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It was a minor revelation when I first realized that risotto could be considered more than just a dish made with Arborio or Carnaroli rice. Instead, it became a method or a technique that could be applied to any dried ingredient that cooks in liquid for a while, such as pasta, orzo, or in this […]

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Last winter we bought a half of a pig from our neighbors Gwen and Fred, of apple and garlic fame. We’ve been steadily working our way through all 100 pounds of it, and it’s been a real joy to bring to the table each time. I can’t speak highly enough about the virtues of buying […]

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My dad was in town visiting from CT this weekend and we celebrated halloween with a decadent feast. Cauliflower steaks on a cauliflower puree, brussels sprouts with pearl onions and pancetta, and this fantastic duck recipe from Jerry Traunfeld’s Herbfarm Cookbook: crispy sauteed breast meat and roasted leg meat, rubbed with a delicious orange-kissed aromatic […]

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Here is an easy soup that we make a lot.  We got it out of a book called The Wine Lover’s Cookbook that we picked up at a used bookstore a couple years ago.  It’s actually wound up being a really good book, we’ve used it a lot.  This soup has a fairly long list […]

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It is apple season in Washington.  This year, Washington produced over 5.5 billion pounds of apples.  Billion with a “B”.  That means that millions and millions of apples have been flooding into the farmers’ markets and stores, and dozens and dozens have landed in our kitchen.  The apples that we have in our kitchen did […]

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So I know we promised we were done with offal for a while, and we meant to be, but we had some leftover tongue to use up and the sliders we made with it wound up being so good that we had to share. This is a good way to introduce tongue to anybody squeamish […]

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If you haven’t gotten enough offal from the sweetbreads and the kidney posts, we have one more for you here. If you have had enough, then I promise this is the last one for a while (until we pull the goat hearts out of the freezer). While tongue (and heart) are technically not offal, a […]

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I suspect this dish was a success. The recipe I used was a combination of recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s The River Cottage Meat Book, and Nigella Lawson’s, How to be a Domestic Goddess. Fearnley-Whittingstall and Lawson are both british, and they both seem to really like steak and kidney pie. I don’t know if those […]

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There are a handful of Portland restaurants that we’ve had our eyes on. Last year for my birthday, Beryl took me down south for a weekend of friends and food. We went to a couple restaurants, but the highlight of the weekend (outside of reconnecting with my wonderful musician friend Katie Sawicki and her partner […]

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The theme of this month’s mixology monday, hosted by the folks over at eGullet, is “Dizzy Dairy”: anything with milk, cream, butter, cheese, eggs, or the like. Dairy has of course had a solid place in the world of cocktails for ages, and it was a good chance to look around for ideas. I’m a […]

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