So far this week (and it’s not over), I have made: cajun pork burgers, chile lime avocados, chicken divan, herbed mash, Alsatian pizzas with caramelized onions and bacon, celery/apple/fennel slaw, ice cream sundaes with ganache and pretzel nougatine, a garlic cheese braid, and right now, I’m curing salmon that will sit atop a fried wonton with avocado mash to hold it all together. Told you: it’s an all-out kitchen assault, and I can’t be stopped.
I’m blaming Portland. This city is chalk full of markets (traditional and farmers), restaurants with inventive menus, and creative foodies. This walkabout lifestyle, where no ingredient requires any driving, is inspiring me to get off my ass and use every utensil in my kitchen. Henri probably thinks I’m crazy, but he loves going along as my sous chef on our ingredient-hunting missions. And because I’m a sucker for his big, droopy eyes, he usually gets a treat or a sampling from the menu. In fact, I think he’s had a home-cooked dinner two or three times this week. Lucky dog…
Happy Friday! Enjoy a sampling of photos from this week’s culinary blitzkrieg: