I have always liked driving into Oregon. Sure, there is some gorgeous scenery, quaint towns and lovely coastline, but mainly because it means that I don’t have to pump my own gas. Yep, you can’t pump your gas in Oregon, and I find that very civilized. The state also lacks a sales tax, which certainly is appreciated by those folks who live along the southern Washington border and who don’t mind committing a little fraud to buy big ticket items. Not that anyone from Washington would do such a thing.
The Beaver state has more than gas and sales tax going for it, though. It is the place for hazelnuts, peppermint and black raspberries – though I don’t think I’ll try them all at once, thank you. Lewis and Clark, the original road trip duo, explored there and who can forget the adventures of The Goonies along the coast near Astoria (goodbye, One Eyed Willie, goodbye). Matt Groening (Simpsons, Futurama), Ursula K LeGuin (fantasy author), Tanya Harding and Courtney Love have all called Oregon home – certainly all creative types in their own special way.
The state motto though has me puzzled: “She flies with her own wings”. Ummmm…I don’t get it. Maybe some savvy Oregonian can clue me in. And speaking of unusual, the state’s official seashell is the Oregon hairy triton. Wow, that’s something you don’t hear about everyday.
So I guess this was a long way of saying that Oregon is a bit quirky – but in a good, wearing birks with socks, loving hiking and trail mix, we have 231 state parks, kind of way. And what better way to celebrate that off-beat spirit than a vintage sour cream & raisin pie recipe from Scappoose, Oregon. Nothing says off-beat like raisin pie to me.