Recipes We'd Like to See in the "Portlandia" Cookbook
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We squealed with delight upon learning that the fine folks behind “Portlandia” are putting together a cookbook. According to Publisher’s Marketplace, it will "present the characters in the show and 50 related recipes."
The show’s co-creators, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, have done a fine job of skewering the ubiquitous artisanal foods trend. And sure, we’d love to see a recipe for that fantastic all-purpose pickling brine they use—ideal for everything from CD jewel cases to dropped ice cream cones!—on the famous “We can pickle that!” sketch.
Here are the recipes beyond the brine we’d like to see, too:
Perhaps the most famous of the show’s sketches is one in which two diners demand information about the provenance of the chicken they consider ordering for dinner. The waitress reels off data including its farm, its heritage breed status, and its name, Colin, which she provides in a manila folder along with his snapshot. We’d like to see an index of chicken recipes based on chicken names. We’re OK with it being a little broad (26 recipes, for example, one for a name beginning with each letter of the alphabet).
Not only does this movie theater sell artisanal popcorn sold in newspaper cones (which “infuses the food with the grittiness of the paper”), it also offers The Original Sprite. It’s brown and looks like Coca-Cola, because “like, back in the day, when they would have coloring in it for the flavor.”