Bakesale for Japan April 2nd @ Ristretto Roasters & Barista

March 28th, 2011

This Satuday in Portland 10am-2pm!

Giovanna Zivny, Elizabeth Nathan and others have organized Portland’s Bakesale for Japan next Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-2pm at two of Portland’s favorite coffee shops — Ristretto Roasters (Williams) and Barista (Pearl).

Home and professional bakers are grabbing their whisks and cranking up their ovens to raise money for Peace Winds Japan, a partner of Mercy Corps.

This is a nationwide effort (Bakesale for Japan currently has generated 17+ bake sales stretching from San Francisco to NYC) that originated with Oakland chef Samin Nosrat. She raised $23K for Haiti last year with just three bake sale locations. Portland’s Bakesale for Japan has a matching donation lined up from Intel.

If you’d like to bake (amateurs and professionals welcome) or volunteer for Bakesale for Japan contact

Here is the amazing list of Portland folks signed up so far to contribute tasty baked goods: Little T American Baker, Alder Pastry & Dessert, Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry, Fleur de Lis Bakery and Cafe, Alma Chocolate, Kir Jensen (The Sugar Cube), Kristen Murray (Paley’s Place), Kim Boyce (Golden Oven), Bakery Bar, Suzette, Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, Confectionery, Little Branch Jam, and Bees & Beans.

Portland’s Bakesale for Japan
10am-2pm Saturday, April 2nd @

Ristretto Roasters (N Williams location)
3808 N Williams Ave
Barista (Pearl location)
539 NW 13th Ave

OSU Extension Service Spring Events & Classes

March 21st, 2011

Spring nettles popping up in the yard. Mmmm.

In 2008 I took the organic version of the Master Gardener program here in Portland — the Organic Gardening Certification Program — and got so much out of it. Ever since then I’ve been on the OSU Extension Service mailing list and so from time to time get the scoop on cool classes and events. The latest newsy email has all sorts of local edible gardening and farming things in it that I’m sharing with you here. Today is the first official day of spring after all!

Straight from the source…

OSU Extension Service, in partnership with Multnomah County, is proud to announce open registration for a new educational program in 2011: The Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship (BUFA) program provides in-depth and comprehensive training in urban farming and sustainable farming methods. Through formal classes, hands-on training, field-trips, online learning, and supervised apprenticeships, BUFA prepares students to produce and market fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, cut flowers, and other value-added products using organic methods. Participants will also learn the knowledge and skills needed to design, install, and manage farm and landscape infrastructure in urban and peri-urban settings. BUFA program begins on April 6, 2011. For program dates, more information, and to sign up, see:

Online, for-credit HORTICULTURE 260 Organic Farming and Gardening through OSU Ecampus will be conducted summer 2011. Visit the OSU website for more info.

FREE Metro natural gardening workshops in partnership with OSU Extension Service. Natural gardening workshops on a wide-range of natural gardening topics throughout the gardening season. See for a schedule of workshops.

OSU Extension Service Master Gardener training: January – March 2012 in three locations in the Portland metro region for a comprehensive, introduction to horticulture class and volunteer program. Registration opens October 2011.

Clackamas Community College Horticulture Department and Portland Community College Landscape Technology both offer AA degrees and a wide range of practical classes in horticultural science and more.

Urban Growth Bounty 2011 class series produced by City of Portland on a wide range of gardening topics.

OSU Extension Service will not be offering the Organic Gardening Certificate Program (OGCP) in 2011 to make best use of limited staff resources.

Media & Stuff

March 14th, 2011

The only connection between this post and this photo is that I'm responsible for both. My dog Rubin (aka white wolf) has been known to eat spicy curries, Sriracha and other foods that most would not deem dog-worthy. He is a good eater.

Every once in awhile I like to do a roundup of media and goings on here. If nothing else, it helps me get a hold on things. Hopefully it’s a decent source of local food info. for you too.

Here are some stories that I’ve done lately and other various media thing-a-ma-gigs…

My writing:

Willamette Week’s annual Cheap Eats came out last week. I contributed several write-ups. Get a copy while you still can if you haven’t already.

Cooking Up a Story has been featuring a five-part series of interviews that I did with Food Fray author and GM food expert and molecular biologist Lisa Weasel. Today they published part three.

Former Saveur editor-in-cheif Colman Andrews’ new site The Daily Meal launched in late 2010 and they recently asked me to contribute a Word of Mouth about Portland restaurants.

Food Lover’s Guide to Portland Coverage:

Broadway Books put together this lovely blog post about local food books.

Coeur de La food blogger Caroline Dahlberg came to Portland recently and I had coffee with her and talked all things PDX edible.

Reading Local Portland posted about this local food book club. Sounds fantastic.

Hope you’re doing well. Thanks for reading!

Breakfast in Bridgetown 2.0

March 8th, 2011

Second serving of Paul Gerald's Breakfast in Bridgetown!

It’s taken me far too long to post about Paul Gerald’s second edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown. (So long, in fact, that there’s even a nifty new iPhone app. available for all of you iphony folks. No insult intended, well only a minor insult, with the “phony” part.) I think I’ll liken the lack of a blog post about Paul’s newest edition to not giving enough appreciation to what’s in your backyard. Except in this case backyard is substituted with writing studio.

Paul and I share a writing studio in Northwest Portland these days and maybe because I get to see him so often and ask him all sorts of breakfasty questions on a regular basis I haven’t appreciated the fact that you all do not enjoy the same privileges.

Breakfast in Bridgetown 2.0 is bigger, better and full of all sorts of great PDX breakfast suggestions ranging from new food cart and ethnic eats sections (thanks to Brett Burmeister and Nick Zukin for those) to the tried and true 100+ restaurant reviews — some that you know about and frequent and others that you don’t. It’s a great book and if you don’t have it already I highly recommend it.

Paul has been on the airwaves talking with Laura McCandlish on her KBOO Food Show lately if you want to hear his up-to-the-minute thoughts on local breakfast foodstuffs. They recently chatted about New Orleans cajun breakfast/brunch and where to find it in Portland.

I first met Paul when he invited me onto his RIP radio show. Check out recordings of all of Paul’s past Breakfast in Bridgetown radio shows — interviews with John Gorham, Nick Zukin, David Machado and others — over at his website.

Paul Gerald talking to guests at Breakfast in Bridgetown's 2nd edition release party in December at Cafe Nell.

Yard Fresh Pt. 10

March 1st, 2011

Newman's smoked trout, pickled beet and cream cheese sandwich.

I love these Yard Fresh installments because no matter what the season is we’re always cooking/eating well in Portland. It’s a testament to this city, our garden, our kitchen and all of the productive and delicious surrounding farm land.

Speaking of delicious homemade food — I’m really looking forward to a package that’s due to arrive by mail any day now that contains Harriet Fasenfest and Zach Powers’ DVD Preserving with Friends. I’ll be sure to post more about it here in upcoming weeks since I’ve been looking forward to checking it out for months. Looks like it’s due to arrive in stores in the next couple weeks. Yahoo!

What’s something delicious that you’ve cooked lately? I’d love to hear about it here…

I made this pizza with spicy Italian sausage, ribboned kale, castelvetrano olives and lots of minced garlic and serrano.

And my boyfriend made this one with pepperoni, olives, garlic and serrano.

A simple dinner of sauteed kale with a little pickle juice and cheesy rice.

Roasted beet, anchovy, almond salad with miso Meyer lemon dressing.

Chicken curry with beets and beet greens over basmati.

Yard Fresh Pt. 9
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Yard Fresh Pt. 1