ALMOST APPLE TORTE

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After the hottest summer ever recorded here in the Pacific Northwest, we are suddenly back in the 60s with nothing but rain in the forecast. What can we do with all those tomatoes that don’t have enough summer left to ripen? Did you know that anything you can do with tart apples, you can do with green tomatoes? Surprisingly, green…

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WHAT WOULD YOU GET IF YOU COMBINED THE WORLD’S TASTIEST FOOD WITH THE MOST HEALTHFUL?

I’m taking about bacon and fish, in case you didn’t guess. If you have family members who don’t like fish, this might just convert them. (Squeeze the lemon over it before serving and tell them it’s sea bacon.) Kippered Herring Imagine bacon made of fish; that’s kippered herring. The whole fish are split from head to tail, soaked in brine then…

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SALSA CHILI

This is about as streamlined as a recipe can get. Nothing to peel or chop. A pound of ground beef, a few items from the pantry, and you’ve got a tasty, homemade meal in just minutes. SALSA CHILI The warehouse stores, like Costco, sell two-packs of salsa in big glass jars at a very good price. You’ll go though it…

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BAKED RED PEPPERS CAPRESE

These beautiful peppers combine the flavors of a traditional Caprese salad with tender-crisp red peppers for a delicious and easy side dish. Recipe from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. Ingredients: 1½ teaspoons olive oil 1½ teaspoon of red wine vinegar Sugar substitute equal to ¼ teaspoon of sugar 1 clove garlic (1/8 ounce), peeled and…

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GREEN TOMATOES

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If you’ve ever tasted ripe tomatoes fresh from the vine, still warm from the sun and sweet enough to eat out of hand, you will understand why my husband keeps trying to grow them—not an easy thing to do where we live. This year, he found a variety bred specifically for Oregon and Washington. He started the seeds inside on…

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