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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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Sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The goal is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that communicate both high-tech sophistication as well as emotional appeal. The sensual clarity is reflected in the core design values of Tradition, Emotion and Progression. These are the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progression. Each model series has an assigned role and has a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition

alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand. “With its striking features, the GLA embodies our progressive thinking and enthralls with its off-road proportions,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG. “The clearly defined surfaces convey power and serenity, and we have managed to combine as much emotional appeal as possible with as much clarity as necessary.” As an SUV, the all-new GLA combines the design values of Progression and Tradition, and is the SUV of the future. It is a utility player with hallmark Mercedes-Benz SUV genes, but more youthful, sculptural and full of subtle drama.

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From the Home Office Welcome to our first issue of Portland Metro Living! We’ve been publishing Willamette Living in The Mid-Valley for seven years, people are loving it, so we thought we’d branch out to the big city! We hope you like it!

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BREAST FRIENDS SUPPORTS LOCAL WOMEN FACING CANCER Breast Friends is a grass-roots nonprofit organization based in Tigard. Co-founded by Sharon Henifin and Becky Olson, both cancer survivors, Breast Friends is dedicated to supporting women from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer, through their treatment, and beyond. “We understand the support a woman needs while on her cancer journey,” commented Sharon Henifin, a 22 year breast cancer survivor. “We provide tips and tools to teach friends and family members how to offer emotional and physical support to their loved one, which will help minimize their fear and the isolation of cancer. We also assist families in cancer situations with information such as: how much a parent should tell their children, when to tell them, and what to look for in analyzing their child’s needs.”

Breast Friends’ workshops, retreats, support groups, and one-on-one peer support have proven valuable in educating, and helping woman know what to expect and how their loved ones can help. Breast Friends also offers hope and inspiration at survivor events, women’s groups, hospitals and civic organizations. Breast Friends promotes cancer awareness by distributing educational materials at local health fairs and conferences. “Since 2000, our organization has emotionally supported the people in our local community and beyond. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and the other seven will know her. No woman should go through cancer alone,” said Becky Olson, a three-time survivor.

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In The Garden With Brenda

Give the Gift of Gardening

Looking for that perfect gift? Need some new ideas? Is there a gardener in your life? Well, have I got some suggestions for you. Gloves: Every gardener needs a new pair. They can be inexpensive nitrile or top-ofthe-line leather. They come in fun colors and patterns or just plain black. Gardening shoes: I have 3 pairs, 1 by each door. I slip them on whenever I go out into my landscape. True, I probably wouldn’t have 3 pairs if I didn’t get a couple as samples, but everyone should have at least one pair. Ergonomic tools, especially the Radius brand: I don’t know about you but I’m losing my strength. It sure makes it easier to garden when I’m using these well-designed and easy to use tools. Premium pruners Felco brand: Yes they’re expensive but they’re still the best pruners out there. Most models have all replaceable parts, in case something wears out.

Depending upon how much you use and abuse them, they may last a lifetime. And no, I don’t loan my out. Sickle: My sister is the tool queen at the nursery and she turned me onto this one. The sickle is great for cutting back softer plants like Iris and Ornamental grasses. You know those plants with several hundred stalks that will take you forever to cut individually. Of course, if the recipient is a man, electric hedge trimmers do the job, too. A sickle is a lot less expensive, though. Kneeler or kneeler/bench: If the recipient can still get down on their knees and get up again, give them a kneeler or kneeling pads. It is so much more comfortable than kneeling on bare ground. If the getting up part is getting harder every year, give them a kneeler/ bench. It works in both directions so they can sit on it or kneel on it, plus it helps them stand. One year we gave one to my mother-in-law to help her with her house cleaning, so this gift doesn’t even have to be for a gardener. Hori Hori Soil Knife: This is a multi-purpose tool that digs, cuts and much more. Plus, it’s just super cool. The stainless steel blade is the best quality but the carbon steel works very well, too.

Tuff Tote or Presto Bucket: They are so useful for hauling weeds, tools and other gardening stuff around. Plus they come in fun colors. Herb Stripper: Technically this is for the cook in the family. It is so easy and efficient to separate the small leaves of Thyme and Rosemary from the stem. I can’t believe how I got along without one. For the beginner: How about a build your own terrarium kit and plants to go in it? Terrariums are partially self-sustaining once they’re set up and they’re great for an office. If the plants die, it would make a super cool miniature landscape. For kids: Kids like to play in the dirt. Teach them to garden when they’re young and it will stay with them for a lifetime. Great gifts for kids are their own sized gloves and tools and fun unique seeds, like: giant Sunflowers, Easter Basket Radishes, Jack o Lantern Pumpkins and Rattlesnake Pole Beans. Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of

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If you’re in search of meaningful gifts this holiday season, consider giving a gift that has a lasting impact. Here are some ideas for thoughtful presents that never need to be exchanged or returned and are rewarding to give. Make a charitable donation. Family and friends who are passionate about social causes will appreciate your donation on their behalf. Many charitable organizations are savvy about holiday giving and publish “holiday catalogs” that describe gift levels in terms of how they further the charity’s work. Most charities have an online presence, making it easy to do your holiday shopping from the convenience of home. Keep in mind that a gift of this kind may be tax deductible as well. Give tickets to a charitable event. Buying and gifting tickets to charitable events are another way to make your holiday shopping do double duty for the causes you and your loved ones care about the most. A gift of this sort provides a night on the town that may include entertainment, a silent auction, dinner, and drinks. Give socially conscious stocks. Select socially responsible companies that could positively impact the community or make a difference in an initiative that’s important to your family member or friend. You’ll be investing in a good cause while giving a gift with the potential to pay dividends and grow.

Fund an education savings plan. The cost of attendance at a four-year college has skyrocketed. Students (and their parents) will appreciate any amount that can be applied toward tuition, room and board and textbooks. Education expenses paid directly to an institution may be tax deductible. For grandchildren who are still years away from attending college, consider contributing to a 529 savings plan in the student’s name. Contributions to a 529 savings plan are made with after-tax dollars. Buy gift savings bonds. A savings bond is a great way to help someone establish a financial safety net or start saving toward a larger goal. The U.S. Treasury sells bonds online and requires buyers to set up an account and link it to the recipient to make a gift purchase. You’ll have the option to print a gift certificate or simply have your gift delivered electronically. Don’t underestimate the value of a cash gift. The gift of cash is universally appreciated and gives recipients the freedom to save or spend according to their needs. The 2015 and 2016 gift tax exclusion allows individuals to give up to $14,000 per person annually without the recipient having to treat your gift as income on their tax returns. Explore all of your options for charitable giving. Talk to a financial advisor to learn more about making financial gifts to the people, organizations and causes you care about.

