Monthly Archives: July 2014

Syncline Subduction Red 2012

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Syncline Subduction Red 2012 - Colleen's Kitchen

I have been having so much fun touring local wineries this summer. I started over Memorial Day weekend with a number of wineries in the Columbia Gorge. I think my favorite was Syncline Winery, located on the Washington side of the Columbia River near Lyle, Washington. They specialize in Rhône varietals, which is where many of my favorite wines hail from, so perhaps that was why I was so enamored with them. Or maybe it was lying in one of their hammocks outside the tasting room in the toasty sunshine, sipping wine. Perfection!

Syncline Subduction Red 2012 - Colleen's Kitchen

Lying in the hammock outside Syncline’s tasting room, sipping wine, makes for a perfect day!

Founded by husband and wife team, James and Poppie Mantone, Syncline takes its inspiration from Burgundy and Rhône varietals. Their first vintage in 1999 consisted of just 79 cases, but even today production is kept to under 6000 cases to ensure consistency, quality, and intimacy with the wine.

For our tasting, we were very fortunate to be served by winemaker James Mantone himself. His youngest daughter, Naomi, perched precociously on the stool next to him as he doled out each tasting. I studiously quizzed him on the wine and his style, he never knowing that I fully intended to include their gem of a winery in a future blog post.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the wines I tasted that day. The Grenache Blanc and Rose were absolutely delightful on a warm summer day. The Syrah was sheer perfection with flavors of dark fruit and coffee. But the one that stuck with me the most was this Subduction Red.

A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Carignan, and Cinsault, the Subduction Red holds its own against classic Rhône blends. Flavors of cherry and raspberry permeate the mouth with a bright, peppery finish. And it’s light enough to complement light summer meals, such as my Grilled Greek Salad.

Syncline Subduction Red 2012 - Colleen's Kitchen

Syncline’s Subduction Red with my Grilled Greek Salad makes for an amazing and easy summer meal!

The fresh fruity flavors of the wine are perfect with the fresh, slightly smoky flavor of the grilled vegetables and tart red wine vinegar used in the dressing. And the spices in the wine are lovely juxtaposed with the briny feta cheese in the salad. The two together are perhaps as perfect as lying in the hammock outside Syncline’s tasting room, sipping a glass of their lovely wine.

Get the recipe for Grilled Greek Salad here.

Buy a bottle of Syncline Subduction Red 2012 here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.

Grilled Greek Salad

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Grilled Greek Salad Recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

As much as I love grilling in the summer, I also love the bounty of fresh vegetables that come both from my garden and the farmer’s market. It’s the perfect time of year for light meals best enjoyed in the sunshine.

A Greek salad is not exactly unique, you see it on countless restaurant and bistro menus across the country. It typically consists of romaine lettuce, red onion, kalamata olives and feta cheese with the occasional cucumber, chick peas, or whatever else thrown in. But grilling salad? Hmm… That’s a bit different.

Grilled Greek Salad Recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

Slices of red onion, baby peppers, and artichoke hearts are marinated overnight in an intense lemon based mixture then chargrilled over an open flame.

I start by marinating a red onion, artichoke hearts, and whole baby peppers in an intense lemon mixture overnight. Sometimes I also throw in some slices of zucchini just for fun. The marinade of lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil leaves the vegetables with a fantastic lemon flavor and also helps them grill up well on the barbecue.

Grilled Greek Salad Recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

Drizzle the leftover marinade over the cut side of the romaine hearts and then grill cut side up for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.

While the vegetables are grilling, I then drizzle the leftover marinade over the cut side of 2 hearts of romaine. A heart of romaine is essentially the inner part of a head of romaine lettuce. The leaves are tightly folded into each other making it a perfect grilling lettuce. I like to buy a package of organic hearts of romaine, which usually comes with 3 hearts.

Grilled Greek Salad Recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

Then grill the romaine hearts cut side down for another 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.

Once the vegetables are nicely charred, I throw the romaine hearts on the grill, cut side up first. The lettuce is thin and it cooks quickly so I only let it sit on the grill for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes before flipping it onto the cut side for its final grill.

Grilled Greek Salad Recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

A perfect, light – and vegetarian – summer meal.

And that’s it. This hearty entree Greek salad is that easy. I simply top the grilled romaine hearts with the vegetables, sprinkle a little feta cheese and freshly chopped oregano over it, and then drizzle it with a simple red wine vinaigrette. I only make a very small amount of the vinaigrette because the vegetables and lettuce are already packed with so much flavor. It is a perfect, light – and vegetarian – summer meal.

