Who’s hungry? Our November issue is for the foodies, including a fantastic photo spread on local chefs and their kids cooking together. They’ve shared some of their favorite recipes too, for everything from gluten-free lasagna for a weeknight feast to brown-butter pancakes for a lazy Sunday morning. We also take a hard look at what it means to feed a family on a food-stamp budget (hint: forget the fresh produce.) Plus, a how-to guide on seed paper from our friends at Zenger Farm, picks for holiday kickoff events and our Daddy Issues columnist mounts a defense of chronicling your kids’ lives on Facebook (he can hardly believe it himself.)
Book picks for little foodies, teething advice and a small business mama-blogger you should get to know.
A behind-the-scenes peek into the kitchens of some of Portland’s favorite chefs, who just happen to be parents. (They’ve shared some recipes, too!) Photos by Irene Hess.
Our writer tackles family life on a food-stamp budget. Plus where to get help.
Thinking of opening a checking account for your child? Our columnists say it’s never too early.
Working up a sweat with little ones in tow.
Chronicling your kid’s life on Facebook has its fringe benefits (until they start protesting).
A garden-inspired, seed-paper project from the folks at Zenger Farm.
Literary festivals, turkey trots and model trains.
When our twins were about 2 months old, my husband and I decided to chance going out for dinner. We took them to Biwa, our pick for the town’s best ramen, and prepared for the worst. Instead, they slept through the entire meal, lulled by the din of conversation and the clank of the kitchen. I remember it as one of the best meals of my life, a signal that pre-kid joys were still within reach. Fast forward a few years — the kids were about 3½, and we all decided to head over to lunch at Teote, a delicious, family-owned Latin American restaurant in southeast Portland. We ordered the kids bowls of beans and rice, a food combination they have eaten at least twice a week since they were about 9 months old without complaint. And then? Disaster. Complete, wailing, top-of-the-lungs meltdown by both kids at once, for reasons still unknown. I’m afraid that I was hangry, and reacted poorly, furiously screeching at both children and likely alarming the other diners. We finally had to walk out of the restaurant, and I remember it as one of the worst meals of my life (even though the food was great.) Many of us have similar stories, especially in a city like Portland, where food culture is so rich and varied. In this, our second annual food issue, we’ve celebrated some of the restaurant chefs who feed our families while they are at work, then go home and feed their own kids — our hats are off to them. We also took a closer look at feeding a family on a food-stamp budget, and the trade-offs you make (hint: fresh fruit is a real luxury). Plus, you’ll find great recipes and a garden-to-table crafts project to try at home. Bon appétit — and the next time you go out to dinner with the family, be sure to pay your compliments to the chef.
— Julia Silverman
This Month’s Cover
Local photojournalist Irene Tejaratchi Hess had a blast shooting this month’s feature on PDX-area chefs and their kids cooking together at home. In this shot, Clyde Comon executive chef Carlo Lamagna and his adorable son, Rishi, age 3, are teaming up to make brown butter pancakes. Recipe in our Top Chefs feature.