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Marti cooks with The Colin Trio! / Marti's Music Kitchen Episode #17

By MARTI MENDENHALL // The Colin Trio makes "Cousin Mikey's Clams" and "The Real Deal Tuna Melt" with Marti. Recipe included with Marti's Music Kitchen...as always.

On this episode of Marti’s Music Kitchen, The FUN Music and Food Podcast, Where Anything Can Happen … we have a sassy blend of country blues, jazz and rock with The Colin Trio.  They’re taking their sultry, Southern influences into the Kitchen to make the luscious layers of something they call “The Real Deal Tuna Melt.”

“It’s definitely is a random thing,” says Colin, “and I’ve opened myself to receive a song whenever it presents itself.”

The rich vocals of songwriter, Colin Hogan, combined with Brian Link on bass, and Cheo Larcombe on drums (and sometimes John Dover on trumpet), led this trio to be named one of Portland’s top ten bands of the year by AXS.com. Is Southern charm what binds this trio together? Does their music influence what they eat? Stay tuned – and let’s find out!

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The Real Deal Tuna Melt


Tuna Steaks  - We used three.

100 year old perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet (or suitable sub.)

Olive Oil – approx. 1 Tbs per steak

Mayo – Couple of Tbs to moisten tuna, 1-2 Tbs to spread on each roll

Mustard (yellow and Deli), about 1 Tbs

Dill Relish, 1 Tbs

Salt  - to taste

Pepper  - Lots

Chipotle powder, optional - 1 tsp

Tomato, sliced (if you can actually find one in Oregon) 

Kaiser roll or other roll of choice

Provolone Cheese, one slice per steak


Heat oven to 350.

To prepare tuna, rub both sides with oil and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.

Heat oil in skillet until almost the smoke point.

Sear tuna steaks in pan. Flip once halfway through.

Put entire cast iron pan with tuna steaks into oven until no longer pink. Remove to mixing bowl and allow to cool.


Once tuna has cooled, crumble with a fork.

Add dill relish, mayo, mustard, pepper and a hint of chipotle powder as an optional seasoning.

Slice Kaiser rolls, spread one side with mayo, and toast the other side under a broiler.

Put tuna on mayo side, fold cheese and cover tuna. Place under the broiler until the cheese begins to brown.

Spread toasted half with mayo, assemble the sandwich, and eat!



Cousin Mikey Clams


Little Neck Clams, fresh, About 2 lbs

1 Can o' bud (Budweiser beer)

1 Stick o' butter 

2 cloves-2 Tbs. Garlic, finely chopped 

1/2 Lemon, sliced

1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning 

1 Baguette, sliced


In a medium saucepan, heat one bottle of beer on medium heat.

Add lemon slices

Add chopped garlic, about 1-2 Tbs

Add 1 stick butter

Add Old Bay Seasoning

Once the mixture comes to a boil, add clams and cook for about 4 minutes.

Pour entire mixture into a bowl to cool.

Eat the clams and dip the sliced baguette in the sauce.



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