Month: December 2013

Feeling it in the gut

Ever notice that unpleasant stomach burn…. Even after a pleasant meal? Dyspepsia, sour stomach, heartburn, reflux, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)….not identical terms but all do describe a common symptom of belly discomfort. During the holidays our diets may change and reflect more ‘indulgent” foods: candy, chocolate, alcohol, and just plain abundance, which can lead to […]

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The Best Pumpkin Bread

After trying dozens of recipes throughout the years, this is the best pumpkin bread I have ever made and/or tasted, courtesy of my friend Gina. She often makes this bread as a study break, and hand-delivers warm slices to other students working late into the night at the library. Though it is fantastic straight out […]

That’s a Lot of Clam!

When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994, I knew I would experience some new things. I expected to encounter the following: A lot of rain. Some serious coffee aficionados. Tall trees. An obsession with recycling. Lots of hazelnuts and berries. Sure enough, all of those stereotypes were real. But there was one […]

Lemon Chicken

After a busy semester, I am home for Christmas, eager to take a break from the dining halls and get back into the kitchen. One of the first meals I made was this Lemon Chicken, a simple recipe that looks and tastes elegant. My family ate the chicken alongside steamed broccoli, brown rice, and salad, […]

Holly-Day Treats Part Two

My friend Holly is back with another installment of her Holly-day treat recipes.  We hope you enjoy!!! Five years ago, I hosted my first annual “Cookie Party.”  The event was named as such in part because it’s a party where we make cookies and treats all day, but also because The Sarah Silverman Program on […]

Gluten Free Creamy Clam Chowder……

I love clam chowder; I actually consider myself an amateur connoisseur of this bivalve mollusks stew.  With friends, Kim and I have traveled the coasts of Oregon and Washington tasting the different versions that various restaurants present to their patrons.  I’ve had some great chowders and some that were, hmmmm how should I say this […]

Holly-day Treats, Part One…..

I’ve got a friend named Holly that shares a VERY deep love for food and cooking, much like I do. Actually, Holly is a self-described “renaissance mom”.  She loves to cook, crochet, knit, sew, write and be a loving mother to her two rambunctious boys Victor and Rickey.  She even makes her own hand made […]

Gluten Free Margherita-Style Spaghetti Bake

One of my favorite things I’ve ever made, gluten free or gluten full, is a spaghetti bake that I ended up cooking on my BBQ.  It’s actually really easy and doesn’t take to long to make.  Here you go: 1 16 oz Package Tinkyada Spaghetti-Style Brown Rice Pasta (Or Regular Spaghetti) 2 Jars Of Your […]

Homemade Lip Balm

It is darn cold out lately. I have been gathering supplies to make homemade Christmas gifts with, and so when I woke up this morning and read the temperature on our outdoor thermometer I decided that today was a great day to stay inside and put those supplies to use! Today’s homemade gift is peppermint […]


REG FULTON passed away on Oct. 28, 2013. A friend of mine who was the composer's neighbor in San Francisco gave me the news. You probably never heard of […]

Common Core Becoming Toxic for Politicians

Huckabee steps back from Common Core It’s not surprising to see that former supporters of Common Core are now running from the controversial standards the same way democrats are bailing from Obamacare.  After all, the way both of these programs were brought into being was through slight of hand, back door deals, and half truths […]

States Fight back Against Federal Overreach

South Carolina is rejecting Obamacare   South Carolina is voting on a bill to end Obamacare in the state. State legislators have already passed H3101 in the house and have sent it on to the senate where they expect quick approval. Republican governor Nikki Haley has led resistance to Obamacare in the state and is […]

There’s Fungus Among Us

If there’s one thing the Pacific Northwest is well known for, it’s mushrooms. I guess that’s because we’re all a bunch of fun guys up here in the upper left corner of the country! Or maybe it has something to do with our soggy climate and plentiful forests. Either way, wild mushroom harvesting is a […]

Air Needed Here!

This brief post is about a worrisome symptom: shortness of breath, also known as “dyspnea.” Not being able to breathe tops all other fears (save perhaps public speaking). Being short of breath can be caused by something as simple as a cold or a faceful of dust, or being deconditioned… or the sign of something […]

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Guesses on cause of elk hoof rot

The hoof disease afflicting Southwest Washington elk most likely is caused by a bacteria, says the assistant director for wildlife of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Currently, our best guess right now is it is some sort of bacteria,” Nate Pamplin told the Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group in Vancouver this week. […]

Merwin kokanee on Black Friday

ARIEL — Hearing there had been a decent kokanee bite at Merwin Reservoir recently, but not really believing it, I decided to check it out on Black Friday. Normally, I stop fishing Merwin in late July and shift to fall chinook in the Columbia. I’ve caught kokanee in Merwin as late as Dec. 2, but […]

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