I have always been the baker; I baked jam tarts for my dollies; I baked cookies for my brother and his friends when they were teenagers and had the munchies; I bake everyone their birthday cake and was given a plaque from my daughter's grade school for baking every month for seven years. You might surmise this is … [Read more...] about White Pecan Balls
Food Writing Archive
This category could be about anything having to do with food: Food Haiku, Limericks, Contests, Essays, Trips down memory line, musings about life... whatever strikes my fancy, and doesn't fit into the other categories
Think it's easy to be a restaurant reviewer? Nancy Rommelmann has a few words on the topic I began my journalistic career as a reviewer of bars, a job that drew the drooling envy of my friends, and more comments than I can count along the lines of “I can’t believe that you get paid to drink!” Then, as people turned … [Read more...] about The Pitfalls of Reviewing Restaurants
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
By Carolyn Manning When is “Bad Service” bad enough to keep you from going back to a restaurant? What will we forgive and why will we forgive it? Answering the third question first, we might forgive bad service if the food is really good, or if the restaurant is one where you would not expect world-class service … [Read more...] about Service with a Snarl
What to do with leftover turkey? Here is a recipe for Inieka Vishniovim Sousom - a black cherry sauce What do I for Thanksgiving? It is actually the most difficult holiday for me because of some personal reasons. At one time it was a huge feast, all home-cooked of course. Now it is a meal out. Over the last few years … [Read more...] about Turkey with Black Cherry Sauce – Inieka Vishniovim Sousom
A large component of our (lack of) perception about cheese is that we simply do not have a centuries-old tradition of cheesemaking and cheese consumption By Tami Parr In my last discussion about cheese here at Portland Food and Drink, several commenters mentioned price as a big part of their decision to buy (or not … [Read more...] about On the Price of Cheese
I have a dinner tank, and a dessert tank 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 the utmost importance to … [Read more...] about Dessert Tank, Don’t Desert Me!
This piece was written in 2005. Since then, Michael and Nick Zukin have written an excellent book, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home. For Jewish deli devotees and DIY food fanatics alike, the book is a collection of over 100 recipes for creating timeless deli classics, modern twists on old ideas and innovations to shock … [Read more...] about Bagel Daze – Portland’s Bagel History and Recipe!