In the spring of 2012, when Dave and I were first dating, I would cook for him whenever we had nights off together. One day I was craving the spiciness and boldness I associated with jerk chicken. He countered by suggesting orange chicken. I compromised and made an orangey, jerk-inspired chicken. The truth is I
The first year Dave and I dated we planted a small lavender plant and a Hood Strawberry plant in his backyard, side by side. Though I had a hunch and hope then that we would be together a long time, I had no idea we would be living in the same house nine years later.
We used to make giardinera back when I worked at Southpark. I think we served it with a charcuterie board, but I loved taking it and adding it to mixed greens for a salad for my shift meal, or just munching on it as is. It was always so refreshing, and had plenty of flavor
I had my first Singapore Sling this year on my birthday. Most sources say the Singapore Sling was developed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, but it’s possible it was developed a bit earlier. (Check out this article from Imbibe.) It is a bit sweeter than cocktails I normally select, but so refreshing on a
The first time I made this summer side dish was about ten years ago in my apartment in downtown Portland. I had a balcony with a tiny tabletop grill and could look out towards the city while I cooked. I originally meant for two separate sides of grilled veggies and couscous, but decided to combine
Summer grilling and potluck season is here! As a kid, I always loved my mom’s potato salad, but I quickly learned not all potato salads are created equally. They can be too gloppy, have too much mayo, or just be blah. I don’t remember exactly how my mom made hers, but it was flavorful without
This recipe was inspired by ingredients rather than a particular dish, but it is strongly influenced by my exposure to Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes. I bought sumac for the first time when I started noticing it in Ottolenghi cookbooks. Sumac is a beautiful red color, and is tangy, without the acidity that citrus has.
Grain salads are a great lunch or side dish. Grains are very nutritious, and full of fiber so they are satiating. Add in some colorful vegetables, sweet and chewy dried apricots, crunchy walnuts, and a zippy vinaigrette, and it makes a dish that is both beautiful and exciting for the palate. For this recipe I
I fell for radicchio salads back in 2007, shortly after I moved to Portland. This is my favorite salad, and I’ve even been known to whip it up for a late night snack after work. Although I don’t make it exactly the same way every time, I follow a pretty close routine. It’s very basic,
This white bean and cabbage soup is extremely basic. I debated whether or not to post it because it’s almost too simple. However, it’s a current favorite, and so good that I’m sharing the recipe anyway. This humble soup is also very inexpensive to make. It’s little more than beans, cabbage, onion, garlic, and bay