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February / March 2019


The lifestyle magazine for Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Hot Soup! Valley Art Albany & Corvallis

Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The All-new 2019 GLE With a wealth of innovations, the allnew Mercedes-Benz GLE is poised to set new benchmarks in its segment at an extremely competitive price. For example, the revolutionary new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL system is the world’s most intelligent SUV suspension developed by Mercedes-Benz and powered in part by the 48-volt battery. The

driver assistance systems also take another step forward with Active Stop-and-Go Assist that enables the GLE to recognize traffic jams at an early stage and support the driver in stop-and-go traffic. The interior is even more spacious and comfortable, with a newly available third row seat. The new GLE is equipped with the intuitively-

operated infotainment system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control and natural language understanding, and introduces the new MBUX Interior Assistant, which supports operating intentions by recognizing hand and arm movements.

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In This Issue...

February/March 2019



Albany / Corvallis

Regulars 10 Art in the Valley 12 The Bookshelf 38 Real Estate Update 39 Sten: On the Money 40 Style 41 Gardening With Brenda 42 Kris on Health 44 The Hot Ticket coming in the

On the Cover: Last Light Over Zion, Oil - by James Sampsel. Now showing at the Guistina Gallery at LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. facebook.com/willametteliving



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Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan

The Arts Center Exhibitions and Artist Accelerator Programs are excited to showcase the work of two successful mid-career artists, Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. Both forged very different career paths that allow them to be successful full-time artists. Their creativity extends beyond the artwork they produce to include the means with which they have crafted their careers. What they have in common is careers that did not follow straight lines, and both said ‘Yes’ to creative collaborations that inspired their current work. As part of their residency in The Arts Center’s Artist Accelerator Program, Kimberly Long, Justin Lodge, Tara Robinson, and Claire Elam exhibit their work in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. The Artist Accelerator Program is dedicated to the professional development of established as well as emerging artists. In it, artists learn career-building skills that boost confidence, artistic abilities, and economic proficiency. The residency has provided these four artists with studio space at The Arts Center for four months, access to lectures and critiques, participation in artist talks, partnership with the Corvallis Arts Walk, and this exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. Show Dates January 8th to February 16th Artist Reception, Thursday, January 17, 5:307:30 pm The Annual Howland Community Open offers an opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to have their work displayed in the main gallery of The Arts Center. The Open invites ALL people living in Linn or Benton Counties to show their art. The exhibit reflects the joy of art-making and the engagement of our community with the visual arts. Art making is a valuable means of expression for beginners and seasoned professional artists alike. This is


the most popular show of the year at The Arts Center and is a great way to see the tremendous amount of artistic talent in our community. The 2018 show featured a record setting 224 artists showcasing painting, sculpture, fiber arts and more. For more information and submission rules go to https://theartscenter.net/openexhibition/ Artwork drop off dates for Arts Center members are February 19th to 23rd , noon to 4pm Artwork drop off date for non-members is February 23rd , noon to 4pm. Show Dates February 26th to April 18th Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony March 21st Corvallis Art Walk (CAW) will take place on January 17th and February 21st with all the regular stops in the Downtown Corvallis area. Go to www.corvallisartswalk.com for a list of venues. The LaSells Stewart Center at OSU welcomes renowned jazz master Cyrus Chestnut and the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet as they continue their remarkable journey together traversing the myriad colors of jazz and beyond. The collaboration is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the spiritually defined musical landscape of J.S. Bach. Dipping into the rhythms of world cultures, these five multi-stylistic singularly gifted musicians come together to embrace the transcendental power of great music. A moving night of Ellington, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Coltrane, and more. Event Date: Mar 9 2019 - 7:30pm https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-artsand-communication-presents Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2019

The Guistina Gallery at OSU is featuring 14 artists in an exhibit titled Landscape Magic: Waiting for Spring. February is usually considered the last month of winter. It’s still nice and cold and possibly snowy, but you know that spring is just around the corner. Come and see how these artists interpret the end of winter. Show Dates: February 1- March 5, 2019 Reception: February 1 6-8 p.m. ARTS CENTER HOURS Noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, evenings for special events Phone 541-754-1551 www.theartscenter.net

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS | SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION You don't have to go to Portland to see amazing performances!

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Rebecca Jones, costumed as “The Swan” in Carnival of the Animals photo: Charles C. Prince

Fri., Feb. 8


Willamette Apprentice Ballet Presents

Carnival of the Animals The featured piece on the program is a new production of Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, choreographed by Megan Skinner, Kristin Jones, and Mimi Chen. OSU Theatre Professor Emerita Charlotte Headrick has written new poems for several sections of Carnival of the Animals, and she will be the Narrator for this piece. The program will also include performances by the Modern Dance, Chinese Dance, and Character Dance classes from the Corvallis Academy of Ballet. 


Performance Sponsors: • Benton County Cultural Coalition


• The Marlan and Angela Carlson Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation


Fri., April 6

• LaSells Stewart Center

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors and Box Office open at 6:30 p.m. Wine is available for purchase by Lumos. Childcare is available through OSU KidSpirit. (Must register.) See website for details.

Willamette Apprentice Ballet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit student ballet company Friday, March 8th, 2019 7:30pm | LaSells Stewart Center | Admission is free. 


