You can’t get away from green on St. Patrick’s Day, from clothing to food. A green shirt isn’t hard to come by in Eugene. It’s almost as easy is making colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of fluffy mashed russet potatoes flecked with green onions and cabbage.
This year, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5. Traditionally, it was the time to use up fats and other foods that might be avoided during the austere season of Lent.
A jar of caramel sauce in your refrigerator means almost any dessert that seems a little too plain can be turned into something worthy of a celebration, even if that celebration is you and a great book.
During an insistently rainy and windy visit to Rome, we spent part of an afternoon huddled in the covered outdoor seating area at a restaurant on a market square. All of the outer rim of tables were drenched and empty.
A warming soup is a welcome meal as the temperatures drop and evening comes early. A thick bean soup with vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options means you can make one soup and add ingredients to suit all eaters.
I recently had to empty my top kitchen drawers, giving me the chance to think about what it is I actually use. Some things were culled immediately and others weren’t put back when the time came. I got rid of things that I either didn’t use or didn’t work well.
I was standing in a grocery store this past week looking at the stalks of Brussels sprouts, remembering the first time I saw them and thought, “Oh, so that’s how they grow.” How much more efficient than the tiny cabbages growing in rows I’d imagined.
If you go to a farm to pick out pumpkins to carve for Halloween, you know that spiced apple cider is an essential part of the pumpkin-carving event. Other goodies to serve at a carving party, or at a full-on Halloween costume party, could be popcorn balls and apple cider doughnuts.
Labor Day weekend signals the nearing end of summer and the beginning of tailgating season. Here are some ideas for dishes to contribute to a picnic or tailgate that take advantage of the still-abundant seasonal vegetables and fruits but don’t require too much work.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a yard full of fruit trees and berry bushes, maybe you know someone who does. Often, all it takes is a casual mention in a group that you’d love some figs, quince or pears for them to be offered. They might even show up on your doorstep.