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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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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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When It All Goes Wrong – Making Your Food Pop Part 5

So I came home with some kumquats, and, in the mood to just play with a fun ingredient, set about creating an .  I never meant it to be part of this series, but that’s how it worked out.

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

If you aren’t familiar with them, an amuse is just what it sounds …

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Rename this Blog (Your Help Needed!)

I’ve only been doing this blog for a month or so, and I’m not very happy with the name ("The Vegetarian Foodie"). I guess I just don’t like the word "foodie". So I’d like to take the opportunity to rename it while it is still young. I want the new name to reflect my passion …

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Spare The Fat, Spoil The Flavor – Making Your Food Pop, Part 3

I’m not the first person to observe that Americans have a crazy, conflicted relationship to fat. We love it, and eat far more of it than probably just about any other country in the world. God knows we have the obesity epidemic to show for it. At the same time, we fear it mightily, speaking …

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The Value of Acid – Making Your Food Pop, Part 2

When cooks talk about “acidity”, what they mean is simply sourness. Scientifically, they are the same thing. The sour taste buds fire when an acid meets water and releases hydrogen ions in your mouth. End of chemistry class.

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Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

At least in America, acidity is a quality frequently missing from home-cooked meals, especially …

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Salt, Acid, Fat, Crunch – Making Your Food Pop, Part 1

Ask a professional chef to taste and evaluate a dish, and odds are that if they think it needs something, that something will be salt, acid, fat, or crunch.

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Salt
Acid
Fat
Crunch
A Telling Failure

Why? Because these are fundamental elements that make food pop. They aren’t going to turn undercooked eggplant into a silk purse, but if …

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