Category Archives: Downhome

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

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

Roast Beef Hash

I’ve been on a bit of a comfort food trip lately. I checked out the Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food cookbook from the library, and in attempt to stave off the winter Kill Myselfs, have been cooking my way through it. Actually, … Continue reading

Posted in Beef, Brekkie, Comfy, Downhome, Eggs | 12 Comments

The Devil’s in the Details

Newberry’s was a five-and-dime that had three locations in Portland: Lloyd Center (now a Dollar Tree), downtown (now a Ross Dress-for-Less) and at the ghost in the shell, Eastport Plaza (the mall has been razed and turned into a movie … Continue reading

Posted in Comfy, Downhome, Fast Food (not that kind), Sammiches, Vegetarian-ish | 22 Comments

Tuna po’boy with green tomato relish

You know what I hate? Not knowing how to use my camera properly, even after all these years. If I use the auto macro settings, I can’t adjust the white balance. If I use the manual settings, I don’t know … Continue reading

Posted in Downhome, Puttin' Up, Sammiches, Seafood, Vegetarian-ish | 8 Comments

Foodbuzz 24×24: Yes We Can – Food Preservation for the Modern Palate

Now that summer is winding toward its long-lit end, our minds shift toward the harvest. Anyone with a patch of dirt is likely up to their ears in a plenitude of homegrown produce, and this overabundance can daunt the timid. … Continue reading

Posted in Classical and Eurotrashical, Dessert, Downhome, Epic Undertakings, Fruit, Hunted / Gathered, Pork, Potent Potables, Puttin' Up, Seafood, Small Bites, Under Pressure, Vegetables, Vegetarian-ish | 19 Comments

Elk Chili

I have the good fortune of having been born into a family of prolific hunters (read: unemployed men with guns).  My dad uses this as currency, bartering venison for visits with his grandson. He can never simply tell me he … Continue reading

Posted in Beans and Pulses, Downhome, Hunted / Gathered, One Pot Wonders, Soup, Under Pressure | 25 Comments