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The Slow Food Movement started in Rome about thirty years ago, in protest of the opening of a fast-food franchise at the base of the iconic Spanish Steps. Activists protested with penne pasta to share with the crowd and chanted, “We don’t want fast food, we want slow food!”  This protest led to the...
Think about a nice, juicy steak with a loaded baked potato and a side of green beans and bacon. What nutrient do you think is found in all components of that plate?  If you thought of fat, you are correct!  Fat gives food extra-rich flavor and buttery mouthfeel.  Most foods we eat has at least some...
Carbohydrates or “carbs” are one of the most confusing nutrients.  Unfortunately, they’ve been given a bad rap.  Myths such as, “Carbs make you gain weight.”, “Avoid the white foods.”, “Fruit is high in carbs.”, or “Only bread, potatoes, and pasta are carbs.” Much misinformation exists about...
Carbohydrates or “carbs” are one of the most confusing nutrients.  Unfortunately, they’ve been given a bad rap.  Myths such as, “Carbs make you gain weight.”, “Avoid the white foods.”, “Fruit is high in carbs.”, or “Only bread, potatoes, and pasta are carbs.” Much misinformation exists about...
Protein is a macronutrient the body needs to maintain bone, muscle, hair, skin, and tissues. It also aids chemical reactions and hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood. The interesting thing about protein is that it’s comprised of smaller components called amino acids. Our bodies need protein...
Ice, snow, and freezing temperatures are difficult for everyone. We, at least, have heated homes and heated automobiles. Such is not the case for wildlife. They must endure the conditions in the open. Most creatures have adapted to bitter winter weather to some degree. Some go underground while...
You have decided to make some changes to your diet.  Now what?  Taking the first step to change deeply ingrained habits can be daunting and difficult.  This is especially the case when a new medical diagnosis prompts the need for making the decision. To make lasting improvements the best thing you...
The holiday season is upon us and that means sharing meals with friends and loved ones around the table. It’s a time for enjoying comfort foods, rich, savory, creamy and sweet. For many, this can be a time of joy and excitement to cook for those whom they haven’t seen in a long time.  For others,...
We vote on a one-fourth-cent sales tax for “Law enforcement and public safety” on Nov. 5th and I realized how little I know about our police force. Affable Police Chief Rick Bashor and Sgt. Ryan O’Boyle filled me in: The City’s budget is $1.8 million for 16 police officers (12 on the road, three...
Fall is upon us and for some it is not welcomed for the variety of local fresh fruit and vegetables decreases until spring.  The types of local produce changes with the season.  Seasonal foods are fresher, tastier and full of nutrients. The less distance food must travel, the longer they can stay...

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