For Your Viewing Pleasure Pt. 5

August 27th, 2012

Toro Bravo's John Gorham cooking up some incredibly delicious back patio Rabbit Sausage Squid Ink Fideos for the Toro Bravo Cookbook.

Things have been crazy around here in more ways than one so rather than writing much this week I’m putting up a snapshot from recipe testing for the Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull (McSweeney’s fall 2013). We’re quickly approaching our deadline and making so much headway. And in three weeks we head to Madrid for it! Hope you’re doing well and spending as much time outside as you can.
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Yard Fresh Pt. 23

August 20th, 2012

The best cocktail so far of the summer Hood strawberry margaritas with Hornitos, strained strawberry juice, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Wish we still had strawberries...

We’ve been eating a lot from the yard these days with much more to come. It was in the 90s for a good enough stretch that the fruits are ripening and the zukes and cukes are going crazy. Hope you’ve been eating good local fruits and veggies lately too…

There is a reason people go crazy over Hood strawberries for the short window that they're available every year. They're that good.

First garlic harvest...

Second garlic harvest a couple weeks later. It was a pretty wet spring and early summer and I lost a lot of garlic to rot.

Made these for a 4th of July barbecue. Blended chipotle chiles and lime juice into cream cheese and then wrapped it in Freybe salame topped with a bite of homemade spicy garlic dill pickle. They went fast.

I always look forward to hazelnut arugula pesto...

Beet salad with a creamy Meyer lemon vinaigrette. A couple years ago I had an incredible beet salad at Evoe on Southeast Hawthorne and I've been dreaming of it by making various versions at home ever since.

Great year for lettuce. One of our many heads of delicious flashy trout's back lettuce.

All of 2012's cherry plum wine is bottled -- nearly 50 bottles. So good. The plums in the front yard are ripening now and I'll probably start this year's plum wine this weekend.

It's not exactly edible but wanted to share with you this Powell's promo. that includes my book and a whole bunch of other great food and outdoor books from publisher Sasquatch Books. 30 percent off all of these titles for a limited time at Powell's Books.

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2012 Tour de Hives

August 6th, 2012

Check out this year's 2nd annual Tour de Hives put on by the Zenger Farm Bee Group.

The Zenger Farm Bee Group has organized Portland’s second annual Tour de Hives and it’s taking place in backyards near you on Saturday, August 18th in celebration of National Honey Bee Day. Local backyard beekeepers will host self guided apiary tours throughout the Portland area from 1-4pm in order educate the public about urban beekeeping and how to be a good steward of the honeybee.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Tour de Hives website at a sliding scale of $5-15. Children are free with an adult. All proceeds benefit Zenger Farm. I’m not sure if I’ll be back in town by then but if I am I hope to see you there. Sounds fantastic.

One week prior to the event, a tour map and site addresses will be emailed to ticket purchasers. For the self-guided tour participants transport themselves to each site, and set their own pace exploring a wide spectrum of urban beekeeping styles. A full list of tour guidelines is available online. And I think that they’re still looking for volunteers if you’re interested in lending a hand.

Following the event from 4-6 p.m. tour participants are encouraged to head to the Lucky Lab on Southeast Hawthorne to continue the conversation. For more information, contact Sydney Mead at, or visit the Tour de Hives website.

About Zenger Farm

Founded in 1999, Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. It now consists of 9.7 acres of farmland and wetland in outer southeast Portland. For more information visit

Tour de Hives 2012
Organized by Zenger Farm
Saturday, August 18
Self-Guided Apiary Tours: 1-4 p.m.
Post Event Gathering: 4-6 p.m. at Lucky Lab (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.)
Tickets can be purchased online at a sliding scale of $5-15. Children are free with an adult.