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Favorite Springtime Meals

By Lori Rodgers – Vegan spinach lasagna Garlic bread Green salad with vinaigrette   Vegan Spinach Lasagna  My family  recently moved into a home I remodeled and not all of the work was completed by moving day. Shocking, right? Wanting to cook a hot meal without the ability to boil water, I found no-boil lasagna noodles and adapted a recipe for vegan stuffed shells that was one of my daughter’s favorites. Making...

Favorite Springtime Meals (Continued)

By Lori Rodgers – Southern Springtime Supper When I contemplated favorite springtime meals, I remembered being about 12 years old watching my mom stand at the stove, scraping corn on the cob into a pan that was simmering with the fragrant milky goodness of freshly picked corn. That’s what I love about food…it brings us together. Today, my mom is a young 86 and I cook for her. The roles have reversed, and the...

No-Bake Summer Desserts

By Chelsea Alaine Ferguson – In the summertime, my sweet-tooth goes hay-wire. With berries in season, hyper-amounts of festivals and picnics, and my livin’-is-easy state of mind, my craving for a little something sweet intensifies. Growing up, my brothers and I would play outside in summer until our cheeks were beet-red. Summer was hot! My mom would always set out a simple but sweet snack for us to cool off with, like...

Successful Dieting in Spite of Holiday Temptations

By Marsha Fottler – If you’re into a weight loss/healthy living program and doing pretty well with your diet and exercise lifestyle routines, you realize you’ve got to chart a smart course through the holiday season (now through about the middle of January) that helps you sidestep social gatherings which are minefields of sweet temptation. You don’t want to give up the gains you’ve made. Stay focused and positive. To...

Holidays That Vegetarians Love

By Marsha Fottler – American meat-centric fall and winter holidays generally set cooks to worrying about the plight of vegetarians who gather at the big table. I don’t know why, holiday meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Easter are nothing but good news for vegetarian eaters. Why? The side dishes, of courses. Once a vegetarian looks past that huge platter of carnivore pleasure in the center of the buffet table,...

Urban Chicken Farming

Keffie Lancaster – If you had told me when I was a teenager that I would have chickens running around in the backyard when I grew up, I would have laughed all the way to the grocery store. But now, as a young adult striving to make mindful, healthy decisions (for both myself and my community), I my own flock. There is still a huge smile on my face when I open up that nesting box and take the eggs out every day. The...
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