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....

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...

Yes, We Can

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

Hard Work Cuts the Mustard

Last year, Beaverton Foods turned out nearly 30 million jars of horseradish and mustard, and the brand is carried in 98 percent of the nation’s grocery stores....

The First Cookie

A couple of years ago, my husband, Andy, received a package in the mail from his father: a small plastic box containing a collection of family recipe cards....

Midsummer Italian Feast

Have you ever wondered why food in far-off places like Tuscany or Provence tastes so much better than at home? More often than not, it’s because dishes are prepared with locally grown ingredients....

Dirty Work

If you live in Portland, the odds are good that somebody at Recology has shoveled, ground, hauled, aerated, and sifted your kitchen scraps and yard waste, transforming them from an environmental liability into a valuable resource....

A May Day Dinner Party

With the arrival of spring, cheerful, fragrant blossoms fill the air, and colorful, vibrant produce can be found in abundance at our local farmers markets....