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Top Tips for U-Pick Berry Success

We are so blessed in the Pacific Northwest to have a climate well suited to growing all sorts of berries. We are also blessed that it is not particularly difficult to get out of the developed areas and visit berry farms or woods where the uncultivated native varieties grow. At the peak

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Muffin Pan Frittatas

Forgive me for working backwards. Rather than including a recipe in my previous post I thought those mini frittatas deserved their own moment in the sun. The frittatas were really very simple to prepare but I must confess I didn’t keep notes on the amounts used in the filling. Without revisiting the

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How to Lose (or Maintain) Weight on Vacation

Planing to lose weight on vacation can be tricky. In many cases you are setting yourself up to go against the cultural norm. Over the past five years I have lost, maintained, and gained weight while on vacation. Each time the key to success or a weighty surprise has been in the

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Perfectly Poached Eggs

When we go out for breakfast or brunch I love to order poached eggs. I like the simple clean look of a poached egg and the way the yolk creates a sauce for the protein and starch beneath. Even though there is not much to it I always feel like I am

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How to cut citrus segments

I wonder if you are like me when it comes to purchasing citrus. I hesitate before loading up on fruits that require peeling. I have a bad habit of buying these sun soaked winter treats only to sit for weeks in the fruit basket. I give the fruit a glance when I

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Gifting Sunshine – Candied Citrus

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is notoriously grey. I’m pretty sure the weather this time of year is the reason for our soggy reputation. It would be awfully handy to be able to manifest sunshine whenever the dreary clouds become overwhelming. I can’t give the sun to those I love but I

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Holiday Tea Poached Pears

Recently I have been drinking my weight in a new found tea. The tea is a full bodied herbal blend from Celestial Seasonings called Bengal Spice. It has the aroma of dark brown sugar cookies and brews up bold and spicy. I keep sticking my nose in the box and thinking about

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Rhubarb and Orange Compote

As the weather warms and locally-grown produce begins to arrive at our grocery stores and farmers’ markets, I feel like I am reuniting with old friends. ¬†It has only been the last few years that I paid much attention to when various produce was in season. ¬†Partially due to economics, in season

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Eat your greens – Hearty Kale and Peppery Arugula

This is a great time of year for produce!  It is available fresh from local farms, at farmer’s markets or in grocery stores.  There are so many different types of fruits and vegetables to choose from it can almost be overwhelming.  I have been making an effort to pick unfamiliar things when