American Dream

Jose Perez leans out the window from his bright turquoise food cart and hands over a towering El Cubano sandwich stacked with layers of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on grilled Cuban bread. “This is what people eat all the time in Cuba,” he says....

Firebreather

"When I was pregnant, I wanted the spiciest foods ever," says Sarah Marshall, who co-founded Marshall's Haute Sauce, a line of hot sauces made with seasonal ingredients and signature recipes, with her husband, Dirk, in 2011. She's not kidding; when pressed, Sarah admits that, nothing, and she means nothing, was hot enough....

Old is New Again at Antiquum Farm

Stephen Hagen stands among rows of Pinot Noir vines at his vineyard, Antiquum Farm, a few miles outside Junction City. Hens peck at the soil. Gray sheep graze in the shade of the vines, with the Coburg Hills sleeping purple on the horizon....

Drink Chocolate

When I emailed Aaron Koch about writing an article on his instant drinking chocolate company, Treehouse Chocolate, he responded, "Do you want to come see the smallest chocolate factory in the world?" This was the first surprise. There would be more....

The Proof is in the Parsnip

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression, “Fine words butter no parsnips.” In other words, flattery (“buttering up”) is meaningless without the behavior to back it up. A variation of sorts on “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” it's a particularly apt turn of phrase when speaking of parsnips, that humble root vegetable whose gnarled exterior is at odds with its creamy, sweet interior....

Holidays on the Lamb

The last two months of the year are a time of celebration and giving thanks. Family and friends gather around the holiday table to reconnect and reminisce while enjoying a hearty meal together. When I was growing up, lamb often found its way onto our holiday table. An untraditional meal to many, lamb became our tradition, and to this day, the smell of lamb wafting through the house brings back all those memories of home and comfort....

Carrying the Torch

It’s 1963. You’re celebrating your anniversary at a nice restaurant. Your wife’s silk dress glimmers against the velvet banquette, and candlelight throws warm light on the coiffure that only a few hours ago absorbed half a spray can of Aqua Net. The remnants of your clams casino and dry martinis, served club-style, of course, have been whisked away....

What a Great Place to Put Jerusalem Artichokes

I am riding shotgun in a rusty farm truck bumping along an uneven dirt road late one fall day. John Eveland is driving, and I’m interviewing him about his farm when the phone rings. It’s an order for 200 pounds of Jerusalem artichokes, that strange relative of the common garden sunflower that produces edible, starchy underground tubers. The buyers want to pick the sunchokes up the next morning, and there is not much daylight left....

The Better Noodle

The co-founder of the Umi Organic noodle company, Lola Milholland started experimenting with noodles at age 23, after living in Japan during college. Wanting to improve, she took a class from Dr. Gary Hou at Portland's Wheat Marketing Center. "The class cost $1,000, which I couldn’t afford, so I snuck in as a journalist," she says....

My Favorite Mistake

Park Kitchen, along the Pearl District’s historic tree-lined green belt, is a landmark destination for its seasonal American cuisine. For chef owner Scott Dolich and his team, it is a finely-tuned culinary workshop....