Introducing Piggins

Dear Friends, All of us here at Higgins Restaurant are thrilled to announce the debut of “Piggins,” our newest venture! An extension of the Higgins kitchen, Piggins is a classic open air bistro offering outdoor patio dining at the spacious and beautiful plaza outside the Oregon Historical Society. Piggins will open its doors on Saturday, …

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The Grains of Optimism

It’s hard to say when it first started, sometime around Valentine’s Day many years ago. I’ve been committed to it ever since. The ritual commences with the thorough vacuuming of a simple sheet of plywood laid over my basement workbench, my “grow room.” I had become tired of the sleuthing for healthy interesting vegetable starts …

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We Need to Talk

I was a child of the 1960s. That turbulent time—now more than a half-century ago—and its civil rights protests seem strikingly similar, yet distinctly different from today’s fervent surrealism. How is it that we haven’t seemed to progress and resolve any of these bleeding issues, despite the passage of Civil Rights Acts in 1964 and …

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Save Restaurants

Like everyone, life for us has settled into a nearly hypnotic routine. Not bad mind you, just very different from my recent one as a chef and restaurant owner. Gardening, baking honest loaves in the outdoor oven and reading now fill our days. I make regular visits to our shuttered restaurant and long to hear …

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Life During Quarantine

It’s a splendid day. The spring sunshine warms my back as I turn the garden beds, readying them for this season’s fava bean and pea seedlings. It was a bright sunny winter’s day in February when I seeded them, before all of this chaos. The soil is dark and rich; it smells promising as I …

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