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Do You Know Your “Why?”


o you know your “why”? Have you found your purpose? That one thing that keeps you up at night, you can’t stop thinking about during the day, the thing you talk about - to anyone who will listen?  If you have found your purpose, why not take the leap?  I often hear the statement: “not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur”  - I disagree!  Could it be that not everyone has found his or her “why” in life, as illustrated in the book, “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek? As per Sinek, “few people or organizations know why they do what they do.” Finding your purpose takes selfimprovement, failure, reflection, and an internal drive to keep pushing until one day . . . you’ve got it.  Now, what are you going to do with it?  What motivates the entrepreneurs to cut the safety lines, to take the risks, work long hours each week for months at a time? It’s the deep desire to build something great, and solve real problems. Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, disappointing, and exhilarating. Entrepreneurship by nature is enjoying the bliss of the highest highs and weathering the disappointment of the lowest lows. As a solo entrepreneur I’ve had my fair share of both. It is only when we experience the valuable lows and keep going that we appreciate the monumental highs of entrepreneurship. In addition to knowing your “why,” answering three basic questions will help clarify your desire to become an entrepreneur:




1. What are you really passionate about? 2.  What are you good at? 3.  What does the market need? This sounds obvious, but people don’t always consider all three. During a recent media interview on women entrepreneurs I was impressed with the insight shared by Carmen Ohling, a dynamic nutrition and wellness professional. “I strive to inspire people to feel good about themselves today- and for the rest of their lives- by teaching them how to fuel their bodies. I am passionate about being the best I can be and helping others to do the same.” She went on to say, “To be an effective business owner you are also charged with the important task of being a leader. Being a leader requires you to be bold, have a vision, and empower and motivate others to create their own vision. I have plans to grow my business in 2016, which is taking some additional capital but I’ve been able to save most of my revenue during 2015 to make this happen.  By doing my research, having a plan, and being knowledgeable of my business needs I have been able to grow my business from 2 clients when I started to over 500 clients in less than 1 year!” Yep, she knows her “why” and has answered the three basic questions. Passion and drive are so important to be a successful entrepreneur. The simplest ideas, some of which don’t really make sense, can be the most successful because of the passion, drive and conviction that shines through from the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many reasons to pursue creating their own business.  They want to empower themselves, basically to

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call their own shots. Secondly, they tend to go into fields that excite them. It is not always about innovation and profit, but a correlation of something deep in their heart. It’s about making a difference. Successful entrepreneurs are risk takers who have all gotten over one very significant hurdle: they are not afraid of failure. There are too many people out there who want to stay in their comfort zone and take no action but still complain about their life. Don’t be one of those people. The only thing worse than failure is not starting. A single step gets you closer to your dream career. So, don’t discount the power of action no matter how small. Remember, you don’t have to quit your current job to act on your ideas. You can build upon your dream (as I did) as you continue your current profession. Figure out the best time outside your normal work hours to get something done. To succeed, you’ll have to ignore the setbacks and refuse to take “no” for an answer. A “no” to me means “not yet.” You’ll have to fine tune your internal compass and trust it even when it seems silly to take that step. Be open to the challenges and define your definition of success. Before you make a decision either way, please ask yourself “why” and answer the three basic questions above. Be as honest as you can be about your answers. We’re celebrating a New Year and another chance to do all the things you’ve wanted to do in life. Here’s to you and your success.


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he holidays bring a time to enjoy special foods, family and friends. Parties, events, and even gifts often have foods that are less than healthful. Here’s how to stay balanced this season.

Eat before the party. A solid meal of vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can keep you feeling satisfied, thus helping you avoid over-eating all the treats, desserts, and rich appetizers. Try eating a quinoa bowl filled with corn, black beans, cilantro, pico de gallo, spinach, and chicken breast strips before heading out to the evening festivities. Indulge in the foods that matter to you. The holidays bring a unique time to enjoy foods we don’t normally get to eat. If Christmas isn’t quite Christmas without your grandmother’s fudge, go ahead and eat it. Be selective. If you don’t like divinity, don’t eat it just because it’s in front of you. Skipping the annual sugar cookie bake with your children in the

name of health isn’t necessary, as long as other parts of your diet are balanced. Being overly restrictive can backfire, leading to more cravings and, in some cases, disordered eating. Savor the seasonal foods. Take the opportunity this fall and winter to sample the bounty the season has to offer. Pomegranate, squash, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts are wonderful additions to any winter meal. They offer a variety of nutrients and fiber, as well as distinct flavors and a break from the norm. Oranges are especially juicy and flavorful, making a great and portable snack. Stay active. Your regular exercise routine can easily get crowded out with a full social schedule of holiday events. Make your daily exercise a priority. Joining a gym can help turn drudgery of a workout into an enjoyable social experience. It also helps you stay active even when it’s soggy outside. Whatever your workout venue, stay true to your commitment to exercise. Your body will thank you for it.

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The Book Report

Jewish Slow Cooker By Laura Frankel Available through Amazon

Affairs to Remember By Sandy Axelrod Available through Amazon

In Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, the encore to her classic book, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons, Laura Frankel, a respected kosher chef and mother of three teenagers, shares more than 120 easy, delicious recipes for everyday and holiday meals— all conveniently prepared in the slow cooker-a staple of Sabbath cooking which Frankel affectionately calls her “Shabbat miracle machine.”

Sandy Axelrod shares lots of fun stories about her years as the Chef/Owner of Affairs to Remember Catering. It is filled with original recipes that made Affairs to Remember Catering such a success. She has scaled the recipes to serve 8 so that you can easily use them when entertaining guests in your home. It is filled with tips on how to cater your own stress free party. In addition the Pantry section will give you everything you need to entertain with ease at a moment’s notice.

Unstoppable! By Gigi Stetler Available through Amazon, or Gigi Stetler tells her life’s story in a casual, conversational, neighbourly tone as if the writer and reader were sitting down together, at the kitchen table, talking over cups of coffee. This book is filled with the true tales of lessons learned at the point of a knife and other crises, peaks and plateaus. Regardless off what attacks or assaults you, yourself, your parents, friends, colleagues, professors, lovers, teachers, competition, your own children, your own past, your own present, or your own future, this book is an invitation to make your own personal commitment to not only survive, but to thrive!


