Monthly Archives: October 2011

make some granola

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup pecans

3/4 cup walnuts

3/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup wheat germ

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 cup golden raisins

Heat oven to 300.  In a large bowl toss all ingredients except for the raisins. Divide on 2 baking sheets and cook, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes to an hour. Add raisins when done. Cool.


root vegetables, any combo, make a soup

1 large beet, peeled and cut in chunks

1 medium turnip , peeled and cut in chunks

1 parsnip, peeled and cut in chunks

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks

1 medium onion, peeled and cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups chicken stock

1 teaspoon fresh horseradish

Salt and pepper

sour cream

2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

heat oven to 375. Combine all veg in a roasting pan and toss with the olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes. Place veg in soup pot and add stock, horseradish, salt and pepper. Simmer till vegetables are tender. Puree in blender, taste and add salt and pepper. Garnish with sour cream and dill.


Farewell Dinner

Carlos and Ines are hitting the road tomorrow after 2 months. We had a farewell dinner at 23 Hoyt. The food is a fall root vegetable paradise. Beets, celeriac, sweet potatoes…Mussels were giant and fresh and cooked in a beer broth.  Pork cheeks were outstanding and the donut holes and ice cream with caramel sauce a perfect end to the meal. The place is big and always busy. Amber is a talented creative chef.

Very good salads…if you like the healthy stuff

Beaker and Flask and Rum Club

this cool hot spot for great food and drink has a sibling, called Rum Club with a small menu of tantalizing and tasty treats, like their deviled ham sandwich and a chicken liver mousse that is the best I have had in PDX.  Rum Club drinks are out of this world, potent as hell and way above the standard.

I think this is right, though it looks so wrong.

rocking at the coast

what a treat to be at the coast. working but this is a special treat. Big thank you to my friend Sydney. Huge.

Had a good dinner at Nana’s Pub. Nye Beach.  Started with scotch eggs and they were excellent. Nice presentation too. Cut in half, packaged in pork. Bruce had shephards pie and I had chicken pot pie. Now I want to go to Alder for gelato, but I can’t. Working and listening to Warren Zevon.

He died, very sad.

testing recipes for Diane

cooking all day, some wonderful fall vegetables in soups and stews and all sorts of great herbs and spices.   Did a chicken with Moroccan spice.  An earthy soup with a drizzle of oil.

Going to meet Kim Boyce, amazing baker with wonderful book “Good To The Grain”