Weekend Finds

Weekend Finds 3:19:17

Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
  • It’s Portland Dining Month and WHOA are there a lot of good options. I hit up Urdaneta last night and it was DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely be returning.
  • Spring is starting to creep up, and it is getting me in the mood for a crunchy, refreshing bowl of vegetables. This is my favorite right now.
  • Brooke is back and I couldn’t be happier. I am loving following her adventures as she launches into her boat life, and I can’t wait to read more.
  • I just made this baked pasta from Smitten Kitchen to take to a friend with a new baby (because new babies mean no sleep means how do you even have the energy to feed yourself), and now I would like to make it for myself all the time please.
  • Now that I’m back, I’m hitting up all my favorite places and all the new places that have opened since we’ve been gone. Wares falls into both of those categories, and we went for brunch this morning. I was not mad about it. (GET THE FRIED KALE.)
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler
Weekend Finds 3:19:17 | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Weekend Finds 10:22:16

It has been a long time since I have rounded up some weekend finds for you. And since I have been longingly staring at recipes on blogs I love, pages I follow on Facebook, and my Instagram feed, I can tell you that I have some things I really want to cook. We’ve been gone for about three weeks now and, after my friends and family, the thing I am missing most is cooking. The good news is, I can text and Skype with my friends and family. I cannot chat with my pots and pans, the smell of onions sautéing in butter, my favorite wooden spoon, or freshly baked pumpkin bread. So instead, I am planning on living vicariously through all of you as you cook your way through fall, my favorite season. Here’s what I would make if I were you.

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Cream and Chanterelles from PDXFoodLove

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Cream and Chanterelles from PDXFoodLove
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Cream and Chanterelles from PDXFoodLove

Three of my favorite things in one dish: crispy chicken skin, cream sauce, and mushrooms. This recipe from fellow Portland blogger Rebekah looks so freaking tasty, and I think it would be perfect for dinner with friends on a chilly fall evening.

Salted Tahini, Pepita, and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from Chocolate + Marrow

Salted Tahini, Pepita, and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from Chocolate + Marrow
Salted Tahini, Pepita, and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from Chocolate + Marrow

Brooke’s writing continues to blow me away, as do her recipes and photos. The accompanying blog post breaks my heart, but these cookies sound like they’d lift my spirits. They look like the perfect treat for the season, nutty through and through with the tahini, pepitas, and peanut butter.

Roasted Vegetables with Miso & Harissa

Roasted Vegetables with Miso & Harissa
Roasted Vegetables with Miso & Harissa

Yes yes, I’ve obviously posted this before. But it is my absolute go-to in the fall. The miso gets perfectly caramelized and the harissa lends the perfect amount of heat. Want to make it into a hearty salad? Make a teeny bit extra of the miso-harissa-olive oil mixture and, once the vegetables are roasting, squeeze a lemon into the remaining mixture. Whisk together, and then add chopped kale leaves and massage them with the dressing. Toss with the roasted vegetables once they’ve cooled for a bit.

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Weekend Finds 6:30:16 Summer Eats

Cannon Beach | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Y’all! It’s been a minute since I’ve written! But don’t you fret, I’ve still been cooking up a storm and eating all the good food. I promise. But there’s a lot of other stuff that’s been going on too!

  1. I’m moving! Where? Good question. In October, Jonah and I will be taking advantage of our ability to work remotely. First we’re heading to Thailand for a couple of months, then we’ll be in Germany for Christmas with Jonah’s extended family, and then we’ll be in Portugal, where we’ll hopefully stay for about 4 or 5 months, and traveling from there to visit friends in London, the Netherlands, and Morocco. Exciting? Of course! Terrifying? You bet!
  2. It’s summer, and summer in the PNW means spending all the time outside and on the beautiful Oregon coast. Last weekend was spent at our friend’s beloved beach house, and the week before that was spent at Cannon Beach at a mini family reunion. Which brings me to…
  3. We’re engaged! While we were in Cannon Beach Jonah popped the big ol’ question and I said yes (duh). If you have any wedding planning tips or tricks (especially for weddings that take place in Chicago) I’d love to hear them!

