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The quest for bacon toffee: Attempt No. 2

Ever since sampling my first piece (and second…and fifth) piece of bacon toffee in early December, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. The deep and satisfying saltiness tangoing with the piercing sweetness, the crunch of the candy exploding around the denser flesh of the bacon — it's so wrong and...

“Best of the Puget Sound” list

Not to be outdone by a list of favorites from our old stomping grounds, we here in the Puget Sound region have our own list of fine foods to celebrate. With one exception, we had not encountered these treats before 2006. 1. Fish Brewing Company's Winterfish: This seasonal, organic beer from Olympia - well...

Spit and go: 2005 Oregon wine tour

Our motto was, "Spit and go!" Our task was monumental: Ten wineries, two livers, and eight hours until our dinner reservations. This was our 2005 Oregon wine tour. Our plans changed a few times during the trip, starting with a wrong turn from the B&B that led us to our first winery. We hadn't intended...

Ecstasy in two words: BACON TOFFEE

Yes, you read that right. Try hard and you can imagine this match made in gustatory heaven: crispy chewy bacon bits (in this case heritage pork from Fatted Calf) coated in buttery sweet crunchy toffee. Salty and sugary, smoky and rich…white trash flavors made with top-quality ingredients…ahhhhhh. I had...

Pretty good pomegranate sauce

Pomegranates are not native to the Pacific Northwest, but here is a good sauce I made by once upon a time. The recipe comes from memory. The sauce goes well with lamb and that Oregon staple, pinot noir. Warm weather natives, rejoice. Ingredients: 2 pomegranates, or 1 cup of pure pomegranate juice 2...

Digest: Next Big Fish, Farm Bill wishlist, Frankenfuels, NYC foie gras ban

The Boston Globe: After marketing killed the Chilean Sea Bass, it seemed no other fish was waiting to replace it as a ubiquitous, mild-flavored, un-overcookable presence on menus around the world. Until now. Meet the Next Big Fish: the barramundi — "which means 'fish with big scales' in an aboriginal...

Not just for Oompa Loompas – a tour of Theo Chocolate

A couple of months ago, Man of La Muncha brought home a chocolate bar along with our normal haul of groceries. I pounced on the bar as it emerged from the shopping bag, to find that the flavor was, (ahem), "Bread and Chocolate". The brand was 3400 Phinney, and the maker was someone we had not heard of...

Trick or treat: CUESA’s “Scary scenes from our food system”

In honor of Halloween here are some creepy facts via this week's newsletter from the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the nonprofit that has managed the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market since since 1999. (By the way, if you haven't noticed our Ethicurean piggy Sloe's...

Oly’s Pear Pie

One of the challenges of being half a blogging couple is that we discuss ideas, and then the first person scheduled to write in a week tends to use up those ideas. You wake, thinking idly of the post that is due the following day, only to discover that the other person has written not just about the...

Around the blogosphere: Sewage sowing, Simon says, Dagoba interview

Our news larder is rather empty today, but others in the food blogosphere have plenty to go around. Rather than poach off their plates, we're linking to them. The Accidental Hedonist: Kate Hopkins does some digging into the latest E. coli outbreak, in lettuce, and finds that Monterey County has been...

Foie gras brouhaha: Bourdain & Ruhlman on proposed New Jersey ban

Today's Salon has an exchange between Anthony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman about a proposed foie gras ban in New Jersey. Who cares? Well, the Garden State is home to D'Artagnan, one of America's premier foie gras producers. Bourdain, the trash-talking celebrity chef, best-selling author, and offal endorser,...

Baltimore brews

Updated with photos! Our long residence on the West Coast gave us the impression that there is no decent beer east of the Rockies until you cross the Canadian border or reach Europe. This bias could have been argued until the mid-1990s. I remember business trips to the East Coast where the only alternatives...

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