Having Your Way with the Love Apple

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet  “A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Laurie Colwin The tomato…. or the love apple as it used to be called long ago, has seduced the American population for over 150 years. America consumes over 22 pounds per person per year and over twelve million […]

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Battling blackberries for their treasure

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet The ubiquitous blackberry. We curse them 10 months of the year but for a few glorious months they are exalted. Out we trudge to the berry patch, covered in our thickest clothes, armed with gloves and clippers to battle the bramble for the sweet, shinning berries of delight. Working […]

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Savoring the summery sweet corn season

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   I’m obsessed with fresh corn. It usually happens this time of year. The sunshiny cobs of juicy corn smile at […]

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Honor the Harvest

By Anne Goetze, RDN, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council It’s fair time — the Oregon State Fair opens August 26th!   Fairs are one of the times during the year that the whole community comes together to celebrate agriculture, youth and family. It is also a good time to consider how wellness relates to the […]

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Tis the season to partake in the passion of peaches

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Eat a peach and live forever.” Chinese proverb I have a confession to make….peaches are my very favorite fruit. The very scent of them sends me into a happy place. Then there is the sweet juiciness that hijacks your senses as you bite into one, they demand your […]

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The tuna are here! The tuna are here!

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet If you are like me you have taste buds reserved in your mouth just for albacore tuna. Just say the word and I start to salivate. “Tuna!” See, I’m drooling. Maybe I love it so much because of its dense meaty flavor or maybe it’s how fresh it is […]

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Kohlrabi — A delicious oddity

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet ”Kohlrabi, once the favored vegetable of European nobles and peasants alike, has fallen off the veggie pop charts.” Vegetarians in Paradise It was innocent enough. I bought these cute little veggie starts that were purple. I like purple, actually I love purple. Off I tramped to the garden and […]

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The Sunshine Vitamin

By Anne Goetze, RDN, Oregon Dairy & Nutrition Council   At the North Oregon coast, summer is here and so are the tourists. We all hope to get a little sunshine and that usually makes us think about sunscreen (or lack of) and Vitamin D. There’s lot of talk about the sunshine vitamin so let’s […]

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Summer time … time for a picnic potato salad

By Dana Zia, The GoLightly Gourmet   “When it comes to picnic food, I can’t help but think of the American staple, potato salad.” Debi Shawcross Summer time around here in the temperate rainforest that we inhabit is just getting started, and the season has begun where families and friends gather to celebrate around picnic […]

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Go picnicking for a better tomorrow and lifestyle

  By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet When is the last time you went on a picnic? I mean an honest to goodness, basket full of goodies, let’s feed the ants picnic? I thought so. It’s been a while, huh? Me too. I think with our “go faster, get more done” lifestyles it just seems […]

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