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Eating Foods by the Season for Health

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD. Cultures throughout the ages have celebrated the return of spring after a long, harsh winter by eating the first new greens available. Native Americans took advantage of fresh, wild plants to supplement their winter diets of dried foods; foraging in woodlands or near streams could bring in an entire meal […]


Artichoke – a thistle bud for health

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Why do people eat artichokes? Is it a love for mayonnaise dip?  Boy I hope not, what about the opportunity to have warm garlic butter dripping from your fingers? …. Hummm maybe.  Artichokes are a native to the Mediterranean region, and they play a major role in the regional cuisine. […]


GRACE WITH MEALS

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD Local, State and National events of late seem to once more be a buffet line of restrictions,  inconsistencies, prejudice, and fear. Twenty-four seven exposure to stories of hurricanes, forest fires, political unrest, riots, violence and just plain nonsense has a deep and for some deadly effect on their health.  Heightened […]


Parsley – More than a pretty garnish

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Many of us grew up seeing parsley as the attractive green garnish on dinner plates. The vibrant taste and wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish.  Parsley is so much more than a pretty garnish or filler plant in the garden. […]


Watercress – Traditional Food for Health

by Tammera J Karr, PhD Watercress is an aquatic leafy green plant that is a close cousin to mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula. Watercress tastes much like the wild Miners lettuce of the Pacific Northwest. Watercress has been cultivated in Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas for millennia, for use as both food and medicine. […]


BUILDING A HEALTHIER BISQUICK

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD My mother-in-law Libby (1918-2013) along with many other women in my family grew up in a generation of making do.  For most of her adult life, Libby lived in remote or rural areas of the Pacific Northwest, including Crater Lake National Park, where my father-in-law worked as an equipment operator […]


Let’s Hear it for Lemons

by Tammera Karr, PhD One late night, I traveled back in time with “Food Fights – Culture and War” by Tom Nealon. It is always exciting to read some little tidbit of history that gives you an ahhaa moment. That is the case with lemons and citrus, utilized heavily in Mediterranean diets. I came upon […]


Oregon Grape – valuable plant to have around

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD For those who live in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the mountainous areas, we are familiar with the holly-like shrub with yellow blossoms and purple berries clusters – Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) or also known as mountain grape, and holly-leaved barberry. As the name might indicate, it is also the […]


Are the “What If’s” fueling your stress

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD August brought to a close 15 years of working in a clinical office location in my closest town. To get to this office, I traveled 120 miles round-trip three days a week, through all four seasons. More than once the highway was closed due to forest fires, high water, rock […]


Fermenting Adventures in an RV

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Recently my husband and I decided late summer was a good time to learn how to ferment drinks and vegetables. A little background: Naturally fermented beverage products called Kombucha, Ginger Beer, and water Kefir are all the rage. Even general purpose markets are now carrying some form of fermented drink. […]


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