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Cozy up by the fire & read a book *

Small Country: A Novel by Gael Faye By Gael Faye A young boy, with a French father and Rwandan mother, comes of age in Burundi during the ethnic clashes between Hutus and Tutsi in Rwanda and Burundi in the 90’s. Gabriel lives in a French expatriate community, mostly safe and comfortable. When the civil war begins it appears he and his family will remain safe if they don’t meddle in the politics. Ultimately he finds he cannot keep himself insulated from the violence and finds the fighting encroaching on his neighborhood and his life. Faye effectively lets the reader feel the confusion and chaos from the boy’s perspective of the sudden shock and unreasonableness of an ethnic massacre. He sets the loss of innocence for one boy against the atrocities of a full-scale genocide. This is a well-told coming of age story amidst some of the most terrifying events in his country’s history. - Mike

Whiskey When We’re Dry

by John Larison

After her father dies, Jessilyn Harney is left to tend the family farm on her own, no easy task in late nineteenth century America. She finds the burden overwhelming and decides her only hope of keeping the farm, which is quickly falling into disarray, is to enlist the help of her runaway brother, rumored to have turned to the life of an outlaw. Jessilyn hops on her trusted horse, dresses as a boy, shortens her name to Jesse and heads west to track him down. As Jesse’s colloquial voice narrates the story, we hear a tale about the old west from the perspective of a girl, in the guise of a boy. Her eyes grant a fresh perspective from which to view the rugged old west. Many elements common to westerns show up, gunfights, horses, tobacco, but in a different context that critiques the typical western storylines. This is an excellent addition to one of my favorite new genres, alternative westerns, but the story is also expansive enough to reach beyond the confines of any genre. - Mike

Year of Yes

by Shonda Rhimes Now is the time to read this story that begins at Thanksgiving and with six words that startled high-powered TV show producer Shonda Rhimes into a year of overhauling her life: “You never say yes to anything.” After a lifetime of saying no to things that would push her out of her introverted self, Shonda decides to take up the challenge her sister throws down and spend an entire year saying, “yes.” This means that she takes time to focus on her health and take speaking opportunities offered to her, all while writing for her three TV shows and raising her three daughters. There are stressful, difficult moments and beautiful, insightful ones. If you liked Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, then try this read. And remember… “saying yes should feel like the sun!” - Kristy

Lady Killers

by Tori Telfer

Lady Killers finally gives credit where credit is due – women can be just as successful at committing serial murder as men. They might even be better because society has allowed it. There is a misconception that women are the weaker sex, that they only murder out of self-defense or when drunk on hormones. It’s this line of reasoning that has allowed women to go unnoticed as calculated serial killers for so long. Case in point: the world has long been fascinated by Jack the Ripper, but hardly anyone mentions a killer of the same time period in England who claimed many more victims (worst of all children). Her name is Mary Ann Cotton and this book tells her story and the chilling, true stories of other murderesses. This book has it all: from homicidal grandmotherly figures to lethal seductresses who bathe in blood. If you like the short story format and a macabre ending then I highly recommend this book! - Charnee

Librarian’s Picks

Corvallis-Benton County

* This is a curated collection from your librarians at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.



Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2019

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives By Gretchen Rubin

From the creator of The Happiness Project is a book all about the science of forming habits to better your life. Gift this book to yourself and get ready for the new year! You will learn what motivates you and what the best solutions are for setting up new habits. Rubin guides you through first steps in habit-forming, what to do when your habits get interrupted, and all manner of strategies for setting yourself up to succeed with whatever habit goals you have. A must-have for the most advantage in resolution- and goal-setting for the New Year. - Kristy

Self-Care for the Real World By Nadia Narain

This book is about the many different ways one can (and should!) take care of themselves. The authors emphasize small steps and use a friendly, kind, accepting, and soothing tone throughout the book. Although I found it a bit repetitive when reading all at once, I get the sense it is more a book you are supposed to dip into from time-to-time when you need that gentle nudge to take some time out for yourself, no matter how brief. Meditation, yoga, healthful eating, and letting go of self-criticism all feature prominently, but it is not preachy and the authors point out many times that some forms of self-care aren’t for everyone and people should find what works best for them. There are chapters for people experiencing grief and trauma as well. If you’ve read other books on this theme, I don’t think there’s anything new here, but it would make a lovely gift book for a young person entering adulthood or for someone who may have been having a difficult time recently. As a bonus, it includes healthy recipes that appear simple and tasty. - Bonnie

Madness is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

Alluringly bonkers. Crisp, clever language and a character-driven “big fish” story that I couldn’t put down. - Charles

By Eleanor Davis

You & a Bike & a Road

A simple, lovely, short diary comic/graphic memoir about a bicycle touring experience the author had riding from Tuscon, Arizona to her home in Athens, Georgia. It’s an intimate story about why the author is taking the trip (dealing with depression, the escape cycling provides) as well as the many generous, interesting, kind people she meets along the way. Through sometimes crude and other times lush, black and white illustrations she tells a story that is rich in imagery and evokes much emotion. This book showed me an amazing journey I can only hope I’d ever have the courage to attempt myself. Her memoir is brave and inspiring and reveals that the author has a big, loving heart. - Bonnie www.willametteliving.com




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Part 1... I would like to make this a place to share immediately useful and actionable advise for achieving or maintaining optimal wellness. It starts with applying the following basic rule: remove the bad stuff, add the good stuff, here is how to do it in 10 steps: Always buy organic food, if not available, at least make it non-GMO. Nobody can afford to eat or drink anything less. It comes down to: do you want to spend your money now, for good food, or later for doctor and hospital bills? It actually is just that simple! Avoid genetically modified food like the plague (that it is). It directly causes a condition called “leaky gut”, which is just as awful as it sounds. Detox from sugar. That is difficult as sugar is hidden in almost everything, under 56 different names. The easiest way to do this is by avoiding processed food. Never drink soda, neither regular nor diet, aside from being generally toxic, it will cause osteoporosis and fatty liver as well as obesity.

