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This year at the Christmas craft fair, I stopped at a booth selling roasted hazelnuts and had to buy a small bag to munch while I was there.

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It is Thanksgiving week and I should be discussing turkeys or cranberries, but as I was cracking commercially raised eggs into a bowl, I felt compelled to discuss the amazing benefits, nutrition and taste of real, fresh, farm raised eggs.

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Winter squashes not only bring to mind Autumn leaves and pumpkin pies but, are highly versatile vegetables. They can become soup, stew, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, side dishes and main courses.

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No other fruit says “fall” quite like an apple. One bite of that sweet, crunchy goodness and you can just feel the crisp autumn air, taste that hot cider that’s helping to keep you warm at the high school football game, or smelling mom’s apple pie that’s just about ready to come out of the oven.

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We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of Oregon State University’s Food Hero Campaign this month!

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I remember when I first heard about kefir. After having worked in a commercial kitchen for several years and attended many trainings about food safety, the thought of leaving milk on the counter to ferment was enough to make me say no way to homemade kefir for quite a while.

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Did you know you can get fresh milk from the farm right here in Douglas County? Delicious, cool, wholesome milk with a layer of thick cream on the top, from cows who are content to graze on grass and hang out under shade trees, chewin’ the cud.

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As the summer once again winds down and fall is in the air, it is almost the beginning of another school year. With the arrival of school comes many things for parents to think about, like school supplies and changing schedules to name a few.

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If you have children and have been to the local farmers’ markets, maybe you’ve seen the Food Hero booth and sampled a new and tasty grape recipe.

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As I write this final article, I am surrounded by boxes ready to be loaded into a cargo trailer and hauled to Texas, my new home. I’m so excited for what is ahead for me, my two dogs and two parrots, but I know I’ll miss a lot of what Oregon has offered me in the last 67 years.

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Ah, summer! Nothing invokes fun memories more than picnics at the beach, barbecues in the backyard or going on a road trip.

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So it’s summer time and the livin’ is easy, huh? Well, you still have to feed all those hungry mouths. And once in a while, what you’ve been serving up just doesn’t work so well. People are bored with the same things that you’ve been setting in front of them. Maybe those same old things need…