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May 23, 2013

Rediscovering the kitchen — and healthy habits


“I’d find recipes and then I’d “healthify” them,” she explained.

Cain has assembled those recipes in a 70-page cookbook titled, "Humbly Healthy," which she sells and gives as gifts. The idea arose after she was invited to four weddings last summer and wanted to give a gift that was inexpensive, yet meaningful.

“It has a little of everything,” she said.

Cain hasn’t actively marketed the book, but has made it available for purchase to family and friends.

In addition, Cain often shares her latest recipes with Facebook friends. That would include a green soup that she makes once a week to have for lunch over several days.

Although Cain loves eating healthier, it’s not without it’s drawbacks, she said.

“I have to do most of my cooking on the weekends,” said Cain, who also works full-time. “It takes time to plan and execute these kinds of meals. I had to fall in love with my kitchen again.

“Ultimately, though I’m taking better care of myself and in the best possible way.”

Cain's cookbook is $18. To purchase a copy contact her at 620-2682 or or visit

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. (2 sticks) butter1 c. packed dark brown sugar1 c. sugar2 large eggs1 t. vanilla extract1 ½ c. flour1 t. baking soda½ t. salt3 c. uncooked oatmeal (Cain prefers old fashioned, but quick oats work just fine)12 oz. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat butter until light. Add sugars; beat until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chips until thoroughly combined. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (Cain likes to line hers with parchment paper for easy clean up). Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are just set. Do not over bake. Makes about 5 dozen.

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