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The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition By Amelia Saltsman Available through Amazon, or www. Here, at last, is a fresh, new way to think about Jewish food. In The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen, Amelia Saltsman takes us far beyond deli meats and kugel to a world of diverse flavors ideal for modern meals. Inspired by the farm-totable movement, her 150 recipes offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking.

10 Takes — Pacific Northwest Writers: Perspectives on Writing By Jennifer Roland Available through Amazon, or Author Jennifer Roland has written a fantastic book about being an author in our area. In Pacific Northwest Writers— Perspectives on Writing, Roland has assembled an impressive group of writers from the Northwest. The individual conversations with authors in diverse markets such as playwrights, novelists, comics, poetry, and children’s titles, and nonfiction yield nuggets of advice and boatloads of inspiration.

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Eugene resident Ann Simas announces the November 29 release of her book, Santa’s Helper, the first title in her new Christmas Valley Romance series. Synopsis: Lily Hammond hires out as a personal shopper for Christmas. Sean D’Arcy has never considered hiring a personal shopper for Christmas, but then he’s never met an elf like Lily before, either. Just in time for Christmas comes a funny, heart-warming, sexy romance that will make you smile. Simas received her B.A. from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. She has a writing and graphics design background and is an awardwinning newsletter editor. She served for two years on the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors, chairing the Outreach International Chapter, and co-founded a local RWA chapter.

Simas is the author of three Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalists, Chloe’s Spirit, First Star, and Blessed Are the Eagles. Other titles by Simas include Loose Ends, two inaugural mystery series, Holy Smoke and Dressed to Die, which is set in Coburg, and Heaven Sent, a near-death experience novel. Santa’s Helper is published by Magic Moon Press and is available in ebook format through The paperback version is available from (free shipping with Prime), the CreateSpace Store, and through the author’s website, (free shipping within the U.S.) For more information about Ann Simas, go to annsimas. com or email ann@annsimas. com. She can also be found on Facebook at Ann Simas, Author.

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Camas Washington


As a quick winter getaway, it would be hard to beat Camas, Washinton. A very short drive over the bridge, either the I-5 bridge, or I-205, a quick left on WA 14, and you’re there. Maybe 20 minutes from Downtown Portland, max - given favorable traffic of course, and it’s 12 minutes from PDX. Camas was founded in 1883 as the “LaCamas Colony” by Henry Pittock, who owned the Oregonian. The spot on the waterfront was a perfect location for his paper mill. The mill is now a Georgia Pacific Mill and it sits where the Camas Slough, meets the Washougal River. The town was incorporated in 1906 to fall under prohibition laws - to control alcohol. Fortunately, that’s over. The old mill was the main economic engine of the town until high tech arrived. Now Camas hosts such tech giants as HP and Sharp.


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As you drive into town, you drive past the mill, and that’s the last you see of it. The little town of Camas is kind of like walking around Disneyland - its a perfect little village with everything you need for a relaxing long weekend, or longer? The main attraction is the Camas Hotel, which is a cool, historic building that has been tastefully restored by the current owner, and has served visitors to Camas for 104 years! It’s not hard to find, it’s the only hotel in downtown Camas. It’s

right in the center of town and makes a perfect base for excursions to shop, eat, or see a movie in the restored Liberty Theater that is just steps away from the hotel. The hotel even offers free movie tickets as a promotion with certain rooms. The rooms are luxurious, and range in price from the very affordable rooms with shared bath, to the luxurious, yet still very reasonable deluxe Jacuzzi suite. Our recommendation: Jacuzzi suite. The hotel also offers a continental breakfast, free wifi (which works great), and offstreet parking. Not only is the theater just

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steps away, so is everything else! We actually went and saw a movie while we were there (A Walk in the Woods Robert Redford / Nick Nolte - two thumbs up), and the theater offers a beer and wine selection, as well as real butter on the popcorn. Yes please!


After the film, we visited the new “Miss Nola’s” the new New Orleans / Southern inspired eatery which is in the corner of the hotel building. The restaurant was packed, mostly with locals who were there to check out the new place. We became the waiting list and

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had to wait a very short time to be shown to our table. Dinner began with, what else, a little zinc bucket of Hush Puppies. That’s deep fried cornbread balls for you Northerners. They were delicious. We then ordered the Shrimp and Grits, and the Cajun Steak Bites

with Bleu Cheese Fondue and Crispy Potatos. Entrées were delicous and we followed them with an order of bread pudding which was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce needless to say, dessert was also delicious.

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The shopping opportunites abound in Camas as well. There is a little shop which offers a huge selection of flavor-infused olive oils, salts of all sorts and other gourmet items. There are some great gift and home accent shops, and there is a new soap and scent shop where they make all of their soaps in-house. They’re even cultivating plans for an herb garden to use in their delightful handmade soaps.

We didn’t spend enought time in Camas to fully explore all the options, but it’s on the calendar for a repeat visit. If you’re feeling the stress of daily life, book yourself a room at the Camas Hotel, get yourself up there and bid the outside world farewell for a weekend of rest and relaxation, you’ll be glad you did.

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Giving the Gift of Local Goodness by Kathleen Bauer


Gift ideas that’ll help you avoid the holi-daze, plus garner raves from your giftees! Making lists, checking them twice…and don’t get me started on the whole naughty or nice thing. It’s all too much to keep track of! So I say opt out, walk away, leave it at the door. No one I know needs more stuff, and the idea of the holidays—and, come to think of it, life in general—is to share joy, spread peace and love and generally try to make the planet a better place, right? I’ve sworn off the kinds of gifts that require displaying or dusting, preferring instead to give items that are 1) consumable or 2) useful in some way. That means no tchotchkes or gewgaws allowed. And though I could never convince my mother of this, gift certificates, especially for learning experiences, are the gift that keeps on giving.


With that in mind, here’s a list of categories to get you thinking, and feel free to customize to fit the preferences of those you love.

The Gift of Deliciousness

Oregon is a place full of growers, artisans and makers, especially when it comes to food. For those who aren’t lucky enough to live here, nothing can top a care package of Northwest-made goodies. The list below of some of my favorite producers is just a start—don’t forget locally roasted coffees, cheeses, cookies and more!


Olympia Provisions Mini-Salamis (1)

Willamette Valley Confectionery

Ayers Creek Farm Organic Preserves


Urban Cheesecraft DIY cheesemaking kits (4)

Quin Candy (3)

Alma Chocolate

Cardamom Hills Trading Co. chutneys (2)

Jacobsen Salt Co.

