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Fish and Seafood

Clams with Fennel, Tomatoes and Arugula

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

The bright green from the arugula and the red from the tomatoes create a lovely palate. Fennel adds a note of licorice-like perfume to the broth. Serve with crusty baguettes and butter for an easy and elegant meal.

Pairing Suggestion: A dry white Riesling complements the spice from the red pepper. We enjoyed it with a 2006 Snow White Riesling from Snow Farm Vineyards. Or, a very lightly oaked chardonnay works nicely with the butter in the broth and bread.


Grilling Exhibition at the 8100 Mountainside Grill

Friday, July 24th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

The early evening breeze tempers the heat from the afternoon sun. The light shifts from bright to golden, and the mountainside glows greener than I ever remember—a reward for enduring all those days of pounding rain.

This spectacular mountain-scape serves as a backdrop for Pascal and Reese, our chefs for the evening – here to share their grilling secrets. Everything Pascal says is charming. His French accent and animated style entertain the eclectic group gathered on the patio.  Reese, the notable Chef de Cuisine, plays a perfect straight man to Pascal’s humor. Reese raises an eyebrow to one of Pascal’s comments and the guests respond with a giggle.

While we listen raptly to Pascal describe how to repair a “broken” Bernaise sauce, a local wine distributor circles among us pouring tasting glasses of excellent pairings for the trout and halibut that Reese is preparing.  [I failed to get the names of the wines, but I will update you as soon as I find out what they were]. As the glasses are filled and refilled we become more animated, begin chatting with one another and asking about seasonings and grilling techniques.

I am here to present our freshly ground organic spices and to learn how Pascal and Reese use them to create their marvelous meals. We have a small gift of spices for each of the guests and they respond enthusiastically; pleased to know they can order them on line;  amazed at the vibrancy of their flavors and aromas.

In one short class, we grilled halibut and prepared trout en papillote, Bernaise sauce, beurre blanc sauce, gribiche sauce, and my favorite, watermelon salsa. What a charming and educational evening.

Good news, there are more classes to come. Pascal and Reese are hosting three more grilling nights throughout the summer. So, if you are in Beaver Creek on July 25th, August 8th, or August 22nd, stop by the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt and enjoy the fruits of Pascal’s and Reese’s labor. The demonstration starts at 4:30. Be sure to come early to grab a seat under an umbrella near the grill. Sample their delectable morsels and sip expertly chosen wine pairings, while picking up great culinary tips in an idyllic setting.

Rockin Tuna Fish Salad

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Hold the mayo for this tuna salad. You won’t miss it a bit. Herbes Provencal and lemon take canned tuna to a new level. All it takes is a little mixing and chopping and you can transport yourself to the french country side.

Tuna Fish Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2-3

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic herbes provencal
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • ½ small onion minced
  • handfull of grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 15 oz can of chunk light tuna packed in water

  1. Drain water from tuna and mix in the rest of the ingredients; season with salt and pepper (though you probably won’t need any).


Salmon Croquettes with Lemon·Anise Rub

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Our special Organic Lemon·Anise Rub transforms the lowly can of salmon into delightful delicacies. Top with homemade tartar sauce.

Salmon Croquettes with Lemon·Anise Rub
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-3

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon canola or safflower oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can pink salmon
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese style bread crumbs; look in Asian section of supermarket)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Lemon·Anise Rub seafood blend
  • zest and juice of one large lemon
  • second lemon for squeezing on top
  • Stir in small bowl:
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon relish
  • juice of one lemon

  1. Directions
  2. Heat butter in skillet and saute red pepper until soft.
  3. Drain salmon and shred in bowl, using fork.
  4. Beat egg and mix with salmon in bowl
  5. Add Panko, Lemon·Anise Rub, sea salt, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  6. Using hands, shape into small balls. Add more panko if necessary.
  7. Heat second tablespoon of butter and canola butter in skillet. Press balls into flat circles on skillet and saute until golden brown. Flip with spatula and saute other side until golden brown.
  8. Plate and squeeze lemon on croquettes. Serve with tartar sauce

Salmon Steaks with Lemon·Anise Rub

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

This rub is custom blended for the Chef de Cuisine at the 8100 Mountainside Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. The restaurant sits at the base of Beaver Creek and the bar has a fabulous view of the ski mountain. They grill the salmon on a wood fired grill and it tastes absolutely fabulous!

