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Deodorant Detox!

Deodorant Detox!

Written by Denae

Have you wanted to take the plunge from conventional deodorants but every time you try you just stink yourself out? EO Products, a wonderful organic & natural company, has dedicated their 2017 to helping everyone willing to take the challenge! Not only have they provided enlightening information like, “…there can be a transition period (up to 30 days) where body odor can actually increase…? but they have even perfected the list of must-have’s as you begin your transition. 

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Spray
EO Natural Deodorant Wipes
EO Bubble Bath
EO Salt Soak
EO Ageless Moroccan Lava Clay

Those last three – the ones that have nothing to do with armpits, are to help you relax. Detoxing is stressful, especially if you don’t know how your experience will be. However, that added stress can create more body odor, which will turn in to a stinky cycle of stressing about body odor, creating more body odor, creating more stress. So pick up some bath salts and relax a little!

Committing to a detox might sound scary, but hey, at least it’s not a juice cleanse and you get to eat still! When you start your detox adventure, make sure you drink LOTS of water. And although you are eating, here are some foods to stay away from that can increase your body odor:

Alcohol
Asparagus
Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, etc)
Fish
Junk Food
Red Meat
Spicy Food

Checkout EO’s amazing write-up about their 30 Day Challenge!

Below is your personal detox calendar that you can print off, post, and proudly mark off each day as you detox your body from phthalates and aluminum. 

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Love,

Lassens

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St. Patty’s Recipe

It’s fun to celebrate holidays! This recipe is easy, low-carb, and frankly… delicious! We hope you enjoy this little St. Patty’s recipe special, even though it really can be made anytime your heart is craving corned beef or want an simple and easy recipe.

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Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls
Cuisine Irish
Servings
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Cuisine Irish
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Prepare corned beef according to package (if necessary)
  2. Boil the carrot and potato until they easily break apart with a fork.
  3. Drain the water from the pot, add the butter, and mash the carrot and potato. Mix in salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Peel leaves from the head of cabbage and steam them for about 2 minutes until they are tender and easy to roll.
  5. Fill each leaf with a horizontal line of corned beef and the carrot and potato mash. Fold in the right and left sides, tightly fold up the bottom flap and roll the rest up.
  6. Serve while still warm!
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Grain-Free Banana Coconut Cookies

If you avoid grains but still get a hankering for cookies, then get ready for your life to change. With no added sugar they’re pretty guiltless, too!
We took some liberties with adding peanut butter and chocolate to these cookies, but the banana and coconut base cookie can be used with whatever you dream up. Share whatever delicious varieties you come up with by tagging #lassens on social media and commenting on this post!

Enjoy 🙂

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Grain-Free Banana Coconut Cookies
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Instructions
Toppings
  1. After cooling for about 5 minutes, apply a dollop of peanut butter to the top of each cookie. Place in the freezer. While the cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate.
  2. Dip the bottom of each cookie in chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper. If desired, drizzle any leftover chocolate over the top of the cookies. Once the chocolate has solidified these cookies are ready to eat! The cookies last in a sealed container for a few days... if they make it that long.
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Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Written by Denae


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Vegetarian Greek Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Vegetables
Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Vegetables
Tzatziki Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees. Chop up your vegetables in to bite size pieces.
  2. In a large bowl combine the vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil, add all the spices, and mix together.
  3. Spread the vegetables on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, make the Tzatziki Sauce. Combine Greek yogurt, finely chopped cucumber, lemon juice, dill, minced garlic, and salt to taste.
  5. Serve the vegetables over a warmed pita bread and drizzle with Tzatziki Sauce.
Recipe Notes

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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Written by Denae

Something tasty, high in protein, and still seasonal is a nice break from all the treats that come around this season! Instead of feeling chained to bringing a cookies platter to your work potluck, surprise everyone with this delicious pumpkin hummus!

The seasonings are so easy to play around with too, which is nice if you want to spice things up a bit! See what I did there 😉

We hope you enjoy this lovely and INSANELY easy dish!

Love,

Lassens

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Pumpkin Hummus
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth throughout, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally while blending.
  2. Serve with vegetables, chips, crackers, in wraps and sandwiches, or whatever else your little heart desires for this hummus!
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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Written by Denae

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One of my very best friends, Melissa, introduced me to these meatballs. Since I don’t eat grains I decided to change them up a little bit, and I was really pleased with how they turned out — even though they didn’t have oats! 

We are big on making freezer meals, but did learn that these don’t seem to hold together week after being made up then frozen again. If you find a way to make them stick, post-freezer, please let me know! Otherwise, you’ve been warned 😉

These meatballs can be used several ways, but regardless they’re tasty! You can make mini meatballs and they are a great appetizer served on a toothpick. Or you can make them full size and they can be served over a variety of starches or grains. 

