If you’ve been to an Oregon restaurant that serves Pacific Northwest cuisine, your waiter likely suggested you pair your meal with one of the many local craft brews or Oregon wines. Do you recall the wonderful flavors abound in the pairing, but can’t quite replicate it at home? Use this helpful 1859 guide to Northwest food and libation pairing made easy:
Great bread is a welcome guest at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Used at breakfast to dip toasted corners into the yolk of an egg, as the handy housing for your sandwich, or as a vehicle for sauce mopping with dinner, bread is something most of us eat every day. Today, grocery stores everywhere stock freshly baked and delivered breads from nearby artisan bakeries. The bread I remember fondly when I was growing up, though, came in a red, white and blue plastic wrapper from Franz.
It’s Super Bowl time again! The best thing about this Sunday is all the great food that has become synonymous with a great Super Bowl party! “Faux” holidays like this one give us all an opportunity to indulge in tasty game-time foods like nachos, hot wings and lots of cold beer. Because my family lived in Boston for three years, we became fans of the Patriots. To tell you the truth, though, I just love to watch the commercials! Make these tasty wings for your guests, or bring them along with you to a friend’s house for their Super Bowl get together. I guarantee they will be a big hit!
I became really interested in cooking when I was in high school. My parents both worked, my older brother and sister had moved away to start their own lives and it was just the three of us left at home. My mom often threw something together for us to eat for dinner, but planning and preparing the evening meal required more energy than my mom had at the end of a long day.
‘Hey, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter! No, you got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” Remember that old candy bar commercial that suggested that only a collision could bring the two flavors together? It turns out they are an obvious pairing for countless confections and desserts. Chocoholics everywhere agree that a day without chocolate is a day without sunshine. Eating chocolate causes endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by actually making you happy. Research has found that chocolate eaten in moderation can even lower blood pressure. One T-shirt I agree with reads: “Emergency alert: If wearer of this shirt is found vacant, listless or depressed, administer chocolate immediately!”
Ingredients: 2 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 ounce Oregon blue cheese, crumbled 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh thyme Non stick spray Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, flour, salt and pepper. Whisk until all of the lumps have dissappeared. Whisk in the cheese and the thyme. Transfer the batter to an airtight container. The batter must be chilled; refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray non-sitck spray in to cups of mini-muffin pan. Fill each cup to the top with the chilled batter. Bake the popovers until golden and puffed, fifteen to eighteen minutes. Serve warm.
Rob Melton, bartender at Salem’s popular French bistro La Capitale, created this delicate and festive cocktail featuring E.Z. Orchards French cidre: 1 ounce Berentzen apple liquor*4 ounces chilled E.Z. Orchards cidreNutmeg and cinnamon stick Shake Berentzen in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for ten to fifteen seconds. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Top with cidre. Garnish with a thin apple slice, and a dusting of fresh grated cinnamon and nutmeg. *Berrentzen is a German apple schnapps available in well-stocked liquor stores. If you can’t find it, substitute another brand of apple schnapps. Food pairings Before prohibition spoiled all the fun, cider was one of America’s favorite drinks. With its farmhouse roots—inexpensive, relatively simple to make and a scrumptious way to use a bumper crop of apples – and low alcohol content, typically 3-7%, it was thought of as an everyday family beverage. It’s also complementary to a wide range of…
Is there anything in a fruit bowl more accommodating than the apple? Fresh berries wait for no one. Peaches and plums turn soft and mealy in a few days. The greenest bananas will be covered with brown spots within a week while the apple waits patiently. Even when apples pass their optimal ripeness and you put them in the crisper for just a few more days, they can be used in a tart or made into apple sauce.
Serves 10 as a starter or 4 for a main course Ingredients: ½ ounce dried porcini 1 quart water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon soy sauce ¼ pound unsalted butter 1 cup long grain rice ½ ounce dried onion Grated Parmesan cheese 2 ounces Joel Palmer House Oregon White Truffle Oil Directions: In uncovered saucepan, bring water, dried mushrooms, sugar, salt and soy sauce to boil then add rice and reduce heat to simmer. Strain out the liquid and reserve. Chop the mushrooms finely. In a medium sauté pan, melt the butter and add the dried onion and rice. Stir for one minute then add the reserved mushroom liquid. Cook uncovered and stir gently until water is absorbed and evaporated, about fifteen to twenty minutes. Portion rice, drizzle lightly with Parmesan cheese and truffle oil and serve.