Hi PDX Chowhounders! I'm planning a small birthday party (10-12 people) and looking for a good restaurant with a separate dining room. We are a loud bunch and I would hate to impose our noise-making on other diners!
A sizzling strip of bacon is arguably the most delicious morsel out there, but prepping it for cooking can sometimes be a pain. When removing bacon from the package, it'll often stretch or tear. David Pistrang of CHOW.com shows you an easy trick for getting perfect bacon slices out of the package every time.
How to Separate the Egg Yolk from the White
Get a bit dirty in the process.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Quick Bites: Richard Blais
Check out restaurateur, Top Chef winner, and cookbook author Richard Blais's honest opinions on a variety of ingredients (like ramps, sea urchin, and bacon), see if you agree with where he sides on classic food debates like cake vs pie and milk vs dark chocolate, and find out which kitchen tool you can pick up for a lot cheaper at a pet store.
Easy Peach Crisp
For a no-fuss summer dessert, look no further than this easy peach crisp. Ripe slices of the fruit are tossed with brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and cornstarch to help thicken the sweet peach juices, then topped with a streusel of flour, butter, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon that gets nutty and crisp in the oven. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream for a perfect bite.