Make sure to drink half your body weight in pounds daily, filtered water, free from chlorine, fluoride and for that matter, Prozac (believe it or not, all city water nowadays contains trace amounts of it, and other medications). Introduce a digital “sabbath”: take a break from all digital media, i.e. once weekly for a day, or once a quarter for a longer period. Make plans for family outings instead or read that book you meant to for the last year. Once you tried it you will be looking forward to the next time. Start a gratitude journal, every night jot down 3 things you were grateful for that day. This has been shown to reduce stress hormones and improve your sleep. Make time for something you enjoy, if only 20 minutes, every day. Immerse yourself into nature, such as taking a walk in the woods, walking in the shopping mall isn’t going to cut it. Remove yourself from sitting, it is the new smoking. Get a standing desk or at least get up regularly, like hourly. Walk whenever you can, never use the elevator. Park far away from the store. Dr. Sievert owns Thrive Clinic in Corvallis He can be reached at: thethriveclinic.com


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Landscape Show

Oregon State Capitol Foundation Speaker Series Presents...

Dede Montgomery “Landscape Magic: Waiting for Spring,” an exhibit of artwork focused on the beauty of winter and the promise of spring, will be on display Feb. 1 through March 5 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The first presenter for the Oregon State Capitol Foundation’s Speaker Series will be Dede Montgomery. Ms. Montgomery will be talking about her book, “My Music Man,” and talk about her ancestors, William and Chloe Willson, whom she refers to as Salem’s first power couple. William Willson is listed as one of the names inscribed at the top of the Senate Chambers, he is credited to platting and naming the City of Salem, and the park to the west of the

Capitol is named after him. Chloe (Clarke Willson) was the first teacher for the Oregon Institute, which was subsequently named Willamette University.Montgomery will be speaking on Thursday, February 14 (Statehood Day) at noon, in hearing room C. This presentation is streamed online at www.oregonlegislature.gov if you are unable to attend in person.

For more information about the Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or go to the events page at www.oregoncapitol.com. To learn more about Dede Montgomery, please visit dedemontgomery.com.

Fourteen Pacific Northwest artists working in a range of styles and mediums will be featured in the invitation-only exhibit. The show was curated by Tina Green-Price, the gallery’s curator. The art will be hung in clusters in the gallery space. Each artist will be given an area to display their work, giving the viewer a better feel for the artist’s scope of work and vision of the show. The featured artists are: Mark Allison, Corvallis, watercolor, oil Laurel Buchanan, Prineville, oil Ann Cavanaugh, Battle Ground, Washington, fused glass Bets Cole, Elmira, watercolor Eric Jacobsen, Prineville, oil Kate McGee, Philomath, pastels Kris Mitchell, Philomath, watercolor Marianne Post, Philomath, pastels Mike Rangner, Albany, oil James Sampsel, Grants Pass, oil Bill Shumway, Albany, acrylic Yer Za Vue, Portland, oil Joel Zak, Salem, photography/digital art Paul Zegers, Roseburg, oil The Giustina Gallery is located at 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is also open some evenings and weekends, depending on scheduled events.


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Do Albany & Corvallis

Like a Local Photo: Albany’s Downtown 1st Street

If you haven’t visited downtown Albany for a while, it’s hightime you go take a look. Somebody’s been busy sproucing up the beautiful, historic buildings. Lots of great shops have sprung up and one of the best coffee shops in the valley is suddenly right there on the corner -- well almost on the corner, that spot is held by a delightful new bakery. Ten miles to the west is the home of Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis. In Corvallis you’ll find another great little downtown main street with shops, food, galleries and if you want to venture out a bit, miles of biking and hiking trails.


The food & wine options are stellar as well, with Albany boasting one of the best chefs in Oregon at the little downtown bistro: Sybaris, Matt Bennett has always got

somthing great cooking. In Corvallis, swing by New Morning Bakery for a sweet treat, or for more serious dining, del Alma for dinner. Check the OSU website for events, there is always something happening at the university from art openings at the LaSells Stewart Center to Pac 12 football at Reeser Stadium. Attire tip: leave those green and yellow garments in the closet, you’re in “Beaver Nation” now! Our favorite part of Oregon, the Mid-Valley (Albany - Corvallis) is full of great things, and is a quick trip away from the coast, the mountians, or Portland. It’s the best of all things Oregonian.

Insider tip: the OSU mascot is a giant beaver, named Benny.

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Urban Ag Supply - great gifts

The Natty Dresser - one of the coolest shops around

The Albany Antique mall - will blow your mind!

Natural Sprinkles Co. - sweet.

