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Perfect Pairing Pear and Brie Baked in Pastry 7 March 2010
AppetizersCheese

Perfect Pairing: Pear and Brie Baked in Pastry

One of the things our family often enjoys after dinner is fruit. My mother’s rule of thumb is to always have some sort of fresh fruit available as a healthy after-dinner treat. Seldom, though, does that include pears, with the exception of Asian pears. It’s one of those fruits that...
A Fetching Dinner for Seven Brides Brewing at Silver Grille Café in Silverton February 26, 2010
Desserts

A Fetching Dinner for Seven Brides Brewing at Silver Grille Café in Silverton

It was a bubbly night at the Silver Grille Café in Silverton, Oregon on January 30, 2010. Friends, fans and family of Seven Brides Brewing gathered for a much-anticipated six-course dinner created by Chef Jeff Nizlek, who expertly paired each of his courses with a different brew. Carefully chilled kegs of six of the Seven Brides’ brews...
dungeness crab martini 2010
AppetizersSeafood

Dungeness Crab Martini – Cracked not Stirred

The martini is perhaps the most romanticized and bastardized alcoholic wallop ever invented. Among famous martini aficionados are Winston Churchill, FDR, Ernest Hemingway, Cary Grant and the fictional James Bond who preferred his “shaken, not stirred” and with vodka. H. L. Mencken once called the martini “the only American invention...
Smoked Trout Mousse 27 December 2009
AppetizersSeafood

Smoked Trout Mousse, a great party appetizer

I first tasted smoked trout when we lived in Baltimore. At a farmers’ market near our home, owners of the Metropol Café had a booth where they served all kinds of smoked seafood as well as cheeses. I remember the wonderful aroma and flavor of the smoked trout. One of...
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