Good Food, Good Dentistry?

Does good food make for good dentistry? My staff bristles whenever I compare a dental practice to a good restaurant, but I will stand by my belief that there are more similarities  than differences. My first consideration is the chef, who like the doctor in the practice, sets the standard of the quality of the… Read More

Food Passion

PASSION – a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something The term PASSION has almost become a cliche, an easy buzzword to convey a feeling without really experiencing or expressing the meaning. Because of this it is amazing and refreshing when you get to experience the presence of someone that… Read More

A Special Night of Tuscan Wines From Podere Ciona

Keith Ellis from Cook’s Pots and Tabletops teamed up with Italian wine maker Lorenzo Gatteschi to present an outstanding evening of food and wine from the Tuscan Region of Italy, and his wine Podere Ciona. The focus of the evening was to provide properly paired food with the unique wines of the region. Lorenzo spoke… Read More

A Night in Tuscany Class

The menu was “Over a Tuscan Stove” taught by Judy Witts-Francini at Cooks Pots & Tabletops. The class was well paced, informative and definitely entertaining, as well as delicious. The beauty of the class was that it was all food that you could easily make at home for family or company. As Judy said, it… Read More

Sweet Savant!

Cook’s Pots & Tabletops closed their 2012 cooking class calendar with a very fun class, “Christmas Baking Past and Present”, with instruction by Chef Kristen Murray from Portland. Given the subject of the class, there is no way to have this class other than to have it be fun, which it was with capital letters.… Read More

Affogato “Drowned Ice Cream”

Double-Dip Dessert Affogato is a classic Italian dessert and ideal for company: You get your coffee and your ice cream in one dish!! This is a great dessert to make for entertaining, very easy to do with a Nespresso espresso maker and using local sourced Lochmead Dairy Ice Cream. The Nespresso espresso maker was bought… Read More

A Good Reason to Sleep With Your Butcher?

The joke at cooking class was that it would be worth it to sleep with your butcher to get as good a cut of beef as we were having this evening. Although it was a very exceptional cut, I would have to disagree and that was the only thing I would disagree with for the… Read More

Bologna! The Culinary Epicenter of Northern Italy

  WOW!!! Cooks Pots & Tabletops did a really great job tonight bringing in sister and brother Francesca and Tommaso Tori from Bologna, Italy to teach some of the secrets of Bolognese pasta making. It was definitely a hands on course with everyone getting the opportunity to mix and roll their own pasta dough, “sfoglia”,into… Read More

Local Eats Are Good Treats

Wild Salmon Dungenesque at Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen is one of my favorite dishes on the menu. Because you don’t always want to spend the time in the kitchen or the drive to Portland, it’s good to have your local favorites for your edible treats. And it’s good to support local businesses to support the local… Read More