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Unless you are one of the relative few who fancy bees and beekeeping, you may not give much thought to the jar of honey in your shopping cart at the grocery store beyond the fact that it is sweet.

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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…

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Bone broth is being touted as the new cure all. People are drinking it to get rid of cellulite, heal leaky gut, improve joint pain, and grow long luminous hair and nails. It sounds like the perfect drink to improve your health. Bone broth is made by taking any animal or fish bones, adding an…

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This may be the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life — and much to my surprise, I made it.

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After my husband and I were married, we moved to a small town in Northern California. My husband was working as a youth pastor. Food and fellowship was something that the small community enjoyed.