Moroccan-ish carrot salad

A love letter to carrots, way overdue ♥

Dear carrots; I want to apologize for ever taking you for granted. I have always just seen you as a vegetable in the background like that completely unremarkable music in the doctor’s office. It is easy to take you for granted because you are always in the vegetable isle come rain or shine or season…. 

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Rhubarb, the Beauty and the Beast

“Rhubarb and patience can work wonders.” Old German proverb Rhubarb is a bit of a venomous beast with beautiful delicious stalks. It is a rather dinosaur looking plant with long lovely red stalks and spiky big leaves. The red stalks are edible and are the darling of the pie world. The beastly part of rhubarb… 

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My favorite spice mixes

Spice up your life and your health

For as long as cooks have been putting food to flame, herbs and spices have been there adding flavors and aromas. We take them for a grain of salt (pun intended) but spices are serious stuff. In their day, the spice trade was the world’s most vibrant industry. It established and destroyed empires, started wars,… 

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Red Wine Beef or Elk Stew

Dr. Miles Hassell is my new hero

“The decisions we make about the food we eat and our exercise and sleep habits are more important than the decisions our physician will make.” Dr Miles Hassell The Year of Wellness (YOW) in Tillamook County is in full tilt boogie right now and picking up speed. Next month’s focus for The Year of Wellness… 

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Vanilla bean panna cotta

The sexy and seductive vanilla bean

“Cortez took the beans back to Spain but he forgot to take the bees,” Craig Nielsen Most people think of chocolate at Valentine’s Day, I think of vanilla. Vanilla is sexy. Let me tell you why……… One of the world’s favorite aphrodisiacs, it has been seducing people with its intoxicating fragrance and flavor for centuries…. 

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