Chronic inflammation and food, body on fire

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Curing inflammation may well turn out to be the elusive Holy Grail of medicine.” William Joel Meggs, MD I know chronic inflammation it isn’t a soft and fluffy subject but it is a big issue that has been causing a lot of health problems in the western world.  What […]

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Rhubarb, the Beauty and the Beast

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Rhubarb and patience can work wonders.” Old German proverb Rhubarb is a bit of a venomous beast with beautiful delicious stalks. It is a rather dinosaur looking plant with long lovely red stalks and spiky big leaves. The red stalks are edible and are the darling of the pie […]

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Bounce or Splat: Building Resiliency

By DeAnna Pearl, Tillamook County Prevention Coordinator, Tillamook Family Counseling Center What does it take to build resiliency in ourselves?   What is resiliency? The official definition is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ole life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful. It’s important because this is […]

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Spring has sprung and so has the green garlic

  by Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Until recently, green garlic never appeared in the market and was largely unrecognized by cooks.”  –Alice Waters Things are beginning to look up; I reek like garlic and it is 77 degrees. Sunny warm and my kitchen smells like garlic. Things couldn’t be better. Walking around my yard earlier […]

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Reviving a 2 million year old tradition of cooking

By Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Cooking, above all, connects us.” Michael Pollan In ancient Greece the word for “cook” is also the same word for butcher and priest and it also shares the etymological root as magic. Making a meal and sitting down to eat it is a true magical event in many households these […]

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Top 10 Individual Winners – Session #1

Congrats to our Top Ten Individual Challenge participants (list of names below) Alice Jeffers is the top individual YOW participant won a FitBit, donated by Fred Meyer.  And the top 10 were entered in a random drawing for a YMCA/NCRD gift certificate. 1.  Alice Jeffers 2.  Jim Jett 3.  Ahyde Cortes 4.  Cathy Colburn 5.  […]

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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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