Josh "FuzzyChef" Berkus

Josh "FuzzyChef" Berkus

Josh is a potter, open source programmer, avid food geek, former pastry chef, and serious home cook. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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pottery, making pottery

modern handle methods

When I learned how to put handles on things ... and generally join pieces of clay together ... back in the late Middle Ages, I learned it the way folks have done it for millenia. Score heavily with a sharp tool (like fork), slip, and score again. Then press together and try…

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pasta, vegetarian, italian food

pesto production

In Portland, it is once again final basil harvest. Any basil that's left in the garden will go to seed or just wilt on the cold nights, so we turn it into two things to last the rest of the year: dried basil, and pesto. This is a recipe for…

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summer, seafood, good first recipe

one-pan tomato garlic salmon

Believe it or not, one of the things we do when we stay in a small town vacationing is visit the local library. And in exceptionally nice cases -- and the library in Eastsound is exceptionally nice -- the library offers "guest cards" for a fee that let visitors like…

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jewish food, seafood

Salmon with blackberry-honey compote

Since we were having Rosh Hashana on the road, I wanted to cook a themed dinner in our rental cottage. And since we were on Orcas Island, it was gonna involve fish: king salmon, given the season. It helps that fish is a traditional Rosh Hashana food, although you're supposed…

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vegetarian, vegan, middle eastern, salad


I love tabouleh, which can be a bit of a problem around our house. Not that my sweetie hates it; it's just that she likes tabouleh as a bulgur & tomato salad with parsley, and I prefer it as a parsley salad with tomatoes and bulgur. So, there's a bit…

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pasta, vegetarian, spring

trofie con agretti

Unless you're Italian, you've probably never heard of agretti. This saltwort plant, also colorfully known as "friar's beard", is yet another one of those greens that you rarely see until you run into it at a farmer's market, then snap it up hoping you can find a recipe for it…

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