For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

This site is dedicated to the Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest. Please join me as I explore all it has to offer!

August 1st, 2010

Cider Braised Cold Smoked Salmon

This recipe was an attempt to recreate a dish that I had at Trellis, the restaurant at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, WA.

Cold Smoking is used to add a touch of smoke flavor. Unless the food properly cured, it should be cooked after cold smoking either by grilling, braising etc...Read More

February 24, 2010

WBW #66 Tenderest Twosome

I am thrilled to report that this is my first Wine Blogging Wednesday post! This month's WBW #66 - Your Tenderest Twosome is sponsored by Domestic Goddess. She also happens to be the creator Sugar High Fridays and felt it only natural to combine the two this month for a dessert & wine pairing. Perfect! Read More

November 22, 2009

Bouchon Pomme Frites

So this weeks recipe for the Cookbook Challenge is Thomas Keller's Pomme Frites out his Bouchon cookbook. Keller recommends Russet potatoes because of their high starch content. I tried to pick ones that were relatively straight and uniform so that we could have nice pretty fries.

There are a few different methods of cutting the fries. If you have a sharp knife and a steady hand you could cut them by hand... Read More

November 16, 2009

Cookbook Challenge

So we decided that for our inaugural week of the Cookbook Challenge we would make french fries. Not just any run of the mill french fries, but Thomas Keller's Pomme Frites out of his Bouchon cookbook. I look forward to the crispy goodness!

Filed under Eating In

November 13, 2009

Cookbook Obsession

My husband & I have what some would call an unhealthy obsession with cookbooks. I haven't officially counted, but I would estimate we have in excess of 100. In order to justify having so many, we have resolved to actually use them and cook from them. So, that leads me to introduce a new weekly feature on Northwest Cork & Fork. Every week, usually on the weekend, we will try a new recipe from one of our many cookbooks. Some of these will be quite challenging, (we have all of Thomas Keller's books) but we are up to the task. I will choose a recipe at the beginning of each the week and post it. Stay tuned!

Filed under Eating In

November 7, 2009

French Pizza

Our favorite vacation spot is St. Martin in the Carribean. It is a 13 square mile island, half of which is French, the other half Dutch. We prefer the French side of the island mainly for the FOOD. We love the bechamel, escargot, foie gras, lobster thermador ect. However, one of our absolute favorite meals is the pizza... Read More

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