Golden Potato & Bok Choy Soup

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Soup’s on! Now in early December, temperatures are nippy outside though we haven’t been hit by ‘hard freeze’ Arctic blasts, yet. A month into natural daylight time, the days are MUCH too short, sending my hubby and me into semi-hiberation mode. Semi-hibernation = Staying indoors too much, getting sleepy mid-afternoon, and tired too early in […]

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Briana’s Legacy: A Bounty of Gifts

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Have you ever considered what will be left behind for those who love you, once you’re gone? I’m not sure if such thoughts crossed my daughter-in-law’s mind.  Briana was focused on plans for her future with her husband, my son Marc. None of us were aware she only had three short decades ‘to do it […]

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Confused? Yes or No? Prop 37 GMO Food Labeling ~ CA Voters Will Decide on NOV 6th

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CA elections are only weeks away…folks are already submitting their mail-in ballots. Voting YES! on Prop 37 is CRUCIAL for our personal health, for generations that follow, and the environment. TV and radio airwaves are being flooded with misleading information about Prop37 (funded by huge agri-biotech, pesticide, and fast food manufacturers). Read FoodBabe’s latest, the […]

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Vote YES! on Prop 37: California’s ‘Right to Know’ Food Labeling for GMO / GE Ingredients

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This is a CRUCIAL HEALTH ISSUE for Americans and the world. It’s also a KEY environmental, ‘freedom of information,’ and basic democratic policy issue. WHY? 1) As consumers, we have the RIGHT TO KNOW. U.S. courts recognize a fundamental “RIGHT-TO-KNOW” rooted in the U.S. Constitution and in common law. 2) American citizens WANT TO KNOW: […]

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Apples, Asian Pears & Pomegranates: October’s Fruit Flaunt Autumn Hues

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October harvest baskets at the Original Santa Rosa Farm Market overflow with sweet bounty: apples, figs, grapes, melons, Asian pears, and pomegranates. Most of the fruit we bring home are eaten fresh and raw, after a few days on the kitchen counter to come to perfect ripeness. As a photographer-gardener, my eye is always alert […]

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Blue Ribbon Jam: White Peach & Strawberry Jam (Conserve) ~ Takes two 2013 Blues!

2013 Double BLUE RIBBON Jam Winner! ~ This tasty jam took 1st Place at both the 2013 Marin & Sonoma County Fairs. Yummy! The peachy flavor comes through the strawberry-ness. Even folks who don’t like strawberry jam much, think this is a ‘winning’ combination. Evidently, it is!! JULY 2012 ‘White Lady’ Peach & Strawberry Jam […]

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Full Moon Chinese Plum Sauce

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Since summer’s arrived along with July’s full moon, everyone’s ‘plum crazy’ with a bounty of plums, pluots, plumcots, and other luscious summer stone fruit ripening all at once! Friends with backyard fruit trees can’t pick them fast enough. Fallen fruits are enjoyed by both domestic (horses & cattle) and wild critters (birds, opossums, racoons, rats, […]

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Flavorful Banana Walnut Muffins

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Bananas are a staple food in our house. My hubby eats several daily. He likes eating bananas a bit hard and slightly unripe. Takes a couple with him at night to stave off hunger pangs, which often keep him awake. I don’t eat bananas often, but definitely prefer them ripe with speckled skins indicating the […]

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