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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There’s more to the blueberry than pancakes

By Dana Zia, The GoLightly Gourmet “I’ve tried it on, like, twenty Oompa-Loompas and each one ended up as a blueberry!”  –Willy Wonka It’s that time of the year again! The berries are starting to show up in the markets with all their joyful color. I love all the berries but what is it about […]

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Discovering the magical world of fresh herbs

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Fresh herbs can change everything. You can have pasta every night and if you change the herbs in it and you have a whole new dish.”  Alice Waters Discovering cooking with fresh herbs was definitely a culinary epiphany for me. I’ll never forget it. Angels sang, trumpets heralded on high, […]

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Lost and Found

By Nathan Rogers I am what most would consider a kind person — reasonable and compassionate. Some might even say I am caring. I have the privilege of getting to go to work and serve vets every day whether it be a simple conversation over the phone, a face to face meeting in my office, […]

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Yogurt Basics — Give Your Family More of the Good Stuff!

Types of Yogurt Traditional yogurt has a tart taste and smooth texture. It can be thickened with milk solids, gelatin, agar, guar gum or starches. Greek style yogurt has been strained to separate out the liquid whey. This makes it thicker and concentrates theprotein. It also reduces the calcium, sodium and sugars. Plain yogurt is especially tart because it has no added fruit or […]

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The “Whole” Truth about Dairy Fat

It’s June Dairy Month!   What better time for YOW to celebrate dairy foods and health? Most of us remember learning in school that we should drink milk to get calcium for strong bones. But, dairy foods provide more than just a healthy allotment of calcium, and drinking milk isn’t the only option. The important […]

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A Short-Cut for Mental Fitness

By Dr. Rea Scovill When you try to find peace as you go through your days, there’s a simple way to approach your overwhelmed self. Think about how you’d care for a young child who felt the way you do. When a small child cries with frustration, hurt or disappointment, here are a few things […]

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