Bee Local Honey


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The Gift of Liquid Pleasure

How about a (pun intended) self-liquidating gift for the imbibers on your list? Most of them would be thrilled to get that special bottle of Islay single malt they’ve had their eye on, but how about keeping it local and giving some hooch from the ‘hood? And don’t forget those gift packs of Oregon-brewed, 22-oz. bottled beers and local wines available at your neighborhood market.


New Deal Distillery (6)

House Spirits (7)

Stone Barn Brandyworks (5)



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The Gift of Mad Skillz

One of the best gifts I ever gave my husband, and one that returned benefits a hundred-fold, was a beginners’ cocktailmaking class. Your loved ones can learn to cook, butcher, stuff a sausage, handle a knife, become a cheese-maven…young or old, the possibilities are endless. Give ‘em a gift certificate for a class and stand back!

Portland’s Culinary Workshop cooking classes (8)


Old Salt Marketplace butchery and sausage-making classes (10)

Turnip the Heat Cooking School for kids, teens and adults

The Kitchen at Middleground Farms cooking classes (9)

Cook With What You Have cooking classes

The Gift of Community

If you dread fighting the hordes that seem to find the Battle of the Last Minute a thrill, then might I suggest giving a gift that will warm the heart and do some good in the community (and/or the world). And that’s giving a donation to an organization or effort in the name of your giftee.

The Oregon Food Bank feeds hungry Oregonians all over the


state through its network of 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington.


Farmers Ending Hunger began with Oregon farmers and

ranchers donating the food from an acre or two to feed the hungry, resulted in thousands of tons of fresh food going to Oregon Food Bank. Now you can join them by adopting an acre or even a single row!

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that educates the community about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. They also provide training for immigrant and refugee farmers in language and business skills as well as urban agriculture.

The Pongo Fund is Oregon’s emergency pet food bank

providing nutrition to the pets of the state’s homeless and less fortunate men, women and children. Perfect for the animal-lover on your list. Xerces Society protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates (insects) and their habitat. It works with farmers here in Oregon and worldwide to implement conservation programs. Perfect for the bug-lover in your circle!


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John Nieto (born 1936) Plains Warrior with Breastplate, 1998 Acrylic on canvas 60 Ă— 48 inches Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Christopher and Astrid Forbes in honor of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2013.16


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(Re)Presenting Native Americans Frederic Remington (American, 1861 1909) Conjuring Back the Buffalo, circa 1889 Oil on canvas Image Overall: 35 x 20 in. (88.9 x 50.8 cm) Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.100

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Northwest Cowboys in Art

Saddles & Leatherwork Bill Heisman Spurs and Spur Straps (detail) c.2000 Steel, leather, silver, gold 10 ¼ x 3 x 1 inches Collection of J. Brent and Connie McKinley, Washington State

Fred Oldfield (born 1918) Cow Camp at McCormick Meadows, 2002 Oil on canvas 17 ¾ x 23 ½ inches Collection of Karrie Nevin

Monte Beckman (saddlemaker), Ernie Marsh (silversmith) Saddle, 2005 Leather, wood, rawhide, silver, gold, steel 36 x 27 x 29 inches Collection of J. Brent and Connie McKinley, Washington State William Cumming (1917-2000) Kay Gee Doc, 1973 Tempera on board 48 x 52 1/2 inches Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of JP Morgan Chase, 2009.19.1

A Roundup of New Western American Art Exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum

Two new art exhibitions are on display in Tacoma Art Museum’s Haub Family Galleries, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the museum’s grand expansion. (Re)Presenting Native Americans and Artists Drawn to the West opened on Saturday, November 21, arriving just in time to treat visiting family and friends over the holidays. These two exhibitions round out a set of four in the new wing, plus the sculpture gallery, and feature works of art and craftsmanship that can be appreciated by all ages. Bring your visitors for a day of art and culture at TAM, and be sure to check out the latest activities in the TAM Studio (free and stocked with art supplies).


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(Re)Presenting Native Americans includes 25 works by Native and non-Native artists, and asks visitors to consider questions such as “What is American identity?” Artists include Catharine Critcher, Sally Farnham, Joe Fedderson, James Lavadour, Marie Watt, Shaun Peterson, John Nieto, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and more. The exhibition focuses on images of Native Americans created from the mid 1800s to today, and considers how artists of different eras and backgrounds represent Indigenous cultures. It invites visitors to ponder how they would want to be represented. December / January 2016

Henry Inman (American, 1801 1846) HolatoMico (Blue King), circa 1832 Oil on canvas, 30¼ × 25 inches Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Promised gift of Erivan and Helga Haub

Artists Drawn to the West will inspire your inner explorer through works of art by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and other painters and sculptors who connected the art of the West to larger movements in American and European art. See how these different artists interpreted the vast western landscapes and scenes of daily life, reflecting artistic styles and trends from the Hudson River School to impressionism to modernism and more. Also recently opened, Northwest Cowboys in Art honors the ranching and cowboy culture that has been part of the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The exhibition includes works from a local favorite, painter Fred Oldfield, among a selection of Northwestern artists. Saddles, Spurs, and Quirts: The Art of Leatherworking spotlights the intersection between art and function through 31 beautifully hand-crafted works. Artisans

Catharine Critcher (American, 1868 1964) Portrait of Star Road, circa 1930 Oil on canvas Image Overall: 37 × 31 3/4 in. (94 × 80.6 cm) Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.34

and makers span from Argentina to Oregon, and the designs come from cultures as far-reaching as the Spanish Moors. These exhibitions mark the first change from the inaugural exhibition, Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection, which has been attracting visitors since November of 2014. During this year, TAM welcomed approximately 98,000 visitors, and over 3,000 students with school tours. TAM held 16 programs related to western American art with nearly 2,700 participants, and its first Symposium, a tradition that will continue in spring 2016.

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Deborah Kass (born 1952), Still Here, 2007. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 45 × 63 inches. Private collection, © 2015 Deborah Kass / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Shimon Attie (born 1957) Untitled Memory (projection of Axel H.) 1998. Ektacolor photograph edition 1 of 3, 32 × 38 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Niki de Saint Phalle (born 1930, died 2002), AIDS, you can’t catch it holding hands, 1987. Book, 52 pages 8 × 10 inches. The Lapis Press, San Francisco, © 2015 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris.

