holidays

7 Food Gifts to Bring Home from Oregon

Give friends and family a taste of the Pacific Northwest with artisan food gifts from Oregon.

Eugene Bakeries Sparkle With Holiday Desserts

Check out these Eugene bakeries for show-stopping desserts for the holidays and special occasions.

Portland Food Shops Where You Can Play Santa

The Local Dish team picks the best Portland food shops to please the “local food” lovers in your tribe.

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

We’ve got to hand it to the Irish, when it comes to celebrating they know how to do it. We’re getting hungry just thinking about St. Patrick’s Day: hearty beer, delicious beef, potatoes, braised cabbage…and bread. Who can forget the bread, especially Irish oatmeal soda bread? While the earliest records indicate that it was the Native American, not the Irish, who first used soda in baking bread, it’s the Irish who now get the credit for making some of the best soda bread around. It is believed that the basic recipe of flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk was developed as… See More

Italy: Panettone is NOT Fruitcake

If you want to do as Italians do, don’t buy fruitcake. While Americans are sawing into dark, thick brandied cake full of candied fruit, Italians are savoring their holiday bread called panettone. This light and slightly sweet bread is so delicious you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds. Sometimes made with pine nuts and raisins or other candied fruit, panettone looks exactly like a chef’s hat. From Flamigni.it, the true origin of the cake can be found in the Middle Ages when people used to celebrate Christmas with a bread richer than the one ate every day. A manuscript of late fifteenth-century… See More

Ukraine: Sharing Kutya on Christmas Eve

Across the globe this holiday season, many Eastern Europeans of Russian, Ukrainian and Polish heritage will share a single bowl of their most important dish as the kick-off to Christmas Eve celebrations. Known as Kutya (‘koot-ya”), it is a porridge that some families believe will bring happiness, peace and success if it “sticks” when thrown up to the ceiling. Sounds like the Italian pasta throwing test for doneness, doesn’t it!?  The main ingredient, wheat berries, speaks of fertility, and the added honey represents the spirit of Christ to Ukrainians. Here is an easy Kutya recipe to add Old World European flavor to your… See More

Recipe Round-up: Best Sweets for Winter Baking

With Thanksgiving a scant two days away and plenty to prepare for hosting a crowd at my house, I haven’t had as much time as usual to crank out some new dishes for you. So I dug into our recipe files to bring you some treats you’ll want to save room for. Heating up the kitchen with an afternoon of winter baking can beat any gray-day blues, so get our your trusty bakeware and whip up one of our best sweets for weekend breakfast, festive dinner party or afternoon of football watching. Full of wings and brats? Wrap up the treats to send home… See More

Gluten-Free Menu for New Year’s Eve Noshing

Lucky foods – Everyone has their own New Year’s Eve traditions, from watching Dick Clark while eating holiday leftovers to spending a night on the town. Take a look at traditions from all over the world and adapt them for your party (like eating twelve grapes before midnight like partiers in Spain and Peru). I love baking so it always plays a central theme in my overall menu planning. Now it’s easy for me to meet the needs of my gluten-free friends on New Year’s Eve since I discovered a new product by Bob’s Red Mill, produced right here in… See More

Homemade Holiday Cinnamon Rolls

Better Homes and Gardens featured Our Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls recipe by Joy Taylor in 1991, which with a few minor changes, is quite similar to the outrageous, gooey, puffy bun produced by Sara’s Cookies in Portland, Oregon.  Learn how to make homemade cinnamon rolls and get rave reviews! Check out the video below for an easy primer. Makes 8 rolls Ingredients:  5 cups all-purpose flour (divided) 1 pkg. active dry yeast 1 cup milk 1/3 cup margarine or butter 1/3 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 3 eggs ¾ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts,… See More