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Emily Grosvenor grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on a Pennsylvania German diet rich in meat, potatoes and various incarnations of pickled produce. She studied as a Fulbright scholar in Germany before reporting on German issues for the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C.

Today, Emily is a magazine writer and reporter based in Oregon wine country, where she and her husband are raising two boys to love blueberries, hazelnuts, fava beans and other seasonal harvests of the Yamhill Valley. Her writing for Zester explores the connection between food and place.

A frequent contributor to Sunset, Portland Monthly and Via magazine and the "New Mommy Confessions" page of, Emily is working on her first book, a funny memoir about failed utopian experiments.

Golden Crown Panaderia in Albuquerque, N.M., makes a golden turkey -- out of bread. Credit: Golden Crown Panaderia

The orders for bread shaped like a turkey roll in year-round at Golden Crown Panaderia in Albuquerque, N.M., but they start coming in fast

Small independent wine merchants, such as Jeff Woodard of Woodard Wines, in McMinnville, Ore., are a great way to educate yourself and learn about harder-to-find, small production wines. Credit: Emily Grosvenor

It's a moment that happens often in the life of a wine lover. You taste a bottle of Pinot Noir that might be called

Liz Crain is author of the "Food Lover's Guide to Portland," now in its second edition. Credit: Faulkner Short

When Liz Crain moved to Portland, Ore., in 2002, the food scene there was just starting to foment. In 2004, after meeting illustrator Brian

Lavender is ready for harvest when most of its brilliant purple flowers have emerged. Credit: Emily Grosvenor

A little lavender goes a long way in the kitchen. But use too much and that floral essence you love from one of the

Community Plate features seasonal ingredients and is the place to be for families, the laptop brigade and local business owners breakfasting before work. Credit: Emily Grosvenor

News travels faster in small towns than on social media, so when Parade Magazine announced last week that my hometown of McMinnville, Ore., was