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Salmon Agnolotti with Creamy Hazelnut Sauce

Fresh salmon is something that played a big part in my childhood in Oregon. Every September, my father took the whole family to Nehalem Bay to camp for a week while he and his buddies fished over the Nehalem bar for salmon. We feasted nightly on salmon and freshly caught crab for the entire week, and if they caught more than their limit and we couldn’t eat it all, my father would take the surplus to the local cannery to be canned and eaten in the winter. My mom made salmon cakes, salmon loaf and giant nut-coated balls of salmon and cream cheese to spread on crackers. Not exactly haute cuisine, but great for kids. This recipe takes the combination of canned salmon and hazelnuts to a sublime level.

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Oregon Hazelnuts

This thirty-five acres is part of a bigger story that puts Oregon and the nation at the forefront of hazelnut production globally. Oregon produces an average of 35,000 tons of hazelnuts annually, virtually all the nation’s crop, making the United States the second-largest producer of hazelnuts in the world behind Turkey, according to the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board.

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Basil, Hazelnut and Ricotta Pesto

At Nostrana in Portland, chef Cathy Whims adds hazelnuts to bring an Oregonian flair to her pesto sauce, rich with Parmesan cheese, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Whims, who was a finalist this year for the prestigious James Beard Award for the best chef in the Northwest, said the hazelnut adds a lightly toasted nut flavor to her rustic Italian cuisine. “I like cooking with hazelnuts because they are such great local treasure,” says Whims. “Also they are a highly prized nut from my favorite region of Italy—Piemonte. They find their way into many traditional Piemontese dishes here at Nostrana such as Brutti e Buoni cookies (‘ugly and good’ hazelnut meringues); gianduja gelato (chocolate hazelnut); and salsa verde, a green nut sauce.” This recipe is a wonderful room-temperature sauce for salmon, halibut, tuna, chicken breasts and, of course, fettuccine and potato gnocchi.   Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2…

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Hazelnut Raspberry Tart

Ingredients: Fresh Raspberry Jam 3 ½ cups fresh raspberries 1 ½ tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice ¾ cups sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch ¼ teaspoon salt   Crust 1 cup hazelnuts ½ cup blanched almonds 11/3 cups all purpose flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ sticks unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg yolk   Directions: In a medium saucepan stir two cups raspberries, lemon juice, sugar, corn starch and salt. Simmer on medium heat until berries have begun to break down and become juicy. About five minutes. Strain the hot mixture into a saucepan through a fine mesh strainer.  Discard solids.  Add remaining berries and return to heat cooking until mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon.  About ten minutes.  Cool jam in a shallow pan until ready to use. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spread hazelnuts on a…

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Roasted Duck with a Hazelnut Marionberry Sauce

When she sees duck on a menu, especially paired with a sweet and fruity sauce, chef Lisa Glickman looks no further. Try this easy recipe with two of Oregon’s most famous locals—marionberries and hazelnuts. ‘Most home chefs don’t use duck either because they think duck is an exotic ingredient, or that they can’t make it at home,’ states Glickman. It’s neither exotic nor tough to make in this easy recipe.

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Marionberry Pie

This classic Oregon dessert is best enjoyed on the deck of the RimRock Inn, overlooking Joseph Canyon in Eastern Oregon. But the pie will taste just as good without the view, baked fresh in your kitchen.

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Marionberry Martini

Ingredients: 4 lemon quarters, cut in the middle of the flesh down to but not through the rind superfine sugar 1 cup vodka 1 ounce triple sec 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup 1 ounce marionberry puree   Directions: Simple syrup: In a saucepan, heat 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes, until sugar dissolves. When the syrup is cool, pour it into a glass jar with a lid. Keeps in refrigerator up to to 6 months. Prepare four 9-ounce martini glasses: Rub the cut lemon around the rims, moistening a 1-inch-wide band. Sprinkle the sugar on a small plate and coat the rims. Chill the glasses until serving time. Marionberry puree: 1 cup whole marionberries, fresh or thawed frozen. Process berries in food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. Yields 1/2 cup puree. Can…

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Tres Leches Cake with Marionberries and Maple-Glazed Almonds

Serves 12Makes one 9X13-inch cake From Latin America, this moist cake melts in your mouth because it is soaked in three kinds of milk—tres leches. Our version uses heavy cream, sour cream, and whole milk. We could have added rum, which is traditional, but instead use a healthy dose of local Clear Creek Kirschwasser (cherry brandy), because we like how it perfumes the milk. This cake keeps well in the refrigerator for up to four days and only gets better with time. Chef’s Tip: Vitaly Paley I often use Clear Creak Distillery’s Kirschwasser and apple brandy for cooking. Their pear brandy is also superb. It feels fat in the mouth and is also rich with the essence of pear. I encourage you to check with your local liquor store as to the availability of these handcrafted brandies. Or contact Clear Creek to find out where it’s sold in your area….