Margin Coffee - cool decor + WiFi - yes please. The Albany Carousel

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Discovering Treasures in Corvallis Wineries, breweries, colorful murals, a perfect combination of city and rural biking, and local ingredients on the menu at most eateries – Corvallis has a bounty of activites to fill your weekend. Line up with Corvallians in the morning at the Broken Yolk Café for savory breakfast items to satisfy your appetite - from Big Papa’s “Cinn-ful” Cinnamon Roll to the Northwest Vegetarian Skillet. The relaxed, kid-friendly atmosphere makes this restaurant a popular choice for families.

Grab lunch and a beverage at First Alternative Coop in Corvallis

Work off your breakfast wandering through boutiques located in downtown historical buildings. As you hunt for treasures, take time to stop and appreciate the colorful murals and public art that brighten our streets. Take a selfie with Cassidy, a life-sized retriever statue, at the corner of Madison Avenue and 2nd Street. Enjoy Corvallis’ alley art project. Maps are available at the Visitors Center and personal guided tours can be arranged by calling 541-754-1551. The Arts Center, overlooking picturesque Central Park, provides you with an opportunity to take home your very own piece of art. A trip to Corvallis isn’t complete until you experience it like a local – on two wheels. Consistently ranked as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, Corvallis has bike lanes on virtually every street and acres of trails open to cyclists. Meandering through quaint streets and along the downtown Riverfront is made easy with Peak Sports’ bike rentals and Pedal Corvallis bike shares.

Hike the Lewisburg Saddle

Come in from the cool, misty weather of Cellar Season and warm up with a Willamette Valley wine. Savor a vintage while having the opportunity to meet the region’s talented makers at small vineyards dotting rural back roads. On any given weekend, you’ll be greeted with a smile and a full glass at Cardwell Hill Cellars, Emerson Vineyards and Spindrift Cellars. A day of shopping, biking and wine tasting works up an appetite, so feast your senses at Sky High Brewing where the ceiling to floor windows treat you to panoramic views of downtown. On the menu you’ll find pub favorites such as fish n’ chips, boasting fresh line-caught Pacific rockfish crisp in Bohemian Pils beer batter, to the Extend-O Burger, made of locally grown beef, thick-cut pepper bacon, Tillamook cheddar and gorgonzola cheeses, crispy onion strings and gorgonzola dressing. These comfort food classics pair well with the Stratomarzen Festbier, a traditional marzen-style lager that showcases a blend of caramel malts, a beautiful amber body, and a pleasant hop presence.

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Veggie Soup This is a light, healthy soup that is very easy to make. The trick is to cook all your “hard” vegetables first, and then add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and “soft” vegetables. This is a soup that is very light on calories and it’s totally vegan – if you’re keeping score. The secret is to let flavors develop overnight after cooking. This soup is best re-heated! The tomato and the soy sauce combine to create a wonderful, *umami flavor. Ingredients


3 tsp olive oil

In a large stockpot heat the olive oil and add “hard” vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions and celery. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes to warm vegetables and begin to soften, add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook another few minutes to combine seasonings, and continue to soften vegetables – stirring to mix.

2 cups broccoli florets 2 cups cauliflower florets 2 cups carrot slices

Add tomatoes – diced and sauce, plus one can of water.

2 cups coarsely chopped onion

Continue cooking and stirring periodically for 3 to 5 minutes.

2 cups celery – coarsely chopped

Add “soft” vegetables: mushrooms, zucchini, and red cabbage. Add water to cover vegetables.

2 cups sliced mushrooms 2 cups thick sliced red cabbage

Bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes.

2 medium zucchini – sliced

Reduce to a simmer and add soy sauce to taste – don’t be stingy, but don’t get carried away either, it’s easy to salt yourself out, give it time to develop flavor! Cool this soup, store in refrigerator overnight and then try it, flavors will have emerged!

2 15 oz cans tomato sauce 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes


3 tbs Italian Seasoning 1 tablespoon garlic powder Soy sauce to taste

Japanese, umami can be translated as "pleasant savory taste.”

Parmesan cheese to garnish if you like (of course, vegan ends here)


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Potato Leek 5 or 6 russet potatoes – peeled. 4 leeks ½ stick butter 2 quarts chicken stock, plus extra to keep potatoes covered. 1 pint heavy cream White pepper and salt to taste. Chopped Chives to garnish. This is a very easy, yet very satisfying soup.

Directions Slice Leeks in rings and wash thoroughly – since leeks are so tight when they grow, it’s not uncommon to find a little soil in them. Cooks Leeks in butter to begin to soften. Add chicken stock and peeled potatoes. Boil lightly until potatoes are very soft – adding chicken stock as needed. Once potatoes are very tender, mash with a hand masher, or ideally a submersion blender. Add heavy cream and heat through. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.


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Authentic Italian Minestrone 2 lb chuck roast – seared in a hot cast iron pan 2 qts beef stock 1 onion - diced 2 carrots - diced 2 stalks celery - diced


1 medium Zucchini – diced 1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes + 2 cans water 1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce 2 Large Chard leaves sliced thin ½ C. Small Pasta Shells 2 - 15.5 oz. can white beans small (Great Northern, or your choice) One whole + one mashed. 2 Cloves Garlic - minced ½ Cup chopped Parsley 1 tsp. each - Salt & Pepper 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning


o develop a rich flavor in the finished soup, the trick is to sear the chuck roast in a hot pan before cooking. Also, to thicken, one of the cans of beans needs to be rinsed and then mashed – by hand.

