Inaugural Autumn

Here are a few quick and easy weeknight dinners that can be made in 40 minutes or less and require very little hands-on time. Best yet: The leftovers are easily packable and make for tasty lunches during the workweek. ...

The Secret Life of Beer Yeast

Yeast is the moving part of brewing, the living factory that churns sugar into alcohol, fizz, and flavor. It’s the only ingredient that’s absolutely non-negotiable....

Lentils

A staple in so many other parts of the world — lentils are bursting with nutrients, rich in protein, packed with fiber and slow-release carbs, incredibly versatile, and cheap to boot....

Eating Between the Pages

A reporter asked author Donna Leon about her crime series' protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti, a Venetian police inspector. “Did you give him a love of food so you could write about it?”...

Big Milk: Big Issues for Local Communities

Giant factory farms are moving to Oregon, bringing with them concerns about our rural communities, the environment, and how we want to grow our economy, as well as challenging long-held traditions of our state’s agriculture as one based on small, family-scale farms....

As the Season Turns, Savoring Spelt

As we dip our toes into the waters of this new season, I think you just may find that spelt is a great excuse to crack open the window and let in some of that cool autumn breeze while preheating the oven. The best of both worlds, no?...

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...

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....

Fall in Love

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