I paired this with the Gala Apple & Kale Salad and it was a hit! You can also pair it with:
Kale & Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Quinoa & Arugula Salad
Gourmet Asparagus

Hope you enjoy this delicious meal as much as we do!

Love,

Lassen’s 

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Meatballs
Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Meatballs
Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the meatballs.
  3. Form the mixture in to balls. (Either full-size for a meal, or mini for a toothpick appetizer) Then place in a deep pan, they can be touching.
  4. In a small pot, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over the formed meatballs.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Flip the meatballs, and cook for an additional 15.
  7. Serve hot with the sauce drizzled on them over rice, quinoa, potatoes, or by themselves.
Recipe Notes

Pair these meatballs with our Gala Apple & Kale Salad recipe for a delicious, and super easy, meal!

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Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Written by Denae

Gale Kale Salad_5-01Let’s be real here, we all love an easy salad. I think that’s the purpose of salad, right?

This Gala Apple & Kale Salad is super fresh, crisp and has a nice crunch. It’ll also pair great with just about any entree. If you want to pack a little protein, you can even add some shredded chicken and make this salad your lunch!

Hope you enjoy! Love,

Lassen’s

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Gala Apple & Kale Salad
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Instructions
  1. Slice apple in to bite-size pieces.
  2. Combine greens, apple pieces, and sliced almonds in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the salad.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese.
  5. Toss and serve.
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Should you get on the Paleo bandwagon?

Eatin’ Like a Caveman… or Woman…

by Gayle

There has been a lot of chatter about the Paleo Diet lately.  Have you wondered what it is all about?
 
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Well, it is basically eating what our cave ancestors in the Paleolithic Age ate.  

Meat

 
 
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Free-range or grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poulty, fish and other seafood, eggs, and game meats.  According to the Paleo Diet, our diet should be comprised of between 20-35% of calories provided by protein, instead of the 15% that the Western Diet has now.  There are many vitamins and minerals in meats as well.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

 
 
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Non-starchy, low-glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables provide much more fiber than other (grain based) carbohydrates.  They are slowly digested and absorbed, unlike refined carbohydrates.  And of course we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
 
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Nuts and Seeds

 
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These provide healthy fats as well as protein and fiber.

Healthy Oils

 
 
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Olive, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, and macadamia.  These fats provide healthy monosaturated and Omega-3 fats.

A diet of the the above foods will provide a balance between acid-producing and alkaline-producing foods, which helps prevent conditions that thrive in an acid environoment.

This website says that a “lifetime of excessive dietary acid may promote bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure and increased risk for kidney stones and may aggravate asthma and excercise-induced asthma.”  This diet balances acid and alkaline.

The Paleo Diet also increases the dietary intake of potassium and lowers the intake of sodium.

Our hearts, kidneys and other organs depend on potassium to function properly.  When sodium intake is higher and potassium intake is lower, we are at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.

 

What Should I Not Eat?

Dairy Products, Cereal Grains, Refined Sugars, Legumes (including peanuts), Starchy Vegetables such as Potatoes, Salt, Refined Oil, and Processed Foods.

There is a lot that makes sense in the Paleo Diet.  We do have a lot of diseases and conditions that are caused by our modern diet and lifestyle.  And eliminating refined foods certainly would help our overall health.  
 
Following the paleo diet is healthy and nutritious, and there are lots of ways that you can combine foods to make delicious breakfasts. They don’t all involve eggs, either! Here are just 10 paleo diet-friendly recipes to try out for your breakfasts.
 
Here is a fun chart to help you understand how to know if a food complies with the Paleo Plan.
 
 
I’m not sure I agree with the “That crap will kill you,” but this chart does help clarify what is Paleo and what isn’t!

Have You Tried the Paleo Diet?

Please comment if you have tried the Paleo Diet and let us know what you think.  Is it hard to eat the Paleo way?

Lassen’s carries everything you need to eat on the Paleo Diet!

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In upcoming posts I will share some recipes that comply with the Paleo Diet Plan!

 
Love,
 
Lassen’s

Events: Living Healthy with Dr. Lindsey Duncan

Celebrity Nutritionist and
Naturopathic Doctor Lindsey Duncan
Photo from genesistoday.com

    “We are the dragon slayers of illness” says the Lindsey Duncan as he slowly walks down the aisle, peering intensely into the faces of the captivated audience. In that moment I couldn’t help but picture Dr. Duncan wielding a gleaming, bejeweled sword and charging gallantly towards an enormous wiggling, fire breathing amoeba-like beast. As much as I wish this were a literal statement and not just an epic metaphor, I know that what he’s demonstrating is the practice of Naturopathic Medicine and it’s conquering of disease, deep down to the squirmy root of the ailment. This trust, belief and devotion of natural and holistic medicine is why over 100 people, including myself, showed up at this hotel ballroom tonight, eager and open to learn.