ART AIDS AMERICA Art AIDS America: Groundbreaking Exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum Politics, sex, religion, loss, and beauty – all of the topics that you can’t talk about over dinner but can at a museum – are open for discussion in Art AIDS America, an exhibition that reveals for the first time how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art. Since the first reports of mysterious illnesses in the early 1980s, HIV and AIDS have touched nearly every American in some way, and operated as an undeniable (though often unacknowledged) force in shaping politics, medicine, and culture. Art AIDS America presents the full spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful. Art AIDS America is a story of resilience and beauty revealed through art, and the community that gathered to bring hope and change. While recognizing and honoring loss and grief, it refutes the narrative that AIDS is only a tragic tangent in American art, exploring how artists’ responses to the crisis and its legacy continue to inform contemporary American art. These artworks offer a vibrant representation of community, caring, creativity and activism. And, Art AIDS America will serve as a vivid reminder that the crisis is not over; HIV infections are increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. A decade in the making, this exhibition is co-curated by TAM’s Chief Curator, Rock Hushka, and Jonathan D. Katz,


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PhD, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program, University at Buffalo.“AIDS fundamentally changed American art, remaking its communicative strategies, its market, its emotional pitch and ‒ not least ‒ its political possibilities. But we’ve repressed the role of AIDS in the making of contemporary American culture, as we’ve repressed the role of AIDS in every other aspect of our lives. This exhibition underscores how powerfully a plague that is still with us has changed us,” says Katz. “Art AIDS America creates spaces for mourning and loss, yes, but also for anger and for joy, for political resistance and for humor, for horror, and for eroticism.” The exhibition assembles 125 significant works in a wide range of media. The artists are diverse, including the internationally acclaimed such as Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Martin Wong, and those not yet as widely celebrated such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Chloe Dzubilo, Derek Jackson, Kia Labeija, and Joey Terrill. The works date from 1981 to today, and some, like Catherine Opie’s photographs of the 1986 AIDS/ ARC vigil in San Francisco, will be on public view for the first time. “Art reflects and reacts to social, cultural, and political climates, and in the past 30 years, HIV and AIDS has been a constant presence,” says Hushka. “So many of us recall friends, family, and partners we have lost and the terror of the early years of the crisis, while younger people are just learning this story. We seek to create a deeper understanding of the legacy of HIV/ December / January 2016

Joey Terrill (born 1955), Still Life with Forget-Me-Nots and One Week’s Dose of Truvada, 2012. Mixed media on canvas, 36 × 48 inches. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Foundation purchase. Photo courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Robert Sherer (born1957), Sweet Williams, 2013. HIV- and HIV+ blood on paper, 24 × 18 inches (framed). Courtesy of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

AIDS in contemporary American art, and encourage our visitors to see their experiences in these works.” Works in the exhibition will generally fall into two categories: art with a clear tie to AIDS, and art that requires the viewer to look beyond the surface to understand its connection to HIV/AIDS. Some artists addressed the AIDS crisis through activist works, community projects, graphics, and direct political statements. For example, the collective ACT UP NY/Gran Fury’s installation Let the Record Show... sears the words of public officials whose actions inflamed the crisis, including the silence of President Ronald Reagan, who would not speak publicly about AIDS until 1987. Other artists use camouflage, coding, misdirection, symbols, or other covert strategies to address the social, political, and physical impacts of HIV. An example is Robert Sherer’s beautifully rendered Sweet Williams, a basket of cut flowers, painted in HIV-negative and HIV-positive blood, about the untimely deaths of so many young men. The exhibition will be organized roughly by works created pre- and postcocktail (in this case, ‘cocktail’ refers to the combination of drugs and therapies used to manage HIV and prevent the development of AIDS).

Bill Jacobson (born 1955), Interim Portrait #373, 1992. Chromogenic color print, 24 × 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo courtesy of the artist.

proactive approach toward controlling the spread of AIDS,” said Stephanie Stebich, TAM’s Executive Director. “TAM also has the scholarship to support this exhibition through our chief curator Rock Hushka and the exhibition’s co-curator Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, who also co-curated the award-winning Hide/ Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, which we brought to TAM in 2012.” The Art AIDS America catalogue is a significant component of the exhibition, with 15 contributors, nearly 300 pages, and more than 200 illustrations. It is published in association with the University of Washington Press of Seattle and London and designed by Marquand Books, Seattle. Art AIDS America is organized by TAM in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and will tour nationally. See it first at TAM through January 10, 2016. The exhibition will then travel to Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA; and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. For more information:

“Tacoma Art Museum is a safe space where people are able to address important and challenging issues. We are proud to present Art AIDS America. It is fitting that the exhibition debuts in Tacoma, the city that established the nation’s first government-sanctioned needle exchange program in a

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‘Tis The Season to Tour SpringRidge at Charbonneau It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at SpringRidge, an award-winning senior living community located in the beautiful Charbonneau District. With the halls decked and the holly hung, local seniors are warmly invited to treat yourself to a tour and enjoy the festivities. On Tuesday, December 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm the community will host its annual “Holiday Tour of Homes” event. This spectacular holiday event offers seniors a relaxed and enjoyable way to experience the incomparable lifestyle offered at SpringRidge at Charbonneau. In addition to seasonal refreshments, festive spirits and musical entertainment by violinist Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis, guests will have an opportunity to preview residences decorated for the holidays. SpringRidge is the ultimate in luxury senior living, boasting amenities such as restaurant-style dining staffed by an exceptional culinary team, a movie theater, Internet lounge, heated indoor pool and spa, fully-equipped fitness center and more. In addition, residents find SpringRidge’s social, cultural and recreational offerings are an engaging part of their lifestyle. Here, seniors enjoy the freedom that comes with SpringRidge’s maintenance-free lifestyle, the peace of mind afforded by the community’s continuum of care and unlimited ways they can pursue their own brand of happiness. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), the SpringRidge at Charbonneau campus includes a variety of wellappointed Independent Living residences, as well as licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care services. Further, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited SpringRidge since 2002. A CARF accreditation is the equivalent of a five-diamond ranking in the hospitality industry, and an important seal of approval seniors should look for when exploring retirement living options.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 27 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience SpringRidge for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 503.862.9498 to schedule.

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10 best outdoor winter adventures on the tillamook coast While summer is grand at the Oregon coast, winter offers outdoor enthusiasts special adventures. Let’s also dispel winter rumors: winter does not mean continual rain. Weather is often mild and warmish. So get to the Tillamook Coast now! Here are the top 10 favorites seasonal activities, gathered from locals, who really wanted us to keep them secret! 1. Beachcombing after the storm Locals await eagerly the first seasonal storms, not only because they have a front row view of Mother Nature, but also for the summer-like calm that follows, and the treasures that wash up on the beaches. 2. Catching Dungeness crab While crabbing is always in season, winter brings the biggest bounty. Drop traps in the five bays from a boat, or catch from a dock. Take them home in a cooler or get one of the fish processing companies at a nearby dock to cook them for you. 3. Kayaking winter water channels The Tillamook Coast is a mecca for yearround paddle sports. Five estuaries are designated National Water Trails. But there are channels accessible only in winter when tides are at their highest. Take a guided paddle with Kayak Tillamook and discover the beauty of winter waterways.