Season chuck roast with salt and pepper and then sear in a (preferably cast iron) hot pan until browned on all sides. Place roast with 2 quarts of beef stock in a slow cooker (Crock Pot) and cook for 24 hrs. Meat needs to cook until it can be easily shredded with a fork. Transfer beef stock to a large soup pot, shred the roast with a fork and add. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 3 hours (+/-) over medium heat. Garnish with parmesan, salt or pepper to taste.

Grated Parmesan to garnish


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Le Patissier

French Onion Soup 2 tsp olive oil 6 -8 yellow onions ¼ Cup Brandy 2 quarts beef stock Thick (or 2 thin) slices of Gruyere Cheese per serving. 1 baguette to make toasts

The secret to making great French Onion Soup is patience. Paris wasn’t built in a day, and onions don’t caramelize in, well... too quickly. Directions Slice your onions thinly and place in stock pot with heated olive oil. Cook on low heat for at least an hour. Keep checking, your goal is nice, dark, gooey onions. Don’t try to rush it, or you’ll have burned onions. When things seem to be caramelized, crank up the heat, add the brandy and stir to deglaze the pot (get the sticky stuff off). Remember, Brandy if very flammable! If open flame gets near the steam coming off as the alcohol cooks out it WILL ignite. Don’t panic though, it will burn off very quickly if it does light. Just be aware… Cook for just a minute and then add the beef stock. Heat until nice and hot. In the meantime, cut your baguette into appx. 1 inch thick slices and put the slices in the oven on a cookie sheet to toast. You don’t need perfectly brown toast, just dried, and if your bread browns, then that’s fine too. Assembly and Preparation Ladle some onion soup into a broiler-proof bowl, float one or two toasts on top, place one or two cheese slices on top of the toasts and place under a broiler until cheese is melted and begins to darken. www.willametteliving.com

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American “Engine-uity” When Carroll Shelby wasn’t making chili…

Chili This is an easy one, thanks to famed racer and Texan chili chef Carroll Shelby. Great on a cold day, this chili can be made with the old-school ground beef, or opt for a vegan version with Boca Crumbles - in the freezer section of your grocer. The directions are on the bag, and they should be considered the “lowest common chili denominator.” The reason you want to buy this chili kit is simply for the seasonings which are conveniently packaged and ready to go. From the basic directions, it’s really easy to branch out and add all kinds of extras like corn, all sorts of beans, onions, diced tomatoes, or if you’re a real veggie lover – zucchini, but don’t let anyone from Texas know about it.

A Favorite Version


1 Carroll Shelby Chili Mix

In a stockpot, heat up 2 tbs olive oil and add yellow onions, cook & stir for 5 – 7 minutes, add ground beef (or Boca Crumbles) and cook until meat is done. Add beans, tomato sauce, corn tomatoes, and seasoning packet from chili mix let cook for ½ hr. Add water as needed to cover. Heat to near-boil and add masa packet to thicken – once thickened, immediately reduce temp to simmer. Add cayenne pepper packet – if you dare! Serve with Corn Bread.

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 can red kidney beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can butter beans 2 cans tomato sauce 1 Sm. Can corn 1 can diced tomatoes 1 lb. lean ground beef Grated cheddar & diced onion to garnish.

A hot rodder from way back, in the very early days of sports cars, Shelby partnered with the British auto firm A.C. Bristol. His proposal was to keep the great handling, small cars A.C. had developed, but ditch the puny, unreliable, underpowered engines. The result was the iconic A.C. Cobra – a Ford powered beast of a car that is every gearhead’s dream to this day. Fun fact #2: In the 1960’s, Henry Ford II wanted to win in international competition, so he approached Enzo Ferrari to inquire about purchasing the company. Ferrari wanted to maintain control over what went into the racing cars built by his namesake company and told Ford that if he couldn’t have the last word with the race cars, then no deal. No deal. Ford enlisted the help of Carroll Shelby who built the GT40 – and subsequently broke Ferrari’s winning streak, and won Le Mans four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969 – with a finish of first, second and third in 1966 -- all GT40’s with Ford V8 engines.

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Transform Your Space to Match Your Dreams by: Holly Needham

When you engage the services of Design Perspectives, here’s what you can expect. First, we’ll meet in your home and discuss your vision, what you’d really like, in contrast to what you have now. We will be able to get a feel for the project, and offer advice gained from experience. While we’re discussing the possibilities, we will take measurements of your existing space. Next is the design phase. The measurements of your home are used to create a 3-D model to work with. This will allow us to produce a new dimensionally correct floor plan – new walls, windows, doors – whatever your dream calls for. New rooms, walls, and doors are not the only thing that we’ll need to consider though, where will you want power outlets? Wall switches? Is a new sink or even full bath part of the dream?

Then you’ll need some plumbing! No problem. The beauty of a computer-generated model is that we can move walls with a few clicks – before we proceed with the real thing. Once the plan is in order, we’ll have a final review with you to make sure what you see is what you’ll get, and what you want! It’s truly an amazing adventure to see your dream home in 3-D. Is it time to stop dreaming, and start doing? Get in touch today. Holly Needham Design Perspectives 541-602-6840 designperspective.live www.willametteliving.com



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Community Artists 8x8 show Gallery Callapooia Opening reception Friday Feb. 1st




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In Season


Donna’s Raw Beet Salad 1# red beets, trimmed and peeled 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil ½ tsp stoneground mustard 2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped Grate the beets in a food processor. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and mustard. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make the dressing. Add the chopped mint and mix well. Add beets to dressing and toss well. Let marinate at least 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe compliments of First Alternative CooP. Two locations in Corvallis! 1. Beets were initially cultivated around 2,000 BC in the Mediterranean. 2. The whole beet plant is edible. 3. In ancient times, the root part was not used for cooking but instead as a medicine for treating painful disorders at that time, like headaches and toothaches. 4. Today, beets are consumed as sugar, leafy greens, as a root vegetable, and for animal feed.

