Hey y’all! I made souffle! Read about it here in my latest Poor Taste column. 
In other news, Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” was in the big Euge. I went opening night and was completely entertained. If the show is coming to your city and you’re on the fence in regards to tickets, read my review for Ticket Files here. 
Have a great Monday!

Hey y’all! I made souffle! Read about it here in my latest Poor Taste column. 

In other news, Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” was in the big Euge. I went opening night and was completely entertained. If the show is coming to your city and you’re on the fence in regards to tickets, read my review for Ticket Files here

Have a great Monday!

It’s not all doom and gloom here in See Jack Write land! I did just get back from an amazing vacation to Belize; spending seven days with friends and family relaxing on a beautiful island caye. Exotic wildlife, endless paddles, rum as far as the eye could see; this was the perfect escape from reality. I am already counting the days until I can make it back there. 
While I was gone I had a few articles post - one details a very special birthday party for a very special dude.
I’ve know Josh Finch almost the entire time I’ve lived in Eugene. Soon after moving here I read an article about new publications that listed Finch as the editor of a zine called Exiled in Eugene. I asked him to meet for coffee and he obliged. We talked for a few hours and I was so glad I had met him, for he is one of the greats. Kind and funny, this dude works hard - from the zine to acting as head security at nightclubs, polishing his stand up comedy routine and playing in numerous bands. Next week he turns 30 and is throwing a big bash to celebrate. You can read about it here, in my piece that ran in the Eugene Weekly. 
The other is one for my Poor Taste column detailing the secret behind three surprising relish recipes. Learn how to make chow-chow and more here. 

I’m working on a lot more this week, in between daydreaming of my recent vacation. As my uncle Tim says - nose to the grindstone!

It’s not all doom and gloom here in See Jack Write land! I did just get back from an amazing vacation to Belize; spending seven days with friends and family relaxing on a beautiful island caye. Exotic wildlife, endless paddles, rum as far as the eye could see; this was the perfect escape from reality. I am already counting the days until I can make it back there. 

While I was gone I had a few articles post - one details a very special birthday party for a very special dude.

I’ve know Josh Finch almost the entire time I’ve lived in Eugene. Soon after moving here I read an article about new publications that listed Finch as the editor of a zine called Exiled in Eugene. I asked him to meet for coffee and he obliged. We talked for a few hours and I was so glad I had met him, for he is one of the greats. Kind and funny, this dude works hard - from the zine to acting as head security at nightclubs, polishing his stand up comedy routine and playing in numerous bands. Next week he turns 30 and is throwing a big bash to celebrate. You can read about it here, in my piece that ran in the Eugene Weekly. 

The other is one for my Poor Taste column detailing the secret behind three surprising relish recipes. Learn how to make chow-chow and more here

I’m working on a lot more this week, in between daydreaming of my recent vacation. As my uncle Tim says - nose to the grindstone!

We be deep in strawberry season and I have been taking full advantage, consuming more berries than I probably should. 
Tired of the usual strawberry recipes, I had an epiphany and decided to pickle a pint. 
Results? Lip smacking! Read about it, and get the recipe in my column for Poor Taste here. 

We be deep in strawberry season and I have been taking full advantage, consuming more berries than I probably should. 

Tired of the usual strawberry recipes, I had an epiphany and decided to pickle a pint. 

Results? Lip smacking! Read about it, and get the recipe in my column for Poor Taste here. 

My latest column for Poor Taste has me exploring flavored salt and sugar - find 10 ways to enhance these building blocks of flavor. It’s exciting, trust me.

Get in my (pork) Belly!
Are you interested in learning about the myriad of ways to utilize pork belly (or marbled maven, as I like to call it)? 
Read my latest Poor Taste column to get the goods. 

Get in my (pork) Belly!

Are you interested in learning about the myriad of ways to utilize pork belly (or marbled maven, as I like to call it)? 

Read my latest Poor Taste column to get the goods. 