4. Hiking waterfall trails If you want to see waterfalls in all their gushing glory, winter is the time to do it. We have several forest trails that lead to waterfalls. Wear waterproof shoes, not because the trails are particularly muddy or wet, but because the forest’s soft dewiness is in evidence everywhere. 5. Scuba diving in the bays Above water, the Tillamook coastline is beautiful. Under water, it’s a fascinating environment that the few who love to dive are lucky enough to see. Read about it in a blog from Brian Cameron. Top spots are in Garibaldi, Oceanside and Tillamook Bay. 6. Fishing for winter steelhead Tillamook County’s five main rivers start filling with steelhead in December. From north to south, the Nehalem, Kilchis, Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers are all top steelhead producers. And after a big rain, steelhead go from a fish of a thousand casts to one catch after another. 7. Surfing bigger waves Cape Kiwanda attracts international surfers all year-round. You’ll find neoprene-clad wave enthusiasts in the water from dawn to dusk, even during stormy weather. If the ocean looks too cold for you, then grab a beer at the Pelican Pub and watch braver souls through the big oceanfront windows.

8. Camping and glamping Winter campers find peaceful pleasures on the Tillamook Coast. Summer’s crowds have left, and those pitching trailers, RVs or setting up in yurts (and even a few tents) find themselves among kindred spirits. The beaches are wide open, and you’ll have trails to yourself. Bring a book, a journal and a cozy blanket, and let the stars be your reality show. Nehalem Bay and Cape Lookout state parks are open year-round. winter-campers-find-peaceful-beautyon-oregon-coast/ 9. Take an eco adventure on land or water The Dairylands Tour from Tillamook Eco Adventures gives you a cow’s eye view of local dairy farms and treats you to the storytelling skills of guide Brian Cameron. And Garibaldi Charters, which is also a fishing charter boat, brings the bays and estuaries to life with a close-up peek of water habitats. 10. Checking off your bird and wildlife list Be warned: birdwatching is addictive, as is wildlife viewing. And winter brings a wealth of possibilities, from migratory birds that find the Tillamook Coast a perfect place to spend the season, to magnificent elk herds that navigate their way from forest to beach. Bring your binoculars and camera, and start at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. And Kilchis Point Reserve has a new birdwatching station.

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A Florentine Trattoria Finds a Home in Portland A popular Portland food cart makes the successful leap to brick-and-mortar with a menu of Tuscan classics.

by Kathleen Bauer Like most towns and cities across America, in Florence, Italy, the neighborhoods are full of characters. The old lady who rides up and down the streets on a rickety bicycle ranting at the top of her lungs and is known as “La Pazzerella” (“crazy woman”). The older egg-shaped man called “Signor Coniglio” (“Mr. Rabbit”) who volunteers at the neighborhood medical clinic driving patients to the hospital emergency room.

soup known as ribollita that allowed the women of the region to use up their dayold bread by combining it with beans and vegetables.

You can meet them all and hear their stories at Burrasca, a tiny Florentine cafe tucked away on a side street off the booming restaurant row that is Southeast Division Street in Portland. Owned by Florence native Paolo Calamai and his American wife, Elizabeth Petrosian, each table in the restaurant is inscribed with the name of one of their neighbors from the years they spent living in Florence. The restaurant’s name came from one of Calamai’s favorite Italian children’s books about a rascally little boy named Gian Burrasca who had a passion for pappa al pomodoro, a Tuscan tomato soup.

“But you’re living in Florence!” they wailed, thinking the couple’s life in Italy must be like all those I-left-my-boring-life-for-theTuscan-sun books that were popular a few years ago.

Burrasca’s menu features the dishes that Calamai learned at the elbow of his nonna, or grandmother, and he credits her with giving him a love of strong flavors. Her Tuscan palate is evidenced in the lovingly made tagliatelle and pappardelle pastas smothered in meaty ragus, as well as other uniquely Florentine dishes like a deeply flavorful kale and squid stew called inzimino or the thick, comforting

Pappardelle with wild boar ragu

The idea for this little trattoria came when the couple announced their decision to move their family lock, stock and pasta machine from Florence to Portland, Oregon, to open a food cart. Their American friends were aghast.

The life their friends imagined the couple was living? “It was a postcard,” Calamai said. “You’re living in a postcard or you’re living in the reality.” So they decided, in their words, to “load up a container with our stuff and fling it over the ocean.” Portland had been in the running for a place to settle because of its moderate size and relative affordability, but also because Petrosian and their two young children had made several trips to the city to visit good friends who had moved there. “It seemed like it was a very family-friendly place,” she said. “It felt like, for families, for us having kids, this is a better place for

Inzimino, a traditional squid and kale stew.

them to finish growing up.” Experimenting with recipes in the Portland food cart—which garnered raves almost immediately from a growing legion of customers—gave them the confidence to move to the next level, especially when Burrasca was listed among Portland’s top food carts after only a few months in business. A successful Kickstarter campaign helped solidify the plan to move from mobile cart to brick-and-mortar, and in July of this year the restaurant opened its doors. Looking forward, the couple is going to start offering occasional cooking classes to teach their Portland fans some of the secrets of Calamai’s nonna, like how to make the rich ragu and homemade pastas that catapulted them to the forefront of the city’s dining scene. Plus they’re looking for local sources for other typically Tuscan ingredients like artichokes, cardoons and game meats to add even more authentic Florentine dishes to the menu. In the meantime, you can sit at a table and hear the story of Paolo’s uncle, Zio Ugo, over a plate of pappardelle. The 105-yearold with the full-on walrus moustache, his name immortalized on a table top, still takes his mellow constitutionals around his Florence neighborhood, always dapper in tweed jacket, vest, tie and fedora.

Arista, herb-crusted roast pork loin and cannellini beans.

