Roasted pheasant stuffed with wild rice served with pomegranate and persimmon sauce makes a flavorful winter dish.
There are occasions when you’re cooking that nothing can surpass rendered pork fat. You’ll be amazed at how much more flavorful your hash browns are, or any potato for that matter, when cooked in pork fat. Or how robust your sauteed green beans will be. Or delectable your collard greens. Or how flaky your pie crust will be. Or how rich your quail or pheasant will taste when seared in pork fat. Instead of buying commercially available lard bricks at the store, I prefer to render pork fat myself. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to do, and how long it can keep in the refrigerator in a mason jar.
For $5 you can get a BLM Christmas tree cutting permit and have an adventure cutting your own tree in the Willamette National Forest.
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Rockfish is one of those plentiful fish that’s widely available in Oregon most of the year. Here’s an easy and healthy way that you can enjoy it using a traditional Chinese cooking technique that’s commonly used to serve fish for Chinese New Year. It’s supposed to bring you good luck. So enjoy!
One of the wonderful things to share during the holidays if you’re a dinner guest is to bring a fruit pie, and nothing looks more impressive on a fruit pie than a lattice top. It’s very easy and you can use store-bought pie crusts. They’re usually sold in twos so you can use one for […]
One of the delights of living in Oregon is digging for razor clams. These succulent shellfish are delicious in chowder or even better, dredged in egg and bread crumbs and then quickly fried. Digging for razor clams is fun and hard work, but worth the effort. Watch our video and see how.
One of the joys of living in Oregon if you love shellfish is that on a minus tide you can head to many of our bays and easily find cockles. All you need is a garden rake and a 5-gallon bucket to bring the cockles home in some seawater. In this video, I show you how to shuck and clean cockles for chowder.
Fish like trout are best cooked whole with the head on. But if you or a dinner guest are squeamish about eating whole fish, butterflying and de-boning can be an option that still makes for an attractive presentation. It’s also a way to prepare a fish like trout, which is impractical to fillet because of its relatively small size. I show you how to do it in this video.
Razor clams are in season now and you can find them live and fresh at Ocean Star Seafood in Salem as well as Ohm Seafood in Portland. There’s no better way to prepare razor clams than dredging in an egg wash before flour and seasonings and then pan frying them. But first you have to clean them. The idea of cleaning razor clams can be an intimidating one but we’ve found this video to share with you on You Tube which shows a simple and easy method for cleaning live razor clams.
Mangoes are coming into season now and you can find them for reasonable prices at most grocery stores. Besides eating them alone, you can add tropical fruit like mango and pineapple to stir-fry or lightly grill them to accompany grilled pork or chicken. This video shows you how to peel and slice mangoes. — Vic
You’re an adrenaline junkie, and like to vacation where you can push the envelope with activities like skydiving, mountain biking or running.
When you travel, make sure to pack a suitcase, your guidebooks, and a big appetite for exploring the local culinary scene of the Willamette Valley.
Get away this vacation, either by yourself or with the ones you love. Visit Oregon’s Wine Country and relax and recharge at any of the area spas or intimate inns. The Willamette Valley also boasts a variety of wine tastings, shopping and golf. Whatever your pleasure, find it here.
If you’re at peace in nature and make a point of vacationing where you can get outdoors, then Oregon’s Wine Country has all you’d want and more!From bird watching and biking to boating and strolls through lush gardens, come see what the Willamatte Valley has to offer your inner naturalist.