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The Shift

When it comes to autumn in Jackson Hole, the first thing you notice is the warmth. While there’s always a chance there could be a wave of Indian Summer heat that tricks you into thinking shorts are still appropriate attire in October, this particular warmth has nothing to do with temperature.

The ground has already begun to freeze. Morning frost coats everything with a crystalized sugar blanket and the only rush hour traffic is above you, the honking emerging from a V of Canada Geese seeking their next roost. And, over there, the sun is just barely peaking over the eastern butte like a yawning daughter under her comforter. Read more

Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Day

Habitat For Humanity is a fantastic organization and one that The Clear Creek Group is proud to support. On Thursday, September 25th, a large gathering of TCCG employees joined the team of established volunteers and professionals on Wheatleigh Drive in East Jackson where four beautiful single-family units are being constructed. With perfect weather and plenty of tasks laid out for us, no time was wasted in putting us to work. Over the course of the day, we installed and flashed windows, firred out openings, trimmed and hung blue boards, and had a great time learning the craft and sharing the company of our coworkers and neighbors.

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JACKSON HOLE SHOWCASE OF HOMES — 2014

Showcase of Homes, hosted by Homestead Magazine

  • Friday, September 12th & Saturday, September 13th
  • 11:00AM – 4:00PM

The Clear Creek Group is delighted to sponsor this year’s Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes. Join us for a self-guided tour of four distinctive homes around the Valley. Find design inspiration and connect with the professionals that help create and maintain these exclusive properties.

A limited number of tickets are available online or at the WRJ Design Showroom located in downtown Jackson at 30 South King Street. Ticket cost is $75; proceeds will be donated to local charities.

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BLT Soup with 3 Minute Perfect Poached Egg/Snake River Farms Bacon

Remember those perfect poached eggs used in Chef Jarrett Schwartz’s April 23 blog post?

Well grab some more of those local eggs and try his BLT Soup recipe topped with a perfectly poached egg and Snake River Farms Bacon crumbles, no…. chunks!
Absolutely devine!

Gordon Gregory, (www.GordonGregoryPhoto.com), is not only an excellent photographer but also a wonderful father, husband and home chef! He made the soup last night for his family’s dinner and, before sitting down, he decided to photograph it. Pretty darn good looking picture and, from this morning’s report, pretty tasty, too!!!

Here is the recipe from Chef Jarrett Schwartz (www.chefjarrettschwartz.com).

BLT Soup Topped with 3 Minute Perfect Poached Egg/Snake River Farms Bacon

Soup base:

3 cups of vegetable stock, 1/8 cup olive oil, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 6 smallish tomatoes like roma( the riper the better) , 1 sprig fresh rosemary chopped, 2 sprigs basil fresh…salt and pepper, 1/4 cup red wine, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp apple vinegar

Add oil, all vegetables and herbs,saute at med high for 3 minutes, add wine, reduce by half, add stock simmer for 15 minutes, add vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper to taste…simmer for 2 minutes…then puree in blender

Transfer to soup bowls, add cooked chopped Snake River Farms bacon, a few leaves of arugula and a perfect 3 minute poached egg (follow blog link above) drizzle with a fine olive oil and serve…..now savor!!!

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Tis Egg Season in Jackson, Wyoming

Hello all,

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and HAPPY SPRING!!!

This early in the season it’s sometimes hard to tell in Jackson Hole that it is actually, truly, for-real Spring. But you can’t fool the animals. They know long before we do that the season is making its great, galactic shift. Proof positive: yesterday, I saw a mama grizzly and her cub (from the safety of my car). The day before, a mama andtwo cubs. Then later, one bison, nine moose, one eagle, two herds of elk and a koi swimming in a warm springs (there’s a song in here somewhere…).

Being an unrepentant foodie, signs of spring immediately bring to mind thoughts of eggs. Local hens are a-laying: Hallelujah! Loads of fresh, beautiful, colorful eggs (and if you stay at Windswept Ranch, one of The Clear Creek Group’s fabulous Jackson Hole vacation rentals, you can actually gather your own eggs every morning. No kidding).

[Windswept Ranch images courtesy of Gordon Gregory Photography]

The Windswept Ranch. © Gordon Gregory Photography

The Windswept Ranch. © Gordon Gregory Photography

Windswept-chickens

A Buff Orphington Chicken hangs out at The Windswept Ranch. © Gordon Gregory Photography

 

Now, before you protest that eggs are fattening or cholesterol-raising, read this article – a very interesting breakdown on the egg/health dichotomy: Eggs: Healthy or Not? And this article: Eggs Are Healthy.

Local eggs – from hens raised on a small farm or even in somebody’s backyard – simply taste better. The yolks are dense and rich. Many large “organic” farms keep the henhouse lights off for most of the day (and allow the birds little access to the outdoors in order to be called “free range”). The advantage to the farmer of keeping the birds cooped-up in the dark is that they burn less calories and therefore lay more eggs…but the yolks from these eggs look thin, pale and anemic – and they don’t taste half as good.

