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Maple Bacon Cookies

Cookies = Dessert. Bacon = Breakfast!! by the MoeGang Household Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 tsp kosher salt 2 eggs 2 tsp maple extract 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 6 thick slices bacon, cooked (see note below) 1 cup chocolate chips            or 1 cup butterscotch chips           or 1 cup…


PBMS Aquaponics Club

The Fresher the Produce, The Fresher the Smile by Ryan Moeggenberg Ten lucky students at Pilot Butte Middle School (PBMS) are able to participate in the school’s Aquaponics Club. Science teacher Colleen Behrens supervises the students after school while they work on the system. Colleen likes this club, saying, “Kids think that plants need soil to grow,” and this shows them a different way. The aquaponics system PBMS uses is now four years old. The…


Fall Wellness

by Cindy Miskowiec & Christie Reid of Synchronicity Wellness In Central Oregon, the autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from squash and sweet potatoes to apples and pears. While almost all produce can be grown somewhere year-round, trucking produce across the country (or across the world) isn’t easy. Buying local seasonal produce not only potentially reduces our carbon footprint and helps local economies, but it may also result in more nutritious…


Zucchini Bacon & Cheese

by the MoeGang Household This is a quick and simple dish that Mama Dee made our family often in the summer because we had so much zucchini we started feeding it to the chickens when our family couldn’t keep up. Ingredients 1 lb bacon (We buy our hog from Hardpan Homestead) 6 small zucchini sliced bite-sized  (CO Locavore or farmers market) 1 yellow onion ~ diced (CO Locavore or farmers market) Shredded cheese I usually…


Fall Prep for a Successful Spring

by Tisha Farris, Central Oregon Lawn Center By August, most of us are tired of mowing our lawns and are ready for snow to fly, but there is still work to be done on your property! Consider the fact that your lawn goes dormant during winter, but that does not mean it is immune to the cold temperatures and heavy snow. Protect your lawn and irrigation system by considering the following factors. Amendments change the…


Sautéed Summer Vegetables

by Savory Spice • Bend – Old Mill District 375 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend • 541-306-6855 Ingredients 1 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces 1 zucchini, halved and sliced 1 yellow squash, halved and sliced 1/4 onion, sliced 1/4 tsp. Minced Garlic 1 tsp. choice of seasoning: County Clare Seasoning Salt Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning Directions Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add vegetables…


Learn About Farming  & Food in Central Oregon

from Local Author Sara Rishforth Sara Rishforth released Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens on June 25, 2018, going behind the scenes to present the story of the local farm-to-table movement. Tell us about your latest book, Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens. It’s about the thriving farm-to-table movement here in Central Oregon. Each chapter highlights a different farm, chef, food-related business or organization such as High Desert Food & Farm…


Sweet Rewards Ahead! Part 1:

Starting Your Backyard Fruit Orchard by Robin Snyder, Tumalo Garden Market Can’t you just imagine fresh fruit from your own yard? With our renewed interest in self-sufficiency (growing gardens, raising livestock for food and produce), we should consider investing in fruit orchards on our small farms and in our backyards as well. It is a time investment that, over the long-term, will yield in sweet rewards. Farmers planted orchards on their acreage and preserved fruit,…


Carmel Peach Pie

by Robin Snyder of Tumalo Garden Market 19879 8th St., Bend • 541-728-0088 • www.TumaloGardenMarket.com Ingredients 1 unbaked pie shell or gluten free shell 1 3⁄4 cups drained peach slices in juice, reserve juice for sauce or fresh peaches 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring) or all-purpose GF flour 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour or GF flour (sift before measuring) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 1⁄4…


10 Commandments of Grilling

by Brian Kerr Executive Chef, Deschutes Brewery & Public House If, for you, this past week was anything like mine, you probably looked reluctantly at your oven and stovetop and immediately resented having to cook a meal indoors. Boiling water, hot burners, radiating ovens, then the steaming dishwasher… all of it evilly designed to raise the temperature in your home to resemble an unbearable, sweltering sauna. Perhaps you are a creature of habit, or have…