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Imperfect Foods is the FIRST food delivery kit service I’ve ever used.
I’m OBSESSED. I love knowing that I’ll have the staples I need… ALL THE TIME. Produce here in Portland is relatively inexpensive buuuuut the amount of vegetables and other add-ons I get for under $20 is simply UNREAL. I love vegetables and I NEVER waste them. However, I will say I’m very bad at gauging shelf life of an avocado... I'm sorry.
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My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines by Rachel Yang and Jess Thompson
I got this book for me and my best friend when Reverly, one of our favorite restaurants in Portland, closed because of COVID-19. We wanted to ensure we could recreate our favorite dishes from their menu, namely, the pork belly kimchi pancakes, the fried chicken with peanut brittle, and the seaweed noodles with dungeness crab and crème fraîche. *chefs kiss*
The Science of Cooking by Dr. Stuart Farrimond
My boyfriend got me this after I told him that one of my new year’s resolutions was to “get better” in the kitchen, meaning, better understand cooking terminology, methods, and preparation. I’m good at following recipes (and consequently trainer-led workouts, tutorials, and anything where there is someone there to actively tell you EXACTLY what to do). BUT, I want to get a better grasp on why I should buy free range eggs over indoor-farmed eggs, why some flavors pair well with each other (and why some flavors don’t), and what to look for in good quality meat, to name a few examples.
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
Needless to say, I love Joanna. I can’t count how many times that I’ve made her Spinach Artichoke Dip. It’s my party trick. Since being gifted an air fryer for the holidays, my boyfriend and I came up with the idea of making Spinach Artichoke Dip WONTONS. Some other recipes I also love are: Curry Chicken Salad with Toasted Nuts, Gaines Brother Burgers with Drip Jam, and Chicken & Dumplings.
Magnolia Table, Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines
Did I say I love Joanna? Recipes to try: Grandpa Stevens’ Cabbage Rolls, Honey Thyme Roasted Carrots, and Mom’s Seaweed Soup.
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Not only are the photos in this cookbook amazing, entertaining, and basically the centerfold spread of a magazine, but the selection of salad in here is very diversified. When I make a salad, I don’t just want it to be lettuce, another vegetable and then some low-cal dressing. Her salads are fun and most importantly, FILLING. Not listing them all out because THEY ARE ALL GOOD. However, I do also love her biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese, and Mexican street corn. YUM.
The Island Poke Cookbook by James Gould-Porter
I was given this as a birthday present and I thought it was comical. What meals would be in here that my family or a friend’s family didn’t already know how to make? Well… Kimchi Crabcakes, Miso Butterfish, and Lemon Caper Mahi Mahi, to name a few. Also worth trying: Poke Inari Cups, Sesame Ginger Fish, Tutu’s Somen Salad, and Pitaya Latte.
I drink coffee every morning. And I also drink this with my coffee every morning. The only days I don’t have this with my coffee is when I run out!
Fun fact: I recently found out that Laird Superfood is based out of Sisters, OR!
Kimi Werner, better known to everyone in Hawai’i as @kimi_swimmy, is a professional freediver, great cook, and beautiful mother. On her YouTube channel, she shows her family adventures of fishing, hunting, and foraging and using that food to make local dishes. My favorite part of her shows, aside from her adorable son, is that she only uses what she has and often finds her substitutes work just as well, if not better. She also gives great advice on substitutes for ingredients that might not be accessible to everyone. I’ve tried making her Tataki, Dutch Baby Pancakes, and Ugly Dumplings. And, honestly, sometimes when I’m sewing or cleaning the house, I just let her videos play in the background to make me feel like I’m at home!
If you haven’t already heard of Pinch of Yum… I’m here to tell you about it. I started collecting my favorite recipes from my family and online and 75% of what I have in my recipe binder are PINCH OF YUM RECIPES. These recipes are SO EASY to follow and just SO GOOD. I make one of her recipes at least once a week.
Do yourself a favor and try:
Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme. The Cashew Queso is *chef’s kiss*.
Sesame Noodle Bowl. The Sesame Sauce is also *chef’s kiss*.
3 Ingredient Creamy Tomato Shells. I will never eat a regular jar of red sauce for the rest of my life. I always, always, ALWAYS add cashews and garlic.