Search the loop!

The Quest for Chowder

For our 10th Anniversary Celebration Olympic Culinary Loop will be conducting a year-long press tour in pursuit of identifying – and tasting - the quintessential Olympic Peninsula Chowder.

No longer will Pacific Northwest minded foodies be limited in their ordering of chowders named “New England”, “Manhattan” or seafood Cioppino hailing from San Francisco or Jambalaya influenced from Louisiana. Once crowned, the winning Olympic Peninsula Chowder is destined to be on menus, and taste buds, from coast-to-coast. 

OCL Chowder logo Splash-line

Will it feature Geoduck or Razor Clams, Salmon, Spotted Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Crab or? Will it have a base inspired by local hard cider, creamery fresh cheese or? 

Our next stop of the quest is the 13th Annual Razor Clam and Seafood Festival in Ocean ShoresSaturday, March 16 - Sunday 17th, 2019

Clam diggers and food lovers will be heading to Ocean Shores, WA for the 13th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Festival!  FREE Admission!

The top Razor Clam Chowder winners will be invited to add their recipes to consideration for the ultimate prize - being crowned THE official Olympic Peninsula Chowder - this October during CrabFest in Port Angeles.

Our official Olympic Peninsula Chowder will have its own flavor profile that is just as unique as this place we call home!

Get Involved! Enter your recipe now and prepare your taste buds as you plan to join us at any or all of these delicious "Peoples' Taste" Chowder events!

 

 

 

 

Chef Dan’s Cranberry Relish - From the Inn at Port Ludlow kitchen to yours!

Port Ludlow's Chef Dan’s Cranberry Relish is SOOOO popular, (they sold out Thanksgiving 2015 with over 200 lucky guests!),  he's been kind enough to share this recipe cranberryrelish Ingredients: 1 pound fresh cranberries 2 oranges – zest and save the juice 1 cinnamon stick 2 whole cloves Olive oil 2 cups sugar Directions: Combine cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon stick, cloves and toss well in olive oil. Coat entire mixture with sugar. Place mixture on a sheet pan and roast at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Scrape mixture into a bowl. Squeeze orange juice over mixture and serve. Yum! Better yet, let Chef Dan cook for you! Book your next year-round feast at the Resort's Fireside Restaurant. http://portludlowresort.com/2015/12/03/from-our-kitchen-to-yours-chef-dans-cranberry-relish/

Rolled Oats at Nash's

It's very unusual these days to have a product that's grown, processed, and eaten in one place. But the Sequim Valley can now boast its own ROLLED OATS! Nash's farm has been growing oats for a decade now, and sold it whole for folks to grind into oat flour, or cook into porridge. But September marks the debut of Nash's own Rolled Oats, sold in bulk at Nash's Farm Store at $2.49/lb. or at local Farmers Markets for $7.00/2-lb. bag. Taste the terroir of our fertile Dungeness soils, mineral-rich waters and radiant sunshine in your morning oatmeal, or use these tasty rolled oats as the basis for a delicious granola. Granola  4 cups Nash’s rolled oats 2 cups shredded coconut 2 cups sliced almonds 3/4 cup high-heat vegetable or coconut oil 1/2 cup honey Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the oats, coconut and almonds together. Whisk the oil and honey together then pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, until mixture turns golden brown. Allow to cool, and mix in chopped dried fruit, chocolate pieces, or additional nuts.

Strawberry Cobbler

It's strawberry time in Dungeness! Enjoy these sweet, succulent flavor bombs without fear or guilt because they are ORGANIC. (Tip: Graysmarsh Farm in nearby Sequim is busting with U-Pick Berries!) Strawberries are always on everyone's "Dirty Dozen" list of produce because when they are grown conventionally, they are sprayed within an inch of their lives and all those pesticides and herbicides get absorbed through the fruit's thin skin. You cannot wash them off. Organic strawberries may not look perfect, but they taste perfect and they are chemical-free! Here's an early summer recipe for strawberries: Strawberry Cobbler Strawberry sauce: Slice 1 lb. strawberries. Place in a 1 qt. pan and heat on medium. Add 1-2 Tbsp. honey and bring to a slow boil. Mix a solution of 2 Tbsp. tapioca starch and 1/3 cup cool water. Stir until all tapioca dissolves. Add to the boiling strawberry mixture, stirring constantly to prevent lumping. When the mixture is translucent and thick, remove from the stove and cool. Cake: 2 cups Nash’s soft white wheat flour 2 Tbsp. sugar (can substitute 1 Tbsp. honey) ½ tsp. salt ½ cup butter, cut into flour mixture 1 farm-fresh egg, beaten 1 ½  cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an  8” x 10” pan. Mix all dry ingredients together. Blend all the liquid ingredients and lightly mix the liquid into the flour mixture. Pour batter into pan, creating a flat surface. Quickly spoon the strawberry sauce on top of the batter and bake on a rack for 35-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting: 4 oz. cream cheese at room temp ¼ cup lemon juice 1 tsp. vanilla 1-2 Tbsp. honey Heat cream cheese and honey on low heat until soft and smooth. Remove from the stove and slowly stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Garnish the top of baked cobbler. We thank Mary Wong of Nash's Organic Produce for this delicious recipe.

