Weekend Cooking Fun Continued: Black Bean Soup, Collard Greens, and More Bread

Whenever I start making bread I can't stop myself. There's no reason for me to have four loaves of bread in the house. Baking, especially bread, is a meditation. This second batch is organic whole wheat, and I used molasses instead of sugar or honey. The taste difference is amazing. Sweet and nutty with an …

Huevos Rancheros

Our huevos rancheros. I fry two corn tortillas in hot clarified butter, but without crisping them up too much. Flip them, then crack two eggs on top and throw it in the oven (400 degrees) until the whites are solid and yolk still runny. Serve on top of a ladle full of Rancho Gordo pintos, …

cooking an octopus

I try to be a humble cook. I don't take compliments well. I don't like to brag. But when it comes to octopus, I have to. This might be the best octopus dish I've ever eaten. The tentacles are cooked in a salty vegetable or chicken stock for an hour until they're soft. We roll …

Posole v NW

Some friends and I ate lunch at the food carts yesterday on Skidmore and Mississippi in NE Portland, and e. got posole. It was cold and rainy, with the sun peaking out every half hour, so a bowl of hot porky posole sounded perfect. But it was a disappointing posole. All heat, no salt, no …