Salmon Steaks with Lemon·Anise Rub
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-4

  • 2 6-oz salmon steaks
  • 1 Tablespoon Smith & Truslow Organic Lemon·Anise Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon grape seed or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • lemon wedges

  1. Drizzle oil on fish.
  2. Coat with Lemon·Anise Spice Blend.
  3. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Grill on medium high heat until done.
  5. Place a dab of butter on top of fish as it finishes cooking to keep fish moist and flavorful.
  6. Serve with lemon wedge.

Scallops Wrapped in Spiced Bacon

Friday, December 12th, 2008 by Jenny Ross

This has become one of my more popular “apps”. It delivers a little kick, (and tastes like it takes more time to prepare than it does).

Scallops Wrapped in Spiced Bacon
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 12

  • 12 large sea scallops (about 1 lb)
  • 6 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ¾ Tablespoon organic ground cayenne
  • ½ Tablespoon organic curry powder
  • 12 bacon slices (about ¾ lb)
  • 24 wooden toothpicks

  1. Preheat broiler. If necessary, remove ligament from scallop. Cut scallops in half.
  2. Brown bacon in a heavy skillet over medium heat (until edges brown, but it is still flexible). Place bacon on paper towels; pat and leave to cool.
  3. Stir together brown sugar, cayenne and curry in a medium bowl.
  4. Cut bacon in half (so two equal, shorter lengths). Coat evenly on both sides with sugar mixture, pressing to help it adhere. Place a scallop half on each slice of coated bacon; wrap scallop with bacon strip and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Lightly oil the top of a broiler pan, and place wrapped scallops on pan. Broil about 5 inches from heat until bacon is browned, and scallops are opaque (about 5-6 minutes); turn and broil another 5-6 minutes. Remove and serve.

Seafood and Sausage Gumbo

Friday, September 5th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Seafood-sausage-gumboThis recipe is from The Soup Bible, by Debra Mayhew, which is one of the best soup cookbooks I’ve found. There are three recipes in this cookbook which are outstanding. The other two are Thai Chicken and Noodle Soup and Chicken Soup with Vermicelli.

My nephew Craig and I used to make this gumbo – there is a lot of chopping and stirring, so its definitely a two cook recipe. It takes a while for the roux, so open a good bottle of wine before you start. It makes a lot — 10-12 servings. Since it tastes even better the next day, I aways make the full recipe. Leftovers freeze well.


Steelhead Trout with Lemony Greek Seasoning

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by Jean Gleason

I know fish is good for you, but to be honest, it has never been my favorite form of protein. Given this, I was extremely excited to discover steelhead trout. Its light mild flavor is the perfect canvas for our new Greek Seasoning blend.

A big thanks to Britt, one of our customers, who suggested the ingredients for the blend. After a few rounds to balance the flavors, we introduced our Greek Seasoning blend at our farmers’ markets this summer. It was a great sucess, and we are now excited to make it available on line. Aside from fish, it’s great with chicken, potatoes, squash and other veggies.

Here’s the recipe for the steelhead trout.

(I visited my mom at the lake last week. We served the trout with acorn squash and a light sprinkling of Ginger Spice blend. I must say, it was a perfect meal … the food was almost as good as the company :) ).

Steelhead Trout with Lemony Greek Seasoning
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  1. Grill the filets over medium heat until done.
  2. Remove from grill and top with a small pat of butter.
  3. Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning blend.
  4. Relax and enjoy with a dry chilled white wine.
  5. (I visited my mom at the lake last week. We served the trout with acorn squash and a light sprinkling of Ginger Spice blend. I must say, it was a perfect meal … the food was almost as good as the company :) ).


