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This year, we delve into the holiday rituals of our local pastry stars—the ones who expertly baked your pumpkin pies and apple turnovers. We quizzed them on their favorite Thanksgiving desserts (most often pumpkin pie baked with their grandmother), their nostalgia-driven cooking styles, and their own standby dishes for the holidays.
Lisa Clark, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries
Favorite Thanksgiving dessert: I have never been a person who can choose a favorite anything. Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Mousse Torte, Apple Pie! I always saved room (even if I didn’t have room, it went down).
How it influenced your baking style: I tend to try to combine things into one dessert, what I call “making the perfect bite.” I love bringing the traditional flavors to customers, with a little punch, a little excitement and pizzazz.
New Thanksgiving traditions: I believe strongly in carrying on tradition through all generations. It provides something constant—a foundation. This year, my dad is finally letting us cook the dinner, rather than do it himself. He is almost 68, so I think he needs a break.
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Shops and Sweets in Portland, Ore.
By BRIAN LIBBYMARCH 4, 2014
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries opened a storefront in the West End last March.CreditLeah Nash for The New York Times
Nestled just west of Portland’s downtown and south of its popular Pearl District, the West End began transforming from vacant lots and decaying buildings into the city’s hottest new neighborhood with the arrival of the hip Ace Hotel on Southwest Stark Street in 2007. Coupled with an explosion of food carts around the corner on 10th Avenue (not to mention Powell’s Books’ mammoth flagship store holding court less than two blocks away), the West End has produced a wave of boutique shops and trendy dining spots that exemplify the city’s youthful, eclectic spirit.
PETUNIA’S PIES & PASTRIES
Lisa Clark began selling vegan and gluten-free sweets at a nearby farmers’ market before opening this storefront last March. Besides treats like the Bumble Berry Peach Pie with hazelnut-coconut streusel, Petunia’s offers cocktail pairings like the Widow’s Kiss (apple brandy, green chartreuse, Benedictine and bitters).
610 Southwest 12th Avenue; 503- 841-5961;petuniaspiesandpastries.com
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