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Tricks of the Trade

Chef Jason Barwikowski has pig on the brain and rightly so. Portland’s reigning COCHON 555 champion is preparing to defend his title at this year’s event, scheduled to take place Sunday, March 11th at The Original. COCHON is a traveling 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour featuring 50 celebrated chefs as they prepare ‘snout -to-tail’  Continue Reading »

Meet Kristen D. Murray

Kristen Murray is getting ready to embark on another journey. This month she is leaving her post as pastry chef at Northwest Portland’s Paley’s Place, inspired by the idea of finding a location for her own spot. Four years ago, she agreed to unroot her entire life on the East Coast and move to Portland  Continue Reading »


(Meyer Lemons. Photo by Lindsay Strannigan) The month of March seems to have one foot planted solidly in winter, while the other steps forward into spring. March taunts and teases us with glimpses of sunshine and warmer temperatures, and then breaks our hearts with rain, rain, and more rain. But the chill of winter is  Continue Reading »

Cheats & Fakes: Don’t Throw out That Blanching Liquid

Note: The P&P Almanac knows that our readers are busy people. So we’ve been compiling random bits of helpful information designed to help you cheat and fake your way through everyday kitchen tasks and make life a bit more delicious. I’ve discovered a few handy tricks in my days as a cook, but never in  Continue Reading »

March Madness. I know you don’t expect this site to have any sports references, but I confess.  I love basketball. I became an addict in college. My university team always landed in the NIT championship — better known as “Not In Tourney” — but everyone on campus believed one day we’d make it to the  Continue Reading »