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Tame the School Snack Attacks

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 12, 2014.

  Most third grade boys think girls are rather germ-laden. My son was no exception when he was a third grader. I recall a conversation we had about healthful school snacks. As I eyed a large bunch of rapidly ripening … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Common Kitchen Practices Aren’t Always Safe

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 11, 2014.

Many common practices in kitchens, such as thawing on the counter, aren’t necessarily safe ones.

Drying Foods is Fun for Family

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 05, 2014.

Chances are you may have some dried foods in your kitchen cupboards. Raisins, of course, were once grapes, and prunes were plums. In fact, prunes are now known as “dried plums” commercially, because plums are viewed as more appealing. Besides … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Potatoes Are Appealing

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 04, 2014.

The complex carbohydrates in potatoes provide energy to fuel our muscles and brain.

Prairie Fare: Conquer the Midmorning Slump with Breakfast

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 28, 2014.

Eating a balanced breakfast has many benefits for adults and children.

Prairie Fare: Try Some X-ray Vision Carrots for Dinner

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 21, 2014.

What is special about carrots that leads to their “starring role” as a vision protector?

Lift the Lid on Food Preservation

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 20, 2014.

When most of us “baby boomers” came home from the hospital as infants, our mothers probably held us because infant car seats weren’t required then. We probably rode in cars filled with leaded fuel. Most likely we came home to … Continue reading

Where Can You Learn About Canning, Drying and Freezing Food?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 15, 2014.

I was having breakfast with a group of people after helping harvest lettuce, beans, zucchini, peas and peppers that our “Junior Master Gardeners” had planted behind our church. The food is shared with members of our congregation and the community. … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Have You Tried Eggplant?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 14, 2014.

Eggplants have been eaten for centuries. Spaniards called it "Berenganias" or the apple of love.

Prairie Fare: Restaurant Experience Offers Step Back in Time

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 07, 2014.

Everything was authentic to the 1950s except the portion size. If we had been magically transported to the 1950s, our portions would have been much smaller.

I’ll Have the Centerpiece for Lunch

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 07, 2014.

At this time of year, some of the blooming flowers look good enough to eat. Some flowers actually are edible. In fact, many flower varieties are edible, but before you munch on the centerpiece, you need to do your homework. … Continue reading

What Kind of Water Is Best?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 01, 2014.

A few years ago, I visited California in late summer. When people hear you’re from North Dakota, they talk about cold weather and lots of snow. If you add that you live in Fargo, they talk about the movie and … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Prolific Zucchini Has Many Uses

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 31, 2014.

A 1/2-cup serving has about 15 calories, plus it contributes some fiber, vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins and beta carotene to the diet.

Do You Have a “Fish That Got Away” Story?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 24, 2014.

  I recall when my now-16-year-old daughter first experienced fishing. At age 6, she didn’t catch a fish while casting a line off a dock, but she officially was “hooked” on fishing. She talked about the fish that got away … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Say Goodbye to Old Cutting Boards

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 24, 2014.

Cleaning your cutting boards thoroughly and replacing them when necessary is a way to maintain food safety in your home.

Prairie Fare: Summer Adventures on the Road Call for Dashboard Dining

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 17, 2014.

Any time you leave the home routine, with its somewhat regular schedule and mealtimes, nutrition can be affected.

Prairie Fare: Naturally Blue Foods Have Antioxidant Power

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 10, 2014.

According to a U.S Department of Agriculture study of more than 40 fruits and vegetables, blueberries ranked high in antioxidant activity. A 1/2-cup serving of blueberries had as much "antioxidant power" as five servings of other fruits and vegetables.

Happy Campers Need to Plan Ahead

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 10, 2014.

  I grew up in an “indoorsy” family. In fact, the first time I spent a night in a tent was at the insistence of a very outdoorsy college roommate. We gathered a few friends and went to a lake … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Pickled Green Beans Inspire Canning Intentions

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 03, 2014.

When selecting fresh green beans, look for beans that are deep green and straight, and snap easily.

What’s the “Exertion Value” of Gardening?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 03, 2014.

  “Are you teaching me how to plant things so someday I can teach my little girl?” my daughter asked. We were planting flowers and tomato and pepper plants. She was about 7 at the time. “That’s the idea,” I … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Botulism Not Only Linked to Home-canned Foods

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 26, 2014.

We usually associate foodborne botulism with foods improperly canned at home, but other foods also have been implicated.

Be Prepared for Outdoor Eating Adventures When Camping

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 26, 2014.

“Just be sure to check your sleeping bag for snakes,” my friend said before I crawled into the tent. “Snakes?” I said. After that remark, I wanted to go home. “Be sure not to leave out any food because there … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Remember These Safety Tips When Grilling

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 19, 2014.

Have a healthy respect for grills.

Prairie Fare: Freeze in the Heat of Summer

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 12, 2014.

Do you know how to do the butcher wrap, drugstore wrap and the casserole wrap?

Prairie Fare: More Dirt Might Promote Eating More Veggies

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 05, 2014.

To maintain the nutrition in your vegetables, be sure to remember your “three R’s.”
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