Heather Rockwood
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Don't just dine, pair with wine

The joys of being 21 and older in San Luis Obispo County include wine, wine, more wine and some beer. We are near 200 wineries in San Luis Obispo County and a handful of delicious microbreweries as well. This gives…

Celebrate Mom's Day with edible flowers

This Sunday marks a very special day: A day in which we recognize Mom for all the things she did, and still does, for us. As I was perusing the many gift ideas Google has so graciously provided, I saw…

Spice up your life with salsa

In 1997 Pace Foods declared May National Salsa Month, and I am excited to celebrate an entire month of my favorite condiment. There are so many types of salsa. It would be easy to try a new one each day…

CSA supports local agriculture

Eating food is at the heart of almost every community. Think about it — there is food at almost every social function we attend. Clubs effectively use food to bribe members to attend weekly meetings, businesses use food to encourage…

The 'Permaculture' movement

In the past 10 years, it has become “cool” and “hip” to care about our planet. Almost every store has at least a dozen items promoting their sustainability or earth-friendly packaging model. Many generations before us cared deeply about the…

Juice cleanse: Part two

I suppose I am forced to admit there are always two sides to every story. As much as I am a firm proponent of a well-balanced diet full of a myriad of foods, I will say the weeklong juice cleanse…

Juice detox — is a bikini body worth it?

Some swear by it, but I can’t help myself, I’m a skeptic. The juice cleanse. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Two weeks ago my best friend watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” She then proceeded to call…

Give into your love of carbs with pasta

An attack on carbs was made a few years ago, and by a doctor no less. Well thanks, but no thanks Dr. Atkins. I gladly stood by carbs’ sides as the hordes of diet-crazed individuals scrammed after the idea of…

Fling into spring with dairy in your diet

There are few things in this world I love as much as I love dairy. Any meals I have always consist of some sort of creamy addition, and it is almost always full-fat with no remorse. This may seem decadent…

Spring quarter brings sweet snacks

Spring is finally upon us and it is time for that yearly tradition of spring cleaning, but this year isn’t just about cleaning out closets and washing floors. It is time to also do some spring cleaning of our cabinets…

SLO cooking: Where the surf meets the turf

San Luis Obispo is quite honestly the perfect place to get all the best California has to offer. I have been roaming the streets of San Luis Obispo for a good four years now, and my taste buds have consistently…