Archive for November, 2009

Thanksgiving: Gut-Loading Gratitude

Posted in Portland with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by Donna Arriaga

For Thanksgiving  this year, Paul and I are fortunate enough to have Peter & Hanne (Paul’s parents) and Carl & Anna (Paul’s brother and his girlfriend) cozy up in our home for a wonderful holiday celebration.  And, with turkey day right around the corner, I figured it was due time for me to finalize the menu.

Here’s the line-up…

Starter Courses

  • Beggars’ Purses filled w/ Shrimp, Spinach and Artichokes
  • Crostini w/ Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade
  • Candied Nuts (A special, sweet and salty creation made by Paul’s father that’s balanced with the perfect amount of spice.)
  • Spinach & Arugula Salad w/ Roasted Beets

Main Course and Sides

  • Roast Turkey Breast w/ Prosciutto-Hazelnut Crust
  • Homemade Mushroom and Brie Ravioli w/ Brown Butter Sauce
  • Peter’s Sage Dressing with Chicken Sausage
  • Asparagus w/ Toasted Garlic
  • Maple-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce w/ Jalapeño

Dessert

  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream  (Big thanks to Carl & Anna for our new ice cream maker!)

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Posted in Portland with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by Donna Arriaga

PB&J = simplicity, no refrigeration needed, cheap, and just down right yumminess.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

This, we already know.  And most of us already know how to assemble a PB&J.  BUT… just in case there’s any confusion, you can rest assured because eHow has saved the day with a PB&J How-To video.

<Really?  REALLY???>

And, after you’ve mastered the art of PB&J, you might be ready for broad, new territory.  Unleash those unstoppable PB&J Master Jedi skills and delve into a whole new realm of peanut butter and jelly – well, mostly peanut butter.

  • Grilled Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana
  • Fluffernutter — Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Fluff
  • Peanut Butter & Mayonnaise [and Shrimp!] — Yup. According to Epicurean.com, “The Southern Housekeeper listed recipes for Peanut Sandwiches, using ‘roasted peanuts chopped up into a fine paste and well mixed with mayonnaise or thick cream.’  In 1968, Ladies Home Journal offered fearless eaters a recipe for a Siamese Sandwich, which combined peanut butter with mayonnaise, shrimp, raisins, apple, celery, onion, powdered ginger and lime or lemon rind.”
  • Asian Curry Spice Peanut Butter, Pickles, Coconut & Potato Chips — This concoction was whipped up by B.P. Loco and is appropriately called  The Wacko.
  • Organic Peanut Butter & Thick-Cut Bacon — At Portland’s own Peanut Butter Ellies, you can order up your very own PB&Bacon.  But it doesn’t stop there.  The Build Your Own option offers a wild array of toppings for your peanut butter cravings ranging from banana and gummy worms to guacamole and BBQ sauce.  (The cafe closed, but adventurous PDX’ers can still order their wild sandwiches to-go.)

And, while creating your masterpiece sandwich, rock out to…

…a good meme dies hard.