Tuesday, January 05, 2010

14 Things I Absolutely Love

Ironically, Richard Nixon said it best: "I want to make one thing perfectly clear…" And though he was talking about his belief in the god-like powers of his office, it's the perfect introduction to how much I love living in the Northwest.

So when FoodDay asked me to contribute a few suggestions for their list of 100 (More) Things We Absolutely Love, I gave them a short list of just over 80 things that made my year. (My poor editors…) Out of that list they chose 14 in the following categories:
  • Hot Menu Items: Kevin Gibson's meat board at Evoe.
  • In Our Cupboards: Harissa in a tube and Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar.
  • Essential Kitchen Tools: Shun knives and new non-stick frying pans.
  • What We Read and Watch: Big Table Farm blog and the Gluten Free Portland blog.
  • Farmers Market Finds: Locally grown okra (also look for Danielle Centoni's lacinato kale chips…I'm trying them soon!).
  • Where We're Going: Cartola and Pop Culture.
  • Melange of Faves: DIY Cheesemaker meetings at Foster & Dobbs, Foodshare Fund NE and their farmers market tokens for food stamp recipients (top photo), Friends of Family Farmers and, last but certainly not least, the White House vegetable garden.
It makes me excited for what I'll be listing at the end of 2010!

Top photo by Sarah Gilbert.


Shun Cutlery said...

Thank you for your vote of confidence in Shun knives - now that we have read this, we are going to have to go check out Evoe!

Giovanna said...

I was going to ask how many you had--so where are the other 66 or so?

Kathleen Bauer said...

Shun, thanks for stopping by! And definitely go into Evoe…it's the best!

And Giovanna, the other 66 are on the pitch list just waiting to be released in one form or another!

Clare Carver said...

Thanks again for saying such nice things about my blog! you are in my (check every time I look at blogs list) and there are only 3 others in that list and they are all family : ) - and YES run don't walk to EVOE - cheers! C

Kathleen Bauer said...

You are so sweet to say so! And I'm so complimented to be on that list. Thanks for doing such a great job on your blog!

Unknown said...

Where can we find Harissa in a tube? Thank-you.

Kathleen Bauer said...

Hi Barbara! I'd try a specialty grocery. Pastaworks here in Portland would be a good place to try, or a Middle Eastern market like Rose International Gourmet Foods in Beaverton or Fiji Emporium on N. Interstate might have it.

Unknown said...


Kathleen Bauer said...

Let me know if your quest is successful and what you use it for…I'd love to know!