Being a college student in Portland, I like to have all of my grocery needs met nearby downtown. Are there any notable grocery stores downtown that carry Asian products, like kinchi, galangal, shrimp paste, etc.? I'm just looking for a place to get some of the more obscure items not carried at a regular grocery store.
I've just started to learn how to make fresh pasta, and I absolutely love it. Problem is, it's a pain to roll out the dough by hand every time. I've been looking at pasta rollers, but a lot of them seem to be screwed into counters fairly permanently. For someone who moves around a lot, this would be terribly inconvenient. Are there any good pasta rollers that do no need to be screwed into a counter top permanently?
I've been toying with the idea of getting a Chinese Cleaver to replace my nightmare of a chefs knife. Can anyone recommend a good brand, or any specific things to look for when shopping for a cleaver?
I've been looking around for some new gourmet sodas, but I've run into a wall where I've tried nearly everything on the shelves of my grocery store. Do you have any gourmet soda suggestions?
I have just discovered the amazingness of Pan Roasted Duck Breast! Trouble is, I'm swamped with all the possible combinations of things to put with it. Is there some sort of sauce or side that would make the duck really stand out? Thanks!
I've been looking around Seattle for a while, but I haven't been able to find a good African restaurant. I'm especially interested in Ethiopien food. Can anyone recomend one?
Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen! [Photograph: Kristen Swensson] I used to consider risotto too rich, expensive, and upscale for...