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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Falling in love with salads

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet I’ll admit it, I’m the queen of salads. They are one of my favorite foods and the hubby and I’s go to food since kicking the junk food habit. I make a big salad and keep it in the fridge at all times for the perfect fast food. I […]

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Behold the magnificent and mighty onion!

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” – Carl Sandberg Can you imagine life without onions? I can’t, but I seem to take them for granted as I toss them in every meal I cook. But, I’m here […]

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