BaltimOregon to Maine

Locavore Cooking with Southern Efficiency and Northern Charm

Valentine’s Day on the Farm

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Mocha Brownie Torte with Raspberry Coulee

Mocha Brownie Torte with Raspberry Coulee

We really need to start cooking in for Valentine’s Day. We know restaurants exploit the Hallmark holiday, usually charging a premium that makes the meal cost more than it’s worth. But we couldn’t resist a chance to return to our favorite local farm, which had a dinner tonight though it is closed for the off-season through March.

Gathering Together has an informal ambiance: mismatched plates, they don’t replace silverware between courses, etc., but the food couldn’t be better and features the freshest local meats and produce. Meat tonight included a “Crispy Sweets with Honey Mustard Dip” appetizer. No, those sweets weren’t a succulent vegetable, but tempera-fried veal brains (the thalamus). The grey matter was moist and tasty, similar to sweetbreads (pancreas). Most memorable was the beet “ravioli” salad with chevre, orange, mizuna and pistachios. Instead of pasta, thin slices of beet sandwiching a lump of the goat cheese formed the ravioli. A playful trompe d’oeil, hmm?

It also revived the spirits to dress up in an actual dress and heeled boots. I put on some real make-up for the first time in months! Fashion is about the last thing one worries about in Oregon. Though I might have a wardrobe crisis when I return to New York next month.

Beet Ravioli

Beet Ravioli

Crispy Sweets

Crispy Sweets

Written by baltimoregon

February 15, 2009 at 1:19 am

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  1. Wow, you’ve been doing some good eating lately. I think the upside of all the Hallmark holidays is that they do serve the purpose of making us a little more mindful about remembering to appreciate everyone we love but maybe start to take for granted sometimes…


    February 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

  2. Hi Laura. We actually did cook in for Valentine’s Day. And guess what the theme was….. recipes from BaltimOregon! I’m sure you can figure out which ones 🙂
    Btw, they were delicious!


    February 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm

  3. Yoni

    February 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

  4. we are so flattered! Let me guess: the chickpea potato leek soup, the lamb meatballs and the apple comte salad? (This is Laura of course) Tell Shannon I am so sorry I didn’t recognize her comment! HEhe out of context. Hope to see you guys when I’m in Bmore MArch 12-13.


    February 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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