Recipes inspired by Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Oregon is a coastal U.S. state in the Pacific Northwest known for its diverse landscape of forests, mountains, farms and beaches. The capitol is Salem and the state is known for many of its historical landmarks such as Pittock Mansion, Silver Falls State Park, Haystack Rock, Mount Hood and Multnomah Falls. This is truly one of the earthier states with such wide ranges of sea life and vegetation. This week’s recipes are all from the state that formed on Feb. 14, 1859.

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Poppy Seed Noodles

1 package of spaghetti noodles (8 Ounces)

3 Tablespoons of butter, melted

1 – 3 Tablespoons of poppy seeds

1/2 Cup of almonds, crushed or sliced

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Salt to taste

Rye bread croutons

Cook the noodles by following the package directions. Drain the noodles very well and toss together with the other ingredients.


Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

1 Cup of Rolled Oats

2 Cups of Boiling water

1/3 Cup of shortening

3 teaspoons of salt

1 Cup of molasses

2 packages of yeast

2 eggs

6 1/2 Cups of flour, sifted

1/2 Cup of almonds, crushed (Optional)

Using a large mixing bowl combine together the oats, almonds, water, salt, molasses and the shortening. Let the mixture cool for 20 – 30 minutes. Mix the eggs and yeast into the mixture, then add the flour. Mix until the dough springs back when punched. Turn out onto a floured board and knead the dough. Place the dough in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover the bowl and let it rise for 1 hour. Once it has risen, begin shaping the dough into Dinner Rolls and place onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Gently slit an X into the tops of the rolls. Cover and let them rise again for another 30 – 45 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven, until the tops begin to brown. Once browned turn the heat down to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until done.


Cranberry Cake

2 cans of whole cranberry sauce

1 Cup of nuts, chopped

1 Cup of mayo

The zest of one orange

1/3 Cup of orange juice

3 Cups of flour, sifted

1 1/2 Cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch tube pan with cooking spray. Combine the dry ingredients together and set to the side. In a mixer cream the remaining ingredients together, one at a time. Incorporate the dry ingredients 1 Tablespoon at a time, until they are combined. Do not over mix the batter. Pour into the greased tube pan and bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cake and frost.

Cranberry Glacé for Cake

2 Tablespoons of butter

2 Cups of confectioners sugar, sifted

1/8 Cup of cranberry juice

Combine the ingredients together using the high speed of an electric mixer. The mixture is ready when it is smooth and creamy.

Broiled Bananas

8 Bananas

3 Lemons juiced

Cornflakes, crushed

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Preheat the oven with the broiler setting. In a bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix it until the sugar and salt has fully dissolved. Dip the Bananas in the mixture and roll in the cornflake crumbles. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes. Flip after 5 minutes and brown each side.


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