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It’s a chilly December morning as Teresa O’Sullivan pulls into the Dutch Bros. coffee kiosk on Northeast Garden Valley Boulevard, the barista greets her by name and starts on her order — Golden Eagle, super hot — before she can get a word out.

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This year at the Christmas craft fair, I stopped at a booth selling roasted hazelnuts and had to buy a small bag to munch while I was there.

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It is Thanksgiving week and I should be discussing turkeys or cranberries, but as I was cracking commercially raised eggs into a bowl, I felt compelled to discuss the amazing benefits, nutrition and taste of real, fresh, farm raised eggs.

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Winter squashes not only bring to mind Autumn leaves and pumpkin pies but, are highly versatile vegetables. They can become soup, stew, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, side dishes and main courses.

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Over the last seven months, McDonald’s has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire technology companies that specialize in artificial intelligence and machine learning. And the fast-food chain has even established a new tech hub in the heart of Silicon Valley — the McD Tech Labs — w…

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No other fruit says “fall” quite like an apple. One bite of that sweet, crunchy goodness and you can just feel the crisp autumn air, taste that hot cider that’s helping to keep you warm at the high school football game, or smelling mom’s apple pie that’s just about ready to come out of the oven.

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Walk into Si, Casa Restaurant & Bar at 227 NW Garden Valley Blvd. and the first thing you notice is how big it is. The main seating area can easily hold 50 people and the bar, which features five TVs, can accommodate another couple dozen or so.

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If you have children and have been to the local farmers’ markets, maybe you’ve seen the Food Hero booth and sampled a new and tasty grape recipe.

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Ah, summer! Nothing invokes fun memories more than picnics at the beach, barbecues in the backyard or going on a road trip.

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Well, here we are at the beginning of summer, and we’ve already had some pretty warm days. If this is an indication of what the next three months will bring, I know that I am not going to want to spend any great amount of time over a cooktop or peering into an oven.