Charbroiled Wild Salmon au Poiver with Maple and Balsamic Glazed Strawberries.

Ocean Crest Resort's Charbroiled Wild Salmon au Poivre with Maple-Balsamic Glazed Strawberries was just published in Sunset's "Eating Up the West Coast:The best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington" Yum! .  ocean-crest-resort-logo Ingredients: 1oz Pure Maple Syrup 1oz Balsamic Vinegar 6ea 8oz filet of Wild Salmon skinned Olive Oil Spray Salt and Pepper 6 Strawberries sliced Preparation: 1.      Mix maple syrup with balsamic vinegar and set aside. 2.      Preheat grill to medium. 3.      Spray flesh side of salmon with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on the grill skin side up. While on the grill, spray skin side of salmon with olive oil and season.  Grill for approximately 5 minutes (Cooking times depend on thickness of cut as well as temperature of the grill and desired doneness). 4.      Remove salmon and from grill and plate. 5.      Preheat sauté pan on HI on stove top. 6.      Place strawberries in pan, add maple-balsamic mixture and toss to warm and coat strawberries. 7.      Serve strawberries and sauce on top of salmon. Salmon-Au-Poivre1

Kia's Skillet Cornbread

Thanks to Kia Armstrong of Nash's Organic Produce for sharing your delicious cornbread recipe Kia's Skillet Cornbread Recipe: This is super simple to make, and can be altered in lots of different ways, depending on your mood! 1 cup Nash’s Cornmeal 1 cup Nash’s White Wheat Flour (or Triticale Flour or Red Wheat Flour) ½ teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 Tablespoon raw sugar 1 egg 1 cup raw milk ¼ cup melted butter Combine wet ingredients and mix them into thoroughly combined dry ingredients. Slather butter or bacon grease into 8” cast iron pan, and bake batter at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Variations: -Add a teaspoon each of chilli powder and ground cumin to the dry mix. -Grate or dice chunks of cheese and gently fold into batter before putting into pan. -Gently fold into the batter roughly chopped fresh cilantro, basil or parsley. -Gently fold into the batter about a cut of chopped peppers, leeks, onions, green onions, corn kernels or other veggies. -Use coconut oil instead of butter -Top the batter with thinly sliced colorful peppers for a beautiful presentation.

Hama Hama's Oyster Casserole with Bacon and Shallots

Oyster Casserole

Serves a crowd as an appetizer, or 4 to 6 as a main dish. Feel free to add extra of any particular ingredient, this recipe is forgiving! Be sure to drain the oysters so the dish isn't soupy.   Ingredients: 10 oz to 16 oz shucked oysters, drained and chopped up 1 stick butter 3 shallots, diced 3/4 red pepper, diced 8 oz sliced mushrooms 3 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 1 clove garlic, diced 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp nutmeg salt and pepper 1/4 cup flour 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup homemade bread crumbs, at least   Process: Grease a 9x13 ovenproof dish and preheat the oven to 325 convect bake (350 regular). Melt about 2 tbs butter in heavy casserole. Add shallots and red pepper, saute until shallots are soft. Add mushrooms, oysters, garlic, and saute for 5 minutes. Add bacon bits. In separate pan, melt 2 tbs butter. Stir in the flour. When smooth, add the cream, whisk until boiling and thick. Stir in the cheese. Mix the cheese mixture into the oyster mixture and season with thyme, nutmeg, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish, top with the bread crumbs, and dot with remaining butter. Bake for 10 -20  minutes, or until hot and bubbling. If needed, finish under the broiler to brown the bread crumbs. (To make bread crumbs, butter your favorite loaf bread and toast it or bake it until dry and then whirrrr it up in the food processor). Read (and drool!) over more delicious Hama Hama Oyster recipes and tips  

Coffee, Tea & Coco for Christmas please!

