Catalysts, Mentors, and Smoked Pork

A friend of ours passed away a couple weeks ago, so I’d like to dedicate this post to him. We weren't very close. I could probably count the number of times we spent time together on two hands. But what always impressed me was the passion he put into his food. He didn't know it …

tonkotsu

My vacation is coming to an end, but I am full of noodles. This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. A simple bowl of tonkotsu ramen – a milky pork stock-based bowl of noodles with roast pork, bamboo shoots, green onion, seaweed, and a boiled egg. Find it next …

chipotle-cinnamon braised pork shoulder

I've been working on this recipe for a while now and it gets more delicious every time. The result is fork-tender shredded pork that is great in soups (see posole), excellent in tacos, empanadillas, whatever you want. The less I talk about it, the better. Here's the version I made tonight at Mark's house. The …

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 …