Submit Your Ideas: The New Portland Vegan 100

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  It’s beyond time to revamp the epic Portland Vegan 100. The purpose of the Portland Vegan 100 is to be a handy to-do (well, eat & enjoy) list of our city’s greatest vegan dining options for out-of-towners and dedicated, hungry residents, alike. There have been … Continue reading

Vegan Eats Burrito: Chipotle’s New Tofu Sofritas

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Will mainstream vegan options inspire or simply capitalize? Only time will tell, and I’m remaining optimistic. Continue reading

Farewell to Dovetail

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A fond farewell to a Portland vegan bakery….To every vegan that’s frantically asked me where to eat on their Portland vacation these past few years, you probably heard me rave about those cinnamon rolls, and I hope you had the chance to make their acquaintance. Continue reading

Home Bars Rule: DIY Chocolate Liqueur

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What’s about to happen with the following ingredients is so simple, it’s practically a guide to cooking dried pasta. All that takes is water, a generous pinch of salt, and a pot to put on the stove. In this case, … Continue reading

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

The Post with Division Street (Vegan) Pho Chay

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I’ve been tinkering around with the eventual recipe for Division Street* Pho, which is traditionally identified as a pho chay, for months now. Tinker, tinker. I found myself on what became an epic quest for vegan pho chay in Portland last winter (which I’ll be compiling one of these days), and really studying the flavors in the bowls in front of me…. 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

DIY French Press Cacao Nib Cold Brew (Hey Summer, You’re Welcome)

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Cold brew has become one of the savings graces of warmer days in my life, and it’s ridiculously easy to make at home. You’re essentially extracting the coffee into more of a concentrate (which is why you’re typically see cold brew priced higher than coffee). The method I used comes from Cook’s illustrated’s Dan Souza, and is available on the website of America’s Test Kitchen. As if you could have any doubts now. I’ve combined a couple of steps, based on how I’ve been making at home the past two summers, and throw in the addition of rich cacao nibs, ripped off from my dear from Tom (who rules!). Continue reading