Warm up this winter (or anytime) with these wonder Olympic Culinary Loop drinks. Enjoy!

Spiced Holiday Tea

Star anise, cinnamon, and passion fruit nectar add a special twist to this holiday tea. (Inspired by Grovestreet Brewery & Tea House) spicedteaIngredients 2 cups water 3 tea bags (unflavored black tea) 4 star anise 1 3 inch cinnamon stick 1 cup passion fruit nectar 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice Directions In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add tea bags, anise, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cinnamon stick. Stir in nectar, honey, and lemon juice. Heat through. Pour tea mixture into four heat-proof cups, floating a star anise on top of each. Makes 4 servings.  

White Hot Chocolate

A cup of this creamy, spicy hot cocoa drink makes coming in out of the cold even more of a treat (Inspired by Tinderbox Roasters & coffee houses) whitehotchocolateIngredients 3 cups half-and-half or light cream* 3/4 cup vanilla-flavor baking pieces or vanilla-flavor candy coating, chopped stick cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating (optional) Ground cinnamon (optional) Directions Combine 1/4 cup of the half-and-half or light cream, vanilla baking pieces or chopped candy coating, stick cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan; whisk over low heat until vanilla baking pieces or candy is melted. Remove stick cinnamon. Add remaining half-and-half or light cream. Whisk until heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Serve warm in cups or mugs; top with slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Makes 5 (6-ounce) servings.  

Spiced Cappuccino

Enjoy an Italian drink that starts with espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can improvise and brew this coffee in a drip coffeemaker (Inspired by Sunrise Coffee Company!) spicedcappuccionIngredients 1 cup hot brewed espresso 1/4 cup flavored liquid nondairy creamer, such as amaretto, Irish creme, or French vanilla dash ground cinnamon 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream dash ground cardamom Directions Stir together the hot espresso, creamer, and cinnamon in a glass measure. Pour into 2 mugs. Add a scoop of ice cream to each and sprinkle with cardamom. Makes 2 (6-ounce) servings.

Raise a Glass to the Holidays!

Thanks to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for these two great reasons to celebrate the holidays with Olympic Culinary Loop cheer!

SPIRITED APPLE WINE HOT TODDY

4 ozs hot water
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine 1 oz honey 1 dash nutmeg & cinnamon (stick optional) 1 lemon (wedge)

A IS FOR APPLE, B IS FOR BOURBON

Into a shaker glass full of ice pour 
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine and 
1 oz bourbon
Cover and shake hard until glass is chilled. 
Strain up into a cocktail glass. 
Optional garnish with a citrus peel and/or cinnamon stick to swirl around the glass while you sip. 
We raise the glass to Amy Grondin for this creation!

Non-Alcoholic Spiced Apple Tea

spicedappleIngredients 1 lemon 4 cups apple juice 2 cups water 4 inches stick cinnamon 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, crushed 1 teaspoon whole cloves 6 black tea bags (decaffeinated, if desired) 1/4 cup maple syrup Thin apple slices Directions: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of peel from half of the lemon; set peel aside. Squeeze juice from lemon. Combine apple juice, water, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice in a large saucepan. (Save remaining juice for another use.) For the spice bag, place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and the lemon peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thick 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with a clean string. Add bag to apple juice mixture. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag and discard them. Stir in maple syrup. Serve in mugs. If desired, float apple slices on top of each serving. Makes 8 servings.

Finnriver's "Spirited Apple" Ginner Hot Toddy!

HOT  'Spirited Apple'  GINGER TODDY RECIPE
Here's a perfect finishing touch to a cold, winter day...a hot toddy with warming ginger and Finnriver's Spirited Apple Wine. There are many recipes out there for a hot toddy, but here's one we've adapted from  Serious Eats:
In a medium saucepan, add water, ginger root slices and optional cloves. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, so the liquid is bubbling. Cook for 10 minutes, until the mixture has reduced and has enough of a gingery taste to your liking. Strain, removing cloves, lemon halves and ginger from the liquid. Pour into two mugs. Add enough honey and Spirited Apple Wine to your tastes. Garnish with lemon slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like, and serve.  Relish the warmth!
________________________________________________________

Kate McDermott’s Cranberry Pie Filling

There's always a reason to be thankful!

