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Song of the Suburbs: Oh, Beaverton!

In my last post about moving to Beaverton, Oregon, I fully admitted to my ingrained urban snobbery, which had been easy to bury for the last ten years as I wore skinny jeans around various downtown and ultra-urban areas.

Today I am here to eat my slice of humble pie (purchased from Trader Joe’s, of course) and explain why Beaverton, Oregon, is a pretty good place to live. (I tried to write great in that sentence, but I’m not there yet. Give it another six months to ten years.)

First, Beaverton is incredibly diverse, whereas Oregon is very, very white. Coming from the Bronx, I thought it would be milquetoast-city anywhere we went, but at our local park there are people from the Middle East, Russia, India, China, and Korea. Plus, my friends, it’s still Oregon: It seems that no matter where they are originally from, people are breast-feeding in public and their kids are eating out of cloth snack bags.

The best cheap ethnic food around is in Beaverton. You can get great Mexican food in Oregon pretty much anywhere, but North Indian? Middle Eastern? South Indian? It’s all in Beaverton! Chennai Masala, near our house, smells like Kerala and has crispy, potato-filled dosa every day. This is a big threat to our budget.

Beaverton parks are awesome. You may be under a power line sometimes, but the Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec Department has fabulous facilities. K-Pants and I found a stroller exercise class at the complex next to our house that accepted us just as we were: screaming and out of shape. (Moms, check out Beaverton Baby Boot Camp. It’s awesome: woot, woot!). The Portland Timbers, our professional soccer team, also practices here, which provides some enjoyable eye candy.

Lastly, the commute to the high-tech forest is incredibly short. How do you think we ended up here in the first place? So although I do envy the incredible walkability and insane hipster-chicness of Portland’s East Side, seeing my husband for an extra hour and a half each day is totally worth living in the ‘burbs.

Wordless Wednesday: For My Foodies at Christmas

If you are coming from They Draw and Cook, WELCOME! I am a New York–based writer and copyeditor (with a secret passion for illustration). Click here to see the photo of the lox terrine! Read on for more to make your mouth water…

If you can’t get to New York City for Christmas, or you’ve turned into too much of a Scrooge to bundle up and hit the streets, here’s a truly mouth-watering winter day on the town. See if you can guess what and where (scroll over the picture to find out).

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Food and photos on Wednesday feels like an instant pick-me-up. Hope it works for you, too!

This is peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-bacon cookie dough. Original recipe is Barefoot Contessa (but no bacon: Barefoot just does PB and chocolate). I was feeling down, so I thought I would make the cookies irrationally decadent.

My husband’s first reaction was, “They are…interesting.” When I went and flung myself on the bed (the cookies weren’t the only irrational thing in the house last night) he recanted and said they were delicious, but they just had to grow on you. I admit that mixing savory and sweet is always a gamble.

I hope you enjoy the gratuitous pumpkin appearance.

You’ll notice that these bad boys look pretty milk toast…until you bite in and get a smoky flavor. When I had a warm one from the oven, the taste made me want to throw some sea salt on top, and maybe a dollop of cream!

Any weird flavor combos that have piqued your interest lately??

Cabbage that Tastes Good

[Wednesday is the blog’s new day for food and recipes. Please send me your own submissions!]

When I think  cabbage, I think of Oliver Twist–not my favorite culinary muse. However, the cruciferous bowling ball took me in and wafted it’s great steamy smell and I somehow fell in love.

This recipe for sautéed cabbage is easy. Did I say easy? I mean it. And it makes a lot. Easy and bountiful. It’s from Barefoot, who got it from Martha, which makes me feel like we’re just a bunch of girlfriends swapping advice.

Me: I like leftovers.

Barefoot: Like my margaritas in plastic baggies? Just throw ‘em in the freezer, girl!

Martha: What about cabbage with your margaritas?

Me and Barefoot: Ohhhhh, Yezzzzzz!

And that’s how it happened.

Sautéed Cabbage from Barefoot inspired by Martha (Find the real recipe and content from Barefoot here.)

1. Chop your cabbage into approx. 1/2″ think pieces. (Core that bad boy first so you don’t have to deal with the hard nodule.)

2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add 3-4 tbs. butter.

3. Throw in the cabbage (you can only do about half a head at a time, and frankly, half a head is plenty. Use the rest for salad or something crisp and tangy.)

4. Season cabbage with salt and pepper, and sauté for about 10-15 minutes. Add extra butter as needed and stir the cabbage for equal browning. It’s done when it’s starting to turn translucent. Around these parts, we like it really browned.

Serving Suggestions:

If you want to get all fancy you can add some parmesan cheese and toasted walnuts, but I like it just as well plain. What really made our cabbage meal this time around was a glass of warm apple cider and a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich with dijon. Hello!

Happy cooking! Let me know what you think!