• Shaina Glassman
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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…

  • Rhoda Mozorosky
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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.

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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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 …

  • Wayne Patterson
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When I grew up, my family always had at least one turkey on Thanksgiving and sometimes another one on Christmas. We had a big family with lots of relatives, so lots of food was required and my dad usually cooked the stuffed turkeys on the BBQ.

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Food and company go hand-in-hand this time of year and our calendar quickly fills up with potlucks, parties, and needed meals for those who are sick, grieving or healing. I love times to give and times to gather, but bringing a dish can seem like a daunting task when we can’t even think abou…

  • Kathy Bates
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I have to be completely honest . . . until about a month ago, I just wasn’t that impressed with Brussels sprouts. From my childhood recollections, they never smelled that good and they tasted like they smelled. So, Brussels sprouts and I were not friends.

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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.

  • Shaina Glassman
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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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My childhood best friend, Jill, recently came into town for a visit. Anytime we are together, it usually consists of cooking or baking (or both) — I honestly just tend to enjoy the fruits of her labor.

  • Krystal Irwin
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When my daughter comes home from school one day asking to concoct the recipe they had handed out during their Bible lesson that morning, this mom 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 …