At The Market

Mango Season!

By Linda Hoffman | March 19, 2018

It’s Mango Season!   We’re coming into mango season.  While they are available year round, the smaller Champagne mangos are in season only March through May.  The larger varieties of mangos mature at different times.  But Hawaii and Florida mangos are both in season June and July.  Enjoy them while they are plentiful and inexpensive.…

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What is Pastured Butter?

By Linda Hoffman | March 9, 2018

I’m often asked “what is pastured butter?”   And no, it’s not butter that’s found in a pasture.  Pastured butter comes from cows that eat their natural diet of grasses that are found in pasture lands.  In a recipe it’s easier to say “pastured butter” than “butter that comes from grass-fed cows.” Why do I…

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“Every Meal is a Choice”

By Linda Hoffman | January 1, 2018

It’s true.  Every meal is definitely a choice.  Wise advice printed on the back of t-shirts worn by staff at our local Sprouts grocery store.  We need Real Food!  For years we’ve received the now out of favor pronouncement that it’s all calories in/calories out.  The truth is that what constitutes those calories is of…

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Persimmons!

By Linda Hoffman | December 17, 2017

Persimmons are a Japanese fruit that come in two shapes.  The flattened shape in the photo above is the Fuyu persimmon, eaten raw while still firm in salads or as a snack.  The tall acorn shaped variety is the Hachiya, only eaten when soft or it will pucker the mouth because it is so astringent.…

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Gluten-free Thanksgiving

By Linda Hoffman | November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving is here!   Time to plan a menu for the feast to share with family and friends.  Our typical menu inludes a LOT of bread and simple carbohydrates in dips and spreads served on baguette toasts, in the stuffing and rolls, and the pie with crust served for dessert.   For years the lethargy…

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After a course of antibiotics…

By Linda Hoffman | October 24, 2017

  As part of the protocol after surgery, it is pretty automatic to be given antibiotics to prevent infection.   Because the antibiotics destroy gut bacteria, it’s especially important to start taking a probiotic as soon as the antibiotic is finished. From Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics 5 Day Max Care, it supplies 400 billion cells…

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Knee Surgery

By Linda Hoffman | October 16, 2017

Some of you know that I had total knee replacement surgery 10 years ago, a completely successful procedure but with a difficult and painful recuperation.  As my other knee deteriorated I tried lots of exercises and treatments to try to avoid another surgery, just limping through life.  Finally I had to give in as my…

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By Linda Hoffman | July 2, 2017

Larimer County Farmers’ Market, July 1 Always a line at Native Hill Farm’s Booth   I make it a point to arrive early.  The market opens at 8, runs til noon.  When I arrive early, parking is not a problem, and even though there are lines of customers waiting to check out or be helped,…

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Healthy Mayonnaise?

By Linda Hoffman | June 19, 2017

Check the ingredients label on your Olive Oil Mayonnaise jar.  The front label says “Olive Oil Mayonnaise.”  But on the back, the first ingredient listed is soybean oil.  Why?  Because it’s cheap and olive oil is expensive by comparison, especially good quality olive oil.  They know we shop by comparing prices, so they cut corners…

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Coloradoan column about Salads

By Linda Hoffman | June 13, 2017

The paper didn’t print my whole column, left out the recipe.  Here you go!   Coloradoan Spring Greens It’s salad season!  With the onset of warmer temperatures, why not experiment with some new and different lettuces and greens as the base for your summer salads?  The leafy greens are some of the easiest vegetables to…

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Chile Peppers Explained

By Linda Hoffman | May 25, 2017

There is a bewildering array of chile peppers available to us at the supermarkets (and farmers’ markets later in the summer) varying from mild to hot to extremely hot.  Not knowing the difference can result in a surprisingly spicy dish when we just want a little “kick.” Chile refers to an individual species of pepper,…

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Random Thoughts…

By Linda Hoffman | August 22, 2016

Artificial flavor in lemonade, real lemon in furniture polish.  Alfred Newman Junk Food.  It can either be junk or it can be food.  It can’t be both.  Dan Kittredge Consumption of soft drinks increased from 23.3 gallons to 54 gallons per person per year. In 2009, 25% of all vegetables eaten by kids were…ta da! …

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