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Perfect Picnic Fare: Paprika-Rubbed Pork and Egg Salad Nicoise

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Egg Salad Nicoise

Egg Salad Nicoise.

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Paprika-and-Thyme Rubbed Pork Tenderloins, Served with Pickled Red Onions and Blue Cheese.

Looking to spice up your next picnic? The latest issue of MIX Magazine, for which I did my Newport restaurant reviews, offers some fresh suggestions. And the food tastes just as good when prepared and even consumed inside.

The Nicoise Egg Salad showcased a tantalizing array of flavors. I cut the eggs back to six, since I’m not a big egg salad fan, and added more tuna and chopped garden-fresh cucumbers instead to soak up the garlicky mayonnaise. A dollop of the fresh pesto I had made added some zest. Delicious with fresh sliced tomatoes. It was certainly worth splurging  on Oregon albacore tuna for this dish.

Though we tend toward vegetarianism at home, we seem to be eating more and more meat these days. Perhaps it’s because Oregon has so many local, sustainable sources that we can feel good about (farms close enough that we can visit, which most seem to encourage). On 10 percent off member day at the food co-op, I sprung for a Lonely Lane pork tenderloin with this MIX recipe in mind. I need to get more into spice rubs. Applying the aromatic blend really gives you a chance to viscerally connect with the meat before slamming it in the oven or slapping it on the grill. Smoked paprika can be an elusive ingredient to find, but standard paprika is no substitute. And the earthy seasoning contrasted nicely with the tart onions and sweet blue cheese.

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Pickled onions from my garden.

Pickled onions from my garden.

Making up the pickled red onions was extra fun since the bulbs came from my garden. Note to self: plant more onions next year. I’ve had real success with onions, garlic, leeks, lettuce and herbs — items so indispensible in the kitchen but often overlooked. When you’ve got them in the garden, they’re always on hand. Just two little cucumber plants have been incredibly prolific as well. I’m grateful and still in awe that I didn’t kill off everything.

Onion right before pulling.

Onion right before pulling.

Onions and other friends waiting to be picked upon our return.

Onions and other friends waiting to be picked upon our return.

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Written by baltimoregon

August 17, 2009 at 12:39 am

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  1. Hi laura. I missed your posts during the lapse. Good to see you’re back with a vengeance 🙂

    yoni

    August 17, 2009 at 7:10 am

  2. Yeah sorry about the hiatus! I’m here for good now:) Congrats on the engagement by the way. What does bnesha mean? How’s the new job going?

    baltimoregon

    August 17, 2009 at 10:02 am

    • Thanks! ‘bnesha’ should have been ‘bensha’, which is just short for ‘ben shalom’. New job starts Sep 1..

      yoni

      August 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  3. Oh duh! Of course. Hope you are enjoying your summer off. We would love to have you and Shannon come visit and stay in our guest room sometime:)

    baltimoregon

    August 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm


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