A Jolly and Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Christmas itself may be called into question, if carried so far it creates indigestion.” Ralph Bergengren Christmas morning. Those two words conjure visions of colorful wisps of wrapping paper and lost instructions to the latest digital family member. There is also the vision of the Christmas breakfast that […]

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2017 Year of Wellness Calendar Available

“Year” of Wellness Leads to “Years” of Wellness 2016 was declared a “Year of Wellness” by the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners, and the idea was embraced by community members and organizations alike. The overwhelming support of this collaborative effort has led to the continuation of YOW as the “Years of Wellness.” Celebrate 2017 with […]

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Beat Holiday Stress with Platters of Goodness

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “I think it is more important to have fun and spend time with my guests at parties.” The Barefoot Contessa The festive party season has officially begun. Lovely parties decked out in garlands of cedar and holly berries, beckon to us. Twinkling lights, laughter and rich holiday foods grace […]

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Healthy baking tips to make the season merry

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet December is bake till you pop month. We all know this. Visions of sugar cookies begin to dance in our heads and brainwash us into baking not just two dozen of them, but 6 or 10 dozen of them to spread the cheer. (Or the waist lines.) In my […]

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Tis the season to cook turkey

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   It’s turkey season! I just love turkey. It is such a delicious healthy meat that is inexpensive, low in fat and high in protein. Turkey is an excellent source of phosphorus and B6, and a good source of zinc and B12.  I think the only bad thing about […]

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Pumpkin: The true Fairy Godmother

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Her godmother scooped out all the inside of it, leaving nothing but the rind. Then she struck it with her wand, and the pumpkin was instantly turned into a fine gilded coach.” Charles Perrault I love the change of the seasons!  It is a new opportunity to fall in […]

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A New Twist on Sweet Potatoes

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  ~Robert Caspar Lintner Here is an historical twist; there were no sweet potatoes at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Nope, none at all. There isn’t any evidence of this South American native being cultivated in North […]

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Potatoes, an old foe made friendly

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   Potatoes, the Ultimate comfort food. In fact the Latin word for potato is Solanum tuberosum, and solanum is derived from a word that means “soothing.” It is truly divine that this comfort food is also good for you. The only thing bad about potatoes is what we do […]

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Cranberries; the little berry that could!

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “The Indians and English use them much, boyling them with Sugar for Sauce to eat with their Meat, and it is a delicious sauce.” John Josselyn, while visiting New England in 1663   Cranberries are the sparkling, ruby jewels in the crown of the Holiday season. Their bright scarlet […]

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Heeding the call of the cabbage

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet Cabbages are an interesting veggie for me. I’m seduced by them, can’t keep my hands off them, but often they sit in the fridge unattended. I finally dig them out and do something with them when they give me enough guilty looks every time I open the fridge. Fortunately […]

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