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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 …

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Traditionally, southern tables were laden with platters, plates and bowls filled to overflowing with home grown, home cooked food, overwhelming in quantity and quality. In between all the platters, plates and bowls were little dishes and jars of extras, the sweet and spicy accoutrements that…

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Beth Schultz is and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Wahls Health Professional who is passionate about creating and eating a real food nutrient dense diet. If you have any questions please feel free to email her at bethschultzntp@gmail.com, www.bethschultz.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/realfoodinspiredme/

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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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Breakfast: Do you eat it? Breakfast is an important meal, since it breaks the fast from the night before and gets you going for the day ahead. It gives you fuel to do the tasks for the day by feeding your brain and muscles. There are many reasons people don’t eat breakfast, but there are so …

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Right now in Douglas County, you can find an abundance of fresh produce. Everything tastes so fresh when you get it in-season. I just can’t get enough of our local produce during the summer. There are so many ways to eat all the wonderful food grown in Douglas County. I like to eat some of i…

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It is hard to imagine a food more humble than the mushroom. It pops up out of the soil and clings to the earth as it grows, dull in color and quite camouflaged, no blossom or heady scent to give it beauty. Its claim to fame is the flavor, from bland Crimini, found in every grocery store, to …

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Now that summer has finally arrived, many of us are gearing up for the warm weather traditions of picnics, family reunions and barbecues. These activities give good reason for paying attention to the issues of summer food safety. No one wants to bring a food item to the company picnic that i…

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Bananas are one of those foods that we tend to take for granted. Inexpensive and available year-round, they are sometimes overlooked for more exciting fare. However, this wasn’t always the case.

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of snacks, I inwardly (and sometimes outwardly) cringe, thinking about the non nutritional calories I’m about to consume. Salsa to the rescue! Although most of us enjoy our salsa with chips, if there were a few veggie sticks or slices available, the c…

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Many areas of Douglas County have infestations of Scotch Broom and other weeds similar in appearance. I am sure you have noticed them growing along the highways and in the fields and forest. They could be mistaken for pretty if not for their invasive nature. Many who have experience trying t…