I feel so lucky to live in a place where everything from local herbs to hot peppers are being produced and directly marketed. The Dalles Farmer's Market, which I attend as a vendor bi-weekly, has a lot to offer and has fostered several business connections since I started attending last summer. Just recently I was able to purchase my lavender for the year from Hoffman Hills Lavender Farm. Direct sourcing has a multitude of benefits and local direct sourcing is even better. This fragrant lavender will can be used in anything from tea to cream sauces and is an essential ingredient in our Herbes de Provence and Lavender Sugar. And our local thyme, greek oregano and basil from Jean Marie's Garden is so fun and flavorful to use in our blends and can also be purchased individually.
To make this dinner start your dressing first by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. If you want the curry to infuse into the oil you can heat up the oil prior to mixing. Once the dressing is mixed steam the chard for 3-5 minutes and grill your brats. Let brats rest for at least 5 minutes prior to slicing. If you like a sweeter curry dressing try using a 1/3 cup of Gravenstein Apple Balsamic. This dressing would also work great on a Kale salad with fresh grapes, apples and pepitas.
Extra special delicious is how my husband described this meal that I made last week and I concur, it's one of the tastier things I have made to lately and I was able to do it during a busy weekday so I hope you all get the chance to try it out. I almost always do country style pork ribs the traditional way, slow baked in the oven with a slathering of BBQ sauce and a side of cornbread and coleslaw, but I've been trending toward Asian flavors lately, especially since ordering a copy of Just Add Sauce from America's Test Kitchen, so I looked around for recipes, reached for the Hoisin and here we are. This is an adaptation of several of the Asian Sticky Rib recipes that are out there on the interweb.
Instructions for Ribs:
Once you've grilled the ribs and they are in your thickened sauce is a good time to do a quick stir fry on the snap peas. Add snap peas and toasted sesame oil to your pan and saute until tender at medium-high heat (2-3 minutes). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt once you remove peas from the heat.
Instructions for Honey-Ginger Coleslaw:
The slaw can be made anytime, it's the best if you let it sit for a while prior to eating. Just toss all ingredients together and serve cold or room temp.
It was on my family farm in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley where I developed a love for cooking and the value of good food. Home grown, fresh, vibrant, good food. As an adult I spent my early years as a civil engineer, but came back to my creative side through encouragement from my husband, family and friends and opened Arome in the spring of 2017. The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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