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Ah, summer! Nothing invokes fun memories more than picnics at the beach, barbeques 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.

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Tucked away in the corner of the basement of the main building at Harvard Medical Park is a cozy cafe where Beverly Rodriguez runs the show from her long, narrow kitchen.

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Firehouse Fudge is closing its storefront, but owner and fudge maker Dean Martin will still be taking his plethora of flavors to farmers markets and festivals.

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Wintertime is the perfect time to make soup. Minestrone is rather well-known, but this simple vegetable-based soup is something I cook up year round. You can find many versions online, but this recipe was passed down from my Italian great-grandmother Adelaida Catalano, who hailed from Naples…

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With school back in session, cold and flu season is already starting to affect people in our area. Though influenza is active throughout the entire year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says activity begins increasing in October.

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“Night Circus” was the theme of the beer and dinner pairing at Old 99 Brewing Co. in Roseburg on Sunday, and it was evident in the simple yet intriguing decor at the brewery that evening.

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You have good intentions to make healthy and delicious meals for the family, but think it takes a lot of time to do it. Here are some ideas that have helped me get a better handle on my good intentions.

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I love to capture the tastes of the warm summer season and enjoy it all year long — especially since it comes from the bounty in our Douglas County backyard. I enjoy visiting the farms, stocking up, and spending a day making some delicious treat that we can enjoy and give away.

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One clear sign an area is growing economically is by the amount of foam-rimmed pint glasses filled with cold craft brew it is pouring. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild, the state ranks number one for most percentage of dollars spent on craft beer, number two in the nation for hop hortic…

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Since they found out O’Toole’s building was sold, owners Jennifer and Casey O’Toole haven’t had any luck looking for a new building.

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During a trip to the Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Eastern Oregon, I spent time learning about the ranch’s growing goat operation. These “American Range Goats” are a breed developed at the ranch and aren’t just any average herd — they have become the main focus of the ranch.

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Making jam brings back fond memories. Not only is there nothing like a dollop of this homemade treat on biscuits, waffles, or slathered between peanut butter and bread — the nostalgia that comes with it is even sweeter for me.

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Mid Town Grill (Oregon Clam Chowder Company): Chowder, chicken fried steak, burgers, fish. Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday. 260 Mountain View Ave., Myrtle Creek.

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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.