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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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End of Summer…

By Linda Hoffman | September 10, 2017

Harvesting the end of summer tomatoes, sweet peppers and fresh herbs to make a fresh pasta sauce.  A little olive oil to cook the onion, garlic, and peppers with sprigs of thyme, oregano and basil.  I just lightly cook the tomatoes so they hold their chunky shape, using Romas, a gigantic yellow tomato, and a…

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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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Coconut Oil

By Linda Hoffman | June 27, 2017

I’ve been using coconut oil for years now, and love it for medium temperature cooking.  In spite of the bad press it’s received, it’s a healthy fat to use.  Never stored as fat in the body, so not an “artery-clogging fat,” coconut oil is diverted to the liver where it’s converted to immediate energy.  It…

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Meat Broth and Bone Broth Video

By Linda Hoffman | June 22, 2017
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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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Captivating Reads for Cold Snowy Days

By Linda Hoffman | January 8, 2017

Curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace on a winter’s day is one of the most delicious of pastimes.  Here are some suggestions for books to find at your library or favorite bookstore that will engage all your senses: Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni.  A literary look at the spices that…

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What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

By Linda Hoffman | January 1, 2017

All of us benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet, but those with chronic inflammation caused by certain foods and ongoing stress benefit immediately and dramatically.  Here is a place to start: Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  Focus on adding vibrant color to meals and snacks.  Bright orange carrots and sweet potatoes; green leafy vegetables like…

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Warming Ginger-Turmeric Hot Vanilla

By Linda Hoffman | October 26, 2016

I first saw this recipe on Dr. Mark Hyman’s website, www.drhyman.com.  But I revised it to make it simpler.  It called for grated ginger and turmeric, which I think is unnecessary, and ground cinnamon and pepper, which can be a bit gritty.  His recipe calls for almond milk, which is fine, but coconut milk is…

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Portable Lunches

By Linda Hoffman | August 30, 2016

For kids who are back in school or parents who want a healthier and less expensive lunch, try some of the following suggestions.  First, while there is nothing wrong with the good old brown bag, it doesn’t keep things from getting smashed, doesn’t keep hot things hot or cold things cold, and doesn’t have compartments that force…

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