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)

DIY Cacao Nib Cold Brew on Get Sconed!

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

Scenes, Beans and Zebra (Cup) Cakes

Zebra (cup) cakes on Get Sconed!

A combination of baketivism and plastic-wrapped nostalgia at its finest.   These were for last weekend’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in Portland, inspired by a big ole vganized Zebra cake that J. Legume and I made a few months ago. I vaguely remember … Continue reading

Two Weeks, Behind the Scone: Recent Cooking, Bagels, Scones, Reading & Curries

Alberta Street on Get Sconed!

I’ve been perusing Serious Eats (and wishing they’d read my mind and hand over my own vegan column already, jeez) quite a bit lately, and had to borrow one of their regular features as a title here, and hand it … Continue reading

Photo Essay: Portland Farmers Market, Week #5

A morning well spent.

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

Austin Cocktail Round-Up

Alma Blanca: habanero-infused siembra azul blanco, ginger liqueur, agave nectar, pineapple juice, fresh corn, hoja de hierba santa, hibiscus-rose-infused salt rim

Tales of the Texas VegFest (starring jaw-dropping vegan funnel cakes, tacos, Capital City goodies, Ethiopian stews and more) this past weekend are still rocking the vegan internet, so consider me crazy jealous – and in taco withdrawal. That’s certainly another … Continue reading

Same City Field Trip: Portland’s Better Living Show & Vegan Village

Check. (The original caption: Fast forward two months, and these vanilla beans, cacao nibs and golden rum will be chocolate liqueur)

What better time to start putting together a recap about a visit to the Better Living Home and Garden Show than a Boltbus with shaky but semi-reliant WiFi out-of-town? I’m now back home and just last night, started a batch of … Continue reading

Further Northwest

How we roll.

A funny thing happened yesterday morning….J. Legume and I woke up before the crack of dawn, to watch said crack of dawn rise over Vancouver’s West End, and realized we were facing the wrong direction. Check, mark. Here’s a quick … Continue reading