Food and Recipes
Never had shishito peppers? You need to track them down. Right now.
Mexican cuisine has been popular for a long time, but my recent travels around our country have persuaded me that fish tacos are big now in a way they never were before.
I've updated the basic potpie before, using cabbage and white beans and giving it a sweet-potato-topped, curry-flavored twist. This version goes much further, to a deconstructed state: The filling is a chili-pepper-spiked turkey and black bean mix. It's fresh, lively and light.
Pasta is dressed up with shrimp, zucchini and red bell pepper in this 15-minute meal. The vegetables cook for a couple of minutes in a skillet, white wine is added, and shrimp cooks for a few more minutes in the white wine sauce. The shrimp remain juicy and tender this way.
In its natural state, eggplant is tough, spongy and bitter — pretty vile, all in all. Generally, vegetables (especially ones with a reputation for being vile) do not benefit from overcooking — think fetid Brussels sprouts, gray peas, floppy asparagus. Eggplant is the opposite: Its unpleasantness is directly correlated with how undercooked it is. I would rather go hungry than eat a grill-marked yet stiff slice of eggplant — which is how eggplant is traditionally served in workplace cafeterias, airport sandwich kiosks, and other venues that don't pride themselves on their vegetarian offerings. But eggplant so mushy it falls apart when you so much as prod at it gently with a finger? Eggplant so tender that stabbing it with a fork with your eyes closed feels no different from stabbing a patch of empty space? Now we're talking.
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Old Town Burger & Breakfast opened at its new location, just steps away from its former digs, on Dec. 26, offering more seating and elbow room with the same friendly service and excellent food that has given the family-style restaurant a superb reputation in the community.
Beacon Rock Pub and Grill opened in January 2013. The space was formerly occupied by Evergreen Pie Way. Although the dimensions of the restaurant have not changed, the face has undergone a major transformation.
Nuestra Mesa, which translates to Our Table, is in its third year of business in downtown Camas. Committed to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and meat and fish from Draper Valley Farms, Cascade Natural, Carlton Farms and Newman’s Fish Co., Nuestra Mesa begins each Mexican dish with the highest quality.
Uncle D's Wood Fired Pizza recently opened in Battle Ground Village. It is a family-friendly, casual dining restaurant that serves wood-fired pizza in a rustic setting that has the fluidity of modern efficiency.
Dunkin' Donuts is poised to beat McDonald's and Starbucks in introducing the fast-food industry's first gluten-free pastries.
A program designed to help stretch the value of food stamps at farmers markets is up and running again this year after a successful 2012 launch.
Greek yogurt is everywhere, and now represents nearly a third of the yogurt market. But how different is the Greek version from regular yogurt? That depends.
WASHINGTON — A day after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Health Department went to court to defend its proposed cap on the sale of super-sized sodas, a published study offered evidence that Bloomberg's plan would reduce average calorie intake among those most likely to buy large drinks, and would have its greatest effect on overweight and obese kids.
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.