Author Archives: Heather

About Heather

Gilding the lily since 2006.

Tater Tots Breakfast Casserole

Oh yes I did, and before you give me that look, let me just tell you that tater tots are basically hash browns and are therefore a perfectly acceptable breakfast food. So lower that eyebrow, you. Besides, this is only … Continue reading

Posted in Brekkie, Downhome, Failure Pile, Vegetarian-ish | 22 Comments

Sweet onion pickles

Just a quickie post this time, because it’s canning season again, and I’m getting busy. My season starts with strawberries and other lovelies from California (mostly just halving and freezing to buy sweet time), but it’s also a great time … Continue reading

Posted in Downhome, Fast Food (not that kind), Puttin' Up, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 9 Comments

Dutch Baby

Dutch babies are a signature dish of one old Portland institution, the Original Pancake House. When you order one, they bring it out all puffed up on the plate, sprinkled with powdered sugar and with a little carousel of toppings: … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Brekkie, Downhome, Fast Food (not that kind), Germanic, Vegetarian-ish | 15 Comments

Yankee Succotash

Yes, spring is here in Portland, but hanging-on cloudy days have me clamoring for earth tones.  I’ve always preferred muted earth tones and rich jewel tones, and even though I should be eating piles of sweet green pea tendrils and … Continue reading

Posted in Beans and Pulses, Downhome, Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, One Pot Wonders, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 11 Comments

Mochi Milk Bread French Toast with Strawberry-Lemon Compote

I know I write a lot about breakfast. Can’t help it. It is, after all, the most important meal of the day, and Portland has such a cultish breakfast and brunch culture (and let’s face it; brunch is just breakfast … Continue reading

Posted in Brekkie, Classical and Eurotrashical, Comfy, Fruit, Puttin' Up, Vegetarian-ish, Viet-Thai | 7 Comments

Foodbuzz 24×24—Preparing An Epic D&D Feast

Nerds are not especially known for their good health. When thinking of the classic nerd archetypes, most of us easily picture an overweight, acne-ridden basement dweller or a gaunt, bespectacled rail in a black trench coat. And it’s no wonder—based … Continue reading

Posted in Comfy, Epic Undertakings, Japanese, Pork, Potent Potables, Small Bites | 11 Comments

Cauliflower-Cheese Pie with Potato Crust

I usually don’t cook from cookbooks, but occasionally one finds oneself with a surfeit of some wintry CSA crucifer like cauliflower, and after gazing at your kitchen shelf, still shockingly covered in dusty quart jars of pickles, decide maybe you’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 14 Comments

Ukrainian Borscht with Pancetta and Juniper

Many foods are evocative of one’s place of peasant origin, of one’s mother-tongue. When done properly, the mere smell of these foods has the power to bring a grown man to his blubbering knees, felled by memories of hiding shy … Continue reading

Posted in Beans and Pulses, Classical and Eurotrashical, One Pot Wonders, Soup, Vegetables | 7 Comments

Penne with Asian mushrooms, bok choy and Gorgonzola cream

Umami is a many-splendored thing. I love just piling it on in my dishes, and I am even known to add a scant whisper (or sometimes more of a prattle) of MSG to my dishes. Oh, lower those eyebrows, you. … Continue reading

Posted in Fast Food (not that kind), Light Supper, Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 10 Comments

Biscuits and Andouille Gravy-Poached Eggs

Once upon a childless time, the ache in my back and shoulders was reserved for weekend chores, for accomplishment. It was earned by moving 10 cubic yards of compost and manure, shovelful by endless shovelful. This ache is now ever-present, … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Brekkie, Downhome, Eggs | 5 Comments