Hello! My Name is Tasty!
I am beyond impressed. John and Renee Gorham have done it again. Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend the Hello! My Name is Tasty cookbook release party at Plaza del Toro. Now, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with a book release party, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from my experience at La Ruta, the Gorhams know how to throw a party.
I’ve been long awaiting this book as Tasty n Alder is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. It’s one of those that are surprisingly worth the wait. You get served family style meals, and there’s a wide variety of options to choose from. And here we were, ready to learn a thing or two from their recipes.
My friend Molly joined me as I happily got my copy of the cookbook signed by both John Gorham and Liz Crain.I ordered my copy off of Amazon and was beyond excited to see my favorite Tasty n Alder dish–steak and eggs with a jalapeño corn cake. We had the chance to sample so many of the recipes that were included in the cookbook, and needless to say, it was nothing short of amazing.
Here’s the thing: if you’ve ever been to an event that says they will have complementary passed breakfast-for-dinner dishes, you don’t expect to sample more than a bite or two of maybe 3-5 dishes. At this event, I left feeling happy and stuffed to the brim of some really incredible dishes cooked–we were proudly presented with 22 different plates of food, and sampled almost every single one of them.My most memorable dishes were the fried egg and cheddar biscuit, cottage cheese, bulgogi short ribs, Tynan’s buttermilk brined chicken, and the Samoa sundae. Thankfully, all of these recipes are included in the cookbook!
The fried egg and cheddar biscuit was SO good! Think homemade egg McMuffin with a way better biscuit and bite sized. The biscuit was perfect–soft and just the right about of crumbly texture. It was heaven in my mouth.Next, cottage cheese. I hate cottage cheese. It’s one of the most bland, yet fowl things I’ve ever tried eating. The texture is gross, the flavor reminds me of how I feel after a bad breakup–empty and sad. HOWEVER, this tasty bite (see what I did there) of cottage cheese was house-made and served with pineapple jam. It was divine. I ate half a bite and was shocked at how good it was. I didn’t even spit it out once I found out it was cottage cheese.
Now for the short ribs–I LOVE short ribs, but oftentimes, you’ll find yourself paying way too much money for them at a restaurant when you can easily make them yourself. This was Molly’s favorite dish, and I’ll share my own recipe in one of my camping recipe posts soon. Either way, bulgogi short ribs are probably one of the best things you’ll ever eat (unless you’re a vegetarian). They’re flavorful and SO DAMN GOOD.Fried chicken–I have eaten a lot of fried chicken in my day. Fun fact, at Mae’s pop-up fried chicken dinners, I managed to eat four piece of chicken in addition to all the starters and sides. It was a lot. I may have felt a little sick afterwards (because I earned it!) But alas, quality, not quantity rules in the world of fried chicken, and fortunately with Tynan’s fried chicken (and Mae’s) you can have BOTH!
And last, but not least, the Samoa sundae. I respect this dish as a former Girl Scout of many years, since It was modeled after the well-loved Girl Scout cookie. IT TASTES JUST LIKE IT. Seriously, if you can’t hunt down a small child who can sell you these little gems, you can get make them yourself in ice cream form!After eating all of the things, I am beyond excited to put together my very own Tasty brunch at home. You can try them yourself at Tasty n Sons or Tasty n Alder (or soon enough, Third n Tasty out in McMinneville). Or, you can order your copy here: Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants