Food: Asian Grocery Markets

99 Ranch Market – Beaverton

Boo Han – SE 82nd

Chang Fa – SE Division & 83rd 

Fubonn – SE 82nd

H Mart – Tigard

Hong Phat – SE 82nd & Burnside

LK Foods – SE 82nd Ave: 

Trader Joe’s:

Recipe: Pesto Cheese Ball

For a party…

Goat cheese soft 2 pack, Kirkland Pesto


Mix one package of the goat cheese with approx. 4-5 TBl of Kirkland Pesto. You may need a little more or less, add a little at a time to get the flavor you want.
Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap for an hour and refrigerate. You can top with extra pesto to serve or not.

This got RAVE reviews tonight. Served with my almond cracker recipe in Files.

Recipe: Cold Brew Tea

My favorite way — we’ll call it the best way — to make iced tea is a cold-brew method. It’s the easiest way to make tea in the world. You don’t even need to know how to boil water.

All you do is throw some tea leaves in a pitcher or jar at bedtime, fill it full of tap water, and throw it in the fridge. Use about 2 tablespoons of tea per half gallon of water. Put the leaves in a strainer or a filter bag. In the morning, voila, you have a whole pitcher full of iced tea.

You never even heat the water. It extracts the flavor over the course of the evening while you’re sleeping, and in the morning you have beautiful iced tea.

An ice-brewed tea will be a little bit softer. It will be a little bit gentler. It comes out so beautifully smooth. It has no edge to it whatsoever.

You can get more of an edge if you like an edge. If you like astringency, brew hot tea. If you like a really strong tea with a little bit of a bite, I would choose a ceylon tea or an Indian tea. Do it with a hot brew method; then cool it down afterward.

But I’ll tell you, the cold brew is what got my wife off of Diet Pepsi every morning as she left for work. She’d just make a pitcher of iced tea at night.

This method works for all teas. Green teas are tough to brew for iced tea with hot water because it’s so easy to turn green teas bitter with water that’s too hot. That’s why they’re perfect for the cold-brew method.

It will keep easily 3 to 4 days.