We recently asked our innkeepers to submit their favorite recipes and were pleased to see that once again, we are all about keeping it local and fresh. The recipe that follows is made with pears. Did you know that 84% of the nation's pears are grown in Oregon and Washington? The volcanic soil provides pear tree nourishment, the rain and snowmelt provides moisture and of course our ideal temperature is a huge factor.
Carolyn Hammer has owned the Benjamin Young Inn in Astoria for almost 15 years. Her recipe using Bosc pears is easy, tasty, and the presentation is gorgeous. She calls it, "Microwave Poached Bosc Pears with Raspberry Sauce"
- peel one ripe pear per person but leave the stem on
- cut a small slice from the bottom of pears to flatten so they stand upright
- put pears in a microwave safe dish and pour one tablespoon of maple syrup over each one
- cover and microwave about one and half minutes per pear until hot
- place pears on individual small plates and pour about one tablespoon raspberry syrup over each pear
- garnish with raspberries
If you are planning a trip to the Oregon coast soon, stay with Carolyn at the Benjamin Young Inn in Astoria. I am sure after 15 years of innkeeping, she has more wonderful breakfast recipes to share with her guests.