When Toro first opened, a purveyor brought me an Italian anchovy syrup called colatura, which is basically a fish sauce made in Italy that’s similar to Thai fish sauce. We had some squid ink pasta lying around so for staff meal we made a bastardized version of pad thai with it—using hazelnuts instead of peanuts and the colatura instead of fish sauce, plus chilies, sprouts, and onions. It was so good that we made it again the next day. This is the recipe we perfected.
The first time I had bacon-wrapped dates was in Barcelona, where they were stuffed with cheese. At Toro, we wrap dates in bacon, iron the bacon jackets on, and serve them in a honey sauce that makes a sort of sandwich—so that you get sweetness on both sides of the bacon, along with layers of flavor: acidity from the lemon, and compelling smokiness from the pimentón.
Friends get together in Portland, Oregon for a cookbook potluck, sharing recipes from the Toro Bravo cookbook of Spanish inspired cuisine.
Cut a small opening in the raw chestnut skin, roast, peel, and eat! Chestnut season runs between October and December so you’ll find organic farmer, Chris Foster, busy harvesting and distributing chestnuts from the 350 chestnut trees on his small farm on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. With ample chestnuts, Foster was kind enough to […]
Farmer Vicki Hertel knows her pumpkins. She offers a lot of good information about how to cook them, bake with them, and also shares a winter squash recipe.