Restaurant Outing: The Zipper

The Zipper is an indoor/outdoor food cart located on 2705 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland.  Inside there is an assortment of foods,  We sampled Basilisk which had these scrumptious chicken sandwiches.   They were moist and the fries were just the way we like them.   The other restaurants included pizza, full bar, middle eastern, and one that had banana pudding.  ( we sampled that too.)

We like the whole layout of this.  It was kid friendly, if you want to sit outside pet friendly.   It was warm and welcoming.  Definitely going back.

Cajun Macaroni Salad

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Cajun Macaroni Salad
A twist on your classic macaroni salad, just in time for your Memorial Day picnic.
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  1. Soak the red onion in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes; drain and pat dry. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook as the label directs. Drain, transfer to a bowl and toss with 3 Tbsp. milk. Let cool.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream mustard, brine, sugar, hot sauce, remaining 1 Tbsp milk, and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Add the macaroni, red onion, bell peppers, celery, celery leaves, and parsley; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Stir again before serving; season with salt. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Food Network

Skillet Cornbread Pie

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Skillet Cornbread Pie
One pan dish that combines chili and cornbread, yumm!
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  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high and saute onion until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Add beef and cook until browned, 8-10 minutes, then season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, stir to combine. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and all beans, stir until mixed.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. While chili simmers, in a bowl whisk together cornbread mix, eggs, and milk. Once combined fold in corn and cheese. Pour cornbread mix on top of chili, spread into an even layer.
  5. Place skillet in oven and bake until cornbread is cooked through and chili mixture is bubbling, about 20-25 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from 12 Tomatoes

Kale Salad

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Kale Salad
This salad is sooo good, if you don't like spicy you may want to skip this one. The serrano pepper is what makes it!
Course salad
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Course salad
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  1. In a large bowl toss kale with 3/4 of the parmesan, the olive oil a,d the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes to tenderize the kale. Just before serving, sprinkle the pine nuts, currants, radishes, chili, and mint over the kale, and toss. Garnish with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!
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Recipe found and adapted from InStyle magazine.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Creamy, flavorful soup that's really easy to make.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 3 Tbsp olive oil, tossing to coat, season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and carmelized.
  2. Add the last Tbsp olive oil to a soup pot and once it's warm add the onion, garlic, carrots,thyme and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent and tender. Cube the butter and add it to the pot, once it melts sprinkle in the flour, stirring to combine, then lower the heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and allow to thicken, turning the heat up to medium. Slowly add the milk, combining, lower the heat back down to low, and add the grated cheese and parsley.
  3. Give the roasted cauliflower another rough chop to make bite-size pieces, and then fold into the soup. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove thyme stem. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from A Gouda Life