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North End Organic Nursery: Bringing the garden back to Garden City

Photo by Guy Hand.

On a sunny spring afternoon, both Chinden Boulevard and the North End Organic Nursery were undergoing frenzied construction, the smells of fresh asphalt and organic fertilizer mixing into a pungent brew. While vested workers directed cars around a maze of orange cones, NEON owner and store manager Lindsay Schramm directed an army of employees to stock shelves, tend plant starts and shovel giant mounds of garden … Read More

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From Choricero to Chorizo: The rare pepper that makes traditional Basque sausage sing

Photo by Laurie Pearman.

Basque chorizo comes in many juicy forms—long and thin, short and fat, studded with garlic or packed with paprika—but the sausage’s defining ingredient, the thing that makes it truly and uniquely Basque, is the choricero pepper.

When it’s very young, the mild green pepper is sometimes blistered in a hot pan and dusted with sea salt. More often, it’s allowed to ripen on the vine to … Read More

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Pull Tabs, Not Corks: The strange folks at Split Rail discuss La Boheme

Photo by Guy Hand.

“Winemaking sucks,” Split Rail owner Jed Glavin declared, hovering over a clattering line of silver cans. “You invest all this money and then you just sit around for a couple years with it tied up in barrels full of wine.”

Although Glavin is still committed to traditional winemaking with a line of bottled wines, this spring he decided to try something new: ditching the barrels—and the … Read More

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Powder and Pomace: Pend d’Oreille Winery’s Steve Meyer lives the dream in Sandpoint

Photo by Guy Hand.

The lure of fresh powder has shaped Steve Meyer’s life profoundly. In 1985, Meyer took a gap semester before enrolling in college. He bought a one-way ticket to France and packed his skis.

“I figured I would get a job in the Alps as a ski patrolman or a ski instructor,” he said. “Along the way, I stopped off to visit an acquaintance who was a … Read More

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