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Finding a place in the sun

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - In the final flourishes of a sizzling summer, Ramona radiates.

From her Ramona backyard, Lynette Harding is part of a steadily growing global community whose ovens are only heated by the sun.

"Years of practicing. I can cook almost anything," Lynette said.

There's just one main ingredient.

"You need basically a sunny day," she said.

You don't even need the heat.

"This has actually been used at the base camp of Mount Everest. So, doesn't need to be warm. It just needs to have sun," Lynette said.

Around the globe, humanitarian efforts are underway to determine how the sun can become a fuel source for hungry and impoverished nations. Meanwhile, back in Ramona, Lynette's roast with fresh veggies is soaking up the rays.

"I'm laughing back to Ocean Beach in the 70s, sitting out there with my reflector in the sand. Oh, yeah, nuking your skin," she said.

Lynette found and even more practical application for sun ovens in 2007.

"When the fire came through here, we were without electricity for seven days. I was able to cook meals for our family and neighbors with solar oven," she said.

There's a special connection here. One that must be applied to be appreciated.

"We live in the valley of the sun. We have sunshine here all the time. It makes sense to use what is a naturally gift to cook your food," Lynette said.

Free sunshine today in Ramona, more tomorrow. A daily gift to the valley on its way to gourmet.

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