• The Start At Night Are Big And Bright 👏👏👏

    The Start At Night Are Big And Bright 👏👏👏

    When you're in the specialty foods business, there are some particular milestones and achievements that not only bring you more exposure (and yes, revenue), but also work as an affirmation that you're making progress.   This week, I just speared a white whale.  (that's a figurative expression and I would never kill a whale) Bobbie's Boat Sauce is currently in 8 of 10 Central Market Stores from San Antonio to Houston.  You'll find both Classic and Hot in the section with marinades, fry sauces, and bbq sauces.   If you're not familiar with Central Market, well, they're only one of the best...

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  • Mothers' Briskets

    Mothers' Briskets

    In 1999, I hosted my first seder for friends here in Portland.  I asked my mom to send her brisket recipe.  It has earned all of its stains.
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  • Brown Before Green : Sailor's Meatballs

    Brown Before Green : Sailor's Meatballs

    JUMP TO RECIPE  Spring is afoot in Oregon.  If you couldn't tell by the sprouting daffodils and cherry blossoms, you can smell the thawing and turning of soil in the air, and the emergence of sugar ants on kitchen counters. But despite sun breaks that bring out t-shirts, and daylight at 7pm, it is still technically winter (at least for 3 more days), and I am not quite done enjoying brown food™.  Let's talk about brown food.  Granted, it's a category that I just minted, yet still it's a category that doesn't get enough love.  When I speak of brown food,...

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  • Marinara Madness

    Marinara Madness

    Special editions aren't special for nothing.  Last summer I expanded the Bobbie's Boat Sauce line with a couple Special Edition Marinara sauces.  Lighter, brighter, and more tomato forward, they're a staple in my kitchen. Alas, not named "Special Edition" for nothing, when they're gone, they're gone.  Pizza True story, we almost named it "Pizza Sauce," but I didn't want to limit your imagination.  Whether you're making your own crust or making pizzas out of English muffins, Boboli, or going for the classic Stouffer's look, this stuff makes it.    Pasta Pan-Sauce  Rather than pouring this over pasta, make a pan sauce starting with...

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  • Thank You, Mom

    Thank You, Mom

    If you've been reading these missives for a bit, perhaps you have picked up on the influence of my mother, Betsy Rosenberg.  She's been a perennial reference to memories, recipes and anecdotes that I have been sharing in these posts, and I'm grieved to write that I lost her very recently, and very suddenly.   My mother, Betsy Ross Rosen Rosenberg, was the single biggest influence of my culinary style, and probably my life.  She was a librarian by trade, but known by all as an expert cook, baker, and entertainer.  In the days following her death, I couldn't count how...

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  • 2022


    If my streaming history from the last twelve months is any indication, 2021 was a slowly deflating whoopie cushion. My year began with a fresh new subscription to The Criterion Channel, and ended with a force fed diet of Fox's 9-1-1, a network procedural drama about first responders, seemingly written by 7 year olds.   Was it intellectual devolution? Emotional preservation?  Mad Cow Disease?  Inconclusive.   This cerebral descent may have had something to do with how I was filling the other 14 hours of my waking life.  Since launching Bobbie's Boat Sauce in 2018, I had yet to captain the sauce business full time.  I quit...

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