Downhome

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 […]

Old Bay Grilled Shrimp

Making one’s own Old Bay is a cinch: just mix together mustard seed, celery seed, a little coriander seed, and thyme (powder these up) with paprika, salt, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice (mine is a combination of cinnamon, clove, star anise, fennel seed, […]

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 🧀 🍲 🧀 🍲 […]

A Brief History of Tuna Casserole

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

Pork Brisket is a Thing

A beautiful @tailsandtrotters pork brisket (it's a thing!) resting after smoking and slow-roasting. I'll slice it up and serve it with orzo pilaf (smoked zucchini, peppers, herbs from the garden, smoked Russian cheese, pine nuts). #dinnertonight #meatconcierge 🍖 🍖 🍖 🍖 🍖 #pork #meat #bbq […]

Rabbit Jambalaya

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT YOU GUYS! I’m now creating content and developing recipes for @nicky.usa’s new retail line! So I get to play with lots of beautiful meats and share with you all the dishes I come up with! For my first post, I wanted to use […]

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 […]

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 one store-bought potato product away […]

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 for pickling the early birds. […]

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: whipped butter, lemon wedges and […]