Portland has been blessedly warm this spring. Sure, we’ve had a few days of rain (and by rain, we mean TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR) here and there — but mostly it’s been just lovely. What have we been doing with it? Check it out:
That’s right: we’ve been cooking our little hearts out. I don’t know why the sunniness has brought out our culinary sides so strongly, but everywhere we go, we’ve been force-feeding our friends cupcakes (made with Guinness stout)… and homemade focaccia bread (see above)… and eggplant pasta (better than it sounds!)… and so on. Our weekends have been spent wandering around in the park, reading books, then diving home to try a gazillion new recipes. Spring fever has clearly hit! However, I recommend 4 things as a result of this culinary frenzy.