Portland Pod People – A Food Cart Revolution

I’ve written previously about how Seattle is experiencing a resurgence of food carts. They have taken our culinary scene by storm, cooking up everything from Korean-Hawaiian tacos to poutine. What I didn’t understand until now is that comparing our food cart scene with Portland’s is like comparing a takeover of the middle-school student council with …

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Chard with Berbere – A Simple & Spicy Ethiopian-Style Side Dish – Recipe

 

Berbere, the quintessential Ethiopian spice mixture, is great to have in your pantry, because it can add complex spice and heat to any basic preparation of vegetables. Depending on the cook, in addition to the chiles it is likely to have ginger, cloves, coriander, allspice, and less familiar flavors like long pepper, ajwain, …

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Shiitake and Morel Ravioli in Brodo with Gremolata – Recipe

Pacific Natural Foods invited me and four other bloggers to participate in their Everyday Chef Challenge. (The first challenge is over now, but I’d love to have your vote in the final round!)

I love mushroom broths, so when I heard this was a broth challenge, I knew immediately which Pacific Natural product I would choose. …

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Mesir Wat – Ethiopian Red Lentils – Recipe

I’ve loved Ethiopian food for years. The cuisine is very vegetarian friendly, with many dishes based on lentils, and various vegetable stews, all served with copious quantities of injera – a delicious, slightly sour and spongy flatbread which serves as both plate and eating utensil.

For some reason, while I cook food from all over the …

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Things That Go Crunch In The Night – Making Your Food Pop, Part 4

– Chef Michel Richard, Happy in the Kitchen

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

I couldn’t agree more with Chef Richard. Properly crispy latkes, the well-browned cheese atop lasagna, a simple but crispy corn quesadilla, or good homemade breadcrumbs on a rich gratin are great favorites of mine.

And in contrast to those dry, shattering crunchy bits, there …

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Nuevo León Style Tamales, Adapted to be Vegetarian – Recipe

Tamales have got to be one of my favorite things to make and eat. Sure, they are a bit of a production. Traditionally, you would have a group of friends and family for a tamale party (tamalada), working together to make a happy assembly line (with plenty of cervezas). So far, I’ve mostly made them …

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Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Salad with Orange Olive Oil Dressing – Recipe

Roasted cauliflower is a staple side-dish in my house. We all love that caramelized flavor. And because cauliflower keeps quite well in the refrigerator, it works well with our lifestyle. We don’t always know how many times in a given week we’re going to get to prepare a full meal.

Simply roasting the cauliflower with olive …

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