Category Archives: Food

Don’t sweat the pumpkin seeds

  Just a seasonal reminder: if you are roasting seeds from your Halloween pumpkin, you don’t need to clean off all the pulp from every last one. Separating the seeds from the pulp is messy but fun in a visceral sort of … Continue reading

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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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