We cooked this delicious recipe over an open fire alongside the Eel River in Benbow, California
Adapted from a recipe demonstrated by Joshua Schwartz: Executive Chef at Del Dotto Vineyards
Josh Schwartz has an eye for all tasty things in the wild. When invited to spend a day fishing and cooking with our American Rivers Tour crew, he was quick to suggest we start by foraging for watercress and other wild greens that sprout around the cool, clear creeks which run into Humboldt County’s Eel River. He reminded me that any wild fish we catch should be returned to the resource. Hatchery steelhead are available in Northern California so our recipe will help tell that story.
Recipe from our lakeside lunch at the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho.
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It’s not often that a trout is harvested from any river and transferred directly to the skillet on the American Rivers Tour.
Previously unknown to us, the Idaho Fish & Game Department is focused on reducing non-native rainbow trout in the Snake River. For this special occasion, we harvested a 19 inch non-native rainbow and cooked it along with 2 elk steaks for lunch. This is a simple 2 skillet meal. We prefer to use Lodge Skillets. The vegetables were purchased at a grocery store in Idaho Falls, pre-cut, and poured into the skillet from a bag. The vegetable stir fry with garlic, ginger, onions, jalapeno and soy brought the vegetables and elk steaks together nicely. Adding the rainbow was a unique and unexpected surprise.
Adapted from chef Jacob Dibble’s recipe
Lakeside Lodge, Island Park, Idaho
This dish is made with the trim and or chain from bison tenderloin. The chain is a long thin strand of meat running from the head of the tenderloin down the side. It includes a fair amount of connective tissue that should be cut away. The whole loin includes 4 to 6 prime center cut filets that will weigh 6 to 8 ounces each after butchering. In addition to the prime filet cuts there will be trim to be used for side dishes, pasta, salads etc. This recipe is intended to make use of the additional trim meat and end pieces, including the chain, after butchering.
Herb mayonnaise is a great way to flavor a fish fillet or steak while still keeping in the moisture as it cooks. This is a super easy recipe that can be adapted to whatever fresh herbs you have in your kitchen or garden. Serving grilled fish over a kale salad keeps the healthy component of your diet in check. It’s also an easy riverside preparation: just slice the kale, organize ingredients in advance then add vinaigrette as you start the fire.
Recipe by chef Justin Finney of Highway Restaurant & Barin East Hampton
Roasted baby beets, yogurt, honey, orange, pistachio and mint
makes three salads
2 lb. local beets (tops removed)
2 tbl olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1tsp cracked black pepper
To roast the beets mix all the ingredients together and place in a roasting pan. Cover the pan with foil and place in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes. Test the beets with a toothpick to make sure they are done. Let the beets cool for 15 minutes and then remove the skins. Read More »
Gathering in the fields of Quail Hill Farm, Colin Ambrose again invites local farmers, seed experts and chefs to participate in this, the second video in his From Seed to Plate video series. This time, participants share their knowledge about growing and preparing the versatile and romantic root vegetable–the beet.
Petra Page-Maan & Matthew Goldfarb, seed experts at Fruition Seeds, Canandaigua, NY
Scott Chaskey, farmer at Quail Hill Farm, Amagansett
Harry Ludlow, farmer at Fairview Farm, Bridgehampton
Justin Finney, chef at Highway Restaurant & Bar, East Hampton
Sam McCleland, chef at The Bell & Anchor, Sag Harbor
Arie Pavlou, chef at Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant
Megan Huylo, chef at Amber Waves Farm Kitchen, Amagansett
Rick Kallaher, videographer
Colin Ambrose, organizer & chef at Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor
This recipe is a reflection of our 3 sisters garden of beans, squash and corn. Harvested and stored for the fall and winter. Follow the process of how our 3 sisters garden was planted, how it grew and how it was harvested in our Seed to Plate video.
We will prepare a Halibut dish. Each piece of fish should be 4-5 ounces. Read More »
I’ve heard of the Iroquois Indian approach to maximizing garden space by planting corn with pole beans and squash.
Last winter while reading the Dan Barber story which starts with his 3 sisters experience in the book “The Third Plate”, I realized that my raised bed would be an appropriate location to study the 3 sisters myself.
Colin Ambrose hosted his first in a series of root tastings at Estia’s Little Kitchen. Invited to participate were local farmers and chefs. In this video, participants share their knowledge about growing and preparing carrots.
Recipe by chef Joseph Realmuto, Jeff Negron and Bryan Futerman
2 lbs. heirloom carrots, trimmed and washed thoroughly, cut into large chunks on the bias
1 28-oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes, drained of their juice and rough chopped
2 to 3 Tbsp. Harissa, depending on your heat preferences (It’s hot stuff. You can always add more to your taste.)
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to tasteRead More »
1 3lb rabbit braised with leeks, carrots, and 3 jalapeño chilis in 1 quart chicken stock, 2 cups white wine, salt & pepper. Braise at 350 for 2 hours. Braise a day in advance and store overnight in the braising stock. The following day, drain the stock in a strainer and reduce over medium flame. Clean the meat completely off the rabbit and mince the meat to a rough chop.
4 leeks, cleaned and chopped fine 1 celery root, chopped fine 2 cups kale, chopped fineRead More »
I grew up with Charlie Trotter, we both graduated from New Trier High School. Later we met again when I had the opportunity to cook with him at the James Beard House in New York. That was 1997 and from that day forward, we stayed connected. When Charlie passed away this November, it was devastating to the industry, not to mention his family and friends… and to me. Charlie was a leader. I was happy – and proud – to follow. Read More »