For absolute top nutritional value, eat your fresh, local eggs within seven days. Yup! Seven! They stay good for weeks after that, but the seven-day mark is when they’re most beneficial. Eggs can also sit out for a week or more, unrefrigerated – however, once they have been refrigerated, they should stay that way.

Here at The Clear Creek Group, we are a little nutty about eggs (not just me!). In fact, the cookies you find when you first arrive at your Clear Creek Group home are made with Jackson Hole eggs. Check out my post from 2012 for that everyone-come-a-runnin’ recipe!  And, luckily, you can find gorgeous eggs from Jackson’s finest chickens at local markets and farms all over the valley. Jackson Hole has a growing number of artisan farmers, bakers, beekeepers and cheese makers, all of whom take great pride in their fabulous products. One of my favorites is Generation Farms: a small, organic gem of a farmstead specializing in fruit and poultry. They do eggs, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, and even goat cheese. I’m not sure I could adequately explain how intensely delicious their berries are – strawberries, raspberries, honeyberries and huckleberries.  In season, you can find these bright treasures at Jackson Whole Grocer and the Farmers’ Markets (Generation Farms: 307.200.1082).

Another favorite is The Hole Egg, which sits right smack in the middle of the Jackson Hole valley on Spring Gulch Road. Our luxury rental homes at Amangani and Spring Creek Ranch look right down upon it, so I’m always thinking about eggs when I’m at those properties, too ;)

The Hole Egg started, literally, with a few pieces of leftover lumber and a young man from Buffalo, Wyoming, named Anders Rae who decided to build a chicken coop.

[The Hole Egg images courtesy of Catherine Coe Photography]

Anders Rae, owner and operator of The Hole Egg. © Catherine Coe Photography

Anders Rae, owner and operator of The Hole Egg. © Catherine Coe Photography

He is now the purveyor of some of the finest eggs anywhere, and his cartons of multi-colored beauties are often gone minutes after the Farmers’ Markets open, so delicious and sought-after are they.

Anders now has about 100 happy chickens, a good mix of Red Stars, Bantams, Ameraucanas and beautiful Black Tail Buff Marans.   All the eggs are extremely pretty, ranging from a rich chocolate\rust color to pale blue to dark green (which I hear goes good with ham!).

© Catherine Coe Photography

© Catherine Coe Photography

So now is the season of the egg. Symbol of rebirth, renewal, fertility. A representation of the offerings brought to the Holy Temple. And a downright perfect food, wrapped up in a tidy package.

I simply can’t help myself and must end with this:

What do you call a chicken crossing the road? 
Poultry in motion.

Love to everyone,
Betsy

OK, I  really just can’t stop……I have to share this recipe and how to poach the perfect egg…  who thinks this stuff up?

So, don’t forget to buy, like, six dozen eggs on your next visit to the store or Farmers’ Market. You’ll need them because here is the first of some knock-your-socks-off recipes by one of Jackson Hole’s best chefs:

Chef Jarrett Schwartz’s 3-minute Farm Egg with Spring Vegetable Salad,
Walnut Vinaigrette and Sea Salt

(307)220-2632; SchwartzJarrett@gmail.com

[Images courtesy of Jarrett Schwartz]

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Serves 4 People

4 farm fresh eggs
4 heirloom carrots, cut into batons
Handful of fresh green beans, sliced thin
Handful fresh snow peas, sliced thin
1 head cilantro, picked
Few pieces of fresh basil, torn

1. Get a large pot of water boiling, add vegetables (one type at a time) and blanch for 3 minutes each. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
2. Put all veggies in a bowl and toss with dressing.
3. Arrange on plate and top with sea salt.
4. The egg is foolproof: put a square of plastic wrap inside a large spoon or small bowl, rub olive oil on the plastic wrap, and crack the egg into the plastic-covered spoon or bowl.

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5. Tie the plastic around the egg in a little package and drop in boiling water for exactly 3 minutes. Cut the egg open with a sharp knife and pour out on top of salad.

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Walnut Vinaigrette
1/4 cup walnut oil, 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, 1 tsp mustard, 1/2 tsp sugar, salt pepper to taste…mix well…

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TCCGJH Sporting Cabin 91 North Elevation

Nestled deep in the Snake River Canyon and along the river’s edge, Cabin 91-Snake River Sporting Club.

Dearest friends-

Where do I spend most of my time in Jackson? Outdoors, where else?  The Snake River Sporting Club, tucked between the river and the mountains, is the perfect spot to watch the winter flurries fly by, catch the spring trout, take a leisurely tube float down the river or watch the fall migration amble by your cabin door.  Just a few minutes down the canyon from Jackson, the Sporting Club’s location is central to everything I adore.

I love watching the birth of Spring! The days are long, temperatures mild and the sun warm. Yes, we still get the occasional snow showers, but they bring our June flowers! The wildlife are moving and visible around almost every turn….including downtown Jackson!  On a recent picnic we were enchanted by a fox chasing our snowballs, birds with feathers so blue they blended in to the sky, moose, buffalo, eagles and elk….all in one day!! Why don’t you consider a last minute Spring vacation in Jackson? You’ll see, it is one of the best kept secrets in the West!

Come see us-

Love,

Betsy