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I have recently joined an social group which designates a region or a country as a theme for either going out to eat or for a pot luck at their meetings.
The first meeting is a potluck and the theme is "North West ."
When I think of this area what comes to mind is Salmon, but then I thought of all the friendly brains I could pick, right here on this board.
So please, would you please help me out here and share some ideas as to what I could bring.
I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks in advance

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  1. The Northwest is a great place for all types of seafood. Crab is a local favorite. There's a recipe for Thai Crab Salad in Endive that I'm pretty sure you can find on Epicurious. It's a lovely starter....appetizer or you could do a salad version.
    Also all sorts of smoked samon appetizers.
    When I lived in Seattle, I also did a lot of mussels.

    1. how about a hot blackberry cobbler.

      1. Baked Alaska.

        There's a phenomenal and simple recipe for Baked Dijon Salmon on allrecipes.com

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        1. re: Emme

          actually, the famous delmonico's in nyc was the 1st restaurant to serve baked alaska, although versions arose prior.

          salmon, mussels, dungeness crab; apples, pears, berries, hazlenuts; morels are very big out there too. wines from oregon and washington state.

        2. All sorts of seafood not just salmon. I've had some of the best oysters I've ever eaten while in seattle. Also the wild mushrooms are incredible in variety and flavor.

          1. Applets and Cotletts come from there.

            1. When I think of the Northwest, seafood definitely comes to mind, but also wild mushroom. So maybe a wild mushroom risotto or lasagna?

              1. The pacific northwest is a good place to examine regional native american cuisine, such as some wild rice dishes.
                There is also a good tradition of scandinavian immigration to the area, so you could try to incorporate the native and/or immigrant culinary heritage!
                For Native American, I might try a rice dish...and for scandianvian...a poached salmon with dill would be decent.

                1. Anything with coffee ... if it were me, I'd probably bake something coffee-flavored. Or biscotti & coffee ...

                  1. Thanks to all of you, I knew this would be the place to get great input.Now all I have to do is to make choices...
                    I appreciate all your ideas very much. You can pick my brain on some German foods if you want.

                    1. have you thought of the Blackfoot tibe of jellied snake dish. that would be good.

                      1. A classic is Crab Louis. Put finely chopped celery on the bottom of the plate or serving dish, shredded lettuce atop that, and then crab (out of the shell, of course). I make my own Louis dressing with mayonnaise, ketchup, parsley, lemon juice and sweet pickle relish). Put quartered, hard-boiled eggs around the outside, and tomatoes (if you can find edible tomatoes). Serve with an Oregon or Washington chardonnay, and a sourdough or Italian roll.

                        1. Oregon cherries are spectacular. I make Alton Brown's cocoa brownies and make a topping from Oregon cherries (there are remarkably good canned products out there). They go over well.

                          A cured salmon, especially sockeye if you can get it, would be a lovely and elegant dish. Tom Collichio (from well before Top Chef) has a great recipe/technique in his "Think like a Chef."