How to be a hero: wild Coho salmon a’la orange. by Pat Farr

I served this dish with grilled and sliced rib-eye steak, steamed new potatoes and asparagus.

Wild Coho salmon a'la orange was pleasing and popular

Wild Coho salmon a’la orange was pleasing and popular

Here’s the recipe:

  • Wild coho salmon filet, skin on
  • Slices of clementine oranges
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh squeezed clementine juice and zest
  • Olive oil

Sear the salmon, skin down, in hot olive oil.  As it is searing sprinkle with salt and pepper and top it with slices of clementine.  Add the clementine juice and zest plus a little water to bring the liquid level up to about half-way on the filet.  Cover and steam for about four to five minutes (don’t overcook of course).

Remove the lid and reduce the liquid.  Lift the salmon off the skin and serve, using the liquid as a base on the plate.

Serve with steamed new potatoes and asparagus.

You will be a hero.

 

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Maintaining jail beds and critical youth services. by Pat Farr

 

The revolving door at the back of the jail has been closed.  Lane County Commissioners are asking to keep it that way.

Signing the board order: In the Matter of renewing the public safety 5-year option levy

Signing the board order: In the Matter of renewing the public safety 5-year option levy

IN THE MATTER OF REFERRING A RENEWAL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY FIVE YEAR LOCAL OPTION LEVY TO THE VOTERS OF LANE COUNTY TO MAINTAIN JAIL BEDS AND CRITICAL YOUTH SERVICES

You can see the signed board order 17-01-31-01 authorizing placing the measure on May 17, 1017 ballot here:  Sheriff’s levy

Here is the authorized BALLOT LANGUAGE you will see on your May 17th ballot:

Question – Shall County maintain levy funded jail beds and critical youth treatment services levying $0.55 per $1,000 assessed valuation, commencing 2018?

This measure renews current local option taxes.

Summary: Passage of this measure will allow Lane County to: Maintain a minimum of 255 local jail beds for the five year period.

Increased jail capacity has substantially improved the Sheriff’s ability to hold those accused or convicted of violent crimes until their cases are resolved. Continue to provide additional counseling, secure treatment and detention services for Lane County youth offenders. This ensures that more community youth offenders receive the treatment that they need.

The funds generated from this tax must be placed into a restricted special revenue fund specifically earmarked for the jail and youth services.

An external auditor will annually present, in a public forum, an independent audit report to the Sheriff and the Lane County Board of County Commissioners to ensure accountability.

After five years, this tax rate automatically sunsets, unless reapproved by Lane County voters.

This measure generates revenue for five years beginning in 2018, and for the median home in Lane County, valued at $175,679 in 2016, the annual tax payment will be approximately $96.62. The estimated tax cost for this measure is an estimate only based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of estimate and may reflect the impact of early payment discounts, compression and the collection rate. 2018-$17,796,345; 2019-$18,152,272; 2020-$18,515,317; 2021- $18,885,623; 2022-$19,263,336.

 

How to be a hero: Thanksgiving dinner on a gloomy January Wednesday. by Pat Farr

 

Every now and then I am going to add something that has little or nothing to do with policy, strategy or news.  Here’s a sample:

On a gloomy January Wednesday Debi and I enjoyed a candle-lit Thanksgiving dinner

On a gloomy January Wednesday, Debi and I enjoyed a candle-lit Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving in January

 

Who has time or energy to prepare a stellar, award-winning, tremendously popular and heroic meal on a weekday after a busy day on the job?  Well, here’s how to prepare this meal in 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb.     Sliced carved turkey breast, purchased from a superb Deli
  • 1          Large sweet potato
  • 2lb.     Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1lb.     Broccoli crowns
  • 1/2 cup each    Chopped carrots, celery, onion
  • 3/4 cup     Dried bread strips
  • Chicken stock
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried parsley, minced garlic, sage
  • Milk or half and half
  • Cranberry ginger beer (or your choice of stemware-worthy beverage)

 

The first secret:  Put the sweet potato into a 350-degree oven, chop and rinse the potatoes and start them boiling in salt water.  All other steps are completed as the two cook.  After 30 minutes microwave the sweet potato until it is soft, maybe 4 minutes, the skin will be crisp and easy to peel off.

Make the stuffing: Sautee the carrots, celery and onion in butter and garlic, while still slightly crisp add the parsley, sage, chicken stock and dried bread, mix together, place in an oven proof serving dish and place alongside the sweet potato in the oven.

Steam the broccoli:  place the broccoli in an inch of salted water, cover and boil rapidly for four minutes.  Turn off heat.  At some point, rinse the broccoli, while in the saucepan, in cold water to stop cooking.

Make the gravy:  make a rue of butter and flour, add the chicken stock, pepper and stir to thicken.

Make the sweet potatoes:  peel and quarter lengthwise, place in an oven-proof serving dish and top with butter and brown sugar.  Place in the oven beside the dressing.

Make the potatoes:  drain the water (you can use some of this to adjust thickness of the gravy), add butter and milk and mash by hand.  Cover and keep warm.

Arrange the delicatessen-fabulous turkey breast in a serving dish.

Set the table.

Place all ingredients not already in serving dishes into them, place on table and pour your drinks.

Sit in the dimly-lit dining room with candles burning…when the door opens:  you are a hero!

 

 

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