Roasted Black Plum Balsamic Ice Cream

Egg-free ice cream is a traditional American-style method that is less complex to make than custard-based ice cream, especially since you don’t have to worry about properly tempering eggs to prevent curdling....

Communion

When I was a kid, my sister and I accompanied our mother to church on Sundays. The doctrine never really stuck, but I came to appreciate the ritual: the lighting of candles, the taking of communion, and, of course, the snacks in the fellowship hall afterward....

Swimming Upstream

The growth of farm-raised salmon, a practice riddled with environmental and health concerns, doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. One of the latest developments took place in November, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically-engineered (GE) Atlantic fish...

Ice Cream CODAS

To understand how deeply the soda fountain is woven into American culture, think of Lana Turner sipping a Coke at Schwab's Pharmacy or the kids from Archie comic books gathering over ice cream sodas. For decades, everyone from flappers to GIs to Eisenhower-era housewives stopped at the drugstore for coffee or a malted....

Brewing with the Grain

Quick: When's the last time you ate barley? If you're an average Oregonian, it wasn't that long ago. And you didn't eat it; you drank it in a craft beer....

Garden to Table

Tending a garden is a constant education. There’s a real connection that happens when you care for your plants — that love you give your garden rewards you with beautiful ingredients for your kitchen....

A Plunge into Pungent Alliums

As pumpkins appear on porches, carved into grins, think about warding off vampires – but not by hanging a necklace of garlic across your shoulders. It would be better to spike some cloves into the ground....

Lavender

Lavender. It grows splendidly here in the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve all probably got a bush or two out in the yard — or know of friends who do. And yet we rarely, if ever, cook with it, which is a huge pity, as it is one of the most versatile of culinary herbs...

Who Needs Cows?

Walking down the sidewalk in inner southeast Portland, you may glance through a window and suddenly find yourself face to face with men and women in hairnets, white aprons, and rubber boots wielding hundreds of pounds of freshly made cheese....

Perfect Pairing

Founded in 1985, a time when the number of total U.S. distilleries, small and large alike, numbered in the dozens, Clear Creek Distillery has been a stalwart of the Willamette Valley food scene for the past 30-plus years....