Pecan vs. Pumpkin

 PUMPKIN  Pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving because early settlers had no ovens for baking.  The first “modern” pumpkin pie recipe was published in 1796 by Amelia Simmons in American Cookery, the first known cookbook of the Americas.

Dinner & a Movie, part 2

 2. The Godfather I (1972)  Considered one of the greatest gangster films in world cinema, The Godfather was the highest grossing film in 1972. It launched the careers of director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and revitalized the career of Marlon Brando who played the iconic, Vito Corleone. New York City is the  backdrop for this 1940s and 50s mafia…

Refreshing Mojito

A Cuban classic, the Mojito is a refreshing mix of rum, mint and lime juice with a bubbly finish. Its sweet herbaceousness equals summer in a sip. Mixologist Sanda Costello, co-owner of both Bowtie Catering and The Citizen Bar & Kitchen, enjoys creating new cocktails based on classic recipes by using fresh ingredients. Similar to the way she approaches building a rotating menu at The…

Strawberry Freezer Jam

 Ingredients  2 cups crushed strawberries, leave berries chunky not fully mashed  4 cups sugar

Aprés Snow

When the temperatures outside are chilly, mulled drinks warm us from the inside out and the scent of melding spices add an extra bit of comfort and aromatherapy. Spices can be purchased pre-mixed—local purveyor Savory Spice offers a combination of Saigon cinnamon, allspice, Ceylon and Madagascar cloves, blade mace and cardamom seeds. It’s also easy to create your own mix,…

Up Beet Smoothie

Aaron Talbot has a self-described “blueberry problem.” His quest for finding the tastiest, organically grown blueberries in Oregon for his daily smoothies led him to freeze up to 100 pounds of blueberries every year. Now the owner of Humble Beet, a new market/deli/café on Bend’s west side, Talbot offers a selection of 100-percent organic, non-GMO smoothie concoctions.

COMFORT FOOD

Butternut Squash Soup 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, seeds removed 1/2 of a sweet onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 3 thyme sprigs 1 sprig rosemary

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Washington’s John Gurnee

John Gurnee, executive chef/
culinary director for both Drake and Washington Dining & Cocktails was on his way to a hunting excursion. If the hunt is successful, he’ll bring something back to share with the kitchen staff, he says. For Gurnee, this is just one of the perks of living in Central Oregon. “I enjoy the quietness of Bend, the fact…

Warm Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad

 Entirely dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly. - Itzel Wiewel  3 medium beets peeled and cubed  1 tbsp olive oil

Soup is Good for the Soul

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart…

Organic All American Apple Pie

Place flour in a food processor with cutting metal blade, add butter and shortening, slowly pulse your processor to cut up butter and shortening. Add two tablespoon of water at a time and pulse a few more times. After four tablespoons of water, check to see if the flour holds together. The dough should look crumbly if it does not…

The Taste of Summer

Place the watermelon into a pitcher and either use your hands or a potato masher to crush up the watermelon until it is in a mostly liquid state. Add the tequila and the cointreau, let sit for a few minutes, then stir to combine. Next, add the limeaid and the club soda. finally, juice the two limes directly into the…

Cheers!

Thanks to Stephanie Anderson Stroup, Owner of Twist Cocktail Catering Company, for these festive drink recipes to bring out your yuletide cheer.

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Two tablespoons of this potent wine reduction can be substituted in a recipe, such as a pan sauce, tomato sauce, or roast beef jus, that calls for one-half to three-quarters cup of wine. Add this reduction near the end of the cooking time—the way you might finish a sauce by swirling in some butter. The reduction can be kept for…

Morning Smoothie to Evening Toddy

Having a smoothie to start off the day is the perfect way to give your body its essential vitamins and get you ready to hit the slopes and trails. Garden favorites such as berries and kale, along with almonds, bananas and local honey, provide a great base for your morning pick-me-up. But consider these healthy smoothie hints and additions, offered…