 

Grilled Greek Salad
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 248.1
  • Fat: 14.8
  • Saturated fat: 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0
  • Carbohydrates: 23.5
  • Sugar: 8.6
  • Sodium: 450.7
  • Fiber: 9.0
  • Protein: 7.7
  • Cholesterol: 2.5
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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The classic Greek Salad is grilled to perfection and topped with a tart red wine vinaigrette and salty feta cheese.
Ingredients
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt (divided)
  • 6 baby peppers
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into ¼" thick slices
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, sliced lengthwise through the core
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped oregano
  • 1 oz. crumbled light feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tbsp of the olive oil, garlic and ⅛ tsp of the salt.
  2. Pour the marinade over the peppers, onion slices, and artichoke hearts in either a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat your propane grill then reduce the flame to low and lightly oil the grill.
  4. Remove the peppers, onion and artichoke hearts from the marinade - save the marinade - and place the vegetables on the grill. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the vegetables from the grill and set aside.
  5. Pour the leftover marinade over the cut side of the romaine hearts and place the romaine on the grill cut side up. Grill for 1 - 1½ minutes on each side until the outer leaves are lightly charred.
  6. Remove the lettuce from the grill and place 2 halves on each plate. Top with the grilled vegetables.
  7. Sprinkle each plate with the fresh oregano and feta cheese.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil, the red wine vinegar, the remaining ⅛ tsp of sea salt, and the black pepper. Drizzle over the top of each salad and serve immediately.

 

Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z

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Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z - Colleen's Kitchen

A big meal needs a bold, full-bodied wine to pair with it. This is particularly true of steak, whose tender, rich flavor is only enhanced by a big red wine.

I recently attended a tasting of Oregon and Washington wines at my favorite wine bar and the second I tasted this Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z I knew that it deserved to be served with a rich, meaty meal.

A blend of 61% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Syrah, the wine exudes aromas of dark cherries and cedar. In the mouth, the satiny smooth texture delights the tastebuds with flavors of cherry, blackberry and warm earth, finishing with a hint of dark cocoa.

Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z - Colleen's Kitchen

Founded by Cecil and Marilyn Zerba, Zerba Cellars is a family-owned, estate winery based in Milton-Freewater, in the heart of Oregon’s Walla Walla Valley. Winemaker Doug Nierman has taken the wine to a whole new level, creating elegant, balanced wines that are also food-friendly and approachable for the everyday wine enthusiast. It is no wonder that Zerba’s wines have won award after award, including being named the Wine Press Northwest Winery of the Year in 2011.

Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z - Colleen's Kitchen

To accompany the big bold Wild Z, I grilled up strips of steak marinated in spicy chipotle pepper and sweet orange juice then served it on a slaw of raw, sweet beets and crunchy fennel folded into a soft, warm corn tortilla. The rich meat and combination of sweet and spicy flavors were absolutely perfect with the dark fruits in the wine. A satisfying meal indeed.

Get the recipe for Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw here.

Buy a bottle of Zerba Cellars 2010 Wild Z here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always consume alcohol responsibly and in moderation.

Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw

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Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw - Colleen's Kitchen

I admit it: when it comes to food I love to play with color, texture, and somewhat unusual flavor combinations. Sometimes my ideas work out, sometimes they don’t. These Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw are a perfect example of a crazy idea gone right.

The steak is easy, I simply slice pieces of lean top sirloin steak into thin strips and then marinate them in a simple mixture of chipotle peppers with adobo sauce and sweet orange juice. I like to marinate them overnight for maximum flavor. Then a quick grill and the steak is ready for primetime.

Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw - Colleen's Kitchen

The sweet beets and crunchy fennel create a crunchy, delicious dish with the spicy chipotle marinated steak.

The finishing touch is the slaw that I slather on the tacos. I thinly sliced some crunchy fennel which adds a delicious, lightly licorice flavor to the dish. I then peeled and julienned fresh, raw beets.

I know you’re asking, “You can eat raw beets?” Yes! They are delicious shredded in a salad or cut into thin sticks and thrown in a slaw like this.

Beets are naturally sweet and high in sugar and they balance the licorice flavor of the fennel perfectly. I then toss the fennel and beets with some sweet shredded carrots, peppery cilantro and a dressing of orange juice, honey and olive oil to create a sweet, crunchy slaw that is perfect with the spicy chipotle marinated steak.

