Savory Summer

Photography by Jason Kaplan

Nothing says summer quite like the feeling of dining al fresco; with the sun on your shoulders and good friends around, Oregon’s food bounty truly sings. Chef Gregory Gourdet of Portland’s famous rooftop mecca, Departure in the Nine’s Hotel, created a few Asian-inspired recipes for Oregon Home, perfect for capturing the truly savory flavors of summer.

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Grilled Broccoli, Orange, Peanuts, Hot Mustard Dressing


  • 1 tbs mustard powder
  • 2 tbs water
  • 3 oz dijon mustard
  • 3 oz honey
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 6 oz rice wine vinegar
  • 5 oz extra virgin olive oil


  • 2 cups broccoli mostly tops, stems peeled
  • 3 whole oranges peeled and segmented
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 oz toasted peanuts, crushed
  • cilantro leaves, to garnish
  • vegetable oil, for grilling
  • kosher salt, for seasoning
  • flake sea salt, for finishing

In a bowl, whisk together mustard powder and water to form a paste. Whisk in dijon mustard, honey and salt then rice wine vinegar. Slowly whisk in extra virgin olive oil to emulsify dressing. Reserve. Toss broccoli with vegetable oil to just lightly coat and kosher salt to season. Grill on high heat until it becomes bright green, charred around the edges and just tender but still crisp. Let cool briefly and cut into bite size pieces. In a large bowl, combine broccoli with orange segments, red onion, cilantro leaves and flake sea salt. Sauce with dressing to just lightly coat salad. Place in a serving platter and garnish with toasted peanuts. Enjoy!


  • Maryhill 2016 Viognier
  • Brooks Wine 2015 Willamette Valley Riesling

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Watermelon Salad, Thai Basil, Fish Sauce, Chilies


  • 1 small red chili, sliced thin, or more for spicy
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 4 oz fish sauce
  • 4 oz maple syrup
  • 6 oz lime juice


  • 1 whole watermelon sticks, cut 1/2”x3” long
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 10 leaves Thai basil
  • 20 leaves mint
  • 20 leaves cilantro
  • flake sea salt, to season
  • extra virgin olive oil, to garnish

Combine sliced chili, minced garlic, fish sauce, maple syrup and lime juice in a bowl. Whisk well and reserve. In a larger bowl combine watermelon sticks with red onion, and season with flake sea salt. Drizzle salad well with enough dressing to just coat watermelon. Add herbs and toss gently to mix all ingredients. Plate stacking sticks and building herbs around. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. This dish is best served using cold watermelon. Extra dressing holds for 4 days. Enjoy!


  • Rain Dance Vineyards Nicholas Vineyard Estate Riesling
  • Adelsheim 2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

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Grilled Lemongrass and Black Pepper Chicken


  • 4 stalks lemongrass, tough outer layer peeled, stalk pounded and sliced thin
  • 15 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 6 tbs palm or brown sugar
  • 1 tbs black peppercorn, toasted
  • 1 bunch cilantro stems, chopped
  • 1 tbs coriander seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 small red fresno chili, sliced thin
  • 1 small shallot, sliced thin
  • 2 whole limes, for juice
  • extra virgin olive oil, for dressing
  • flake sea salt, for seasoning


  • 1 whole chicken, boneless, skin on, cut into quarters
  • vegetable oil for grilling
  • salt for seasoning

In a blender, crush peppercorn and coriander into a powder, add lemongrass, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, cilantro stems and salt. Puree all until as smooth as possible. Rub chicken well with marinade and let marinade overnight. To grill, drizzle chicken pieces with vegetable oil and grill until cooked and skin is well charred. For the salad, combine cilantro, red chili, shallots, and dress with juice of limes, sea salt and olive oil. Let chicken rest from grilling, cut into bite size pieces, place in a platter and serve with salad. Enjoy!


Dobbes Family Estate Grenache Blanc

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Tips for Hosting the Perfect Backyard BBQ

Plan ahead
Make a list of tasks and determine what you can do ahead of time.

Let guests do the work
Set up two tables: one for dining and one for food and drinks. Guests serve themselves. Provide pre-rolled silverware in a basket and place condiments on the dining table.

Make easy look elegant
For a casual party, gather greenery and flowers from your back yard, use mason jars and serve water with fresh fruit for garnish.

Stock your home bar
To make things easier, don’t offer drinks that require mixers. Serve beer and wine casual-style in colorful tubs full of ice.

Send them off with a parting gift
As the night goes on, some guests will linger past bedtime. Offer to send them home with a few leftovers packaged. Works every time.