Ok, I haven’t posted for a while. and there are many things I could blame. The beautiful weather, the recent sunburn I acquired (making typing slightly uncomfortable), the strange urge I’ve had to take midday naps… the list could go on. 
But - one thing I should tell you about is my cracker adventure last week for Poor Taste. I made wheat thins, Cheeze-It’s, and water crackers FROM SCRATCH. Those beauties above are my wheat thins. The didn’t last through the night. 
You should probably check it out. Recipes (and fab column) here. 

Ok, I haven’t posted for a while. and there are many things I could blame. The beautiful weather, the recent sunburn I acquired (making typing slightly uncomfortable), the strange urge I’ve had to take midday naps… the list could go on. 

But - one thing I should tell you about is my cracker adventure last week for Poor Taste. I made wheat thins, Cheeze-It’s, and water crackers FROM SCRATCH. Those beauties above are my wheat thins. The didn’t last through the night. 

You should probably check it out. Recipes (and fab column) here

What doesn’t photograph well but tastes delicious? If you answered Nutella, you are right!!
This week for my Poor Taste column I whipped up the amazing chocolate/hazelnut spread. I find it strange that it has been marketed as part of a healthy breakfast since the ’40s to everyone in Europe (and Australia), yet we are the ones with obesity problems. 
Maybe you shouldn’t eat half the jar with a spoon? 
Anyway… check out the recipe here. 

What doesn’t photograph well but tastes delicious? If you answered Nutella, you are right!!

This week for my Poor Taste column I whipped up the amazing chocolate/hazelnut spread. I find it strange that it has been marketed as part of a healthy breakfast since the ’40s to everyone in Europe (and Australia), yet we are the ones with obesity problems. 

Maybe you shouldn’t eat half the jar with a spoon? 

Anyway… check out the recipe here

Forget all those shitty plates of hash browns and home fries you’ve ever endured. I’ve cracked the code and paved the way for your perfect potato. 
Read all about it in my On the Make column this week

Forget all those shitty plates of hash browns and home fries you’ve ever endured. I’ve cracked the code and paved the way for your perfect potato. 

Read all about it in my On the Make column this week

This week for On the Make my column is titled “Curry Wishes and Garam Masala Dreams: DIY Indian Spice Cupboard.” I like to think of the title as my tribute to Robin Leach, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. 
In order to write the column I held my friend Kavitha hostage until she spilled the secrets of Indian cooking. Spending an entire afternoon cooking? worth it. Smelling like curry for the rest of the day? worth it. Eating leftover curry for a week? worth it. Jacket still smelling like curry almost two weeks later? worth it. 
I love that Indian cooking is all about sight and smell - hardly any tasting goes on, and measuring? Oh, hell no. 
Read all about it here - and become a curry master!

This week for On the Make my column is titled “Curry Wishes and Garam Masala Dreams: DIY Indian Spice Cupboard.” I like to think of the title as my tribute to Robin Leach, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. 

In order to write the column I held my friend Kavitha hostage until she spilled the secrets of Indian cooking. Spending an entire afternoon cooking? worth it. Smelling like curry for the rest of the day? worth it. Eating leftover curry for a week? worth it. Jacket still smelling like curry almost two weeks later? worth it. 

I love that Indian cooking is all about sight and smell - hardly any tasting goes on, and measuring? Oh, hell no. 

Read all about it here - and become a curry master!

The topic for this week’s Poor Taste column was cabbage - five ways.

For the life of me, I can’t think of any other descriptors. All I’m thinking of are those old Cabbage Patch dolls from my youth. I had a doll named Eleanor, I remember because my grandma went through a big knitting phase where she knitted us all winter hats with our names on them. I got a big “Jackie” hat and a tiny “Eleanor” hat. Somehow I don’t think that would be a smart decision anymore. 

I realize this has absolutely nothing to do with real cabbage, or any of the five amazing (yet unsurprisingly Eastern Bloc-focused) cabbage recipes. So stop reading this and go read my column. Then make kapusta and bring it over.