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Tricks of the Trade

Written on March 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm, by

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

Written on March 2, 2012 at 1:51 am, by

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 »

WHAT TO EAT | WHAT TO PLANT: March, 2012

Written on March 2, 2012 at 1:32 am, by

(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 »

P&P Lures Fife’s Marco Shaw back to Portland for 10th Anniversary Dinner

Written on March 2, 2012 at 1:32 am, by

On a warm July night in 2003 three respected Portland chefs traded their restaurants’ comfy kitchens for makeshift tables in the middle of a bumpy field on a farm in Canby, Oregon. The mission? Create a dinner highlighting ingredients grown all around them at Tastebud Farm for a hungry crowd of curious guests. The chefs?  Continue Reading »

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

Written on March 2, 2012 at 1:31 am, by

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 »

Written on January 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm, by

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 »

Meet Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella

Written on January 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm, by

You already know Scott Ketterman; you just haven’t met his giant paella yet. The talented chef has been a familiar face around town, heading up the kitchen at Portland dining hall Simpatica for four years (and cooking everywhere from Paley’s Place to working behind the counter at Viande Meats before that). Now, he and his  Continue Reading »

TABLE TALK: Eating Local, Eating Global

Written on January 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm, by

P&P Note: One of my favorite parts of a Plate & Pitchfork dinner has nothing to do with what is on the plates. After a glass of local wine or three it’s the far-flung conversations and debates that I get in to with my tablemates, who also always seem to end up being some of  Continue Reading »

Cheats & Fakes: Baking Bread on a Cold Winter Day

Written on January 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm, by

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. If you reside in the Pacific Northwest and have ever attempted to bake bread at  Continue Reading »

What to Eat, What to Plant: January, 2012

Written on January 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm, by

It’s January, which isn’t exactly peak produce season in the Northwest. The good news is that there are some seasonal gems to be had at this time of year (i.e. black truffles!). For your convenience, we’ve compiled a short list of what to eat and what to plant for January, 2012. For further inspiration, we’ve  Continue Reading »

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