Originally Posted on http://nashsorganicproduce.com/recipes 

cranberry squircle

Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving relish anymore — they make a tasty and vibrant pie filling for your post-turkey dessert spread.

Enough fresh cranberries to fill a pie pan to 1/2″ below the rim (about 2.5 – 3 cups) 1 cup sugar 2 gratings of fresh nutmeg A few squeezes of fresh orange juice or a dash of Grand Marnier 1 tablespoon organic corn starch Pinch salt Bottom and top pie crusts Pulse 3/4 of the cranberries in a food processor briefly to get a variety of sizes of pieces. Combine with the 1/4 whole berries. Mix with other ingredients. Place in an open pie crust and dot a little butter on top. Top with a whole crust or better yet, a lattice crust. See ArtofthePie.com for instructions on doing the crust.
 

Answering the riddle of Anzac (Biscuits) Cookies

  OCL fan  Lexie Rawlins posted an urgent culinary message:
"Could someone please find a cookie called Anczec (sp) I need an address to have some shipped to me. I brought about two dozen home but have run out. Please help me out."
While we sometimes see (and eat!) variations of these cookings at Pane d' Amore bakery we're not aware of any place on the LOOP that bakes up Anzac Biscuits on a regular. These iconic biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs(Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli during WWI as part of solider care packages.

Since they could be made without eggs, and they kept well on the overseas voyage to Europe, they became the (original) energy bar!

YIELD: MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Lyle's Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, and coconut. Set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with syrup. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water, and add to butter mixture. Stir to combine. (Be careful; if the butter is hot, it will bubble up considerably.)

  3. Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop, drop onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart (be sure to pack the scoop tightly so the mixture doesn't crumble). Flatten cookies slightly with the heel of your hand.

  4. Bake until golden brown and firm but not hard, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

COOK'S NOTE

The dough is very crumbly, but a small ice-cream scoop will enable you to form the biscuits quickly and in a uniform size and shape.

Pistachio Salmon from Lytle Seafoods Oyster Shack

Kathy Lytle of Lytle Seafoods Oyster Shack shares this recipe for the "Best Ever for Salmon!"  (Of course they recommend that you "Come and See Us" for their "still doin' the wild thing":  Alaskan Copper River Salmon and local caught Sturgeon, King Salmon.

Pistachio Salmon 

1 Cup chopped Pistachio nuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dill weed
Mix it up in a bowl, spread over the salmon fillet.  Bake 400, 15-20 min.  Do not over cook!    Delicious!!!!!

Dungeness Crab Cakes - Recipe from Westport Winery

Kim Roberts of Westport Winery shares this seasonal recipe from the coast.  Adding this tip:

"Best paired with Willapa WhitePinot Gris -- or Riesling while listening to 'Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi' "

 

Crab Cakes

Finely dice:Crab Cake (Westport Winery)

1 c celery

1 c onion

1 c carrot

1⁄2 c garlic

Saute in garlic butter and cool.

In a bowl, mix together:

7 eggs

1 lemon zest and juice

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1-1/2 T parsley, chopped

7 green onion, chopped

2 T salt

2 T Old Bay

Combine with the sautéed ingredients and add:

3 lb fresh Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage

4 cups Panko

Let sit 1⁄2 hour.

Almond Carrot Cake - Recipe from Nourish Sequim

Our recipe offering is our popular Almond Carrot Cake, which is gluten free and dairy free...although neither are missed at all. Nourish Carrot Cake Nourish AlmondCarrotCake
It is moist and not too sweet.

We like it best when made with Nash's sweet organic carrots.


12 oz of fresh carrots peeled and finely grated
8 oz of pure ground almond meal
6 oz cane sugar
2 free range eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp baking powder
2oz toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350F 
Use an 8"or 10" spring form pan, line base with parchment paper

Put carrots and sugar in a bowl, 
mix in almond meal, 
baking powder and combine all.

Add beaten eggs and mix.

Pour into lined cake tin and bake for 45-50 mins until center is firm.
Sprinkle toasted, sliced almonds on the top.


We like to cut the cake into 8 serving slices adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream, 
some grated carrots and our signature decor is a fresh carrot top!

Enjoy
Nourish Sequim