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  • A trio of high-flying chicken wing recipes

    A trio of high-flying chicken wing recipes

    March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments | More

    Tired of the same old barbecue or honey-glazed chicken wings? Don’t worry. Whether it’s snack food for a football game or any other party, this trio of chicken wing sauces will have your partygoers flying high and high-fiving you. The easy recipes take their cue from my Thai heritage and a little Tex-Mex flair from my stint living in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Big Blue Thai BBQ relocates to South Salem

    Big Blue Thai BBQ relocates to South Salem

    July 21, 2016 | 2 Comments | More

    Big Blue Thai BBQ, the food cart that took North Salem by storm at Silverton Road NE has pulled up stakes and relocated to South Salem

  • Block 15 releases Gloria! unfiltered pilsner

    Block 15 releases Gloria! unfiltered pilsner

    July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments | More

    Block 15 Brewing has released 16oz cans of Gloria! to a selection of bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon and they’re also now available for in-house purchase at both of Block 15’s Corvallis locations. This unfiltered pilsner will see increased distribution around Oregon throughout the summer. Gloria! will be available in cans year-round. Blending delicate malt character and […]

Soup

Thai seafood soup with Northwestern twist brings taste of tropics in winter

Thai seafood soup with Northwestern twist brings taste of tropics in winter

On a rain and blustery night last week, I decided to take a dish from my childhood memories in Bangkok, Tom Yum Kung, a pungent soup with shrimp and mushrooms swimming in lime-flavored broth, and give it a Pacific Northwest flair by adding salmon to it.

November 10, 2015 | 1 Comment More
Chase off the chills with Chicken,  Tortilla and Roasted Chiles Soup

Chase off the chills with Chicken, Tortilla and Roasted Chiles Soup

One of the things I miss most about Texas is Tex-Mex food and also our summertime sojourns to Colorado and trips through New Mexico that would expose me to the piquant flavors of the desert Southwest. It was there that I had tortilla soup for the first time, as well as roasted chiles. Until we […]

September 28, 2015 | 2 Comments More
An easy and tasy smoked salmon chowder

An easy and tasy smoked salmon chowder

This wonderful and rich smoked salmon chowder will take you less than 30 minutes to make and is a great dish for a cool wet night.

November 27, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Soups for the cold, flu, or what ails you

Soups for the cold, flu, or what ails you

The flu. Cold. Sniffles. Crud. Whatever you call it, the evil that is aching muscles, stuffy sinus, scratchy throat, pounding headache, malaise, and coughing that seems to be going around is taking its toll. Every culture seems to have a common cure for this ailment. When Americans feel this way, we usually think of chicken […]

October 7, 2013 | 12 Comments More

Seafood

A simply delicious poached fish celebrates spring

A simply delicious poached fish celebrates spring

It’s sometime amazing how a simply-prepared meal can taste so good. Such is the case with this Cod layered with cucumber slices and poached in a butter-wine sauce and served with a side of blanched rainbow chard simply dressed in olive oil and white wine vinegar. The flavors celebrate spring!

April 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Celebrate spring with crab spring rolls

Celebrate spring with crab spring rolls

It’s springtime finally. Why not celebrate with a little Asian/Northwest fusion? It’s still Dungeness crab season in Oregon so grab some cooked dungeness crab and use it to stuff Vietnamese-style spring rolls. They’re a great way of showcasing the sweet and succulent flavor of the crab meat. The rolls are fun and easy to make. And along with noodles, spring salad mix and endless options for adding other veggies like julienned carrot, julienned cucumbers, julienned celery, spring onions, cilantro, and even chili peppers if you’re inclined to spicy, you can customize the spring rolls to your heart’s desire.

April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Easy and delicious Pulpo Gallego

Easy and delicious Pulpo Gallego

One of the loves that I developed while living in Texas was a love for Spanish-style octopus. The first time I tasted it was at a tapas restaurant in Dallas. The octopus had been boiled, grilled and simply dressed with olive oil and lemon. Tender, smoky and tangy with lemon, it was delicious. I’ve periodically craved Pulpo Gallego since but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I got the nerve up to cook it myself. This is an easy and tasty recipe and the octopus comes out perfect every time.

April 3, 2016 | 1 Comment More
Tuna adventure ends with delicious Albacore Poke

Tuna adventure ends with delicious Albacore Poke

Ever since I became and avid fisherman not long after moving to Oregon, I’ve dreamed of fishing for albacore tuna. But the hefty cost, time commitment and other things conspired to keep it an unrealized dream for nearly 10 years. Finally, the past week during my two-week staycation, my spouse and my mother gave me […]

September 2, 2015 | 3 Comments More

Meat

Kiwi-marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Kiwi and Fig Sauce

Kiwi-marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Kiwi and Fig Sauce

And this little figgy piggy screamed “kiwi, kiwi, kiwi” all the way home!
This semi-exotic fruit lends a clean, tart flavor to savory dishes.

