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The City of Roses is known globally for its progressive urban planning – highly networked public transportation, integrated city parks, and sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods. Hometown to the creator of the Simpsons, visitors might recognize street names as inspiration for the show's characters – Flanders, LoveJoy, Quimby, Terwilliger, and Burnside. While Portland offers all the amenities of a flourishing city, it is the surrounding landscape and natural resources that bring to life the culinary flavor. A variety of berries, mushrooms, fish, duck, emu, and smaller game animals find their way into savory dishes and onto seasonally changing menus. Paired with local micro-brews and world-class pinot noirs, such abundance is best complimented with outdoor activities and neighborhood walks. If visiting in the summer, be sure not to miss the Saturday Market (open Sundays too). Discover the assortment of handmade crafts by regional artisans and treat yourself to an "Elephant Ear" classically prepared with cinnamon and sugar.

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Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
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I am a married and 29 years old.An ex lab biologist turned stay at home mom to a 3 yr old and 18 month old boys .. I began cooking regularly 4 yrs ago and like it. I also love art and as my hobbies I like to create jewelry , dance and photography. I have found that my chemistry and science background really helps me to undersand that cooking is like a huge biology project and chemistry experiment followed by a physics exercise with an artful ending. I just love it and enjoy experimenting.

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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
About me: I'm diabetic and appreciate recipes that are adapted to or reviewed by other diabetics
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed on Dec. 25, 2014 by Christy   view full review
Family of 3, we all thought this recipe was great. I did add less salt, increased the amount...

Lime Cilantro Rice

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This is an EXCELLENT recipe. I made this exactly as written and have made it many times for...

Salted Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

Reviewed on Dec. 24, 2014 by ClammerNana   view full review
THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! I have made A LOT of cinnamon rolls in my life, but I wanted to...

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