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Have you ever stood in the bread aisle and wondered which variety would be the best to buy? There are so many different options.

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As the weather stabilizes and people start to think about fresh produce, many of us are planting gardens and many of us are rediscovering the bounty at the Umpqua Valley Farmer Market.

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I have an idea that if a survey was taken, home gardening is among the top pastimes in our part of the country. And among those who are convinced that we can’t live without a garden, tomatoes are usually the first thing to come to mind. We gleefully peruse the rows of little tomato plants at…

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I am loving the warmer days and sunshine! I saw this recipe shared by Mercy Health and the blueberries and lemon sounded perfect to go with the sunshine. I was also very happy to see Mercy share such a healthy recipe.

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Oats are a wonderful breakfast food but they can be so much more versatile than that. Oats can be included in snacks, main dishes or they can be sweet or savory. They are usually eaten in a whole grain state so they are full of fiber, which most everyone needs more of in their diet. Oats hav…

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From the time he was 16 years old, firefighting and fire science had been the focus of Dean Martin’s life. He knew no other job, had no other career plans.

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Mixed berry gummies are a fun, nourishing and gut healing treat! My 10-year-old daughter suggested I make a gummy recipe for The News-Review and she would be my taste tester. She gives this recipe two thumbs up!

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Does your dinner routine look similar to this? You make a meal and it’s loaded with vegetables, but then your kids stick their noses up at it and pick at the parts they want, leaving the rest to be thrown away.

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There is a whole generation of people out there who have grown up thinking that coffee, especially coffee from a kiosk, is the only way to drink hot beverages. Grandmothers drank tea. That is all. We are so used to having a cup of fancy coffee in our hand that we have no idea that tea is the…

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The holiday’s may be over but that does not mean your favorite recipes from the season need to stop. I grew up eating Mississippi Spice Muffins every Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving after finding out that gluten was triggering my autoimmune disease, I may have cried. I decided to try and…

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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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There was a time when we thought nothing of ordering a 16-ounce steak from grain fed beef and going home with the whole thing in our belly with none of it in a doggie bag for later. Times have changed, though, and more often than not, we opt for a smaller cut of beef, preferably grass-fed. M…

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If you like cilantro and lime you will love this marinade. I was looking for a good marinade to help tenderize a piece of flank steak I had purchased. Citrus is a great, natural way to tenderize meat. The flavors of cilantro and lime sounded perfect for fajitas. I love developing my own reci…

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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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It’s the time of year when we are starting to transition from our wonderful summer fruits and vegetables to the abundance of fall produce. I am looking forward to the many apples, pears, carrots and greens that are grown locally. Greens are easily grown in our area at this time of year and t…

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Just as springtime brings expectations of different cooking styles, so does fall. Personally, I think along the lines of soup and trying some of the bread recipes that I’ve been saving. I thought it would be interesting to talk to the vendors at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market and ask what …