Pass the Steamy

Errrrrrrg… It’s too hot outside. I cannot wait for the end of September when Portland’s temperatures dip back down into the low 70′s and I can sit in a chair without my legs sticking to it or my underwear riding up my bum. Bleh. Summer makes me grouchy, but luckily food kinda cures the ill mood temporarily. 

First off, I promised some photos from the NW Let Live Animal Rights Conference which was held in Portland last weekend. I have something even better for you, video coverage of many of the talks/workshops!!! I know many people weren’t able to attend the conference but would have loved the opportunity to sit and listen to some amazing folks inspire and educate. Here is a link to the videos currently uploaded on Vimeo (thanks to the kind people who volunteered their time to videotape). Keep checking the site though because more videos will be added!! You can view a few of the photos I snapped on my Flickr page, here. I had such a wonderful time at the conference and I look forward to next year.

Okay now perhaps a few food photos? Alright. Tim and I started off the long weekend with some cherry picking in Hood River, OR (which is about an hour from Portland). To be honest, I was never much of a cherry-lover until maybe a month ago. It’s true. How much I wish I had been snarfing up cherries all my life – they are so good! We found a small family orchard that had u-pick cherries for $1/pound. Super deal, isn’t it? We picked Bings, Rainiers, and Lamberts. The trees were so loaded down with gorgeous red fruit we were able to pick nearly fifteen pounds in less than a half hour. Views of Mt. Hood provided a backdrop and we went early in the morning before the evil heat consumed the day. We already have several pounds in the dehydrator (I am thinking granola), some in the freezer for smoothies, and some stirred with sugar and lemon juice for cherry preserves. My fingers are purple and my belly is full to the brim with cherries. The best part of the picking was the drive home because Tim and I spit the tiny pits out the window onto the lonely highway. It isn’t really littering…



If anybody has a favorite recipe that uses cherries, please let me know, it would be nice to try something new!

And, because it is hotter than heck, I didn’t feel like cooking much this evening. Tim and I quickly grilled some marinated tempeh and served it with perhaps my new favorite salad: Cranberry-Bulgur Salad. This salad is so simple to prepare and fast too. You can find the recipe for the salad on the awesome Full of Beans blog. Thanks Kiersten for the super delicious recipe!!!



Hmmm… I guess that’s about all for now. Oh, except I have one question: Is it wrong for two people to devour an entire batch of brownies in less than 24 hours? I hope not.

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16 thoughts on “Pass the Steamy

  1. I think it’s standard to finish off a batch of brownies that quickly…

    The cherries look oh so good! And the bulgur salad? I’m going to have to try that soon–it’s bloody hot down here too.

  2. we looooove Kiersten’s cranberry-bulghur recipe, too! it’s so delicious! hooray for a great time at the conference (thanks for the video link, too!) and for such a sweet deal on the cherry pick’n! superw00t! a belly full of cherries = a happyfaced belly! awesomesauce! my mom tells me that chipmunks looooove to eat cherry pits – i have yet to confirm this – but i like to imagine they do. random fact about cherry pits! ahahhahahahahaa! dehydrated cherries are not only rock’n in granola, but they’re just as delicious in cereal and on top of spinch salads along with mandarin orange segments, candied pecans, and strawberries. mmmmmmmmm! that’s too funny that you weren’t a cherry fan until about a month ago – i never tried watermelon until about 2 months ago and now i just can’t get enough – it’s so awesome! hooray for fall’n in love with some uber tasty fruits! yummers, fo ‘sho!

  3. I love cherries but they’re always so expensive – $1/ pound is a great price. Do you have a cherry pitter?

    That salad does look good-I’ll have to try it when it gets hot again next week.

    About the brownies…how big a batch?

  4. Your photos are beautiful! I just bought a bounty of cherries and cannot stop eating them! Thanks for the hint on the bulgur salad, I’m always looking for new ways to eat my grains!

  5. I’m getting pretty fed up of the heat too – it’s good that it’s not raining but really does it need to be this hot?!!

    Those cherries look delicious, I cannot believe how cheap they were…in the UK they’re about £7 a pond (that’s about $10.50) so they’re a rare treat.

  6. I would have loved to attend the conference, and to help you eat the brownies, because it wouldn’t have been as bad as a three-fer! That being said, an 8×8 pan is just ridiculous and small, so no, it’s not a bad thing at all!
    Cherries…we love them so much. We tend to eat them raw, but pies would be good, or cobbler…I’ve been putting them in my morning green smoothies, too. I should try brownies.

  7. Nope, definitely nothing wrong with devouring a pan of brownies between you in 24 hours. Although your waistband may disagree with me there!! But hey, you can’t please everyone, right? :-)

    I bookmarked that cranberry bulgar recipe a while back, thanks for the reminder. It looks so good.

  8. Thank you for the link to those videos! Yay for internet and technology.
    Cherries…I’ve made some ice cream and compote with them. Both recipes are on my blog. Or how about a cherry streusel cake?
    And about those brownies…things like that happen :)

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  10. You know its funny, we have too many cherries around here too and I’ve been wondering about making cherry-studded brownies! Apart from that, I keep seeing recipes for cabbage with sour cherry sauce, but that sounds a little weird to me.

    Glad you guys had fun, sounds like a great way to embrace the heat!

  11. I’m gonna try to reverse engineer that avocado chocolate pudding….if I’m successful I’ll definitely be sharing :)

    I’m with you on disliking the heat…..totally not my thing. 70′s is perfect temperature with some clouds.

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