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Oregon Winemaking

At the northern edge of Oregon’s winemaking region, a Napa Valley couple staked a claim and began a new life of biodynamic farming and making wine with a big table at its center.

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Wine Country Manila Clams

 
Take a tour of Oregon’s famed wine country in the  Willamette Valley to get your hands on the perfect Pinot for your next meal.

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Pear Salad with Pinot Noir Glaze and Warm Walnut Vinaigrette

Serves 4 Ingredients: Pears 2 Bartlett or Anjou pears 1 bottle Oregon Pinot noir ¼ cup of sugar 1 star anise ½ teaspoon black peppercorns ½ teaspoon kosher salt   Vinaigrette 1 medium shallot, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1¼ cups olive oil 1 cup toasted walnut pieces ½ cup white wine 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard   String Potatoes or Frites 1 russet potato, peeled 1 quart canola oil   For assembly 3 cups of mixed greens 1 cup of crumbled Oregonzola bleu cheese   Directions: Peel the pears. Combine the remaining ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for five minutes. Add the pears, and cook them over medium-low heat for about twenty minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from the liquid to a bowl of ice water for one minute to stop cooking. Reserve liquid. Continue reducing…

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Coq au Pinot Noir

Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 bottle plus one cup Oregon Pinot noir 1 onion cut in ½ inch dice 2 carrots cut in ½ inch dice 2 celery ribs cut in ½ inch dice 4 whole cloves 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns 1 bouquet garni* 1 whole chicken cut into pieces (or a combination of parts, bone in and skin on) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1 tablespoon flour ¼ pound smoked bacon, cut into lardons, or ½ by 1 inch oblong strips ½ pound white mushrooms 20 pearl onions, blanched in boiling water and peeled * Bouquet garni is a few sprigs of flat leaf parsley, a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a couple of bay leaves tied together with kitchen twine.   Directions: A Day Ahead Combine the bottle of Pinot noir, the diced onion, diced carrots, celery, cloves, peppercorns,…

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Crabbing the Oregon Coast

“My father’s a great fisherman, and he always says that in crabbing, there’s the quick and the dead,” says Rock, 38. “There’s only so much crab out there, and they’ll all be caught up. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it.”

Stuffed Salmon with Bay Shrimp and Crab

Serves 4 Ingredients: Stuffed Salmon 1 cup beurre blanc sauce (recipe below) 4 5-ounce salmon fillets 6 ounces bay shrimp 6 ounces Dungeness crab meat 6 ounce brie cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes 3 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill Pinch of salt and pepper   Beurre Blanc Sauce (makes 1 cup) 6 ounces white wine 3 ounces white wine vinegar 3 whole black peppercorns 1 shallot, quartered 1 cup heavy cream 6 ounces cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces 3 ounces cold, salted butter,cut into pieces Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare the beurre blanc sauce and set aside. Split the salmon fillets lengthwise to form a pocket for the stuffing. Combine the shrimp, crab, brie, dill, salt and pepper. Gently blend in the mayonnaise to bind the mixture. Divide the stuffing mixture between the four pocketed fillets. When full, let the flaps cover the stuffing so…

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Dungeness Crab Sliders

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? If you have a 9-year-old like I do, you probably know the answer to that question. SpongeBob himself would approve of this tasty crabby patty slider. I have eaten spider crab from the Mediterranean, blue crab in New England, stone crab in Miami, soft shell crab in Louisiana and even the impostor “crab with a K,” but, in my opinion, nothing compares with the delicate sweet flavor of the Dungeness crab found here in the Northwest. An afternoon of picking crab from the Bell Buoy in Seaside, Oregon is just as much of a beach activity as a long walk on the promenade, flying a kite on the beach or twenty mindless games of ‘Fascination.’

Crab, Mango and Avocado Salad

If you’re searching for something fresh, look no further than this lovely concoction of greens and fruit topped off with Dungeness crab meat.

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Dungeness Crab Cakes

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as an appetizer Ingredients: Crab Cake Mixture ½ pound cooked Dungeness crabmeat 2 ounces shelled, tailed, and de-veined prawn or shrimp meat 2 ounces fresh scallops 4 tablespoons heavy cream Juice of ½ a lemon ¼ cup chopped chives ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper   Lemon Aioli (makes about ¾ cup) 2 egg yolks Juice of ½ a lemon 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ cup olive oil   Balsamic Syrup 1 cup balsamic vinegar Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Fresh chopped chives for garnish   Directions: Pick through cooked crabmeat and remove shells. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Form 1/4-cup portions of crab mixture into small patties, about ½ -inch thick. Fry the cakes on both sides until golden…

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The History of Oregon Beer

While today’s aficionados drink in the benefits of the Oregon craft beer trend, each sip of this finely brewed culture in Oregon has been more than 150 years in the making.