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5. The biggest beet in the world was grown by a Dutchman. It weighed over 156 pounds. 6. Studies have shown that the high levels of unique antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in beets contribute to a reduction in the risk of many types of cancers. 7. Beets have also been shown to support the detoxification process in the body. The betalin compound found in beets, which gives them their red color, helps to capture troublesome toxins and flush them out of the system via the urinary tract. 8. The beet and its greens are both an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and a very good source of manganese, copper, and potassium. 9. Beets are high in fiber, which helps with satiety and regularity. 10. Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. Nitrates (not to be confused with nitrites) are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body—including the brain, heart, and muscles. www.willametteliving.com


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Beets a Superfood?

Most lists of “super foods” don’t include beetroot juice, but maybe they should. Some research points to Beet juice to boost stamina to help you exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure.

Roasted Beets are a Great Starting Point! To prepare simple roasted beets, wash and

peel raw beets. Take care not to get beet juice on any clothing you don’t want to be red! Beets will also stain your fingers, so wear gloves if you’re worried about red fingers. When preparing beets, retain the beet greens too! They can be sautéed, or eaten raw in salads. Once peeled, slice beets in half vertically, and then in ¼ inch slices. Toss the slices in a bowl with a little olive oil and arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and roast in a 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Just check them while cooking. Roasted beets can then be eaten as-is, or toss them with other root veggies, like carrots and sweet potatos. Add a little olive oil, vinegar, salt & Pepper to taste. Once roasted, chill beets in the refrigerator 36

overnight and then toss them with a nice mix of greens and citrus wedges with a light vinaigrette dressing. Or, swirl them in a food processor with a little Feta cheese to make a nice dip – or if Feta isn’t your thing, use cream cheese. Make a power smoothie! Peel and steam beets and keep them in the fridge. When you make a smoothie, add a handful of Spinach, a cucumber, some ice, half an Avocado, a touch of sea salt, and toss in a Beet and water to liquify. Feel the health coursing through your body!

Don’t forget you ate beets! In some people, the morning trip to the restroom can be a little alarming after upping the beet intake. Remember, it’s not blood! It’s beet juice sequestering the bad and carrying it out of your body!

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Why? Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your body changes nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps with blood flow and blood pressure. Beet Juice Can Boost Athletic Performance! In some studies, drinking about 2 cups of beet juice daily lowered blood pressure in healthy adults. Beet juice may also help your stamina when you exercise. In one study, people who drank beet juice for 6 days had better stamina during intense exercise.

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat 2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis

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An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience. Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com Open for dinner Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00 136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222


Novak’s Hungarian Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00 - 8:00 Friday: 8:00 - 9:30 Saturday: 7:30 - 9:30 Sunday: 7:30 - 4:00 Closed on Tuesdays 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488 www.novakshungarian.com

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

Kaiyo Sushi Albany’s new sushi sensation. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch meeting, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites. Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan options -- even dessert. A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s) (541) 497-2622

Delicias Valley Cafe Owners Lupé & Carlos invite you to come have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delicious, authentic Mexican foods prepared in-house. Fresh ingredients & skilled chefs combine to bring you savory dishes your whole family will love. Mon - Sat: 8:00 - 9:00 Sunday: 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet Sat & Sun Only: 9:00 - 12:00 933 NW Circle Blvd in Corvallis

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The Pros Know: Real Estate Update

Ask Annette

By Annette Seivert 2019 started with a vengeance and we are looking at a different yet still very active real estate market. One should never forget to look back though and reflect on last year. Often I get lovely reviews from past clients but there is no way I can ever write a review for them. So here is a big THANK YOU to the 63 parties I was honored to help buy and sell in 2018! Clients and brokers who think alike find each other somehow, it is rather rare that during a transaction it turns out that this was really not a great fit. In the absolute majority of the cases it is a warm, humorous, steady and enduring relationship that does not really end after closing. Lots of my clients still call even after years and I strongly encourage them to always do that if they feel I can even remotely contribute to solving a problem.

It is the cards when a baby is born, somebody gets married, the Christmas letters that update on the happenings of the past year and photos of the growing families that make this work so worthwhile. It is the personal relationships, the funny quick text when something reminds us of each other, the hug when running into each other in the grocery store. Dealing with someone in real estate is so personal that it shows you the true person, the integrity, the ethics, the character and the way somebody behaves under stress. It shows you if somebody always tries to find a way to squeeze out more to the other side’s clear disadvantage or if it is more important to find consensus and “good karma”. It shows you the good, bad and ugly in people. Fortunately the absolute majority of my clients are great people, many of whom I call friends now and care for deeply.

If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each office is independently owned and operated. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.


