• Bobbie's Boat Queso

    Bobbie's Boat Queso

    Long curious to know if it was possible to make a smooth and consistent queso dip without Velveeta, I started playing with this Boat Sauce queso recipe a few years ago, and after finding this helpful article from the folks at Serious Eats, I always have a can of evaporated milk in the pantry. Just in case. 

    When it came to making a Boat Sauce queso dip, I didn't just want to make an improvement on the classic Ro-Tel and Velveeta (purists would argue there's no improvements to make there).  So I employed dried spanish chorizo, onions, and some roasted red New Mexico chiles from Los Roast (green would also be great).  These are mere suggestions, you can go in any direction, or just keep it classic by adding 1-4 Tbs of your favorite Boat Sauce to the basic recipe. 

    One pointer: Don't buy shredded cheese.  It's treated with stuff to keep it from clumping, which also will keep it from melting the way you want. 

    Lastly: this isn't just a dip, this is also the base of your favorite new "loose" macaroni and cheese recipe!  If you follow this recipe and just fold into an entire box of cooked pasta, you will be eternally revered. I know I am, to myself.  

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  • A Curried Squash Number

    A Curried Squash Number

    In the late 80's, early 90's, I was a young-adult vegetarian.  If I wanted to make a classy impression, I busted out a curried butternut squash soup, and have long associated it with this era of pegged jeans and baggy sweaters.  But when I came across this recipe from the eminently knowledgeable and likable Samin Nosrat, I decided to confront my past.  The topping, inspired by the Thai snack miang kham, is like a magical savory granola, and I've dubbed it such.  Heeding some suggestions in the always-entertaining NYT Cooking comments section, I adjusted some of the amounts and subbed Boat Sauce in for some of the fish sauce, chiles and sugar in the original recipe.  I recommend this soup for the coldest of days; it's so warming you may start to perspire.
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  • Bobbie's Portland Chowder

    Bobbie's Portland Chowder


    Growing up in Connecticut places you right in the center of a chowder war zone: creamy, buttery, New England to the northeast, tomato-and-vegetable heavy Manhattan to the southwest, and the dark horse, brothy Rhode Island Chowder directly east of the Nutmeg State. Sadly, there are more bad versions of each of these than good ones. Thinking of all the things I like and don't like about chowder, I decided to scrap the idea of paying homage to the East Coast, and create something novelly regional : Portland Chowder. 

    But there is nothing particularly proprietary about cream, or tomatoes, when it comes to the East Coast rivalries. And there's no real "terroir" to this chowder, though it's totally possible to source most of your ingredients here in Oregon, as I did, with the exception of clams. This is about personality. So my Portland Chowder contains kale, because we love our kale. It also has bacon, potatoes, celery, and Bobbie's Boat Sauce, because this is a paid promotional advertisement. Portland Chowder is not thick, but brothy and briny and a little spicy. I start with whole clams, because the truth is that it's really not that much more work than opening up a can, and the payoff is tenfold. Of course you can use canned clams. I might cut some chicken stock with a little clam juice in that case. And if you're going the extra mile, seek out larger clams like littlenecks or cherrystones, over manilas. 
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  • Cream Of Tomato Soup

    Cream Of Tomato Soup

    In the year 2000, I opened up a cafe in Downtown Portland called Crowsenberg's Half & Half.  We had a lunch menu that changed every day, and always a daily soup that I made on a small electric burner in a corner next to the dish pit.  Our cream of tomato soup was a crowd favorite of course, possibly because I would make croutons out of grilled cheese sandwiches and garnish them on top. I've found that when making soup, these your aromatics carefully carmelize in Boat Sauce before adding liquid ingredients creates a really nice depth for almost any soup recipe, but especially anything tomato-based. 
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  • Beans, Greens, Grains, and Broth

    Beans, Greens, Grains, and Broth

    You don't need a slow cooker for this recipe; if you have a heavy, oven-proof pot, you could cook this for hours at 300 (just cook until the grains are cooked but still a bit chewy).  Freeze the rinds of every wedge of Parmesan you buy, and you will quickly amass pounds for occasions like this.  The vegetables in this recipe are a suggestion, but you could add or subtract nearly anything.  


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  • Lentil Tomato Soup ala Bobbie

    Lentil Tomato Soup ala Bobbie

    This is an adaptation from NYT food writer Martha Rose Shulman's recipe for lentil tomato soup.  It's simple and nourishing, and you will always be a little sad when you get to the bottom of the bowl, a sign of success.   I like working with canned whole plum tomatoes, rather than chopped and then processing them myself.  It seems like you're working with better quality tomatoes, but maybe that's just a superstition.  In any case, a cheap hand blender makes quick work of whole tomatoes.
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