Ok, back to the good stuff. I’ve been doing my fair share of eating out these days too. Summers are perfect for happy hours outside, and putting on that cute new sundress to hit up that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. All the incredible flavors and ingredients of summer are out in full force. Here’s what I’ve been eating lately:

Renata

P.D.T cocktail at Renata | Summer Eats |Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Jonah took me here to celebrate our engagement, and while I only took a picture of my cocktail (it was a phones-free-dinner after that), the meal was fantastic. The highlights were my cocktail (the P.D.T aka Peas Don’t Tell) and the albacore tuna conserva served with tomatoes and peaches.

Hat Yai

Braised Beef Cheek in Curry with Roti at Hat Yai | Summer Eats | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

You guys, Hat Yai is seriously at the top of my list as far as new openings in Portland go. They serve southern Thai food, and it is perfectly executed and complex and satisfying and just SO DAMN GOOD. Go eat here immediately and get the fried chicken, roti, and curry. You will not be sorry.

Lincoln

Blogger happy hour at Lincoln | Summer Eats | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Chef Jenn Louis hosted a very fun blogger happy hour for at her N Williams restaurant Lincoln, and it did not disappoint. How can you go wrong with a bunch of food-loving ladies, cocktails, and delicious food with influences from cuisines around the world? Highlights included asparagus hummus with labneh and flatbread, grilled dates with marcona almonds and lime, and the fried chicken with white barbecue sauce. This happy hour is fantastic, so make sure you check it out!

Le Pantry

Deviled Eggs with Trout at Le Pantry | Summer Eats | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Perhaps the fanciest food cart around, Le Pantry is relatively new to Pod 28 (on SE 28th and Ankeny). The menu is very sweet, and I can’t wait to go back to try more of their dishes. We enjoyed the deviled eggs with trout, and the salad with fried calamari was filled with bright flavors like nectarines, corn, and some crispy potatoes.

Lechon

Happy Hour at Lechon | Summer Eats | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Jonah and I stopped into Lechon for happy hour before heading to the Waterfront Blues Fest to see Chubby Carrier. I had been hearing great things from both my roommate and blogger friends, plus it’s just across the street from the waterfront, so it worked out perfectly. The prices were great (as were the cocktails) and we seriously enjoyed a small salad, the ceviche, and clams with chorizo.

Where have you been eating lately? Any place I have to check out before hitting the road in October? Let me know! I hope you’re enjoying these beautiful PNW summer days!

Weekend Finds 7:1:16: 4th of July Edition

Let’s be honest. The 4th of July has become an occasion for day drinking, barbecues, water balloons, and fireworks. But I’m not complaining. For the past few years we have spent the day in our friends Dylan and Caitlyn’s back yard, lounging, snacking, drinking good Portland brews, and eventually having a summery BBQ feast. And Monday will be no different. Here are the recipes I’m looking to cook this 4th of July.

Green Rice Salad with Nectarines

Green Rice Salad with Nectarines from Not Without Salt

This salad has been a summer gathering go-to for years now, and it never fails. People always love it, it’s summery and colorful with a little bit of spice and plenty of bold flavors.

Tomato-Peach Salad with Tofu Cream

Tomato-Peach Salad with Tofu Cream

Don’t let the tofu cream weird you out and keep you from making this refreshing salad. I promise, it’s delicious.

Barbecue Chicken (Rub and Sauce)

Smitten Kitchen's Barbecue Chicken

If my memory doesn’t fail me – and it’s been a year so it might – Dylan and Caitlyn make this amazing dry rubbed chicken every year, throw it on the grill, and coat it in this homemade barbecue sauce. It is always the hit of the party, no matter how much I up my game.

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie from Bon Appetit

I haven’t made this pie (YET!) but it has been haunting my dreams. The layer of cream cheese at the bottom? The mountain of strawberries? The crumble of pistachio and poppy seeds and cardamom? I mean, come on.

Zero Proof Beverages

The thing about spending all day in the sun eating and drinking is you have to be smart. It’s always good to have a NA drink option around, and I’m having trouble deciding which of these two I should make; saffron and cardamom lemonade or tea thyme soda.

Ottolenghi’s Basic Hummus

Ottolenghi and Tamimi's Hummus

This is my extremely reliable hummus recipe that I starting making regularly after returning from Israel last summer. With a few tweaks, it is rich and healthy and makes a perfect all day snack when paired with pita, carrots, bell peppers, and whatever other crunchy vegetables you like. (What tweaks, you ask? I do 1 cup tahini, 6T lemon juice, 6 cloves of garlic, and 4T ice water.)