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So to all those wonderful people I met and continued to serve in 2018, THANK YOU! for choosing to work with me, for coming back to me, for trusting and following my advice, for staying in touch, for sharing laughter and solving problems together. There is nothing I rather do than do it again and again with you. Yours,

Annette Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette, at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis 541-207-5551

The Pros Know: Your Finances

On the Money

insights on the newest trends for your money

By Sten Carlson Technology has inspired new ways for investors to manage their finances – often with added convenience and efficiency. Yet anything new comes with a degree of risk. Here is an introduction to four new money trends, including what each one is designed to do and some considerations before you decide whether to incorporate them into your life. Transfer money electronically Online services, mobile apps and social media sites allow you to transfer money to another person or small business electronically, eliminating the need for cash, checks or even credit card transactions. Transfers can occur almost instantly and, in some cases, without a charge. Many sites and apps also enable you to move money overseas, from one currency to another, with only a modest cost. Make sure you fully understand the terms, fees and security protections before you sign up for any of these services. Pay for purchases with your phone Those who don’t go anywhere without a smartphone may appreciate the ability to make routine purchases using an app, eliminating the need to pull out your credit card at checkout.

Smartphone carriers, banks, credit card companies and retailers, among other businesses, offer mobile pay apps. Your favorite coffee chain or clothing store may connect purchases to their loyalty programs, which allows you to stay on top of rewards. Apps make it easy to spend money with just a tap or two, so it’s important to remain mindful of your budget. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are unregulated digital currencies that are “mined” through sophisticated algorithmic programs using powerful computers. This form of payment has emerged as a way to move money quickly, because banks and intermediaries are not needed. Instead, a system referred to as blockchain is used to calculate value and execute the transactions. (see more on blockchain below). While the currency can be used as a form of payment, mostly online and exchanged through other bitcoin holders, there are few goods that consumers can buy using digital currencies. Many in the financial industry, including the SEC, have expressed concerns about cryptocurrencies – namely that the they’re not insured by the FDIC, are vulnerable to hacking, and can fluctuate drastically in a matter of minutes.

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC, BFA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at www. PacWestWealthPartners.com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

Understanding blockchain Blockchain is an electronic ledger that can transfer large amounts of complex data efficiently. What makes blockchain appealing is its enhanced security compared to other digital databases or ways of sharing data. An individual block (e.g. a transaction or record) in the chain cannot be altered unless all the blocks before it are also changed. This technology enables peer-to-peer transactions and the ability for collaboration among multiple parties relatively quickly and inexpensively. Daily headlines often talk about blockchain in connection with bitcoin. However, today it’s more prevalent in the transportation, logistics and health care industries. And, the technology is expected to play a bigger role in the global economy in the years to come. Whether or not you adopt these trends is up to you. Keep in mind that as these trends evolve and others emerge, it’s important to remain focused on reaching your financial goals. Consider incorporating technology that enhances your ability to accomplish your goals – and is aligned with the level of risk you’re willing to accept.


Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.



The Pros Know: Style

Looking and Feeling Better in 2019

By Oscar B. Hult Where to begin talking about how much better you will feel about yourself, and the world around you, when you make the leap to start dressing well.

yourself is not. Even if you aren’t an Adonis you can still pick out something to wear that will make you look and feel great, and you don’t have to wait to drop a few pounds to do it.

But it is a lot like a visit to a spa. Think of your local haberdashery as the spa, and the sales clerk as your Aesthetician, helping you look your best. The Tailor is your Massage Therapist, getting the kinks out.

“I don’t care what people think.” Really? Then stop complaining about being passed over for promotion at work, not having a girl, and getting ignored at restaurants. Studies suggest that how you dress affects how others perceive you as much as how you perceive yourself.

I Know it Works I personally started dressing with a bit of style back in High School. I found that it set me apart from the hoodie and t-shirt crowd and gave me an advantage in the class room. I, of course forgot all about that in my early 20s and dressed predominantly in jeans and graphic tees. One day I decided to go to work in a shirt and tie and found that suddenly, and I mean suddenly, everyone I interacted with treated me differently; From my co-workers, to the cashier at the grocery store, to the guy cutting my hair. I liked it, and the rest is history. Seriously, I couldn’t believe how much my clothing changed how I felt about myself and how others treated me. It’s crazy, but true. The way you dress really does affect how people perceive you. You are in charge. In your life, there are many things that are out of your control, but the way you package

Take Charge, Get started: For the average guy, these four things will be a great start to your new wardrobe:


One pair of straight-leg dark blue denim

Make sure this is dark blue, without distressing. You want this to look clean and classic. No fake whiskers, no embellishments, no bling on your butt.


Button-up Shirts

A simple, white or light blue shirt will look great anywhere you go. Wear it with your dark denim and you can’t go wrong. Just make sure they fit.


Brown Leather Shoes


A Casual Sport Coat

If you’re not used to them, you may think they’re for “dressing up.” But trust me, they can (and should) also be worn casually. Athletic shoes are for doing athletics. Find a shoe that you can wear with jeans, but can be dressed up to wear with slacks if the boss wants you to make a presentation.