October 20, 2014 | 4 Comments More
Porcini and Pinot Noir Pot Roast

Porcini and Pinot Noir Pot Roast

Some would say that pot roast is ordinary fare suitable only for family dining. Nonsense I say – with good presentation, a beautifully plattered pot roast dressed up with it’s accompanying vegetables and sauce should delight even the most discriminating diner. After all, this baby sits on a lofty pot roast plateau by virtue of including porcini mushrooms and a Willamette Valley Pino Noir in the sauce.

January 27, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Pulled Pork Asian Barbecue Sandwiches with Asian Slaw

Pulled Pork Asian Barbecue Sandwiches with Asian Slaw

You don’t have to fire up the grill for great barbecue baby back pork ribs or pulled pork barbecue. It will take longer, but you can just sear the meat in a pan and then plop it in the crock pot (a.k.a slow cooker), add the barbecue sauce and let it slow cook for most of the day. You’ll be surprised at the results. And while we’re on the subject, I just can’t understand why anybody would by barbecue sauce. It’s just so easy to make and it’s so much fun to improvise.

July 4, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Pork Fat Rules! Here's an easy way to render pork fat, complete with video

Pork Fat Rules! Here’s an easy way to render pork fat, complete with video

There are occasions when you’re cooking that nothing can surpass rendered pork fat. You’ll be amazed at how much more flavorful your hash browns are, or any potato for that matter, when cooked in pork fat. Or how robust your sauteed green beans will be. Or delectable your collard greens. Or how flaky your pie crust will be. Or how rich your quail or pheasant will taste when seared in pork fat. Instead of buying commercially available lard bricks at the store, I prefer to render pork fat myself. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to do, and how long it can keep in the refrigerator in a mason jar.

December 11, 2011 | 7 Comments More

Poultry

A trio of high-flying chicken wing recipes

A trio of high-flying chicken wing recipes

Tired of the same old barbecue or honey-glazed chicken wings? Don’t worry. Whether it’s snack food for a football game or any other party, this trio of chicken wing sauces will have your partygoers flying high and high-fiving you. The easy recipes take their cue from my Thai heritage and a little Tex-Mex flair from my stint living in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.

March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Dish brings back bittersweet memories of Dad

Dish brings back bittersweet memories of Dad

Father’s Day. It’s always held such an ambiguous place in my life. I’ve never celebrated Father’s Day for as long as I can remember.  To say that I’ve had somewhat distant relationships with the father figures in my life, my three stepfathers, is putting it mildly. I never knew my biological father. It’s not to […]

June 15, 2014 | 4 Comments More
Poached Whole Chicken with Spring Vegetables - A One-Pot Meal

Poached Whole Chicken with Spring Vegetables – A One-Pot Meal

Poached chicken looks rather naked compared to a beautifully browned roasted hen. Add some spring baby vegetables to the pot and Henrietta Hen arrives at the table adorned with beautiful, edible bling.

May 17, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Peachy Whiskey BBQ Braised Chicken

Peachy Whiskey BBQ Braised Chicken

When visiting the Queener Fruit Farm I was inspired by the sight of their huge, luscious peaches hanging on the trees waiting for Tommie to test its readiness to be harvested, I went beyond devouring them hand to mouth to incorporating these luscious beauties in a chicken dish. I remembered seeing a recipe on The Pioneer Woman Cooks using whiskey, barbecue sauce and peach preserves. Now the whole inspiration was complete.

October 5, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Desserts

Chipotle-glazed Apple Galette

Chipotle-glazed Apple Galette

I have been caramelizing apples with sugar, cinnamon and chipotles for some time now to use as a condiment alongside Forever Roast Pork, a classic recipe from Tra Vigne Restaurant in St. Helena California.

Placing the sweet-hot-cinnamony apples center stage in a rustic tart seems like the perfectly natural thing to do, especially when sitting under a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a great combination – trust me.

November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Summer Is Cherry-berry-licious in Oregon - An Oregon Summer Berry Pudding

Summer Is Cherry-berry-licious in Oregon – An Oregon Summer Berry Pudding

The utter simplicity and ease of making this is a welcome dessert in the heat of the summer because there is very little cooking required – just simmering the berries and sugar until they give up their juices. The vibrant colors alone make this a stunning showstopper. You could dress it up with a fancy mold, artfully garnish with whipped cream and maybe some roasted, chopped hazelnuts. Yum!

July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Cherrylicious cheesecake with graham cracker crust

Cherrylicious cheesecake with graham cracker crust

One of the ways to enjoy the flavor of Oregon cherries is in a no-bake cherry cheesecake. Fluffy and airy, it’s almost like a chiffon.
The topping for this cheesecake uses cherry preserves and it makes for a dazzling presentation at dessert time.

