't blueberries beautiful? I love them. They ooze of summer and trips and memories. Love the story. I could read stories such as this one--all day--


what a beautiful story and I love the blueberry recipe-thanks for sharing!

Cashon&Co said...

wow. what an INCREDIBLE post. one of the BEST ones i've read anywhere in a long, long time. your own images of the baking are simply beautiful and i love love history, especially when it has to do with a local story of a person done good like this woman and her oprphanage, but then to see what it is now is really cool. great job friend, i know this one took some time, but it was lovely :)

Jeanie said...

Oh, Suzanne -- what a rich, thoughtful, illuminating post -- I'd never heard of this and oh! What an amazing soul. The quote you chose for the end? Flawless. Words to live by.

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I am so glad to find your blog....I just adore it. I can't believe this quote is on here too...I just added it to my next edition of a blog header. You have a beautiful blog and am I am happy to be your newest follower. Best, Lisa

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Oooh...blueberry tart! I find blueberries and lemon to be a most delicious combination.

Thanks for the sweet comment! It's so nice to meetcha. :) And I love knowing that we already have so much in common!