Radishes: Getting to Know the Spunky Root

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Perhaps the most overlooked vegetable on the veggie-and-dip platter is the radish.” Edward Lee Spring has sprung and radishes are starting to pop up all over. They love to grow in our climate where it is cool all summer, temperate in the winter and they adore sandy, loamy soil. If […]

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Asparagus — the King of Vegetables

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.” Charles Lamb We have visiting royalty among our seasonal vegetables right now, Asparagus. It even has a crown to prove it. It was given the honored title, “king of vegetables” in the 18th century by King Luis the XIV, who could not get enough of it. […]

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Winter Squash, the crown jewel of the season

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet Winter squash is one of the seasonal foods that I love to cook all winter long. They are so substantial and full of nutrition that it is hard not to love them, especially with names like “sweet dumpling,” “butternut” and “fairytale.” With spring right around the corner, it is time […]

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Steelhead trout, our NW winter bounty

By Dana Zia Golightly Gourmet We live in such a fertile rich valley here that some of our wonders are easily overlooked, like the fact that we have one of the most abundant winter steelhead runs in the NW. Fisher people all know this fact, as steelhead are one of the most sought after game […]

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A Winter’s Garden’s Gift, Kale

“Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.” Michael Pollan   Kale is one of the gastronomic gifts that winter gives us, with its sweetness revealed with the kiss of the cold. It is abundant in local gardens right now, ready for our kitchens. This beautiful vegetable is bursting with great flavor and nutrients with […]

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Don’t be a Caveman; Eat your Brussels Sprouts

“We kids feared many things in those days – werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.” Dave Barry   Brussel sprouts have about as clouded of a history as they do a reputation but it is a widely accepted that they were cultivated from the great […]

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PREDIABETES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

By Stacie Zuercher, NW Senior & Disability Services Earlier this month, Northwest Senior and Disability Services in partnership with the Year of Wellness, began its year long journey to institute healthy changes that directly impact individuals at risk for diabetes by starting a “Prediabetes Prevention Program (DPP)” in Tillamook. What does it mean to have […]

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Smoking and Change

So your health provider told you that you needed to quit.  Wait…there is hope.  As a tobacco cessation coach for six years, I have worked with hundreds of individuals who heard these four little words that changed their lives forever. With heart racing you ask yourself, “How do you start?” First, you need to identify […]

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Fueling Fitness

  So, you’ve made your commitment to being more active for the Year of Wellness. Congratulations!   Whether you are choosing to get moving to lose weight, train for an event, feel healthier, or for any other reason, to truly rake in the health benefits you can get from being active, fuel is key. Eating […]

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