Northwest Home Cooking Recipes
Northwest cuisine is an North American cuisine of the states
of Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and the provinces of British
Columbia and the southern Yukon. The cuisine reflects the ethnic
makeup of the region, with noticeable influence from Asian and
Native American traditions.
Seattle's Pike Place Market is
considered the "hub" of this culinary style, although
Portland and Vancouver are also influential cities. Common
ingredients in the cuisine include salmon, shellfish, and other
fresh seafood, game meats such as moose, elk, or caribou,
mushrooms, berries, small fruits, potatoes, and wild plants such
as fiddleheads or even young pushki. Smoking fish or grilling
seafood on cedar planks are techniques often used in this cuisine.
There is generally an emphasis on fresh ingredients, simply
prepared, but unlike other cuisine styles, there are various
recipes for each dish, with none of them considered more or less
correct than the others. This has led some food writers to
question whether it truly is a "cuisine" in the
traditional sense of the word.