Winner of Taste of the Nation 2011 Tickets!

April 25th, 2011

Jamie-lucky-commenter-17 wins two tickets to this year's Taste of the Nation!

You know who you are lucky #17 commenter Jaime! You’ve won yourself two tickets to this year’s Taste of the Nation. Drop me a line @ info at lizcrain dot com with your full name and contact info. and I’ll pass that along to the organizers who are donating the tickets.

Thanks everyone for all of your tasty comments! I’m looking forward to checking a lot of the places out and trying the foods and drinks that you mentioned. I haven’t tried a lot of them which makes me happy. I might just print all the comments out and keep the list in my bag so I don’t forget.

For those of you who didn’t win tickets there are still tickets left for this year’s Taste of the Nation and if you can I suggest you snag them. It’s one of the absolute best food events in town and I highly recommend it. In addition to it being delicious and super fun 100% of proceeds go toward ending local child hunger. Gotta feel good about that.

Thanks everyone!

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
LUXE Autohaus
410 NE 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Tickets $85 (order by phone 877.26TASTE, online or at any New Seasons Market)

Taste of the Nation May, 2nd 2011 — Ticket Giveaway!

April 18th, 2011

Nuestra Cocina at last year's Taste of the Nation...

Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation on Monday, May 2nd is just two weeks away and in the interest of shouting it out loud and clear and getting as many people to come out for it as possible I’m giving away a pair of tickets here on my blog.

I love this event because 100% of ticket sales go toward working to end child hunger via Oregon Food Bank, Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Read about last year’s Taste of the Nation here.

So it’s a VERY worthwhile cause that I highly recommend buying tickets for. You can also try your luck for a pair here. I’ve got a number in mind and I’ve written it down and taken a photo of it as proof. That numbered person to comment takes the cake. You get me your name and contact info. and there will be a pair of tickets waiting for you at will call.

So what to comment about? Let me know your favorite new (to you or truly new) food find in Portland that is not a restaurant. It could be a food or drink product, a market, a coffeeshop, brewery — anything PDX food that’s not a restaurant. Just because I’m curious.

This year’s TOTN will showcase food and drink from these folks:

Boke Bowl
Davis Street Tavern
Heathman Restaurant & Bar
Ned Ludd
Saint Cupcake
Screen Door
The Gilt Club

LUXE and VIP Gems:
Laurelhurst Market
Tasty & Sons

Amity Vineyards
Anne Amie Vineyards
Cana’s Feast Winery
Domaine Drouhin Vineyard
Johan Vineyards
Sineann Wines
Willamette Valley Vineyard
Youngberg Hill Vineyards
Dry Fly Distilling
House Spirits
Full Sail
Sierra Nevada
Captured by Porches
Smith Teamakers

I’ll announce the lucky winner early next week!

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
LUXE Autohaus
410 NE 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Tickets $85 (order by phone 877.26TASTE, online or at any New Seasons Market)

Yard Fresh Pt. 11

April 11th, 2011

First grilled burger of the season! Topped with homemade pickles, asiago, and broccoli sprouts.

We’ve been eating well as always. Thank you life for being so damn good. My best food news is that grilling days are here again. F the snow, hail, sleet and rain. I’ve planted my peas, sown my arugula and I’m stoking up the grill.

I’m still cooking a lot of great food from Vij’s Cookbook because I love it. I’m enjoying cooking from books more lately since we’re about to begin recipe testing for the Toro Bravo Cookbook. Since I use cookbooks more as go-to for ideas and don’t strictly follow recipes all that often any more it’s nice to have a reason to do that again in preparation. Momofuku here I come!

Hope you’re eating well too. Let me know what you’ve been cooking in the comments if you have a second.

Open-faced egg and ham with cheddar and broccoli sprouts.

Homemade shrimp/pork posticker soup with kimchi, beet greens, tomato and Meyer lemon juice.

Vij Cookbook black chickpea curry with toasted cumin seed basmati and homemade raita.

Vij Cookbook raita -- yogurt, whole grated cucumber, garam masala.

Roasted chicken with fresh herb butter under skin, roasted beets, turmeric rice and quick reduction with white wine.

Leftover turmeric rice with chicken reduction and basted egg.

More pickled beets and onions because I can't help myself. So good.

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Preserving with Friends DVD

April 4th, 2011

Peas in a pod. Hariet Fasenfest's new DVD Preserving with Friends is fantastic! So is her book...

I’m so happy that I got an advance copy of Harriet Fasenfest’s DVD Preserving with Friends (190 minutes, watch the trailer here) but I do have one gripe — I wish it had been available when I started my journey into the wide world of food and drink preservation. My hand holders were books — Sandor Ellix Katz’s Wild Fermentation and Linda Ziedrich’s The Joy of Pickling. So I’m very pleased to now own Preserving with Friends, which features both Ziedrich AND Katz, along with host Harriet Fasenfest (author of A Householder’s Guide to the Universe) and another guest who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting — Marge Braker.

The DVD takes you through demos of everything from homemade jam/jelly/preserve making, home pickling (with Linda Ziedrich), home fermenting sauerkrauts and kimchi (with Sandor Ellix Katz) and home food dehydration and more (with Marge Braker). It’s really nice to be able to watch, listen and learn the techniques from seasoned home food preservers.

I do a lot of home food and drink preservation — everything from homemade fruit wines, hard cider, and miso, to sauerkraut, beef jerky and kimchi — and I can tell you from experience that this video is invaluable if you’re just setting off into this territory. It’ll save you a lot of grief and give you loads of great ideas.

Purchase Preserving with Friends directly online as well as in Portland at Mirador Community Store. Check out clips from the video here as well as over at the Facebook page.

Preserving with Friends DVD
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