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Making Traditional Swiss-Italian Chestnut Torte

In planning and dreaming about this year off traveling in Europe, I was inspired by the thought of cooking traditional recipes with friends, family and people I meet along the way.  I did some research, of areas we knew we’d visit, and the typical local dishes and foods.  Thinking of the Ticino region of Switzerland, […]

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Summers are made for outdoor cooking!

July has arrived and summer is upon us. With the temperature rising, it’s time to get out of the kitchen, dust off the barbeque and do some outdoor cooking. Everyone loves grilling, even the hesitant cooks. It doesn’t take prior cooking experience to become a competent backyard chef, starting with the basics of grilling burgers […]

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Cooking with Alternative Grains

I recently wrote an article for Lifestyles magazine, sharing the appeal and steps of a spring detox diet. At the end of the article, I thought it would be helpful to offer to my readers a step by step guide, by doing the detox myself for a month and writing about it on my blog. […]

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Spring Cleaning Detox

(This is my first Walla Walla Lifestyles magazine article, printed in the March 2012 issue) Spring is almost here! Almost instinctively during this time of year, we clean out closets and open windows to bring fresh air into our homes and lives. For some folks, thoughts turn to cleaning out their physical body as well, […]

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Whole Grains ARE Good for You!

A friend approached me the other day with surprising news “ Whole grains are actually bad for you!” What?! Being a huge proponent of whole grains and a whole foods-based diet, I was puzzled. What sort of misinformation is being spread out there?! It turns out her doctor had told her wheat is bad for […]

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Eating Local Holiday

Christmas is right around the corner! Time for extravagant meals, festive desserts, dressing up in your holiday best, and sharing with those you love. No matter if you’re staying close to home for the holiday or heading out of town, it’s nice to think local for your holiday purchases. Every family has it’s own traditions […]

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Eating in Season in the Fall and Winter

You’ve heard it before: Eat in season. That’s all fine and dandy in the spring and summer, with a bounty of beautiful easy to prepare vegetables, but when fall and winter roll around it’s a whole different story and challenge. Even for me, with a degree in nutrition and years of cooking experience, fall and […]

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Sauteed Yams and Kale

I had 30 minutes to toss together a healthy, yummy side dish to share for a lunch work party and decided on yams and kale.  We used to make this at the PCC deli, we called it sweet potatoes and kale, and it was roasted and tossed with a roasted garlic balsamic dressing.  Mine was […]

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Fall Favorites for the Whole Family

Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to celebrate fall and all of its wonderful seasonal foods. Days are cooling down and nights require an extra blanket on the bed. Time for hearty winter squash, fresh orchard fruits like warm apple treats and crisp delicious pears. Today I stocked up on a variety of […]

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Peach Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies

Living in the country, I am surrounded by an abundance of fresh ready to eat produce, and it’s wonderful!  Last week, my husband took the kids raspberry picking, when a friend offered for us to “take as much as we can”.  I was in heaven, with more raspberries than I could possibly eat.  We stocked […]

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