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Champagne didn’t used to be the elite drink it is today During the art-deco era of the 1900s, Champagne was cheap and Champagne houses commissioned poster artists to give the drink a boost. The goal was to inspire the Parisian bourgeoisie (the new middle class) to choose Champagne as their celebratory beverage. The campaign worked so well that over 100 years later sparkling wines have become the emblem of holiday parties. Oddly enough, sparkling wines are a near perfect food wine, matching with a wider variety of foods than even red wine. Here are some ideas that will inspire your drinking

Fish and Chips with Cava

There are many regions that make sparkling wine in the style of Champagne including Spain which produces a bubbly called Cava. Cava is the perfect everyday sparkler (because it’s so affordable) and pairs wonderfully with salty fried foods or richer slow-cooked meats. What better pairing than perfectly crispy basket of fish and chips. Each bite will be quaffed with a beautiful bubbly.

Smoked Turkey with Vintage Champagne

As Champagne ages it gains these additional aromas of hazelnut and smoke that are quite lovely. You can bring these aromas to the forefront by pairing it with nutty smoky foods. The subtle smokiness in a freshly sliced turkey will do the trick especially when matched with a touch of cranberry sauce and gravy.

Pork Roast and Spice Apple Purée with Crémant Rosé

There are many regions in France that make sparkling wine in the same style as Champagne that are called “Crémant de Something,” from Crémant de Limoux in Languedoc-Roussillon to Crémant de Bourgogne in Burgundy. These are usually exceptional quality for the price. For this pairing, a Crémant d’Alsace Rosé will be perfect as it’s a Pinot Noir Rosé and will work wonders with the spice flavors.

Roast Ham with Lambrusco Amabile

The perfect roast ham always has a touch of sweetness perhaps with pineapple or maple–something,–to make it taste impeccable. Because of it’s subtle sweetness, this dish is actually better suited for a bubbly with a touch of sweetness too. Prosecco is a good choice, but Lambrusco is the wine that will take this dish to the next level. It sounds crazy, but there are several producers making incredibly high quality Lambrusco wines. The term “Amabile” means just sweet and if you want to do a bit lighter spring for a Brut level which is just dry.

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The Chowder Bowl

Since 1980 we’ve served our delicious milk based chowder. Our recipe is so good we’ve been featured on the Today Show, in Coastal Living Magazine, and we recently won the Newport News Times “Best Clam Chowder.”

“World Beat Cuisine”

We also serve burgers, salads, and more. You owe yourself a visit to the Chowder Bowl.

Come on by, you’ll love it! Tu - Th 11 am to 10 pm Fri - Sat 11 am to Midnight Sun 10 am to 4 pm Closed Mondays

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del Alma An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience.

Catering, Private Parties, Lunch & Dinner. Offering a fresh, local and creative menu you’ll love. Promoting local musicians and artists, Cafe Mundo is a destination for coastal travelers and locals.

In Newport’s Historic Nye Beach 541-574-8134

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

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Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why.

Open for dinner Mon. - Thurs. 5:00 -- 10:00 Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:00 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

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2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis



Tina’s Come visit us in the heart Wine Country! Inspired northwest cuisine celebrating local farmers. 100% local wine list. Craft beers. Spirits and specialty cocktails. House shrubs, syrups, and nonalcoholic beverages. Open Wed-Sun for Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. 503 S Trade St/Highway 99 Amity 503-835-5170

Our menu is based on the foods that our farmer/neighbors grow: seasonal, and regional. Many of the wines that we feature come from just down the road. We are committed to using the best ingredients, and our menu changes as we move through the seasons of the year. We believe in using the highest quality and most healthful ingredients available and use organic, free range and chemical free products. Dinner Nightly 5:00 pm - Close Lunch Tues - Fri 11:30 - 2:00

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“All diseases start in the gut.” Hippocrates Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN, CEN Consultations, Seminars, Presentations 215 SW 4th St. Corvallis (541) 602-1065

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French Pastry Savory Dishes Dinner Events All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.

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Holiday Recipes



Recipe compliments of New Morning Bakery in Corvallis For the crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into bits

the mixture until it resembles meal. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a baking pan, 13 by 9 by 2 inches, and bake the crust in the middle of preheated 350° F. oven for 12 minutes. Let the crust cool in the pan on a rack.

For the topping

Make the topping:

1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 large eggs, beaten lightly 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Make the crust:

In a bowl whisk together the flour, the brown sugar, and the salt, add the butter, and blend

In a bowl whisk together the brown sugar, the flour, the baking powder, the eggs, and the vanilla and stir in the hazelnuts


Pour the topping evenly, over the crust and bake the mixture in the middle of the preheated 350° F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until it is golden. Let the mixture cool completely in the pan on a rack cut, it into 12 bars. Makes 12 bars.

Blood Orange And Olive Oil Polenta Upside-Down Cake compliments of Amelia Saltsman, author of The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen


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Syrup-soaked cakes, usually made with semolina and called tishpishti or namoura, are popular throughout the Middle East. With its stained-glass effect from the variegated colors of blood oranges, this upside-down cake, which gets its nubbly texture from sunny cornmeal, is drenched in a sophisticated ruby-red bloodorange syrup. Use fine-grind cornmeal or polenta; stoneground meal doesn’t get tender enough in baking.

For the cake

4 blood oranges ²⁄3 cup (145 g) packed light brown sugar 1 cup (125 g) unbleached allpurpose flour ²⁄3 cup (105 g) cornmeal (not stone-ground) 1 teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ²⁄3 cup (165 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar 3 eggs

For the Syrup

½ packet (¹⁄8 ounce/3.5 g) unflavored gelatin 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons Cointreau 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Using a Microplane grater, grate zest from 2 of the blood oranges and reserve. Juice the 2 oranges and reserve. Cut both ends off of each of the remaining 2 oranges, then cut each orange crosswise into rounds ⅛ to 1/16 inch (3 to 2 mm) thick. Cut all but one of the slices in half and discard any center pith. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the bottom of a flameproof and ovenproof 10-inch (25-cm) skillet (a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is perfect) and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the orange juice. Heat skillet over medium-low heat until

most of the sugar is bubbling. Remove from the heat. Starting at the outer edge of the pan, lay the halved orange slices in the melted sugar with the “scalloped” edge of each slice touching the edge of the pan. Fit as many orange slices as you can into the circle, pinching their corners as you set them into the hot sugar (use a knife point or tongs to adjust the fruit as needed). Some slices will have a “prettier” side; make sure those are placed face down in the sugar. Arrange the remaining halved orange slices in concentric circles toward the center, finishing with the reserved whole slice in the center. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and granulated sugar on medium speed until thickened and golden. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is thick and creamy gold, 3 to 5 minutes total. Beat in the zest and 1 tablespoon of the juice. On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches, beating after each addition just until blended. Pour batter evenly over the orange slices and gently smooth the top. Bake the cake until golden brown, the top springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin-bladed knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake sides. Invert a serving plate over the cake, invert the pan and plate together, and lift off the pan. If any fruit sticks to the pan, loosen it with a spatula and place it on the cake. While the cake is hot, use a fork or bamboo skewer to make holes in it without going all the way through. While the cake is baking, make the soaking syrup. Fill a medium bowl one-third full with

