About Marie Dittmer

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab. She’s a homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.

Oats: What’s The Difference?

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If you have ever made hot cereal for breakfast, it’s likely you’ve made a bowl of oatmeal. Cooked oats are a filling, nutritious breakfast. But if you wander through the breakfast aisle in any grocery store, you’ll find numerous choices when it comes to oatmeal: steel-cut oats, Scottish oats, old-fashioned oats, quick oats, instant oatmeal,… Read More

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Kitchen

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The start of a new year is a great time to do a health and safety check on our kitchens. For most families, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. In our home it sure is. It’s used for food preparation, washing hands, chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or… Read More

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that… Read More

Simple Baked Eggs

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I’ve noticed a new trend among some of my city-dwelling friends and acquaintances lately – they want to raise chickens in their back yard. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s with the idea that the eggs and meat from these chickens are healthier. Or perhaps it’s a longing for a simpler way of life or… Read More

First Impressions and Avocado Hummus with Jalapeno

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I’ve been thinking about first impressions lately, and how they are often incomplete. Take my oldest son, for example. He’s quite tall at almost 6’ 7” and people frequently make assumptions about his interests and abilities. Three or four times each week he has someone ask him the same three-word question: “basketball or volleyball?” when… Read More

Nellie’s Bread Crumb Cookies

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I have a bookcase in my kitchen that holds a number of cookbooks. There are well-known ones, like The Joy of Cooking, or the all-familiar Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book – you know, the one with the red and white checks. However, I also have a number of cookbooks I’ve bought for fundraisers… Read More

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