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Roasted Tomato-basil Bisque

By Duane Pemberton ©2012 Duane Pemberton I absolutely adore a good, homemade tomato bisque – even more so when the weather up here in the Northwest starts to turn cold and wet – that’s when we turn to the comforting “superpowers” of soups. This is a very easy-to-make bisque (creamy soup) that’ll keep you and […]

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Fajita-flavor Frittata

By Duane Pemberton 12 large eggs 1/2 cup of milk 2 cups of chopped zucchini 1 cup of chopped onion 1 cup of chopped bell peppers (I mixed yellow, orange and red) 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese 1 serrano chile Kosher salt / pepper / cumin / coriander  Hot sauce.  Sauteé onions, zucchini, bell peppers and […]

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Pan Seared Scallops with an Orange-Soy Chili Reduction

By Duane Pemberton and Dzintra Dzenis This is a quick, easy Asian-inspired meal that’s a sure-fire hit for seafood lovers. Ingredients: 12 fresh scallops 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced 1 tablespoon of minced ginger 1/2 cup of low sodium soy 3-4 sprigs Thai Basil – takes the […]

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Recipe: Polenta with melted brie and fresh tomato

By Duane Pemberton Here’s a quick, easy snack that makes a good appetizer and pairs very well with a dry riesling, gruner veltliner or verdejo. Ingredients: Polenta Fresh Tomato Fresh Basil Cheese of your choice Balsamic vinegar Pan-sear the polenta in olive oil (bacon drippings even better). While that’s searing, make thin slices of the tomato […]

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Recipe: Breakfast Salad

Breakfast salad – easy and healthy! By: Duane Pemberton Organic Arugula, applewood bacon, roasted beets topped with a fried (or poached) egg. Salt/pepper. *Prepare ahead of time* Place beats in tightly-wrapped aluminum folk with a sprinkle of olive oil. Roast in the oven for 45-minutes at 450-degrees. Allow to cool then chop up into bite-sized […]

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250 Year Old Recipes Reflect the Passage of Time

With family roots dating back to the Mission days, when California was still “Alta California” under the Spanish crown, the Merrill Family is rightfully appreciative of their heritage on the Central Coast. Eight generations ago Spain granted large parcels of California land to its citizens for the cultivation of crops and the raising of livestock. […]

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Recipe: Chipotle Bacon Avocado Burger

By Duane Pemberton ©2012 www.winefoot.com 2lbs of ground beef 3-4 dried chipotle peppers – ground Koshar or sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 avocado 4 strips of bacon 1 tomato sliced Chopped lettuce Thin slices of onion cheddar cheese Kaiser roll Take the dried chipotle peppers and grind them in an old coffee grinder […]

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Recipe: Mac and cheese with bacon and gruyère

By Duane Pemberton Who can hate on home made Mac n’ Cheese? It’s comfort food 101 – simple, homey, a bit rustic and really does seem to warm the soul. This is a variant that I recently made for my family and I’m happy to share with you how I made it. *As pictured: served […]

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Recipe: Southwest Chicken Soup

Recipe: Southwest Chicken Soup

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com 1 whole chicken (4-5lb) 1 gallon  of water 4 bay leaves 1/2 cup dried chipotle peppers – ground fine 1/4 cup tablespoons kosher salt 1/4 cup tablespoons black pepper 1/4 cup of dried parsley 6 cloves of garlic – smashed 4 celery stalks (chopped or sliced) 1/2 lb of carrots – sliced or […]

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Butternut Squash Soup

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com 1 large butternut squash 10 cups of chicken stock 8oz bacon 1 tsp of nutmeg 1 tsp of cinnamon 2 cups of leeks (optional) Cut the bacon into little chunks and render in a sautee pan until crispy – drain bacon drippings, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. (You […]

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Recipe: Creamy garden tomato pasta with bacon

Recipe: Creamy garden tomato pasta with bacon

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com 1lb package of pasta 1/2lb of bacon 3/4lb of garden fresh tomatoes, chopped. pinch of kosher salt fresh cracked pepper 1/4tsp of crushed red pepper flake 1 medium onion, chopped 6 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 can of tomato sauce Start water heating in a large […]

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Fried green tomato breakfast with poached egg and bacon

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com 1 large egg 3 strips of bacon High quality mayo (or make your own) Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 red chili pepper 1 large green tomato 1/2 cup of corn meal 1 teaspoon apple cider or rice wine vinegar Mince the red pepper and mix with the mayo and add […]

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Pan-Seared Rock Fish in bacon drippings

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings 1-3lbs of fresh rock fish fillets kosher salt fresh-cracked pepper dried dill fresh lemon 1-bunch of fresh parsley wild-grain rice Prepare rice per package instructions, season with salt/pepper and butter – when it’s done, mix in the fresh-chopped parsley. Season well,  each side of the […]

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Pan-seared curry chicken with peanut sauce

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com Pairs well with: Off-dry riesling Gewurztraminer Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of bacon fat 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 medium-sized fuji apples, chopped Curry seasoning (found in your grocers spice isle) Kosher salt Fresh-ground pepper 3-4 fresh zucchini 1-package of rice noodles 1-can of coconut milk 1 tablespoon of curry paste […]

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Recipe: Grilled Stone Fruits

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com I love grilling and to me, most everything I can think of, tastes better if it has some grill-time. Stone fruits tend to work very well because of the way their sugars carmalize under the extreme heat of an ultra-hot grill. This makes the perfect summertime mid-day snack or even a […]

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Fire-Roasted Bell Pepper Chipotle Marinated Chicken over Rice

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com For this recipe, I took four skinless, boneless chicken breasts and marinated them, then served them over my own spanish-style rice with a side of grilled zucchini. Marinade: 2 Cups olive oil 4 tablespoons of kosher salt 2 tablespoons of fresh-ground black pepper 4 chipotle peppers 2 red bell peppers […]

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Mexican Beef Stew

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com As much as I love a good old-fashioned-type of beef stew – an American classic – as the next meat lover, there’s a time when it’s fun to mix things up a bit. Here’s what I did for this original dish: Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of bacon fat (or olive oil) […]

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Chipotle-cilantro marinated Chicken with Spanish-style Rice

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com For this dish I took some chicken thighs and legs, marinated them (recipe to follow) for almost 2 hours (overnight would be ideal) and served it with spanish-style rice. – 2-3lb of chicken thighs/legs Marinade: 2-4 tablespoons of canned chipotle peppers (or to heat-preference) 2 tablespoons of koshar salt 2 tablespoons […]

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Grilled Chicken thigh over brown rice and Peanut Sauce

By Duane Pemberton 6 Chicken Thighs – seasoned with salt/pepper 3 cups of Peanut Sauce (recipe follows) 2 Bell peppers 1 Onion 2 cups of brown rice 1 cup of toasted almonds Grill thighs on medium heat until they reach 180-degree’s – flipping once. Cut the onion and peppers into thin slices and sauté until […]

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Recipe: BLT Wraps

By Duane Pemberton ©2011 www.winefoot.com On a personal note, I have greatly reduced my intake of carbohydrates over what I had been consuming feel quite better because of it. I also realize I’m not alone in that venture so that is the inspiration of what I had for lunch today. I took some bacon, baked […]

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