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Watercress – Traditional Food for Health

Published March 13th, 2018

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. [...]

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BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Published February 28th, 2018

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It has finally happened – winter and the cold bite of it’s breath has found many of us. Cold weather also brings with it high calorie foods and sedentary habits.  With the glut of holiday commercials highlighting decadent sweets, beverages, and hot food we are subconsciously lead down a dangerous [...]

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BUILDING A HEALTHIER BISQUICK

Published February 27th, 2018

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 [...]

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CLEANING HOUSE – BY REGULARLY DETOXIFYING

Published February 22nd, 2018

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

An effective detoxification program will not ask you to make any dramatic lifestyle and dietary changes. Healthier food and lifestyle choices are generally made on a subconscious level. Once the body begins to eliminate toxins, it will naturally start craving foods that will nourish it at an optimum level. That [...]

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POMEGRANATE – TOP THREE SUPER FOOD

Published February 21st, 2018

by Tammera J Karr, PhD

I love pomegranates, they are one of the few foods I can eat every day for months and never get tired of the flavor. When I was a kid, pomegranates were only available during the Christmas and New Year season in rural Eastern Oregon. Today they are available in fresh, [...]

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Let’s Hear it for Lemons

Published February 20th, 2018

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 [...]

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Healthcare Freedom verse Special Interest Clubs

Published May 23rd, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Late Sunday night I received an email that announced an Oregon Legislation Policy that impacts your Healthcare Freedom of Choice. Am I an alarmist? When it comes to restrictive dietary wording laws in any state, I would have to counter with no. Over the last five years, we have [...]

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Chocolate – more than Candy

Published March 12th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Millions of people worldwide love chocolate in all its many forms. This food of the “gods” comes from the cacao trees. The most common variety of cocoa comes from the Forastero making up 90% of the world crop. The rarest variety Criollo is sought after by artisan chocolate makers.

The [...]

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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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All About Sadie – adventures with a redheaded girl dog

Published February 26th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It has been a while since I have looked into the world of pet nutrition, so when I came across an article written by Michael Waxman titled “What’s your dog eating?”,  It caught my attention. I have been struggling with what to feed our girl dog, Sadie; she has put [...]

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