Finding Common Ground

From the middle of a mint farm in central Oregon, the fields stretch out in every direction, and the snow-topped Cascade mountain range looms ahead, enormous even at a distance. But I wasn’t taking in the vista, even though I rarely get to see such wild spaces at home in New York. Instead, my eyes were drawn to the ground, where tiny sprigs of mint were just peeking out...

Prawn Dhansak

The red lentils in this dish cook down to a mush, though you could add more robust lentils for a bit of a bite. Anglo-Indian restaurants often use canned pineapple to add sweetness, but butternut squash or pumpkin is more usual in Indian recipes, and it lends an extra creamy texture and a less aggressive sweetness to the lentils....

Italian Tomato, Lentil, and Bacon Soup

I couldn’t get enough of this soup the first time my Italian zia lifted a big pot of it from her stove, and it is still one of my family’s favorite suppers — rich, filling, and tasty enough to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and, if served with a loaf of crusty bread, the perfect one-pot meal for when the nights start drawing in....

Anh Luu’s crawfish étouffée nachos at Tapalaya

It was 2015. A long line snaked through the Kerns neighborhood down East Burnside Street. The Oregonian’s Nacho Week was in full effect. Live brass music washed over patrons as they descended upon Tapalaya, the cozy New Orleans–themed restaurant, for executive chef Anh Luu’s mystifying — and delicious — creation: crawfish étouffée nachos....

Simple Chestnut Soup

It’s a delicate puree of boiled and peeled chestnuts, celery, carrots, onions, and broth....

Fall in Love

The chestnuts at Nella Chestnut Farm, and the best ways to cook them....

Yes, We Can

“We can pickle that!” has become a joke in Portland, but there’s truth to the jest....

Next Level Chocolate

When Sebastian Cisneros was growing up in the highland Andes of Ecuador, his family took frequent road trips around the country, often traveling through Ecuador’s cloud forest, a misty, mountainous environment that sits on the border between the high peaks of the Andes and the lush lowland tropics. There, cacao thrives....