Bon Appetit – Just Plain Good Food

Old Fashioned Broth for Health Makes a BIG Comeback

Published March 5th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Many long-time readers of this column know I collect old cookbooks.  My oldest cookbook is European and American Cuisine by Gesine Lemcke from 1895. On the title page is the following statement – “Beauty, Health, and Happiness depend upon the kind of food we eat.” This sentiment changed profoundly by [...]

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Eat Your Nuts

Published December 31st, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

One of my favorite nuts is pecans for baking and cooking. They are softer and do not cause canker sores in the mouth like walnuts can. The buttery rich flavor of pecans makes them one of the most popular nuts native to American. They are rich in nutrients, minerals, and [...]

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It is beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Published December 24th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

One of the magical things about this time of year are the smells – cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger, fruit fillings and festive colors swirled around on cookies. Many of these powerful aromas stimulate memories and affect brain chemistry in positive ways.

All of these spices that add to [...]

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When Stress Comes a Knocking

Published December 22nd, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Well, the holiday season is here, and yes, I say Holiday because there are over 29 holidays between now and the first week of January depending on if you are Jewish, Christian or anyone else. As many of you read this, the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving will [...]

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Are the “What If’s” fueling your stress

Published October 14th, 2016

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 [...]

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Fermenting Adventures in an RV

Published October 7th, 2016

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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To Can or Not? A look at home canning, freezing and fermenting foods

Published September 30th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Few things get your tongue’s attention faster than where sweet and tart meet in the heart of a ripe peach, or that zest in the seasoned grilled zucchini that came from your garden.  Those generous squash or tomato plants that keep on giving have left many folks googling recipes.  But [...]

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Watermelon & Summer a perfect fit

Published July 1st, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH


Summer and watermelon are inseparable for me, as a kid riding in the truck with my dad, we would drive by fields in North Eastern Oregon with ripe watermelons. I do not think we ever went to a picnic, camping or a potluck that didn’t have [...]

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Spring with a splash of Easter color

Published March 24th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

The familiar dyed Easter egg, which annually rolls along lawns and frustrates little children armed with colored wicker baskets, is a carryover from the pagan holiday which preceded the Christian holy day.  Easter has a close association with food. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and spring, [...]

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Thoughts of bread- the need to kneed

Published March 15th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Recently, I watched the Michael Pollan documentary on Netflix ® “Cooked.” I have read most of Mr. Pollan’s work over the years and like his writing style, and subject matter. This was the first time I had seen one of his films – and it is inspiring, not only to [...]

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