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How to turn your house into the finest steakhouse (Staff) - With winter approaching, appetites will soon be craving those big, hearty flavors that warm the soul. Imagine a fireside table topped with a succulent steak and a robust red wine. Think you need to make a reservation at the swankiest steakhouse in town? Think again. With a little effort, it’s easy to recreate a savory steakhouse experience at home. A number of cattle ranchers are selling premium cuts of meat directly to consumers. Of course, sourcing the meat is only half the battle; the other half is selecting a wine that can hold its own up against a rich, flavorful meal. For the perfect pairing, look to the American West. “The success of a steak dinner starts with the cut and quality of the beef, but ultimately rests with the preparation,” says Kristin Thornton of The Double R Ranch Co. “We take great pains to hand select and age our cuts of beef, so we also provide our customers with detailed cooking instructions to ensure a great dining experience.” While there are many ways to prepare a steak, Thornton suggests using The Double R Ranch’s “steakhouse style” for a mouthwatering result. An ideal method for thicker cuts, the steakhouse style involves a quick sear in a cast iron skillet to trap the juices, followed by an oven finish to achieve the desired doneness. Not only does this method give home cooks the perfect steak, but it provides some additional time and space to finish up any side dishes. The steakhouse method also provides ample time to open a bottle of red wine and let it breathe, and Thornton thinks you can’t go wrong with a big red from California. “Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural complement to a decadent ribeye or tenderloin,” says Michael Martini, Master

winemaker at the longstanding Louis M. Martini(R) Winery in California’s Napa Valley. “Its full body stands up to the richness of the cut, and the simplicity of a quality steak provides a remarkable canvas for illustrating the wine’s complexities.” California Cabernet Sauvignon is relatively easy to find in stores, and many wineries also ship direct to consumers. “The steakhouse experience doesn’t need to have a luxury price tag,” notes Martini, “and just the right Cabernet Sauvignon can cost less than $20 per bottle.” The Louis M. Martini 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon retails for around $18 and blends fruit from several prestigious vineyards. The result is a wellbalanced, multilayered wine with aromas and tastes of red cherry, black cherry, blackberry and fresh sage. An underlying Dry Creek dustiness and subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, which make for a decidedly complex and food-friendly wine. It can also be used as a terrific sauce for your steak. Here’s how: Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce 1 cup Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Directions: In a medium sized bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, wine, salt and pepper and pour into a saucepot. On the stovetop, bring the mixture to a boil until it thickens. Serve on the side as a dipping sauce. With the main attractions selected, it’s time to prepare some simple sides like baked potatoes and steamed veggies to accompany the meal. Then, break out the fine linens and china, light the fire or a few candles, and your steakhouse transformation is complete.


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Riley’s Bar & Grill is under new ownership and with that comes a new menu. Head chef Ryan Skillingstad’s inspiration behind the new menu is to “Take classic grill items and add a twist”, he said. A couple of menu items you won’t see in many other pubs are the dry aged pork chop. This slab of pork is dry aged 60 days

and served with a baker and fresh seasonal veggies. If you enjoy fresh fish, try the grilled NW steelhead. On Friday nights you can chow down on Prime Rib for $9.95. New owner Wally Relf is serving up a comedy night on November 17th. There is no cover charge. Riley’s Bar & Grill has a newly renovated dining area. They serve children and families until 10pm. See you at Riley’s.

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Golfing is great exercise! Most people don’t think about it that way, but you definitely hike quite a few miles during a standard eighteen-hole game. I had never thought much about the exercise of actually swinging the club until my recent visit to Golf 365, testing out the newfangled electronic analysis equipment at the year-round indoor golf practice facility on West Hills road in Corvallis. It was during a recent cold spell, so I thought I would keep my jacket on while I hit a few dozen balls at the driving range to warm up while waiting for the session to start. I hadn’t hit more than about ten shots before I was slipping out of the jacket because I was feeling too hot. All that upper body motion in rapid succession was definitely doing something to increase my metabolism. I had read about the new, electronic swing and launch analysis equipment on a previous visit. Being a somewhat techcurious, if not tech-savvy individual by nature, and a golfer, I had to see what this was about. My session was with Jacquie Wirth, the resident PGA Golf Professional and instructor at Golf 365. Jacquie started out by showing me how the camera is set up to record your swing, and the tools on the video playback screen that help her figure out what you might be doing right, or wrong in your swing that effects the flight of the golf ball. She showed me some recordings of other players she had recently used the equipment on and explained what I was seeing and what it meant. I had never seen or heard anything like it before in all the years of coaching I had received from my golf fanatic father and his buddies. Her explanation of what I was seeing and how it could be used to improve my golf swing was fascinating and eye-opening. I wasn’t sure the process could help me play better, but was ready to give it a try. I stepped in front of the camera and reached for my driver to see how things looked. Jacquie told me that even though, for the purpose of this article, she was going to give me about five sessions rolled into one quick one, I was still no where near ready to be hitting a driver. She had me use a five iron. It was about that time that I realized the serious medicine here had more to do with Jacquie’s expertise, study, and many years of golf coaching than it did with the electronic gadgetry she had found to make things easier to understand and implement her advice by helping people be able to see, analyze, and correct what they were doing. The electronic part of the system is about lines that she uses the cursor to draw on the screen illustrating the position of the club from the time you are ready to start your swing, throughout the swing and up to the moment of contact with the ball. Jacquie is really good at explaining how the position of the line drawn along the shaft of the club during all of those phases of the swing effect both the power and trajectory of the ball. She has that

natural ability of all great teachers to gently coax you into trying the things she has determined you need to adjust while making the whole process fun. If you are having trouble making the changes, she works with you until you get it. When you do get it, she makes sure you can actually feel and hear the difference in the way the ball takes flight. Using the playback mode on the video helps you see clearly what is not quite right and Jacquie helps you get things adjusted until you can see the correction on the play-back. I was no longer skeptical. The system works. It is many times easier to make those kinds of adjustment with the play-back process. It helps you get your mind so focused on what you need to do that it becomes easier to accomplish. It also helps you see when you are not actually doing it, even when you thought you were trying to. That brings trial and error into your process of attempting to follow the instructions. Without the visual, you would have no real way of knowing exactly where you were going wrong, and doing it again until you can see that you are doing it right. Jacquie’s instruction didn’t stop with the video analysis. It immediately flowed into coaching on weight distribution and transfer from one leg to the other during the swing and the importance of the proper follow through. She knows how to help people play better. After each point she works on with you, you know you just became a better golfer. She taught me one more very important thing that I never would have thought of on my own. Playing golf is not practicing. After this experience, I understand why she says that hitting balls off the driving range is real practice. Only in that way can you get enough rapid repetition to improve what you are doing until you get into the new and correct groove you are trying to find. At Golf 365, you can do that all year long, rain or shine.

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