Wrap the two in a corn tortilla and you have a pretty, perfectly delicious meal.

Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 2 tacos per person
  • Calories: 402.8
  • Fat: 13.3
  • Saturated fat: 3.6
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.9
  • Carbohydrates: 41.2
  • Sugar: 11.2
  • Sodium: 407.2
  • Fiber: 7.0
  • Protein: 31.1
  • Cholesterol: 75.7
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Beef
Tender steak is marinated in spicy chipotle peppers and served on a bed of crunchy, sweet fennel beet slaw in these Chipotle Steak Tacos with Fennel Beet Slaw
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. top sirloin steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 chipotle peppers, minced, + 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • juice of 2 oranges (divided)
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt (divided)
  • 2 fresh, raw beets, about 2" in diameter, peeled and cut into thin sticks
  • 1 bulb fennel, trimmed, sliced thinly across the width then coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds (aka nigella)
  • 8 corn tortillas, wrapped in foil and warmed in a 400F oven for about 8 minutes.
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, juice of 1½ oranges, and ¼ tsp of the coarse sea salt.
  2. Cover the steak strips with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  3. Grill the steak strips on a propane grill or indoor grilling pan over medium-high heat for about 1 minute on each side. Set aside.
  4. In a large salad bowl, toss the beets, fennel, carrots and cilantro.
  5. Whisk together the juice of the remaining ½ orange, olive oil, honey, and remaining ¼ tsp of coarse sea salt. Toss with the beet and fennel mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the black sesame seeds over the slaw and gently stir to combine.
  7. Serve by layering the slaw in the center of the tortilla, topping with a couple of pieces of steak, and folding the ends of the tortilla around the filling.

 

Domaine Pouillon Rosé 2013

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Domaine Pouillon Rose

If you’re doing a tour of wineries in the Columbia Gorge and you haven’t stopped by Domaine Pouillon yet, you absolutely must. Family owned and operated by Alexis and Juliet Pouillon, this independent winery on the Washington side of the Columbia river has made an art out of crafting French Rhône style wines in the Pacific Northwest.

The tasting room is off of a winding road near Lyle, Washington, overlooking forests on one side and bordered by vineyards on the other. True to form, it is dressed in simple French style: homey, bright and welcoming. You will often see Alexis toiling in the grapes, his son toddling behind him, and a dog on watchful alert nearby.

I took the time to stop by Domaine Pouillon over Memorial Day weekend on a friend’s recommendation and I wasn’t disappointed. I wound up taking a bottle of their Rosé and Black Dot home with me. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the Rosé is very reminiscent of all the wonderful rosés I’ve had from the south of France.

Domaine Pouillon Rose - Colleen's Kitchen

Try the Domaine Pouillon Rose with my Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw for a delicious and flavorful summer meal.

The grapes for the Rosé are sourced from vineyards in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA which is renowned for its big, bold red wines. Situated in south central Washington state along the Columbia River, the grapes benefit from strong winds up the Columbia Gorge.

The Domaine Pouillon Rosé is aged in neutral French oak barrels giving it a clean, crisp taste. Dry and bright with notes of berries and watermelon, it is the perfect summer wine.

For all of these reasons, I love the Domaine Pouillon Rosé with my Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw. The sweet pineapple and dried cherries in the slaw enhanced the berries in the wine, while the crispness of the wine was a perfect foil for the spicy sriracha.

Why wouldn’t you try this wine?

Get the recipe for Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw here.

Buy a bottle of the Domaine Pouillon Rosé 2013 here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.

Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw

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Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw

You would think that in this heat wave we’re having in Portland that I would be seeking out cold chilled foods. Instead, I’ve found myself drawn to spicy foods that are easily prepared on the grill in the backyard, out of the heat of my little kitchen.

Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw

Jumbo scallops are marinated in lime juice, olive oil and garlic then threaded on skewers with slices of lime and grilled to tender perfection.

Last week I brought you my delicious Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and  Corn Salad, this week it’s a super easy and spicy Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw. I start by marinating the scallops in a simple mixture of olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. I want to infuse the scallops with a bit of flavor but not overwhelm the tender meat.

Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw

A convenient store-bought slaw mix is sweetened with dried cherries and pineapple then livened up with a spicy sriracha dressing.

I like to use jumbo scallops for this recipe because they are perfectly sized for threading on skewers. Alternate them with thin slices of lime for an extra hint of flavor, and make sure to use 2 skewers to keep the scallops stable for even grilling.

Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw

When you can beat the heat with a dish this yummy and easy, why wouldn’t you?

The heat of the dish then comes from the slaw. To keep the recipe easy, I simply use a packaged mix of shredded cabbage and carrots from the produce section of the store. I always like to balance spicy with either sweet or sour, so I add sweet dried cherries and canned pineapple tidbits to the mix before tossing it with a simple dressing of sriracha, Greek yogurt, and salt. Add in some freshly chopped cilantro and black sesame seeds (aka nigella) for an additional pop of flavor, texture and color.

And the bonus? This entire recipe is under 300 calories leaving plenty of room for a side of warm, crusty bread or a scrumptious summer dessert afterwards.

What are you cooking in this summer heat?

 

Grilled Scallops with Sriracha Slaw
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 282.2
  • Fat: 5.7
  • Saturated fat: 0.7
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9
  • Carbohydrates: 33.8
  • Sugar: 19.1
  • Sodium: 321.7
  • Fiber: 3.9
  • Protein: 22.8
  • Cholesterol: 0.0
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Seafood
Jumbo scallops are grilled and served over an easy spicy-sweet slaw with dried cherries and pineapple in a spicy sriracha dressing recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 14 oz. bag of classic coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
  • 1 cup canned pineapple tidbits, drained of juice
  • ½ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sriracha hot sauce
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt (divided)
  • 1 lb. jumbo sea scallops
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the coleslaw mix with the cherries and pineapple.
  2. Whisk together the yogurt, sriracha, and ¼ tsp of the salt in a small bowl. Pour it over the coleslaw mix and toss well to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, ¼ tsp of the salt, and pepper.
  4. Place the scallops in a resealable bag and pour the mixture over them. Seal and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the scallops and thread onto skewers, alternating with thin slices of lime.
  6. Preheat your grill then reduce the flames to low and lightly oil the grate. Grill the skewers with the hood closed for about 1½ minutes on each side or until the scallops are cooked through. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  7. Give the coleslaw a good toss then stir in the cilantro and black sesame seeds.
  8. Serve a helping of the slaw topped with skewers of the grilled scallops.
Notes
1. If using bamboo skewers, always soak them in cold water for at least 20 minutes before threading the scallops on them and placing them on the grill.
2. The scallops can also easily be grilled on an indoor, cast-iron grill pan. Simply heat the grill pan on medium-high and lightly spray with olive oil. Cook the scallops for about 1½-2 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

 

Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013

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Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013

I find that pairing wines with food is all about complementing the flavors between the two, not necessarily mimicking.

Take my Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad, for example. It has a bit of heat from the spicy chipotle pepper, a smokiness from the grilled veggies and a bit of cumin in the dressing, and also a hint of sweetness from the fresh corn and tender salmon. For this dish, I wanted a wine that is crisp with a hint of citrus notes to play against all of these flavors while also bringing out the bit of lime juice used in the salad.

Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013 - Colleen's Kitchen

The Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013 is delicious with my Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad

Luckily, the Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013 fit that description perfectly. Aged in stainless steel tanks, the wine is crisp and light. Notes of lemon and lime are balanced by herbs, apples and a slight grassy quality. The lively brightness of the wine both complements and allows the sweet and spicy flavors of the salad to shine through.

Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013 - Colleen's Kitchen

Eola Hills recently refreshed their brand with a new label design

Eola Hills Winery was founded in the 1980’s by Tom Huggins, who is still the general manager today. Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the vineyards are ideally situated in a natural weather shadow of the Coast Range, which protects the grapes from weather extremes. In the warm summer months, though, sea air is drawn down the gorge providing optimal cooling for the ripening grapes.

Best of all, their classic Pinot Gris is very affordable at about $13 a bottle. So why not try a bottle or two this summer?

Get the recipe for Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad here.

Buy a bottle of the Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2013 here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.

Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad

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Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad #recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

When it is a hot and scorching day outside, I love to cook on the grill. The clean up is easy, I keep the house cool, and I get to grill under the shade of my apple and pear trees while sipping a glass of wine.

Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad #recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

Salmon, corn and a poblano pepper are cooked on the grill until they are lightly charred.

Salmon and corn are in season now so I’ve been playing with these a lot on my grill. For this recipe, I like to marinate the salmon in a simple, spicy chipotle sauce and then place it on the grill with some corn and a poblano pepper. I cook them until they get a nice char on the outside.

Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad #recipe - Colleen's Kitchen

The finished product is as pretty as it is delicious!

This salad is meant to be served slightly warm. I let the salmon, corn and pepper sit for about 10 minutes to let it cool a bit before tossing it up with some cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and a light dressing. The result is a delicious entree salad that is hearty enough to fill you up yet light enough for the warmest of summer days.

 

 

Chargrilled Chipotle Salmon and Corn Salad
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 342.9
  • Fat: 12.9
  • Saturated fat: 1.9
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1
  • Carbohydrates: 33.5
  • Sugar: 5.5
  • Sodium: 390.8
  • Fiber: 4.6
  • Protein: 27.2
  • Cholesterol: 57.0
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Seafood
Chargrilling sweet corn and tender salmon marinated in a spicy chipotle sauce brings out a delicious smoky flavor in this lean yet scrumptious summer salad.
Ingredients
  • 1 chipotle pepper + 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • juice of 2 limes (divided)
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ lb. raw, wild-caught salmon filet
  • 1 whole, raw poblano pepper
  • 3 medium, raw ears of sweet corn, husked
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
Instructions
  1. Mince up the pepper and add it plus the adobo sauce to a shallow dish.
  2. Add the juice of 1 of the limes and a pinch of salt to the chipotle and whisk until well combined.
  3. Place the salmon filet in the marinade, meat side down and skin side up. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat propane grill to 600F then reduce flames to low and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Place the poblano pepper, corn, and the marinated salmon filet on the grill. Cook the meat/cut side of the salmon first.
  6. Cook the salmon about 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through. Cook the corn and pepper about 2 minutes on each of their 4 sides.
  7. Let the grilled salon and veggies cool for about 10 minutes. Then, use a sharp knife to cut the kernels of corn from the cob into a medium salad bowl.
  8. Add in the cherry tomatoes.
  9. Use a fork to remove the skin from the cooked salmon filet then flake the salmon into small pieces, removing any bones. Add to the salad bowl.
  10. Remove the stem from the poblano pepper then dice it whole and add it to the salad. Add in the cilantro and stir everything to combine.
  11. In a small bowl, whisk together the juice of the remaining limes, extra virgin olive oil, coriander, cumin, and a pinch of salt.
  12. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Serve immediately.

 

Memaloose York’s Reward 2011

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Memaloose York's Reward 2011

In my continuing profile of local (to me) wineries, I want to introduce you to Memaloose Wines.

Located on the Washington side of the relatively new Columbia Gorge AVA, Memaloose Wines is owned and operated by the McCormick family and has only been around since 2006. The wines are made in the old European styles of France and Italy, meaning that they are meant to accompany food. This means that their wines are generally lighter in alcohol with a bit more oak influence than most Washington state wines.

Memaloose has a wonderful tasting room in downtown Lyle, Washington, situated on the scenic Columbia River. I visited there recently and loved sitting on their deck overlooking the flowing water, nibbling on some small bites, and tasting the various wines offered.

Their red blend, York’s Reward, is a delightful  blend of typical Italian varietals Barbara, Primitivo and Dolcetto. What surprised me the most was that it was served chilled like some of the reds in France and Italy during the hot summer months. I’ve never seen a red wine served chilled in the States, so this boded well for the tasting.

And I was not disappointed. Light and bursting with juicy notes of summer berry fruit, it was crisp and refreshing on a warm summer’s day. As I sat on their deck, feeling the cool rush of wind off the water, nibbling slices of soppressata and various cheeses, the York’s Reward was absolutely perfect. I knew I had to bring some bottles home to enjoy in my own backyard.

Memaloose York's Reward 2011 - Colleen's Kitchen

The Memaloose York’s Reward 2011 is perfect with my Pepper Lime Turkey Sliders with Sriracha Yogurt Aioli

I love the York’s Reward with my original recipe for Pepper Lime Turkey Sliders with Sriracha Yogurt Aioli. The juicy fruit plays perfectly off the sweet roasted red pepper and tart lime in the burgers, while the crisp coolness that comes from chilling the red blend is a perfect foil for the spicy sriracha in the aioli. This has become one of my favorite pairings.

Have you tried a chilled red wine before?

Get the recipe for Pepper Lime Turkey Sliders with Sriracha Yogurt Aioli here.

Buy a bottle of the Memaloose York’s Reward 2011 here.

As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation.