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What You May Not Know~Lead and dishes

Published January 20th, 2020

While doing research over the Christmas Holiday, I came across some disconcerting information on lead. My investigation was prompted by a love of vintage kitchen stuff and a question from a client on safe dinnerware for her RV. Many folks have opinions on what are the best dishes and glassware for RVs and homes. Often [...]

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Rhetoric and Food

Published January 10th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

For those of us who have lived around agriculture, we know the problems with the modern food system is not with the farm or the volume being produced. The waste, cruelty, and denaturing of our food happens after the farm when it enters the mega-industrial machine of Big Food. Sustainability [...]

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Old Fashioned Bone Broths Still the Best.

Published January 9th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Over the years, I have tried a number of broth mixes for convenience, but they all fall flat compared to the hearty rich and nourishing broths made by my mother and others back in the day.

“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says a South American proverb. “Indeed, stock is [...]

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The Benefits of Time

Published December 12th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Every once in awhile, someone will say to me – “it must be nice having all the time in the world to do whatever you want?” Now that I am older, I reply with less sarcasm when I say, “It has its benefits.”

The old saying about “time flys,” [...]

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Box of Crayons

Published December 5th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Nature is filled with color, and as I watch the vibrant changed to trees and plants, my thought turn to crayons, which lead to making choices. Do you remember when you got that first box of crayons? The first box of crayons came out in 1903 and contained eight [...]

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Learning from History

Published November 28th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

This past month I have added two rare books from the late 1800s to my collection. One, of course, is a cookbook; the other is an original copy of Dr. John H. Kellogg’s “Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life,” circ [...]

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A Wider View adds Clarity

Published November 21st, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Like so many who are in the health care and academic modalities, reading – like every word on the page, kind of reading – morphs into expert skimming. A personal challenge this year has been to return to actual reading with a book, not a tablet, phone, or computer [...]

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The Great Purge of 2019

Published November 14th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

It all began with my normal fall clearing out, note I didn’t say cleaning, that would imply the dust and cobwebs are also gone.  Every year we go through our clothes and household items and bag up what we no longer like, need or ware for a local charity. [...]

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New Season and New Foods for Health

Published November 14th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Fall surprised us all with a venture into winter earlier than anticipated, not only are the trees turning a crayon box of colors, the farm stands, and markets are bursting with hearty calorie-dense foods and savory immune-supporting roots. Fall is often our favorite time of year, and it [...]

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History as Old as Bees’

Published April 30th, 2019

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It is difficult to appreciate in today’s world the value of honey and bees. Honey is a by-product of flower nectar and the upper aerodigestive tract of the honey bee, which is concentrated through a dehydration process inside the beehive. Honey has a very complex chemical composition that varies depending [...]

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