There are times I just can't help myself. I could just write a boring summary of the steakhouse project, even inserted some charts and graphs - and I love charts and graphs! However, I decided to go with my heart and tell you about a memory of long ago. I eventually get to the summary, but you'll have to work for it, … [Read more...] about 52 Fords, Fallout Shelters and the Steakhouse Review Summary
General Food Writing Archive
More general food writing from your hosts about their lives, growing up, what food means to them, etc. Brace yourself for trips down memory lane from a variety of authors, some silly, some sentimental.
The Best Laid Plans - How a Single Spider Ruined a Thai Meal I have a confession to make. This is sure to change everyone’s idea of me. I’m supposed to be this masculine type guy: climbing rocks, scuba diving, mountain biking, skydiving; it’s all child’s play to me. But I’m stalling. The truth is, I’m um, afraid of … [Read more...] about My Spider Phobia Interferes with a Thai Dinner
The winner of our 1998 contest is Granny Moon for this terrific story: Breakfast, when I was a kid, was a weekend event - cold cereal before school didn’t count. And every weekend it was pretty much the same thing. Daddy would get out his cast iron skillet, place it on the gas stove and start frying. Always eggs. … [Read more...] about Winner of the 2008 Food Writing Contest
My father would have made a better Old Testament prophet than a barber. He often wandered the mountains of eastern Oregon with a gnarled walking stick, erecting crosses and altars to mark sites to which he would like to return. He had no heart for traditional camping. We eschewed sanctioned camping spots for those … [Read more...] about Food Writing: Smoke Follows Beauty
Our first food writing contest A few weeks ago I was sitting with a friend, listening to yet another memory of Quality Pie. So many people have a story about that place. The first time I came to Portland, I didn't really know anything about the city. I was on a road trip by myself, trying to get a break from a very … [Read more...] about Food and Memory – Food Writing Contest!
A review of Miss Delta in Portland If you'd like to skip past memories of my childhood, just scroll down - the review is clearly marked. I've written before about the time I spent growing up in Maypearl Texas, but I never mentioned the boiled chicken death march, and my plot to get even. In the 50's, dinner … [Read more...] about Review: Miss Delta
If you’ve been reading this site from the beginning, you’ve read some of my stories about how obsessed I was with food from my earliest days. I don’t remember a lot about my childhood, but the memories I do have all seem to be related my pursuit of "good" food. When I was 12 I lived in Palos Verdes, a hilly … [Read more...] about Burger Rush
November 2005. When I was growing up, the nightly family dinner was a fairly formal occasion. We'd all sit around the table in relative silence, just trying to get through it as quickly as possible so we could leave before we made a mistake. You see, manners were of utmost importance to my father. God forbid you … [Read more...] about Dessert Tank, Don’t Desert Me!