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Wild Mushroom Rarebit

One of my Facebook friends asked (in a tone I didn’t care for) “Why do folk insist on calling it ‘rarebit?’ It’s ‘rabbit.’ Mock rabbit, pointing out that the Welsh couldn’t be expected to have actual rabbit. Tons of cultural history in the word. ‘Rarebit’ […]

Stuffed Peppers

  Stuffed peppers with Nicky Farms ground beef, jasmine rice, home-canned tomatoes and Balkan spices, because even though it’s been a warm and easy glide into fall, I’m kind of ready to dive into dinners from the oven. #dinnertonight #meatconcierge #peppers 🌢 πŸ… 🍚 🌢 […]

Seafood Chowder

Seafood chowder made with clams, pacific cod, bay shrimp (all local); lots of celery, onions, potatoes, corn, and bacon; plus shrimp stock, dashi and cream. Colby cheese drop-biscuits for dunking.#dinnertonight #soupweather #chowder #saychowda 🦐 🐟 🐚 🌊 🌧#seafood #clams #shrimp #cod #soup #comfortfood #beach #food52 […]

Bacon is My Jam

This decadent stuff is super easy to make. Just brown like a half a pound of bacon in a pan, then pour off most of the grease. Return the dirty, greasy pan to medium-low heat, and slowly cook a half a small chopped onion, a […]

Broccoli-Sausage Mac & Cheese

The boy wanted mac + chee for lunch, so I obliged: this time with the addition of kristianskaya sausage (v close to kielbasa), broccoli, and various nubbins of Swedish cheese from @ikeausa. It's like Milwaukee in a bowl, this. #macandcheese #lunch πŸ§€ 🍲 πŸ§€ 🍲 […]

Shepherd’s Pie

It was rainy and gray for a minute today so I made shepherd's pie, rich and savory af, with locally raised Anderson Ranches lamb, and the mashed potato topping is Irish champ style with melted scallions, parsley, and lots of good white cheddar. #dinnertonight #meatconcierge […]

A Brief History of Tuna Casserole

I wrote a spirited defense (and history) of tuna casserole for Taste. Check it out!

Best School Lunch Ever

Top five favorite school hot lunches, in no particular order: Garfield-style lasagna, square pan pizza (squishy crust), chickenwiches, PPS-style dirty water dogs, and chicken a lΓ  king. The last of these is a dish that originated on the East Coast in the 1880s, with various […]

Biscuits and gravy are gettin’ above their raisin’

I think biscuits & gravy should be declared the official signature dish of Portland. Not because we invented it or do it better than anyone else, but because it’s who we really are. It may have come from the South, but it was brought here […]

Yellow split-pea soup with mint pistou

Yellow split pea soup with ham and a pistou of mint, pea shoots, and pistachio oil, because HOLY SHIT, SPRING, transitions are hard. Best served with torrential downpours, Pinot Gris, and Swedish folk rock. #dinnertonight #springtime #soupweather . . . . #soup #splitpea #comfortfood #f52grams […]