Archives: Oregon

Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Sauce

August 6, 2015 | By andrea | Comments Off on Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk Sauce | Filed in: Local Goodness, Products I Love.

I like trying new sauces and condiments, and I have a fridge full of them to prove it. I especially like supporting local Oregon businesses, such as Secret Aardvark Trading Company. I love Secret Aardvark’s Habenero Hot Sauce so I thought I’d give their Drunken Jerk Sauce a try: tropical Jamaican flavors made in not-so-tropical Portland, Oregon. Are • Read More »

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Cedar-Planked Salmon with Honey-Lime Dressing

March 21, 2015 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood.

I recently bought a beautiful fillet of sockeye salmon at the grocery store. Not knowing exactly what other ingredients I’d use with it, I knew that I’d at least be grilling it that evening. As soon as I got home I did a quick search through my grilling cookbooks and landed on this recipe for • Read More »

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Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014 | By andrea | Comments Off on Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly | Filed in: Appetizer, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Products I Love, Recipes.

I’ve been buying locally-made Aloha From Oregon pepper jellies for years. They have a potpourri of flavors so you can switch it up depending on the season (Cranberry Pepper Jelly for Thanksgiving, Mango Pepper Jelly in the summer, etc). This last weekend I took a jar of their pepper jelly to a barn party and • Read More »

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Big Tony Brown Super Spicy BBQ Sauce

June 26, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Condiment, Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Recipes.

Last summer I posted about my family’s favorite condiment: Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce. The sauce is made locally in Newberg with all-natural ingredients, and is a must-have for condiment and/or barbecue lovers. Flavored with a blend of warm spices, it has a touch of tang, a balance of sweet and heat, and no trace of the fake smoke • Read More »

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Intent Coffee Roasting

May 24, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness.

  A few Sundays ago our church was serving (and selling) coffee from Intent Coffee Roasting, a local Portland company. Not only is it good coffee, but it’s a company worth supporting. You see, Intent gives at least 30% of the profits back to the communities where the coffee is grown—places like Uganda and Nicaragua. Owner and roaster Mark Johnson believes in developing • Read More »

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Moonstruck Chocolates

May 8, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Moonstruck Chocolates | Filed in: Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I took a quick field trip over to Moonstruck Chocolates this morning because, well, do I need to have a reason?? Actually, I went there because Mother’s Day is this weekend, and my birthday is just around the corner, so I thought good chocolate was in order. Moonstruck Chocolates is a local Portland company that has received • Read More »

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Tomato Chile Salsa

April 30, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Tomato Chile Salsa | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Snack, Vegetarian.

If you’ve never made your own salsa, it’s time you step out and give it a whirl. Not only is fresh salsa super easy to make but it tastes much, much better than the jarred stuff. Plus, you’ll be the star of the party when you walk in with a bowl of this fresh, smoky • Read More »

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Bee-Nut Butter Bliss

April 20, 2013 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love.

I was at the Zupan’s Market in Lake Oswego last week and I got to try a new local product that I’d never seen before…Bee-Nut Butter Bliss. The all-natural peanut butter has a touch of sweetness from Oregon clover honey, and a light saltiness from sea salt. The texture is in between smooth and crunchy. After tasting it, I • Read More »

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Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

January 12, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.

Before you turn up your nose at a cauliflower recipe, this easy-to-make soup really is delicious. It’s similar in flavor to potato cheese soup but lighter in texture and not as rich. I love cauliflower but I didn’t pick up much cauliflower flavor…mostly the sharp cheddar. Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of • Read More »

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Quick and Easy Cioppino

October 8, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp, Soup/Stew.

We spent last weekend at a friend’s house in Newport, Oregon. Since we were at the coast I thought it would be fun to make this delicious cioppino — a tomato-based fish stew that originated in San Francisco — for dinner. It was a perfect meal after a day spent walking along the beach and searching for hidden • Read More »

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