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This soup is a wonderful way to use those plentiful tomatoes and zucchini from your garden or farmers market this time of year. This soup is high in fiber and is very easy to digest because it is blended.

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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On first glance, you’d think that growing produce on Dave and Deb Gilding’s property would be nearly impossible. You’d be wrong! Even though everything is planted on a side hill with a few terraces, and planted in poor soil that needs constant amendments, trees, bushes and plants are thrivin…

  • Denise Fennell OSU Extension
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“Can I eat this?” As a Master Food Preserver volunteer, I wish I had a dime for each time someone asked me that question. The answer often comes down to whether the food is homemade or from a commercial source. With commercially processed foods, it is often an issue of quality. With home can…

  • MANDY HATFIELD For The News-Review
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An important part of having healthy food is food safety. Making sure you handle food safely provides healthy food that keeps your body running right. By keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold, washing hands and surfaces and separating foods that can cause contamination, your family can ha…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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Walking down the dusty road along the produce field near Myrtle Creek, one of the first things I noticed were all the different sized footprints. They range from tiny, preschool-sized ones up to teenage, and then adult. This tells the story of the Valadez family; they work hard to make a liv…

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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Salsa is a popular condiment that can be used in a variety of ways. If you have a garden full of tomatoes, you may be getting ready to make a batch of home-canned salsa. This is a great way to capture the delicious flavors of summer, but before you get started, there are a few thing you shou…

  • Erin Maidlow OSU Extension
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It’s berry season here in Oregon, and that means loads and loads of fresh berries of all kinds. Plenty of farms in our area have berries for sale, including u-pick farms, where you can pick all you want and pay a much lower price per pound than what you see at the stores. Not only is the pri…

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Soon, we will be in the heat of summer, which we are all probably looking forward to. When summer’s heat is upon us, remember to drink more water and eat more foods that are full of water. Water is an important part of our bodies; it makes up roughly 60 percent of our body, so we need to sta…

  • Beth Schultz
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It is berry season in the Umpqua Valley. We picked strawberries last week at Big Lick Farms. They were ripe and ready to eat. We were deciding what to do with them all and found this delicious gluten free recipe online by Danielle Walker.

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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One of the best parts of farmers markets is the introduction of things new to us, and even new varieties of “old things.” As we peruse the booths with produce arranged artistically, we see bags and piles of things we don’t recognize. Many of us were raised in the age of iceberg lettuce, oran…

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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The strawberries are ripe! If you have a home garden or community garden plot, you may already be harvesting fruits and vegetables for your table. If you don’t, you can take advantage of one of the many u-pick farms in Douglas County. If you want to preserve some of your harvest to enjoy lat…

  • Beth Schultz
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I am sitting here writing this while my loaf of banana bread bakes. The house is filled with the aroma of cinnamon and banana! I am dreaming of pulling the bread out, slicing a nice warm piece and putting a generous pat of butter on it.

  • Beth Schultz Douglas County Family blogger
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I recently participated in a health fair at Phoenix School in Roseburg. I wanted to give the kids a dessert that was dairy, gluten-free and a little healthier than the usual sweets they love.

  • Kathy Bates OSU Extension
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Over the past two months, third graders from many of Douglas County’s elementary schools have been participating in Oregon State University’s “Growing Healthy Kids” curriculum. This seven-part series uses gardening as a way of exposing children to a variety of vegetables and fruits. The ulti…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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When Barbara Anderson and family relocated from Southern California to the Roberts Creek area of Dixonville, she had no idea the adventures that awaited her. A longtime gardener, self-proclaimed “hippie chick” and avid bird watcher, Barbara found herself in her own little paradise.

  • Beth Schultz
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I found a kale salad at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market two weeks ago. It was the best kale salad I have ever had. It is not something offered every week from OmGrown Family Farms, so I asked the owner Aimee if she would share the recipe with The News-Review. She was thrilled to do so!

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Oftentimes, I hear people say they want to eat healthy but are confused with the overwhelming amount of information about what is and isn’t healthy. I’m going to sum it up for you in 500 words.

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I love pasta! I always have and I always will. When I realized pasta did not love me, I had to find a replacement. I found spaghetti squash and we have developed a great relationship. Even my kids like it.

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I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and someone posted how they made pancakes out of just mashed banana and a couple of eggs. When I first heard of this recipe I thought no way! You cannot make pancakes out of just banana and eggs. Then I saw someone else rave about it so I tried …

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Growing up, there was no lack of church potlucks and family gatherings where all manner of recipes were shared. Lined up on those tables were a plethora of dishes ranging from sweet to savory, including new creations and the old standards as well.

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I adore recipes that are passed down from one generation to another. And not specifically just within one family, but ones that can be shared between friends and even strangers too. That is how I happened to find this amazing meal and it is a family favorite of ours that we indulge in often.

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Simplicity is my favorite ingredient. It goes well with everything. It’s always fresh, nourishing and contrary to popular belief — it is not boring.

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Root vegetables are often overlooked veggies we see at the market this time of year. What do they taste like? Are they sweet and crunchy, earthy and spicy? Which part has more nutrients, the leafy green tops, or the colorful roots? How are they prepared? Well, look no further. I’m here to an…