a medley of summer


large green spinach leaves
red leaf & leafy green lettuces
fresh English cucumber
organic cherry tomatoes
red bell pepper
fresh sugar snap peas ( a refreshingly sweet & crisp crunch )
fresh rosemary & basil
ground pepper
& a fresh squeeze of lemon



august: a lovely time of year for ripe organic cherry tomatoes and savory basil

bruschetta : ingredients :

1/2 white rustic baguette cut into 1" wedges
1 pint of organic mixed cherry tomatoes; cut in half
12 leaves of fresh basil; finely sliced
1 green scallion chopped
1/2 red bell pepper
1 tsp. course salt
fresh ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 tblsp. butter
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 fresh mozzarella ball sliced 1/4" thick

preheat oven to 425 degrees
prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
cut baguette into (8) 1" slices
chop garlic & set aside
slice tomatoes, basil, pepper, scallion & combine in mixing bowl along with half of the chopped garlic
pour in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, stir & add fresh ground pepper & course salt, cover & set aside
heat sauce pan over medium heat, add butter & allow to melt, separating milk solids from butter, add garlic, allow to saute only a few seconds, then evenly spread baguette slices, turning over to coat each side with the melted garlic butter, allow to brown on both sides.
once golden, pile chopped ingredients over the most golden side of each baguette slice, place 1 slice of mozzarella atop each piece.
allow to bake 15 minutes, the last 5 minutes, broil, on medium to allow mozzarella to brown, garnish with fresh basil leaves


a bite of Serratto

Serratto on nw 21st
yields an incredible palette of flavors:
a few musts are:
Margherita pizza baked in a wood fire oven; with fresh mozzarella, tomato and garlic, topped with fresh basil $10
Burger with white cheddar, bacon, bbq sauce and fried onions with pommes frites $10 (served medium rare)

ken's artisan bakery

Ken's on nw 21st

agh...the rustic raisin pecan bread, a must.
my mind wanders to all the pairing possibilities...
great with a soft double-cream brie cheese
or light spread of mayo & sliced sweet onion...

cauliflower & cheese

a cozy comfort

2 heads cauliflower
3 cups tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups diced tomatoes
1 3/4 cups cream of chicken
1/4 cup white wine
sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

cut cauliflower into small clumps, steam (medium heat) for 10 minutes
preheat oven to 425
place cauliflower, grated cheese, tomatoes, cream of chicken and wine into shallow baking dish.
flavor with salt and pepper, cook for 45 minutes.

branston pickle

the perfect English Branston Pickle sandwich:

Branston Original Pickle : by Crosse : Blackwell
Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese (thick slices)
Grand Central Bakery como bread
and of course Mayo
(also great on a burger)

Grand Central Bakery's story on the Como Bread:

As one of the Northwest's original artisan loaves, Grand Central's Como fueled a bread revolution in Seattle back in 1989. Now a daily staple in many homes and restaurants, Como is our most versatile rustic bread. Perfect either as table bread or sliced for sandwiches, the Como is an Italian-style white with a golden, nutty crust and chewy interior.

Ingredients: Unbleached enriched wheat flour, filtered water, preferment (unbleached enriched wheat flour, filtered water, yeast) salt.

kenny & zuke's sandwich works!

Q: looking for an incredible jewish deli?
A: kenny and zuke's on nw thurman : portland, or
here you will find an incredible rueben with thick cuts of pastrami on the best of GCB sour rye bread
an irresistible tuna sandwich on GCB como
and an almighty classic italian grinder
also look for the best burger with fresh pickled cucumber!

all of which are accompanied by a tart and tangy red potato salad & macaroni salad!
doggy bag required!

Aghhh...the favored Grand Central

a wonderful scoot yet again, to the famed Grand Central Bakery nestled in nw portland.
today my taste buds feasted on the french bistro ham; a rustic baguette, lightly buttered with thin slices of ham & swiss cheese, topped with romaine lettuce and dijon mustard.
& the green goddess chicken salad made of roasted chicken breast, tossed with fresh tarragon, basil, scallions, parsley, sugar snap peas, celery, red onion & herb dressing all piled atop a hearty rustic campagnolo bread. Yum!