The Most Absolutely Delicious Steelhead Trout Recipe

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

“If you ever see that red steelhead trout at the market, buy it, ” said my friend Holly. “It’s fabulous.” One weekend it appeared at the market. On Monday we compared notes. I broiled it with lemon, soy sauce, rice vinegar and fresh grated ginger. She poached it in Memmi sauce, a Japanese noodle soup base. Both versions reportedly delicious. Next time the steelhead made an appearance, I combined the two recipes. The maple syrup glaze at the end – her idea, and a stroke of inspiration that elevates this creation to the Steelhead Hall of Fame.


Tips for using Flavored Sea Salts

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Jean Gleason

At the farmers’ markets last summer, we tested over 14 different flavored sea salts. We had sample tastings of everything from Habanero Sea Salt (a Texan favorite) to Ginger Beet Sea Salt (amazing color, but lacking in flavor at the time… this one is back in our test kitchen and we hope to re-introduce it next year). Based upon customer feedback, we narrowed our product offering to the following:

Black Truffle Sea Salt

Smoked Applewood Sea Salt

Lime Sea Salt

Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt

Garlic Sea Salt

Sel Gris (French grey sea salt)

Throughout the summer, loyal customers returned time and again to share how they had used the flavored sea salts. Below are a few of their tips. If you have any other recipe favorite, please let me know. We’d love to add them to our list.

Black Truffle Sea Salt was the hit of the Vail Farmers’ Market. We wish we had a video of the reactions… definitely YouTube material. Maybe next year we’ll become technically savvy enough to to take one. Sprinkle this Italian taste of heaven on:

- popcorn
- french fries (a la Lark Burger)
- hamburgers or steak
- pasta (especially good with Parmesan cheese)
- potatoes, eggs, mushrooms
- veggies (especially snow peas)
- soups, salads and stews…

We really haven’t found anything that doesn’t improve with just a little truffle salt. Be warned, a little goes a long way. The truffle is powerful, and too much is not a good thing. Get creative and enjoy.

Smoked Applewood Sea Salt has become the appetizer accompaniment in our house. Sprinkle a little on:

- blue cheese on a cracker, and serve with red wine (my favorite)
- a kobe beef hamburger
- steak
- eggs (almost as good as bacon)
- chicken, fish, lentils, pork, roast beef, potatoes, beans, tomatoes…
- rim your bloody mary glass!

Lime Sea Salt was very popular with the margarita crowd. Also good with fish, chicken, guacamole, and on fresh fruit.

Sel Gris is a favorite among our restaurant customers. Our chefs use it to finish dishes in their restaurants such as fish, scallops, chicken. This salt is high in minerals and moisture has a very clean taste. This is the salt of salts!

Garlic Sea Salt This is the best you will ever taste. Freshly ground for bold flavor, this is an excellent complement to Italian food – pizza especially. Also broccoli, popcorn, chicken, steak, potatoes, tomatoes, soups, stews, and of course bread!

Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt has fresh ground rosemary, lavender and French grey sea salt. It makes an excellent rub for chicken, pork, and steak. This was very popular with our vegetarian customers… think green beans, snow peas, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes…

These are just a few of our customers tips. There are no rules, get creative and sprinkle away!

Trout en Papillote

Friday, July 24th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

I am not very good at cooking fish. I either over-cook it until it is dry and flakey, or I under- cook it so it’s raw and mushy. I now have a new secret technique, thanks to grill masters Pascal and Reese from the 8100 Mountainside Grill. The “Papillote” keeps the fish moist and flavorful. Not only is it easy, it creates a beautiful presentation.

Trout en Papillote
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-4

  • 1 trout fillet
  • 1 zucchinni
  • 1 tomatoe
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 baby artichokes
  • white wine
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Slice tomato, zucchini and lemon. Place on hot oiled grill and turn once grill marked.
  2. On a piece of aluminum foil, layer vegetables in shingles.
  3. Place trout over vegetables.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, white wine, and salt and pepper.
  5. Place blanched baby artichokes over the top.
  6. Fold pouch closed, turning edges over three times to creat a tight seal.
  7. Cook over medium heat until pouch poofs up and holds firm (about 10 minutes).
  8. Slice open and serve in foil.