Make it something simple like a tan, grey or blue blazer. This one item will elevate your look more than any other. Wear it with the items above and you will be astonished at how many people compliment you on your style. Visit the Spa. If you have a closet full of stuff and don’t know what to keep, get in touch with your local menswear shop and ask them to do a wardrobe assessment for you. It should be as invigorating as any spa day. Dress well, Be Confident, Find Success! Oscar B. Hult


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Beneficial Insectaries

The Pros Know: In the Garden

By Brenda Powell Insects are vanishing quickly due to loss of habitat, pollution, overuse of pesticides and climate change. We’re all aware of the bee and butterfly decline, but it’s not just these pollinators, it’s the entire world’s insect population. When the world loses insects, it also loses those beings that rely on insects for food: birds, frogs, humans and more. Some humans eat insects directly but most of us eat the fruits and vegetables that rely upon pollinators to produce their bounty. Insects also help decompose waste and debris. Sure, science can create food that doesn’t require pollination or mini drones to replace insects (they exist), but personally, I’d rather live in a world with the real thing. Strictly speaking, an insectary is a place to keep living insects. An insectary may be part of a “garden plant guild” harboring pest insects to feed beneficial insects. It could be a beneficial insectary, a group of plants to attract those insects that eat pests and pollinate.

If we want more insects (especially beneficials) and a more balanced ecosystem we need to increase plant habitat. Hedgerows around farm fields, open areas with an emphasis on native trees and plants, less building sprawl, and even a wild spot in your landscape will help. To best attract beneficial insects, you must have something for them to feed upon. Don’t immediately kill all pest insects, leave some for the beneficials to eat. Never apply any kind of pesticide while a plant is blooming. If you use chemical pesticides, use them wisely and according to the product label. It would be wise to find out what the various stages of beneficial insects look like so you don’t eliminate them. Put in a source of water. This could be as simple as a saucer with mud and water or as elaborate as a fountain or birdbath. Finally, my favorite part, grow an array of plants that flower at different times throughout the year with an emphasis on natives and shallow flowers with easily accessible nectar and pollen. Here is a short list of possibilities.

Native plants: Indian plum, western mock orange, ocean spray, red osier dogwood, tall Oregon grape and vine maple. An excellent native plant list is on Benton Co. Soil & Water Conservation District website www.bentonswcd.org/resources/native-plantsdatabase/ Herbs: dill, oregano, mint, parsley, fennel, cilantro, rosemary Flowers: phacelia, queen Anne’s lace, bishops lace, sweet and basket of gold alyssum, cosmos, single marigolds, sunflowers, yarrow, coneflower, aster, and pin cushion flower. Renee’s Garden seeds has several excellent articles about attracting beneficials on their website. *Author’s note: many people are severely allergic to bee stings. Many of these flowers attract bees as well, so garden wisely.

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Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis. Follow her writing at




The Pros Know: Your Health

Learn To Love Dark Chocolate By Kris Denning

I eat chocolate every single day. I am as consistent in my daily chocolate eating as I am with brushing my teeth, but of course, the former is much more enjoyable. This habit of mine is guilt free, because I like it dark. Really dark. But I didn’t always. When I was younger, I wouldn’t go near the dark chocolate. I was pretty grossed out by it. But that was back in the day when Reese’s cups and Hershey bars were my go-to chocolate treat. Fortunately, I wasn’t too far into my twenties, before I was enlightened. Dark chocolate, made from the seeds of the cocoa tree, is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet! Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation, which is a chemical reaction in our bodies that produces cell-damaging free radicals. When our cells get damaged, we are more susceptible to life altering diseases, so it’s important to consume those protective antioxidants as often as possible. Other fantastic sources of antioxidants are dark berries, grapes, spinach and kale, nuts, sweet potatoes, and green tea. All plants… Upon learning this, I knew I must find a way to love dark chocolate, but it’s hard to go from milk chocolate to a 70% or higher cocoa content dark chocolate, without a bit of a transition.

So, here are a few tips on how I did it, and how you can make the leap to cell-protecting, mouthwatering, luscious deep dark chocolate… First, end your relationship with conventional chocolate. Those chocolate candy bars near the checkout in most stores have a lot of added sugar/ artificial sweeteners/milk fat solids/preservatives, and very little actual cocoa content. Second, switch to high quality milk chocolate. If milk chocolate is your preference, switching to a higher quality milk chocolate bar first will help you acquire a taste for more pure chocolate. Don’t go straight from a milk chocolate Hershey bar to an 80% cocoa content bar or this may not work. Start with a 40-50% cocoa content milk chocolate organic/natural bar. Several good brands include Endangered Species, Chocolate Love, Green and Blacks, Alter Eco, etc. Then, incrementally increase the cocoa content with each new bar you buy, until you reach 70% cocoa or higher. That is the sweet spot for cancer fighting antioxidants. Keep in mind, the dark stuff should be eaten slowly. If you try and take big bites, you may miss the flavor. Keeping them in the fridge will

make them harder to devour in large quantities, and little nibbles go a long way. Let a square just melt in your mouth as you complete some daily tasks. Just a few squares a day will probably be enough to satisfy, but it’s always ok to eat more. And yes, the dark chocolate may cost a little more, but without all that added sugar, you won’t be tempted to binge on large quantities. You will eat far less calories and will be satisfied with a much smaller serving. I save money by buying pure dark chocolate discs or chips in bulk at my natural foods store and keeping them in a jar in my fridge. This transition can take a little time, but what better way to spend time than eating your way through bars of chocolate until your taste buds adjust. And when they do? Heaven... Mind, Body, and Cell.

Kris Kris Denning is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a yoga/pilates teacher at Timberhill Athletic Club. Contact her at



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