July 16, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Boccone Dolce - A Mouthful of Sweetness Featuring Strawberries, Hazelnuts and Chocolate

Boccone Dolce – A Mouthful of Sweetness Featuring Strawberries, Hazelnuts and Chocolate

A well dressed Boccone Dolce can be a stunning presentation for a wonderful meal or celebration. Imagine someone presenting this and saying, “I made this just for you.” Whatever effort you put into this will be returned with praise – not to mention the pleasure of enjoying a slice yourself.

June 22, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Cocktails

Anytime's the perfect time for sangria

Anytime’s the perfect time for sangria

I’ve been wondering why sangria isn’t a more popular summertime drink in our wine-drenched state. Sangria’s a great party satisfier, refreshing, fruity and it’s easy to make a large batch.

July 29, 2014 | 2 Comments More
The Heathman Restaurant & Bar celebrates spirited partnership

The Heathman Restaurant & Bar celebrates spirited partnership

When we moved to Oregon about 10 years ago, one of the allures of Salem was that we were still within distance of hearing the siren calls of Portland. So we imagined ourselves spending occasional weekends in the Rose City whenever we tired of our provincial roost. One of those places we hung out at […]

April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Cozy up to warm drinks made with Oregon spirits

Cozy up to warm drinks made with Oregon spirits

The cold weather snap may be gone, but the mood of the season and the lingering nip in the air has me craving warm winter cocktails. I’m not talking Aunt Sue’s eggnog, which I avoided like someone sneezing, or Irish whiskey either. With so many creative Oregon distilleries making flavored vodkas and gins such as Hood River Distillery’s Yazi Ginger Vodka, House Spirits’ Slabtown Whiskey and Ransom’s Old Tom Gin, it’s time to give the whiskey and gin toddy a distinctly Birkenstock makeover.

January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Coffee and Spirits — A Portlandia Concoction

Coffee and Spirits — A Portlandia Concoction

There’s nothing more distinctive about Oregon than the coffee-crazed culture here. And what could be more signature Portland than a marriage of coffee and spirits? Just leave it to the creative folks behind Portland’s Distillery Row, a handful of innovative small distilleries who are making handcrafted, locally distilled spirits in the inconspicuous neighborhood of small warehouses and light industrial buildings in Southeast Portland known as the lower east-side industrial district. With more than twenty unique liquors, the six independent distilleries make everything from vodkas, gins, rums and whiskeys, to the more specialized spirits such as absinthe, aquavit and flavored liqueurs. And now they’re brewing up distinctive batches of coffee-flavored spirits.

April 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Other Recent Posts

Coin Toss Brewing releases "Caught in a Pickle" at brew fest

Coin Toss Brewing releases “Caught in a Pickle” at brew fest

Craft beer lovers and baseball fans will be able to “get their pickle on” at this weekend’s Great West Brew Fest at Walker Stadium in Southeast Portland. “Caught in a Pickle” Lager from Coin Toss Brewing Co. will be among 40 craft beers available at the festival. Just one keg of this dill-icious beer exists, concocted especially for the festival, which runs […]

July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
A recipe that will make you game for pheasant

A recipe that will make you game for pheasant

Roasted pheasant stuffed with wild rice served with pomegranate and persimmon sauce makes a flavorful winter dish.

December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hearty stew showcases goose

Hearty stew showcases goose

Using goose meat in a stew of beef broth and wine tones down its gaminess and chanterelles, celery root and carrots add a touch of winter flavor

December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Enjoy a lazy Sunday and treat yourself to Migas

Enjoy a lazy Sunday and treat yourself to Migas

There are about as many versions of Migas as you can imagine. It’s basically scrambled eggs kicked up an infinite level, with chorizo (Mexican sausage), tomatoes, jalapeños, cheese, tortilla strips and salsa verde or salsa roja. My spouse first introduced me to Migas when we lived in Forth Worth, Texas. It’s one of those dishes that has come to remind me of what Sundays are for, relaxing and enjoying the moment and yourself.

October 7, 2015 | 1 Comment More
Go vegan with tasty and hearty Tex-Mex deconstructed enchiladas

Go vegan with tasty and hearty Tex-Mex deconstructed enchiladas

Whether you’re a vegan by choice or simply looking to mix up your meals with something that’s lighter, healthy, tasty and a departure from your daily routine, it’s sometimes daunting to break out of your culinary box. This low-carb and easy recipe is ideal for someone who is diabetic.

September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad: best of both worlds

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad: best of both worlds

You wouldn’t normally think of combining watermelons and another summertime favorite: heirloom tomatoes. But they actually go well together. The sweetness from the watermelon brings out the sweetness in the tomatoes and the tomatoes also provide a contrasting tart note.

September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More