Adventures: Portland Preservation Society 1-Year Anniversary Party

June 9, 2013 · 7 comments

Portland Preservation Society loot // Wayward Spark

Hoo boy. It was a good one. Twice as big as ever before, the June Portland Preservation Society meeting was so full of good folks and good food (and good Bloody Marys with vodka provided by New Deal Distillery for anyone that didn’t have to drive two hours home).

After rousing rounds of introductions and selections, I ended up with rhubarb-raspberry-ginger jam, mushroom-herb seasoning, kale-walnut pesto, harissa, apple butter, and rhubarb mostarda. With so many people participating (over 60), the selection process took quite a while, so there’s been some discussion of adding a few new elements to the program for the next meeting to speed things up a bit. Overall, though, I still had a really good time.

After rotating among people’s houses for most of the last year, the meetings have now found a permanent home at Union/Pine, a really nice event space that’s perfect for a large get together like this one. Maybe next time, I’ll bring my camera to the meeting to get a few photos of the actual event.

morel tea towel from Nell & Mary

I brought half-pint jars of garlic-rosemary chévre to share. The thing is that for me, making chévre (something that I do once or twice a week anyway) is way easier than going to all the trouble of doing up jam or pickles, but apparently no one was dismayed by my lack of effort. My six jars were claimed after fewer than 15 picks. A bunch of participants brought cool prizes for the people who had their items picked first, so I was lucky enough to score this rad morel tea towel from Nell & Mary. Someone even got to take home a brand new pressure cooker donated by Fagor.

Not Without Salt's yeasted buckwheat pancakes with rhubarb-raspberry-ginger jam // Wayward Spark

This morning, I made a batch of my favorite yeasted buckwheat pancakes (recipe from Not Without Salt), and smothered them in the rhubarb-raspberry-ginger jam and some cardamom pear butter that my sister in law gifted me for my birthday. It was glorious.

While I was in Portland, I finally made it to Cyril’s for a late lunch weird and wonderful chickpea sandwich. I wanted to be sure to get a chunk of cheese from the cheese case while was there, and after telling the server that I had read Sasha Davies’ book, The Cheesemaker’s Apprentice (read my book review here), he insisted on summoning Sasha herself from the back. I did my best not to be an awkward superfan while talking to Sasha, but she was great. If you’re in Portland, you should head to Cyril’s ASAP.

I also went out to my way to try the ice cream at Salt & Straw. I got the “Freckled Chocolate” something or other, which might be kind of boring but tasted delicious. I did that thing where I ordered a scoop, and when he handed it to me, I thought, ‘That’s not a very big scoop.’ Then I ate it and thought, ‘Boy, I could’ve eaten a lot more ice cream.’ After walking around for another twenty minutes, I suddenly felt SO full and was glad I hadn’t order anything bigger. Has that happened to anyone else? 

Happy weekend, folks!


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Caroline June 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

Yes! This happens to me all the time, especially when homemade ice cream is involved (or cake)… :)

I just read about the 20 minute phenomenon in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. He writes that it takes about 20 minutes for the body to tell the brain that it’s full and doesn’t need more food. He claims that many people in the US are overweight because they don’t take enough time when they eat; they eat really fast and thus end up eating much more than they need.

Anyway, I love your blog!



Caroline June 10, 2013 at 6:16 am

Yes, I do, especially when homemade ice cream is involved (or cake)….:)

I just read about the 20 minute phenomenon in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. He writes that it takes the body about 20 minutes to tell the brain that it is full and it’s Ok to stop eating. According to Pollan, one of the reasons many people in the US eat too much is that they don’t spend enough time at the dinner table. They eat really fast, so they end up eating more than they need.

The preserves and pancakes look delicious, btw!



Jessica June 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

just curious about the picking process at the preservation society. I’d read in your previous post that everyone goes around and says what they bring, and then everyone takes turns picking (1) item at a time around the group until you’ve picking as many items as you brought. Am I correct in this description of how the picking goes? If so, that seems like it would take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. , maybe I’m misunderstanding :)


Camille June 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

It definitely took longer this time than any other meeting because there were so many more people, but I wouldn’t say it took “forever”. I had a conversation with Brooke, and we discussed some options for speeding things up a bit including numbered signs with descriptions for each item and possibly having two people picking at the same time. The whole program is still evolving, but it’s super fun no matter what.


autumn June 13, 2013 at 5:43 am

Love that morel tea towel. So cute!


Jessy June 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I love Salt & the Straw ice cream in the west and eastside location. Did you go to the one on NW 23rd or the one on the eastside on Alberta? The one on NE Alberta have far less lines. Your chocolate selection sounds good to have, I wish I could taste it. I had their strawberry wine vinegarette one with basil in it and it was good. When I read your last sentence of the late digestive feeling of the ice cream, I agree with that and thank goodness it was 1 scoop. Scoop all-natural ice cream is very good too! It’s a good cart in various areas in Portland including on SE 52nd and Division.


Camille June 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

I went to the one on Alberta and got through the line pretty quickly.


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