Going wild over venison sausage

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Game is one of the last pure products in the world.” — John Bain It is that time of the year when hunters begin to twitch and change into primal predators. I know, I am married to one. Right now, as I write, he is in the belly of […]

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The Pear: Oh Sweet and Savory Seductress

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “There are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear, when it is perfect to eat.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I was recently was seduced by a giant box of pears. As I gazed lovingly at the box I could see canned whole pears, pear balsamic compote, pear […]

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Take a walk on the wild side with cauliflower

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   The veggies are coming in hot and heavy. My CSA (community supported agriculture) box arrives each Saturday, full of promise and I must perform. Yes, I must do all these amazing vegetables that are grown locally, organically and tended with loving care, justice.  We are in the middle […]

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YOW Readies for 2017 – Call for Entries for Calendar

The “Year of Wellness” is becoming the “YEARS” of wellness, and so it’s time for kindergarten through third graders to get out their crayons and colored pencils to provide artwork for the 2017 Year of Wellness calendar. DOWNLOAD – coloring-template The Year of Wellness (YOW) task force is proud to continue to recognize youth contributions and […]

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9 Ways You Can Make a “Healthier Choice”

by Anne Goetze, RDN, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council It’s fall, school is back in session and the YOW Challenge has entered into the last round of competition.  Are you in?  Hope so! One of the challenge questions each week is, “How many times did you make a healthier food choice?”  YOW offers up a […]

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The delicious and nutritious salmon

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet The salmon is the profound and enduring symbol of the Northwest that reminds us of the turning of the seasons.  Every year, at about this time, as the fall snap comes into the air and the rains return, the salmon forge upstream on their hero’s journey to spawn in […]

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet The simple and common apple is actually a superhero. Immortal and extraordinary, the apple has been flying through history in art, science experiments, legends, and torrid love affairs. It has also been seen flexing its vast muscles and protecting health and smashing disease for centuries. The apple is also […]

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A love letter to carrots, way overdue

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet Dear carrots, I want to apologize for ever taking you for granted. I have always just seen you as a vegetable in the background like that completely unremarkable music in the doctor’s office. It is easy to take you for granted because you are always in the vegetable isle […]

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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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