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ice and a little water and nestle a smaller bowl, preferably metal, in the ice bath. Pour ¼ cup (60 ml) of the remaining orange juice into a small pot, sprinkle the gelatin on top, and let soften for 5 minutes. Stir granulated sugar, Cointreau, and lemon juice into the remaining orange juice, then stir the mixture into the softened gelatin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir to dissolve sugar and gelatin, about 1 minute. Do not allow to boil. Pour syrup into the waiting bowl and stir from time to time until it thickens to the consistency of maple syrup, about 15 minutes. Spoon or brush some of the syrup over the cake. Allow it to soak in, then spoon or brush on more. Repeat until you have used all the syrup. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing, then cut into wedges with a serrated offset knife to serve. KITCHEN NOTE: To cut picture-perfect cake slices, use kitchen scissors to snip through the oranges first, then follow that line with your knife to cut the cake. I learned this trick from food stylist Karen Gillingham.


Compliments of Laura Frankel of “Jewish Slow Cooker”

The name Jerusalem artichoke is a misnomer. These bumpy tubers are the root of the sunflower plant, which is why they are also called sunchokes. They have a nutty, earthy flavor similar to an artichoke and when paired with sweet roasted parsnips they are a match made in heaven. 8 large parsnips (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into large pieces Olive Oil 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes (about 10) Juice of 1 lemon 3 medium shallots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ½ cup dry white wine such as chardonnay 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 5 cups Chicken Stock Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper SUGGESTED GARNISHES: ¼ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, toasted hazelnut oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drizzle the parsnip pieces with olive oil. Place the parsnips on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, until soft and lightly browned. Transfer the parsnips to the slow cooker insert. While the parsnips are roasting, peel and dice the artichokes. Place the pieces in a bowl of cold water with the lemon juice to keep them from turning dark.

Puree the soup in batches or with an immersion blender until the soup is very creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of toasted hazelnut oil.

Preheat a slow cooker to low. Place a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Sauté the shallots until they are slightly browned and soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the wine to the pan and cook the mixture for 3 minutes. Add the wine-shallot mixture to the slow cooker insert. Drain the Jerusalem artichoke pieces and add them to the insert. Add the thyme and chicken stock to the insert. Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours, until the Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips are very soft.

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Eugene Concert Choir: A Dickens of a Christmas December 6 - 3:00 pm Silva Concert Hall Eugene

Brad Paisley February 11 - 7:00 pm Matthew Knight Arena Eugene

The Magic of Wintertime Nov 23 -- Jan 2 Pittock Mansion Portland

ChocolateFest January 22 - 24 Oregon Convention Center Portland

Crafty Wonderland (Super Solossal Holiday Sale) Dec 12 & 13 11 am -- 6 pm Oregon Convention Center Portland

ZooLights Through the Holidays Oregon Zoo Portland 44

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker December 12-26 Keller Auditorium Portland

The Christmas Ship Parade December 4 - December 20 Columbia and Willamette Rivers Portland

Winter Concert Celebration featuring Ty Curtis Band December 13- 7:00 pm Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner

“Seeing Nature” Landscape masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection October 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016 Portland Art Museum Portland

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Hotel Murano, Tacoma

Forbes, and Condé Nast have named the Hotel Murano in Tacoma among the best hotels in Washinton. We think Forbes and Condé Nast might be slightly mistaken however... there’s no “among” about it -- it’s the best. If you have a reason to be in Tacoma, or even if you don’t, go to the Murano and spend a night or two, the place is awesome. Their tag line, “Wake up Inspired” is right, except it’s kind of more... “Walk in Inspired” -- like the moment you walk in the door! The hotel is full of fine art glass from all over the world, the restaurant is stellar, there’s a chic salon, and they’re dog friendly. We had the great pleasure of a recent stay and the room we stayed in was spectacular (see above). Lots of hotels have “free wifi” and then, when it gets right down to it, someone, somewhere is “working on it” or it’s just plain slow as molasses - not the Murano, lightning fast, everywhere in the building. This may have been the first time in my life I didn’t have to walk around waving my iOS devices like an offering to the internet Gods. Very nice. The little stuff like that is what makes this hotel great. The shampoo, not some cheapo, “apple” scented hair tonic bought in the million-pack from a hotel supplier, it’s really nice -one might say you can even “shower inspired.” But back to the restaurant, the halibut I had for dinner was the best piece of fish I’ve had in quite some time, and I’m a big fish fan! Perfectly cooked, and perfectly seasoned. Bravo. And our servers, for happy hour, dinner and breakfast? Quick, efficient, and super personable. The room rates? They start at an amazing $99 a night! What’s up now San Francisco? It’s actually cheaper to stay at the Murano and fly to SFO - twice a day, then it is to stay at a “boutique” hotel in the Bay Area - lousy plumbing and all! Maybe an extreme example, but really, I’d do it! It’s a great place to hang out, and it’s surrounded by fun stuff to do: The LeMay Auto Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Tacoma Dome (dude, Black Sabbath on Feb. 6th!) -- and there’s free light rail to the dome. Do it!


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tree lined streets • great food • unique shops • historic hotel • grand restored theater • worlds apart, yet minutes away, rest, refresh & restore in Camas

401 NE 4th Ave | 360-210-4037

237 NE 4th Ave | 360-834-9215

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Join us in Downtown Camas in December and January for holiday shopping, cheer, and a fun January “Second” Friday event! Historic Downtown Camas welcomes you with holiday lights, gorgeous window displays, and the small town feel that makes holiday shopping a delightful experience. With its treelined streets, friendly merchants, and diverse shopping and dining options, Downtown Camas brings back the nostalgic and satisfying feel of preparing for the holidays. Enjoy a seasonal meal or drink in one of our award winning restaurants in downtown and be pleasantly surprised at the tastes you’ll discover. Camas First Fridays are free monthly events that bring familyfriendly fun to downtown and create an experience to share. January’s “Second” Friday (on January 8th this year due to the New Year’s Holiday) theme is “Clue” in Downtown Camas! There will be a mystery in downtown and you must collect the clues throughout participating businesses to solve it! Those that solve the mystery are entered to win fabulous prizes from the merchants including a Dinner and Movie Night in Downtown Camas. A great way to spend time with friends and family! Carrie

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