   On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, Lassens sponsored a guest lecture of the celebrity Nutritionist and Naturopathic Doctor, Lindsey Duncan. The event was absolutely 100% FREE to attend and took place at the Residence Inn in Oxnard, CA.

 Guests started to arrive around 6:15pm for check in and samples. At the demo table, our friendly supplement specialists, Aspyn and Chris, were handing out samples of pure Acai Berry juice and GenEssentials Greens which Dr. Lindsey had formulated with the nutritional supplement company Genesis Today. Although at first the Acai berry juice wasn’t met with the happiest of faces (some puckered up like raisins at the blast of it’s immediate tartness), once the benefits were unfurled like a never ending scroll of knowledge, the tune of the Acai berry seemed to be everyone’s new favorite song.

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Aspyn and Chris run the demo table to answer questions and provide information on the Acai berry

Guests were also invited to enter a raffle for a ridiculously desirable gift basket of more Genesis Today products, which included the highly popular and taste approved GenEssentials Greens formula. The crowd was getting thicker, so I decided to head on into the lecture room where I found my friends and colleagues standing by ready to help answer questions and assist the guests while they waited for the speaker.

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Thee ladies are eager for a chance to win such a handsome prize!
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On the left, best friend and supplement specialist, Ashley
On the right, manly man and manager of the Ventura Lassen’s, Scott

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   At around 6:45pm, Mrs. Duncan introduces her husband with a touching tale of how they met and how he changed her life forever through his practice of natural medicine. Mrs. Duncan was followed by a 10 minute video of the Dr.’s accomplishments and appearances on such television shows as The View and Dr. Oz (the latter clip depicting a befuddled Dr. Oz comically reacting to the news that a decadent desert that Dr. Lindsay has presented to him was actually extremely nutrient dense and less than 100 calories per serving). The video went on to show Dr. Duncan’s list of celebrity clients such as American fashion designer Mark Jacobs and former NFL Running Back, Tony Dorsett, who’s testimonials are available to view on his website www.drlindsey.com. In it’s final minutes, the movie briefed us on his adventures abroad in search of the world’s purest super fruits and natural remedies.


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   The movie concludes and the Doctor takes the stage with a rip-roar of applause. He’s an energetic, fit looking man, which is a testament to his lifestyle of healthy diet and continuous cleansing. For the next two hours he tells riveting stories of ways that he’s stepped in to save lives where the American hospitals and the use of prescription drugs had fallen short and reveals hard truths about our poisonous and acidic environment. He keeps the tone mostly upbeat (one of my favorite moments was when he told us to thank our symptoms as they occur, for they let us know that there’s an underlining issue; Thank YOU pimple! Now I know my hormones are out of wack!) while occasionally punctuating his points with intense (and sometimes repulsive) facts and visuals. One image in particular depicted a human colon which had swelled 10x’s it’s normal size due to lack of digestion and elimination. After presenting us with the 7 channels of detoxification (perspiration, exhalation, urination, deification, kidneys, liver and colon), he lets us all in on his personal daily regime which includes sweating profusely with a vigorous run (come rain, shine, snow or sleet!), drinking copious amounts of water and never, ever (and that means never) going a day without taking a greens supplement.

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   From this point, Dr. Duncan explains to us his partnership with Genesis Today and what they’ve formulated to bring the ultimate health and wellness to the public. From the 100% super fruit juices and 3,6,9 oils to the vegan fiber and digestive enzymes, Dr. Duncan spends time on each product giving us in depth details of their health benefits and usage against ailments. 9 pm rolls around and it is at this time that Dr. Lindsey begins taking questions from the audience.

   “ Dr. Lindsey, you’ve given us some great suggestions for cleansing our gallbladders, but what about if we do not have a gallbladder anymore?” asked one man. There are several shouts of “yeah, me too!” as a quiet laughter ripples through the chairs. Dr. Lindsey, after taking his part in the communal giggle, gives a deep, in depth answer which details several supplements they can take to help support and detox their other organs, such as bupleurum and beet root.


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Meanwhile, across the room, half of the audience is eager to take advantage of the one night only deals for the featured Genesis Today items. Lassens Ventura Supplement Manager, Janet, helps answer questions and makes sure that everyone is getting the right products that they are looking for. There are so many hands still hanging in the air for Dr. Lindsey Duncan to call upon, that eventually he just gives out his email and a promise to answer each and every one of their questions, so long as they can exhibit patience as they wait for his reply. The experience is close and face to face, his answers are precise and carefully calculated for everyone’s individual question. In a world where everyone seems so comfortable self diagnosing their ailments on the internet, it’s relieving to see the exchange between those in need and a person who has wholeheartedly dedicated his life to improve the quality of others’ lives through natural, non-harmful and nourishing supplement suggestions and simple, everyday tips. As the room’s commotion falls into a quiet chatter and packing up of boxes, it seems that the night has gone by smoothly, everyone leaving happy and full of new found knowledge.

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When it comes down to it, whether you’re just looking drop a few pounds or you’re fighting a particularly hideous dragon of disease, knowledge is always your best and most powerful weapon. Lassens is happy to educate our customers with free seminars, lectures and demonstrations every month. Look for the next event at your local Lassens by checking out the Events Table or visiting us at www.lassens.com for more news on what’s happening next!

Introductions… and Cobbler! Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch Cobbler to be exact!

Hey There! Welcome to the Lassen Loves, the official blog of Lassens Natural Foods and Vitamins!

 
 
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Before I delve deep into the sweet, and tangy magic that occurs when strawberries, rhubarb and other select ingredients collide, let me start out by giving you a little background on who we (Lassens Natural Foods Market ) are, and what this whole recipe swap is all about.
Hilmar and Oda Lassen opened the doors to Lassens in 1971 after coming to America from Denmark at the end of WWII. During the German occupation of Denmark, the couple risked their lives as part of the Danish Underground while simultaneously running a dairy farm. They had always put their emphasis on the quality of life and knew that good food fuels a good life. They made it their goal to make good, organic, wholesome food available to their new community in Camarillo. Good food like organic raw milk, organic nuts and grains and fresh, organically grown local produce. As the minute hand spins, the hour hand twirls and the calendars jump on and off the walls like trained pups, new trends and findings in the health industry are constantly springing up and Lassens has always been able to rise to the challenge.

Real Foods Real Recipes is a way for all of us; the knowledgeable and 

the newbie, the master chef and the micro-waver, to share and explore the different ways to enjoy these good foods. Every day customers are purchasing products like coconut oil and organic cacao, but what happens at home once you put them together? That’s what I want to know!
 
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And who am I? I’m a Lassens team member who loves to eat real food. I started as a cashier in December of 2008 and I quickly fell in love with this new world that I had unknowingly sailed into. My thirst for knowledge led me into a position in supplements which is where I resided for the next two years. From this angle, I not only learned a lifetime’s worth of information about how to live a healthy lifestyle but also I began to look at food in a new way. Yes, Mom was not lying when she told me that vegetables were good for you… but what she failed to mention (or maybe just failed to demonstrate) is how amazing they could taste! I didn’t know fish didn’t HAVE to taste like the ocean and who knew that it was a natural source of essential fatty acids? I’ve since been promoted to a creative position whereI’ve been able to put my talents to use (along with my love to cook and my need to cook more) with the creation of this here blog! 

But enough about me. I’ve offered you sweet promises of cobbler, and I do not disappoint.
Be forewarned, once you take a bite you may turn into a different person. A person who lacks the rational and restraint of your former self. A person who does not know nor care how to put down a fork.
This is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Cobbler and it is my very favorite desert.

I give you … Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch.

 
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INGREDIENTS
Filling:
-1 cup sugar (I used Wholesome Sweeteners organic sugar)
-3 Tb flour (try Arrowhead Mills organic pastry flour)
-3 cups sliced organic strawberries
-3 cups diced organic rhubarb 

Topping:
-1/2 cups flour
(I did ¼ cup Arrowhead Mills organic pastry flour and ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill organic coconut flour. The benefits of the coconut are seemingly endless. Plus it just smells and tastes amazing)
-1 cup packed brown sugar (try Wholesome Sweeteners organic dark brown sugar)
-1 cup butter (I went a vegan route and used Earth Balance vegan margarine*)
-1 cup rolled oats (try Bob’s Red Mill old fashioned rolled oats. )
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, sugar, 3Tb flour, strawberries and
rhubarb. Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix 1 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of the rhubarb and strawberry mixture and bake for 45 minutes until topping is lightly browned! 
This is a recipe from my family that I felt needed to be shared with the world, which is exactly the point of this program. To come together as food lovers and curious cooks and share our favorite recipes with each other! How this works is if you would like to share your recipe please visit our Facebook discussion board for Lassen’s Real Food Real Recipes, which you can be directed to by simply clicking on the link (at the top of this blog) of the Lassens location nearest you. Please Include any information about yourself and your dish that you’d like everyone to know. If you would like your picture in the blog or recipe card, please feel free to share that as well. I will go through all the recipes and cook, photograph and blog about the winning dishes and their amazing authors. The chosen recipes will also be featured at every Lassens location as free recipe cards on our Holiday displays.

This program is all about our community. If you love your community and love good, wholesome food then please feel free to impart your knowledge to Lassen’s Real Food Real Recipes! And please enjoy the cobbler.

 
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