Photo Essay Friday: Portland Farmers Market at PSU

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A photo essay capturing Portland’s largest farmers market, early rhubarb, broccolina and the local-est pickles. Continue reading

…in which I discuss plans for Vegan MoFo VII and the curious month ahead

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The month ahead is shaping up quite nicely, with those speakeasy night experiments, birthdays (and cakes) for J. Legume and myself, serious travel plans and more VeganMoFo brainstorming than I’ve ever attempted before. In case you’re unfamiliar, VeganMoFo is an annual month of dedicated food writing in which hundreds of bloggers and social media users from around the world attempt to post about vegan food multiple times a week. Continue reading

Photo Essay: Sunday Visits & Meals, Lents International Farmers Market

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I forget exactly why I decided to visit the Lents International Farmers Market for the first time, but its casual, down-to-earth vibe pulled me in from the get go. That, and the variety of chili peppers at such tempting prices. I think it may have simply been the notion of checking out all of Portland’s farmers markets, and seeing the unique aspects each one offers. So, when ‘International Farmers Market’ popped up on a list, I was hooked. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Grocery Trip: Fubonn (It’s the Summer of Curry)

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One place I keep in my rotation no matter what is Fubonn, an Asian supermarket on SE 82nd just south of Division, because inevitably, I find the need for lemongrass, coconut milk, fresh tofu and kaffir lime leaves in my life. I used to routinely make stir fries, fried rice and scrambled tofu with all the random, glorious vegetables I didn’t quite know what to do with from the market, and they still occur, but it’s now from-scratch, regional curries that inspire my dinner table (with Chiang Mai-inspired Jungle Curry in progress for this very evening).
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June cookin’

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First things first, Happy Vegan Pizza Day! If three little things weren’t standing in the way of my own pizza-making ambitions today, well, I’d have some dough rising right now. Instead, I’m melting into a puddle of freckles as it’s … Continue reading

Dinners Resume (Life before and after VVC2013)

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After the first Con in 2011, I returned to my delusional day job and vowed that if I could help put together something so seemingly epic, I wouldn’t be in the same place next time around, grumbling and devoting so much time to things that didn’t matter to me. I’m definitely not Continue reading

Aspargus for Dinner

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Bit by bit, her favorite cookbooks and well worn recipes from newspapers (Sweet Potato Pie Casserole, I’m talking to you), impressive family holiday spreads, baking peanut butter fudge cookies, frosting cupcakes for class, using a food processor to puree the filling for her well-loved stuffed mushrooms (which she kept making, despite developing a severe fungus allergy – and I remember bits and pieces of that fateful ravioli at a restaurant on Long Island well), savoring good wine and balsamic, aged Parmesan and visits to gourmet Italian markets, the early days of the Food Network, forming those croquettes out of leftovers mashed potatoes, and even her go-to fried potatoes & scrambled comfort food – it all starts to reappear: and I try to savor them, one by one. You never want those visions to go. Continue reading

Photo Essay: Portland Farmers Market, Week #5

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Apt title, swell visit.   A morning well spent.   Saturday’s visit to the Portland Farmers Market saw my basket full of early Albion strawberries, fresh kaffir lime leaves, purple kale, maitake mushrooms, heirloom carrots, and even more purple cauliflower during … Continue reading