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I know it is pretty bold to declare something “the best,” but my kids said it, so I am going with it. They also claim my microwave skills on frozen nuggets to be “the best.” Their standards might be a little low, but my husband’s are not — especially when it comes to cookies.

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My husband loves Havarti and pears, so the second I saw this recipe combining both delicious flavors, I was excited. With Easter coming up, this is a great dish to make or bring along to your brunch. The combination of cheese and fruit is divine. There is an elegance to this dish, but it is …

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My friend Jayne Gautreau told me she had fond memories of eating Eve’s Pudding, a traditional British apple dessert, as a young girl growing up in Northern Ireland. The dish, also called “Mother’s Eve Pudding,” uses a light apple mixture for the base and is topped with a sponge cake.

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Growing up in the Midwest, a hearty meal was pretty common for dinner. Meat, potatoes and corn regularly made their way to the dinner table.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I figured I would have to share something sweet and pink. There are a lot of things that can fit into that category, but this cheesecake tops my list. I am partial to cheesecake as it is my favorite dessert and enjoy all different types. However, this one is so u…

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Over the past year or so, the Instant Pot pressure cooker craze has swept through the United States like freight train. It’s hard to keep up with all of the new and exciting things you can do with this electric pressure cooker. From hardboiled eggs, to cakes, to cooking meat from a frozen st…

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Protein isn’t as easy as one would think to get into my daughter and husband’s daily packed lunches. My husband needs high-calorie and high-protein meals to maintain his energy throughout the day, and my daughter isn’t much of a meat eater so my options are fewer. Also, she is a very slow ea…

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I first tasted quinoa salad at a local market. I thought it was delicious until I read the ingredients, which included preservatives and other additives.

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Most of the world is coffee obsessed. Especially during the dark, winter months, coffee seems to keep pouring until lunch time, and then starts pouring again for that late afternoon pick-me-up. However, a large percentage of American coffee drinkers prefer just a little coffee on the side of…

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Like many others, I received an Instant Pot for Christmas. This wasn’t an item on my list, but something my family members argued I must have. For me, I wasn’t completely sold on it, as I already have a slow cooker, am fine with stove-top rice and honestly had no more room for another appliance.

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Well, Christmas is behind us. Now we are left surrounded by shreds of wrapping paper, a fridge full of leftovers and a table still filled with uneaten chocolates, cookies and treats. And if those diets are going to begin Jan. 1, all the Christmas goodies must get finished off.

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My husband and I work pretty hard to date each other. This doesn’t mean a post-work, exhausted McDonald’s pickup or chaotic family trip to Red Robin — this means a one-on-one, kidless date.

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If you’ve been to the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, you’ve probably noticed that there are many odd and unusual things in the way of edibles on the display tables. Carrots and potatoes in various shades of yellow, orange and purple and white, pumpkins with ugly warts, tomatoes of every color…

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We are entering the season of sweets. From Thanksgiving to Valentine’s day, winter seems to bark at us to turn those ovens on and make recipes — old and new. I love that part of these dark months. The season keeps us inside and if we allow it, can slow us down. And while I do love sweets, I …