Category Archives: Food

All folks want is recipes

I did my 6-week pass at Facebook today and found two requests for recipes I helped publish when I was working for The Oregonian’s FoodDay section in the late ’90s. I remember battling another editor to the mat over publishing the … Continue reading

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Artisan bread: easy, easy, easy!

I’ve known for several years that home cooks could bake artisan-type bread, the kind with the crispy crust and the chewy interior with lots of air holes, in a Dutch oven, but a recipe published in The Oregonian in about … Continue reading

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A rutabaga recipe

In 1997, when I was working with The Oregonian’s FoodDay section, I had to fight to get this recipe included among the Top 10 recipes of the year. I thought it was so good that I steam-rolled the rest of … Continue reading

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Breakfast, glorious breakfast

In a recent edition of O magazine, Mehmet Oz, the ubiquitous diet guru, suggested eating the same thing for breakfast each morning as a way to help lose weight. His go-to breakfast: yogurt and blueberries. Sounds good, but way boring. … Continue reading

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Roasted pumpkin seeds

Some of my clearest memories of living in Bloomington, MN, as a child are of fall produce stacked in an open cinder-block stand run by college students. In those days, I didn’t like squash—it took sweet, tender-fleshed Delicata, developed in … Continue reading

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How to cook chanterelles

Chanterelle mushrooms are an autumn treat in the Northwest. A family friend brought Robert and me about a pound of beautiful, fresh mushrooms last week. Here’s how I fixed them. No. 1 rule: Do Not Disturb! Brush off the soil … Continue reading

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Pumpkin (or squash or yam or applesauce) Bran Muffins

On Sept 14, 2013, I published a long, self-congratulatory item about all the work I got done in the kitchen on one day, a day largely free of MS fatigue. One of the things I did was roast a Sugar … Continue reading

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Burgerville tops out again

You can’t beat Burgerville for fast food. Grass fed beef, humanely raised bacon, radicchio in the house salad, delectable Walla Walla onion sauce on a big burger, sweet potato fries, local fruit milkshakes. . . . Last week, while enjoying … Continue reading

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Channeling Babette

This is a long post because I have a lot to say. If bored, skip to the image at the end. I promise to post something shorter soon. It’s the meds, stupid What a difference a tiny pill—in this case, … Continue reading

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Whipped cream experiment

Here’s an exercise in patience: try whipping cream by hand using your nondominant hand. I’d like to say that I have done that, but frankly, I am too impatient. The best I can do is to trade off to my … Continue reading

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