Thrive November 2015 Edition

St. Charles Prineville and Madras Executive Chef Thom Pastor says food should be fun. This roasted vegetable salad has a restaurant-quality taste, but can be prepared easily at home.
Roasted Vegetable Salad
Serves 4
4 small red beets, roasted and quartered*
4 small gold beets, roasted and quartered*
2 medium onions, julienne
4 small turnips, peeled and quartered
2-3 carrots, peeled and large chop
2-3 parsnips, peeled and large chop
4 roma tomatoes, quartered
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 lb green beans, trimmed
1/4 lb asparagus
Oil as needed
Salt and pepper to taste

*Roast red and gold beets separately. Red beets will stain any food they're touching. Toss the beets in oil, salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and roast about 45 minutes in a 375° F oven. A small knife or toothpick should easily pierce the centers of the beets. When cool enough to handle, the skin can be rubbed off with paper towels.

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By Thom Pastor, St. Charles Prineville and Madras Executive Chef

1.    Sharp knives are safer than dull knives. Dull knives require much more pressure to cut food leading to dangerous slips of the blade. Sharp knives easily cut exactly where they are supposed to with much less effort. Many kitchen stores offer sharpening services for just a few dollars making your old knives as good as new!

2.    Save money by focusing on vegetables. Creating two or three beautiful vegetable offerings with bright colors will impress and nourish your guests while being easier on your budget. It’s also healthier!

3.    Overcooking is the No. 1 cause of dry turkey. An internal temperature of 165° F will kill any harmful bacteria, but any higher will dry the meat. Probe thermometer/timers are easy to use and inexpensive. They have a thermometer that stays in the turkey the whole time it’s cooking connected to an alarm that sets on top of the oven. Simply insert the probe between the thigh and breast (or the thickest part of the turkey) and set the alarm for 160° F. Remove the turkey and let it sit on the counter for five to 10 minutes. Carryover cooking will raise the internal temperature to 165° F and you’ll have the juiciest turkey ever.

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Lauded by his colleagues for his compassion, leadership and intelligence, St. Charles Health System hospitalist Dr. John Zachem, is the recipient of this year’s North Star Award.

The award recognizes an actively practicing physician in the region whose work has been defined by compassionate patient care, professionalism and a commitment to improving the lives of Central Oregonians.

Finalists included Dr. Katherine Kocurek, Fall Creek Internal Medicine; Dr. Rick Goldstein, Bend Memorial Clinic; and Dr. Robert Pinnick, Bend Memorial Clinic.

“As a clinician, mentor and leader, Dr. Zachem epitomizes the qualities that the North Star Award was created to honor,” said Dr. Jeff Absalon, St. Charles’ chief physician officer. “He is truly an asset to our community.”

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St. Charles Hospice, Robberson Ford and St. Charles Foundation invite the community to attend the 24th annual hospice Christmas auction, "Vintage Christmas.”
A fundraiser to provide charity and unreimbursed care to St. Charles hospice and transition patients, the auction will feature beautifully ornamented trees, exquisitely crafted new and heirloom quilts and a great array of unique items, baskets and packages for bid.
“The Annual Christmas auction provides funding to support the transitions program, a respite care fund, and complementary therapies including, massage therapy and acupuncture,” said Sharon Strohecker, director of St. Charles Hospice. “In addition, funding supports Lifeline and specialized medical equipment to assist with the comfort and safety of our patients and their families.”

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St. Charles Hospice invites you and your family to the annual Light Up a Life ceremony of remembrance, a night to come together to remember and celebrate your loved ones who are no longer with us. Events will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Bend, Dec. 10 in Prineville and Dec. 17 in Madras.

Each event involves reflections by hospice staff, music and a ceremony in which the names of the individuals being honored and remembered are read. Light Up a Life is open to the community.

Contact St. Charles Hospice at 541-706-6700 for more information or visit