August 12th, 2011

Bob Moore, the Red Mill, and a Model A Roadster

I recently visited Portland, OR and was lucky enough to get a grand tour of Bob’s Red Mill by the One and Only Bob Moore himself. Bob has a fascinating story and is one of the most passionate people in the industry. More than that, he is beloved by his staff (who share company ownership) and makes the rounds of his 7-acre facility at least several times a day, stopping to say hello to various employees. I’m several decades younger and work out regularly, but keeping up with Bob, who just turned 82, was not an easy task.

Before and during the tour, Bob played the piano, and talked about everything from his love of books and mechanical engineering to his antique mills. He also made me promise to tell everyone to “make sure to store Bob’s Red Mill flours in a cool place so they stay fresh.” Bob’s Red Mill now offers over 400 grains, seeds, flours, and more, including gluten-free and certified organic products. Some products that I personally love and always have stocked in my kitchen are the Steel Cut Oats (for muesli), Almond Flour, 7-Grain Hot Cereal, Organic Medium Grind Cornmeal, and Coconut Flakes (great in banana bread and chocolate chip cookies). I’m also eager to try the newer products like Teff, Organic Amaranth and Chia Seeds.

After our tour, Bob insisted on taking me to the Whole Grain Store for lunch in his Ford Model A Roadster.

I was sad to leave but will be back soon to judge the SPAR FOR THE SPURTLE CONTEST, the Ultimate Oatmeal Throwdown.
bobandfordmodel

quinoapackage
I love this quinoa salad, which is also gluten-free; free toss to in the best from your garden.

shunI love the Shun Chef’s Knife.

Quinoa Salad

Organic Quinoa Salad


Combine 1 cup cooked quinoa, to package directions with a cucumber, peeled and chopped, 1 spring onion or red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh chopped mint, basil, and/or flat-leaf parsley, and
1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped. Stir in good-quality extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and a crack of pepper. You can always add a few chopped tomatoes, and snow peas (as I did here), or whatever you have fresh on hand. Serve as a light main course or with grilled fish or chicken.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOB’S RED MILL PRODUCT AND WHY?

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Comments

    I love Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa. It’s delicious when I toss it with a little cucumber, herbs, tomatoes. I buy it at Whole Foods or Erewhon in Los Angeles.

    Bob’s polenta is my favorite, but it’s gotten hard to find in my neck of the woods. I love the texture and how quickly it cooks. I like to saute salmon, then make a little cherry tomato sauce with olives & capers and serve over the polenta.

    I have a bag of Bob’s semolina in my pantry now, ready to go for Gnocchi alla Romana. I have to work cherry tomatoes in somehow…don’t ask.

    Thanks Kim, for once again getting me to think outside the box (both figuratively and literally)! I had never heard of Bob’s Red Mill products before (I know, I know…) but now I am anxious to head to the local grocery store and find them! Our family is addicted to McCann’s irish oatmeal (in the “box”) but I am now eager to give a “bag” of Bob’s a try. Also, want to try the quinoa salad you made above and add some of the wonderful veggies I bought at the farmer’s market today.
    When is the Spar for the Spurtle contest in Portland? How fun!

    I loved the photo of Kim in the Roadster..so Glam (as always)! And I loved that the owner of the company is passionate about his products. I will def pick up some of Bob’s products soon! Thanks for introducing me to another quality food company.

    Hi Deb! So nice to hear from you. Yes, you will love Bob’s products. They’re great for baking, too and I know you make good cookies…

    If I didn’t know Bob lived in OR, I’d think he was a Southerner from your description. It would be such fun to sit and visit with him.
    The salad recipe is perfect and I’ll tryy it soon.
    My Godson leaves for Lewis & Clark this week so I’ll be sure to send him to visit Bob…………
    The Roadster is just your style!!

    Wow I had never heard of Bob’s either. I will have to pick some up for my friend who is a gourmet chef. She will create some magic with it for sure. I will let you know what she whips up.

    P.S The Ford looks amazing.

    Yes, Jorge, please share what your gourmet chef friend whips up with Bob’s products.

    Martha: You’re right. Bob has all the charm of a Southern gentleman. Tours are open to the public, so your godson should stop by.

    I have used Bob’s products not knowing he was a real person! It’s amazing that he is 82 and full of energy…he must be doing something right! Thank you for sharing his story, Kim.

    Hi Kim, I just made your salad with Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa. I can’t wait to share it with friends tonight! I snuck a bite (or two) and it is yummy and tastes so healthy!!

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