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Finding Home in the Kitchen

As a kid, Robert Dixon spent countless happy hours in his grandparents’ Yakima garden and at his mother’s side, begging her to let him help cook. But it took years – and the country’s massive economic slump – for him to find his way into the kitchen as a professional. Dixon, 43, now Grand Central’s kitchen […]

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The Perfect Turkey Sandwich

We love the day after Thanksgiving. The work is done, and the fridge is packed with glorious leftovers – the makings of turkey sandwiches! Sometimes that first sandwich is better than the fancy Thanksgiving meal itself. In that spirit, we’ve collected ideas for the ultimate turkey sandwich from Grand Central employees.  Remember, a great sandwich starts with great bread. […]

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NOT YOUR MOM’S TUNA

Somehow “tuna sandwich” doesn’t work here. This is no mayo-soaked fishy smelling spread on squishy white bread. Our tuna salad sandwich starts with chunks of juicy local albacore with capers, crunchy celery, sweet onion, fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and a bit of mayo. You can get it on Peasant Bread, or order the […]

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Summer Cravings: Bread Salad, Two Ways

It’s hot. Tomatoes are ripening, and our gardens and markets are full of good things to eat. What to make for dinner? We’re big on bread salad (panzanella), a simple dish where riffing is practically required. Piper makes a version she adapted from “Jerusalem: A Cookbook,” by  Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. It’s basically Fattoush (Lebanese […]

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When life gives you pullet eggs…

First came the eggs – dozens upon dozens of pullet eggs, the noticeably smaller first eggs laid by the young hens on Mark Anderson’s farm south of Portland.  On pasture-based poultry farms like Anderson’s, pullet eggs or Pee Wees show up in the coops every spring when the chickens mature just as the Northwest days get long. Which leaves […]

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GREAT BUN, GREAT BURGER

We love a great burger, yes we do. Lucky that we live in a place where there are too many exceptional burgers to count, served at all kinds of restaurants from casual neighborhood joints to bustling bars and date-night destinations. Here’s the thing about burgers: You can’t have a truly good one without a great […]

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