Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Basil Oil and Cilantro, Romanesco with Green Olives and Capers

I feel that I have been in a bit of a rut and wanted to try something new. I stumbles upon this Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Basil Oil and Cilantro and decided to give it a try. I went back through the archives to see what to pair with it, and figured I would try the Romanesco with Green Olives and Capers again.

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I went with a bottle of the Cellar Society – LO3 from Wolves & People.


Quick Wok-Fired Squid with Greens

I’ve been looking for a new squid recipe to try out… This one looked interesting. I served it with some sticky rice.

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I picked up a bottle of the Provenance – an ale brewed with lemons and limes – from Jester King that I thought would go well with this dish.

Galbi Short Ribs, Sambal Chicken Skewers, Crab Fried Rice, Dry-Fried Green Beans, Shigumchi Namool

My wife wanted to make Crab Fried Rice for her sister’s birthday instead of the Mexican Fiesta we usually do after seeing an episode of Matty Matheson’s It’s Suppertime! But, after watching the episode, we could not find the recipe for his version or Crab Fried Rice anywhere. My wife ended up improvising, using a few different recipes.

Since I’m not the biggest fan of Fried Rice or Crab, I decided to do a variety of other Asian dishes: Galbi Short Ribs, Sambal Chicken Skewers, Dry-Fried Green Beans, Shigumchi Namool.

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Since we have the Rhubarb Salsa with the Fiesta that we usually do, I had planned to have a bottle of Therapy Ferret – a wild ale aged with rhubarb in whiskey barrels – from The Ale Apothecary. But when we switched the menu, I couldn’t think of anything else to drink.

Andouille & Shrimp Gumbo and a Salad

I haven’t made gumbo in forever. I wanted to make Crawfish Gumbo since there was another dish with Crawfish I wanted to make the next night. But I searched all of Northwest Portland, and couldn’t find any anywhere. So, I went with Andouille & Shrimp instead.

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I pulled a bottle of the Special Rouge from De Garde that’d been in the basement for ages.

New Year’s Eve Smörgåsbord

It’s been quite some time since we’ve busted out “The Big Board”.

  1. Baguette
  2. Bourbon Chicken Liver Mousse
  3. Calabrese Salaminis
  4. Cultured Butter with Sea Salt
  5. Fromage D’Affinois
  6. Garlic Cured Green Olives
  7. Marcona Almonds
  8. Pickled Haricot Vert
  9. Octopus in Galician Sauce
  10. Seppler Berg Tilster
  11. Smoked Duck Breast
  12. Sweet Pepper Pickled Baby Corn
  13. Tomme Haut Barry
  14. Whole Seed Mustard

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Since I have trouble staying up late, I had two beers that were made with coffee. Cascara from The Ale Apothecary is a beer brewed with using the fruit that is husk the coffee bean. With dessert, I had the Big Bad Baptista from Epic which is a whiskey barrel aged stout with Mexican coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla and cinnamon.

Fried Panko Razor Clams, Grilled Romaine Hearts with Fried Capers

I hadn’t seen razor clams available in a long time, so when I saw them – I grabbed them. I made the Fried Panko Razor Clams, Grilled Romaine Hearts with Fried Capers which I hadn’t done in forever.

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I went with a bottle of the collaboration beer from De Garde and Jackie O’s called With Friends Like These – a wild ale brewed with late harvest muscat grapes and aged in oak barrels.