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Can Fats be Healthy? Yes!

Times Have Changed! It wasn’t that long ago that fat was a dirty word. I recall attending a gym class where the teacher advised choosing all-sugar treats (such as Starburst or Skittles) over treats with any fat at all.  Many were excited to see no-fat products on the market — cookies and cakes made without …

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Grapes–Those Little Orbs of Happiness!

I’ve Been Making this Salad for Years!   I grew up in the Apple Capital of the World–Yakima Valley, Washington.  So I love my apples! (When they are good — I will reject a mushy apple with one bite, and there are varieties that I won’t touch.  Yes, I’m that spoiled.)   And putting them …

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Focus on Local–Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil   I sure didn’t appreciate the beauty of the olive tree when I had one in the front yard of our first little house.  It was pretty, but I had no idea what was hiding in those little orbs.  The nutritional value of olive oil is vast.  From this website I learned that olive …

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Gorgeous Plums–You Can Do More Than Just Eat Them Plain!

A-Meen-O-Mum (I Want a Plum!) That’s what one of my toddlers said when he wanted to have a plum.  Plums have long been a favorite at our house.  I like the varieties with tart skins and sweet flesh the most.  Peter likes the black plums best. But whatever the variety, when they are in season …

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Let's Kick Off the Summer with Grass-fed, Organic Meats!

 It’s Good For You, Good for the Animals and Good for the Planet! While many people are choosing to go vegan or vegetarian, many others enjoy eating meat.  And if that includes you, how do you know the best meats for you, the animals, and the planet?     If you are confused by the …

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My Roasting Obsession

This Time It’s S–L–O–W  And I Do Mean SLOW Remember this post about one of my favorite cooking methods, roasting?  I roast vegetables at least 4 times every week.  That why I was so intrigued when I stumbled across this recipe for Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Cooking Light magazine that I picked up at the Ventura Lassen’s. Warning: …

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Tangerine Kale Salad / My Battle to Resist Making Puns

 It’s Fantas…     (Warning: Here comes an awful pun…) Today’s Food Demonstration in the Ventura store is Tangerine Kale Salad and let me tell you, it is FANTASI-KALE (whoop, there it is…)!!! Stephanie, our lovely Demo Captain, threw together an easy, fresh and delicious recipe primarily consisting of our Organic Local Produce.     …

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