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Pear Ginger Chutney

Serve this pear appetizer for some local flavor at your next get together.

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Au Pear

The humble Oregon pear rarely gets its due. The subtle fruit is often overshadowed by the flashy berry or its more popular cousin, the apple. Since pears come late in the growing season, they may get ignored by canners vying for that last box of tomatoes or kids stampeding for the pumpkin patch.

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Home Grown Chef: Pears

My earliest memories of the sumptuous pear have little resemblance to how I enjoy Oregon’s treasured state fruit today.

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Celery Root Puree with Anjou Pear

When summer fades and the markets fill with fall fruits and roots, make this savory-sweet purée of pears and celery root, a perfect accompaniment to roast pork tenderloin or to pork of any kind.

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For the Love of Old Homes

Old houses are known for causing trouble—floors dip, walls crack, closets cram and kitchen appliances outlive their purpose. Houses built a hundred years ago were made for another lifestyle and, often, have had owners whose design decisions are unlivable by today’s standards. Despite the problems that come with owning historic homes, the demand for them is strong “because they have a heart and soul,” says Melody Emerick, a Portland architect who frequently works on historic homes. In the following pages, we profile three homeowners who have revamped these homes to better suit their needs while preserving that heart and soul.

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Rip City Grill

In Brynn’s final Food Cartographer blog she tries the tri-tip at Rip City Grill.

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Holy Cannoli! Wicked Italian

Brynn goes Italian and tries the cannoli at Holy Cannoli! Wicked Italian. Peter Clemenza would approve.

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Southwestern Pizza Company

Pizza from a food cart? Brynn reviews the Southwestern Pizza Company’s pies.

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Exemplary Wine Tours and Tastings in the Willamette Valley

There are winery tours and tastings and then there are winery TOURS and TASTINGS. These personalized, private, sit down, food paired super tours are showing up in some of Oregon’s premium wineries including Domaine Serene, Domaine Drouhin, WillaKenzie Estate, Bergström, Adelsheim and Archery Summit. These are more than just tastings and tours; they are heightened wine experiences that dive into the heart of winemaking, comparative tastings and even food pairings. Each private tasting and tour is limited to an intimate number of people for a personalized experience. They range in price from $30-$75, and most places offer discounts or waived fees for their wine club members. They are available by reservation only and take place just a few times a day (sometimes only a few days a week). Affordable and wholly enjoyable, this is the way to do wine country. Two stand outs in the crowd are Domaine Serene’s series of tasting options and Domaine Drouhin’s comparative experience.