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I can’t remember exactly when I first came across this recipe, but I know it was in the early days of being married. I know that because my husband and I spent the first few months of married life living with my new in-laws and I was terrified of cooking for them.

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This year was my husband’s and my first year hosting the family for the holiday. Earlier this year, my husband shot a 12-pound turkey for us to feast on. Now, not only was this our first year hosting Thanksgiving, it was the first time I had the honor of cooking a turkey, and a wild turkey at that.

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I noticed it when I was just a girl — my mom had a way of making others feel comfortable. She welcomed guests in our home without hesitation. Those who needed a place to stay or just an afternoon meal found their way to our home.

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Back in July I made a vow to myself to get healthy. The first three months were mostly dedicated to just nutritional changes, so I’ve been learning quite a bit about what my body needs and that has lead me to trying new things.

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This time of year always makes me want to gather my family around a table and just be together over a hot meal, but it seems our household can’t schedule weeknight meals easily. With school, dance classes, work schedules, and meetings, trying to slip in much more than a quick, “Here, eat thi…

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So, when my girl comes home from school one day asking to concoct the recipe they had handed out during their Bible lesson that morning, this mama is all in. I absolutely love when we can drive home lessons we are trying to instill with hands-on fun. There is so much to draw from creation to…

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There is simply no time like fall and winter for soups. This should be a real comfort to us all since soup is typically a healthier option for meals.

  • MANDY HATFIELD For The News-Review
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No matter what age your child is, there are many fun projects and chores they can help you with in the kitchen. This is a great time to share together and teacher your children skills they will be able to use forever. Also, having your kids help you in the kitchen can help encourage a picky …

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The first time I tried this dish, I was with my husband at a local Mexican restaurant. This was my version of thinking outside of the box. I usually order the mundane burrito or taco plate, but that day, I was feeling frisky.

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This recipe is a quick fix meal without any of the guilt. Aside from the baking time, it only takes 10 minutes to throw in your baking dish. Quick and still homemade meals are so helpful on a busy week night or as an early casual Sunday dinner.

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Fall is finally here! It is my favorite time of the year. The air is clear and crisp, the mornings cool, the afternoons warm. Leaves are changing colors, all the reds, oranges, greens and browns. The sights, the smells, the significance of it all enamors me.

  • Jayne Gautreau
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Recently one of my boys was joking with me that there is Taco Tuesday, but what is Monday? “Is it Macaroni Monday?” he asked. We giggled about it, but I thought that was a great idea and decided it would be a lot of fun to come up with a menu for the week that started with the same letter as…

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With most things in life, I’ve had to practice and practice — and while I am still not close to being perfect, I’ve definitely made progress.

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My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We’ve always had a plan to do something extra special, and so we gifted each other with a trip to bella Italia (beautiful Italy.)

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James Orchard, owned by John and Mary James, has a long, bountiful history of high quality produce in Douglas County and the surrounding areas. In the summer of 2015, John and Mary decided it was time to partner with some new folks to carry on their 40-year tradition. Three new families have…

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Summer is still in full heat and refreshing watermelon is still on the menu at my house. Watermelon is over 90 percent water so it is a hydrating food on a hot day. Even though just eating cut watermelon is so good there are many other ways you can eat it, for example watermelon juice or wat…

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I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time with ground beef. It is simple, easy to use and can be made up a million different ways yet I find myself repeating meatballs, meat sauce for spaghetti and burgers.

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Tupperware was invented a full 20 years before I was born. The magical containers with burping lids and ever changing colors led the way to the future of cooking. It was somewhere in there that society was introduced to the concept of leftovers with the ability to store the uneaten portions …

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Summer campouts require a box of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, right? Even if you’re not able to make it to the campground, a fire pit at home can help you assemble your perfect s’more.

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For some of us, the best part of summer is all the fresh produce. For this Hoosier, it’s corn! Being from Indiana, I have a special place in my belly for some good ol’ corn on the cob. Sweet corn, to be exact! But, you don’t have to be from Indiana to share the love of corn. Oregon has some …