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The Whole Dish

Shift flatbreads to morning meals

If you can put scrambled eggs on nachos, you better believe you can put them on flatbread. The former is a fun brunch idea from Wednesday’s food section and sel...

Flatbreads update breakfast foods

The observation that outdoor entertaining is best kept to hours before noon will only become more relevant in the coming weeks. Temperatures over 100 forec...

Waiting for tomatoes? Make this soup

The advent of summer produce inspires all manner of dishes, not least among them, soup. Chilled soups, of course, are classic mealtime solutions when the mercu...

Watermelon, feta salad a fave for 4th

A few fresh takes on summer salads fill this week’s food section. To writer Jim Flint’s recipes for broccoli salad, Mexican pasta salad and melon cucumber sala...

Bake, blend, freeze overripe berries

Strawberries seemingly can go from perfectly ripe to overripe in less than a day. That’s why I check on a cache of berries every few hours, which isn’t hard wh...

Strew strawberries into main-dish salads

Another week or so of locally grown strawberries should be in the forecast. That’s according to Amber Fry, who manages Fry Family Farm Store in Medford. The be...

Pucker up for ‘pie plant’

They go together like peanut butter and jelly. The marriage of fresh strawberries and rhubarb, however, is far more fleeting than classic companionship sugge...

Coconut cake bridges fruit seasons

Coconut is the third ingredient in a tropical trifecta that inspired my latest food section column. The grated flesh, the rich milk and even coconut extract tie...

Chutney preserves pineapple’s shine

Pineapple brightened this week’s food section. The peak-season fruit that inspired some bright recipes more often is consumed in my household as a snack or meal...

Ticket to the tropics

Little green nubs on my strawberry vines and blueberry bushes harbor hopes for a bountiful summer. Temperatures still so springlike, though, keep berry harvests...

Lovely lettuce wraps crisp-fried shrimp

Planting my family’s summer garden Sunday sacrificed several heads of lettuce. Supported by late-spring rain and cool temperatures, I had babied these greens al...

Guacamole a vehicle for therapeutic herbs

I’ve been relishing California’s avocado season. This springtime window offers reasonable assurance that avocados are buttery and smooth without any stringy fle...

Cabbage rolls are thrifty cook’s friend

At least one quintessential recipe was omitted from this week’s food section spread about Ukrainian classics. Cabbage rolls are considered pure comfort food acr...

Mix savory muffins in many combinations

Blueberry muffins caused me to wax nostalgic for a recent food section column. But carrot corncakes coerced me into the kitchen. Savory baked goods, after all, ...

Butter, buttermilk coax high-rise biscuits

My recent column about muffins vouched for oil over butter. But where my inexpert attempts at baking are concerned, butter often has been the saving grace. Butt...

Muffins from mom

Homemade muffins summon maternal memories. Weekend mornings of my childhood seemed extra special when Mom piled a bowl high with freshly baked blueberry muffins...

Cheesy grits steal mealtime show

My older son, in his own words, loves “little birds.” That’s how we graduated from roasting smallish broiler chickens to a Cornish game hen for each diner to a ...

Oregon albacore raises casserole game

Pink shrimp season is practically reason unto itself to plan a trip to the Oregon Coast. Plus, I’m down to my last can of tuna. What’s the big emergency? My fam...

Suss out sustainable shrimp, seafood

Oregon’s shrimp season is picking up speed. But until I can get to the coast for the freshest catch, I make do with other species available frozen at mainstream...