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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 …

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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…