Archive for the 'Little Bites' Category

My favorite flavor: charred tomatoes

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Every year of eating tomatoes (only three years now), I seem to learn something new about them. This summer I have a new obsession thanks to the cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, by Francis Mallmann: charred tomatoes. Several of Mallmann’s listed appetizers call for burning the featured vegetable (cherry tomatoes or carrots) or [...]

Spoils of summer: fruit popsicles

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

With the height of summer’s ripe-wave, I find myself often failing to keep up with the super juicy berries in my kitchen. When its too darn hot outside, do I want to fire up the stove top to turn these fruity gems into jam? No. To deal with over-ripening fruit super quick, my answer is [...]

Grilled cheese grown up

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I’m in the midst of a simple bliss- enjoying a new favorite cheese. Not only that, it’s nestled in between slices of the grainiest bread I know and melted to oblivion. Half-n-half grilled cheese style: horseradish chive havarti and pepperdew havarti. How do you like to make your grilled cheese grown up? Weekend Update New [...]

Raw inspiration book review: Ani’s Raw Food Desserts

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

What’s a meat loving girl like myself doing holding a raw “cookbook” like this? Well, now you’re going to know my secret source for intriguing new recipes. Come see Ani Phyo in Portland Sunday, May 31st @ 7:30pm Powell’s City of Books on Burnside 1005 W Burnside (800) 878-7323 Delving into the world of raw [...]

a souvenir breakfast: Le Pichet’s yogurt with honeyed walnuts

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

I tend to arrive home from trips away with souvenirs of sunburns, blister on my feet or colds mingled with new cute pictures of the sweetie and I. This recent trip to Seattle yielded a prize to savor and share: a new favorite breakfast. We found ourselves habitually lingering over breakfast at Le Pichet, enjoying [...]

Success! Homemade potstickers

Monday, September 15th, 2008

“Oh, I didn’t know you could buy these!” exclaimed our grocery store bagger as she stuffed the last of our haul away. Ah, caught in the act of walking the semi-homemade line. “I figure I can always make them myself next time,” I offered apologetically. “It’s cool, cause then you know what’s in them..” she [...]

Oregon summer salad: warmed cherries with Oregonzola and hazelnuts

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Sometimes salads just compose themselves. No need to struggle over what flavors go together or which textures accentuate your lettuces the best- seasonality often takes care of those questions for you. Paying attention to the selections of your farmer’s markets will usually reveal flavor pairings right alongside each other. Learning to recognize these opportunities takes [...]

Simple Pleasures: Homemade Butter

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I have a bi-weekly habit I’d like to pass on to you: making your own butter. It’s amazingly easy to do, and delivers a solid high of kitchen happiness. So in this day and age, why would you make your own butter? Honestly- this butter tastes unlike anything you’ll buy in a grocery store. It [...]

Frozen Fruit Call: Make Muffins

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

This summer I turned my freezer into a fruit reliquary. I have tubs of golden raspberries, a mob of marionberries, bags of blueberries, and morsels of strawberries. Living in the northwest is a blessing in that it seems to have a berry named for every country. My problem? I sometimes get stuck in viewing these [...]

Gift from a Foodie: Pretzel Pralines

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This recipe from the chef blog Ideas in Food is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolaty goodness. It’s the sort of snack that you want to curl up with on a rainy day, take home to meet the parents, hold in your hands on a long walk down the beach? yeah, it’s pretty [...]