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Your Freezer Questions Answered

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 23, 2015.

  I field quite a few consumer calls in an average week. This week someone’s garage freezer stopped working due to the changes in temperature in the garage. Some of her food thawed. The food was still refrigerator-cold and had … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Save Some Bread With These Tips

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 22, 2015.

At some point in our lives, most of us have found a colorful, fuzzy surprise when we opened a bread bag.

Managing the Time, Money Crunch Related to Food

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 16, 2015.

  The cookies have been eaten, wreaths and trees have come down, twinkling lights are now dim and crumpled wrapping paper went out with the trash. Remaining holiday merchandise is marked “clearance.” The bustling holiday season officially is over. For … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Mind Your Portions This Winter

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 15, 2015.

We are surrounded by temptations or “cues” to eat.

Prairie Fare: Celebrate Soup Month With Comforting, Satisfying Soup

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 08, 2015.

Researchers found that having soup before a meal can take the edge off your appetite.

Have Some Chicken Soup to Simmer Down Colds

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 08, 2015.

  If you haven’t had a cold this season, count yourself lucky because we’re surrounded by people with colds. That usually means we’ll get our turn. While many over-the-counter medications help relieve symptoms like sniffling, sneezing and coughing, so far … Continue reading

Is Your Desk Snack-safe?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 02, 2015.

  After taking some vacation days around the holidays, I returned to my desk hungrier than usual. Maybe I was in “snack mode” after being surrounded by holiday goodies at home. At work my desk drawers were bare. I began … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Beware of Weight-loss Promises

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

Obviously, diet products are big business, especially since two out of three people are overweight.

Heed This All-wet Winter Advice

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

  “Mom, I have a sore throat. I need some chicken soup,” my daughter informed one day. She coughed to emphasize her point. “My hands are really dry. Do you have some heavy-duty lotion?” my son asked, rubbing the cracked … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Please Stay Home When You Are Sick

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 23, 2014.

Some reports say that cold virus droplets can spread at least five feet and up to 30 feet.

Perk Up With a Cup of Coffee

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

  Coffee beans were on my shopping list. We switched back to buying beans when I brought our coffee grinder out of storage. I need to stay alert for the season. As I studied all the coffee types in a … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Set Goals to Help Improve Fitness

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

Exercise and food choices go hand in hand for maintaining and improving health.

Brighten Your Plates and Bowls of Food This Winter

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

  Have you ever noticed that many comforting “wintry” foods are pretty bland in color? Our plates tend to take on the appearance of the outdoor landscape about this time of the year. I thought about this as I was … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Last-minute Thoughtful Gifts Make the Recipient’s Day

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

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful gift.

Holiday Bulge Doesn’t Have to Happen

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

At this time of the year, holiday goodies are everywhere. Tasty treats show up on desktops and break tables, and in grocery store aisles. I’ve learned that my family rapidly gives in to temptation. One year, I bought a decoration … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Limit Your Holiday Stress

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

Simplifying expectations, eating a healthful diet, getting plenty of exercise and scheduling time for relaxation can help you cope.

Prairie Fare: Put on Your Baking Scientist Hat

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

Incorrect measurements and mixing can affect your final product.

Mailing Food Gifts Requires Some Precautions

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

Several years ago, a friend from entered the Peace Corps. A group of my friends and I decided to assemble a gift package for him. We collected a number of nonperishable items and mixes that only require the addition of … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Mix Up Some Quick Bread

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 20, 2014.

Quick breads are mixed and baked immediately.

Turkey Time Quiz

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 19, 2014.

I paged through a grocery store ad the other day as I wrote my grocery shopping list. The ad featured all the ingredients to prepare a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal. I recall being tempted by an ad one year. The entire … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Be Sure Turkey Time Inspires Memories, Not Nightmares

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 13, 2014.

Regardless of how you decide to prepare your bird, ensure a successful and safe turkey dinner by taking some precautions.

Prairie Fare: Do You Know the 3 R’s of Kitchen Conservation?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 06, 2014.

We can reduce waste in many ways in our kitchen and potentially save some money in the process.

Prairie Fare: Hand Washing Really Does Cut Illness Rates

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 30, 2014.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refers to hand washing as the single most important means of preventing the spread of disease.

Prairie Fare: Take Steps to Prevent Kitchen Fires

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 23, 2014.

Kitchen fires are the most common cause of home fires.

Prairie Fare: Onions Add Flavor, Potential Health Benefits to Your Menu

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 16, 2014.

Most people consume about 20 pounds of onions per year. In fact, we are eating 70 percent more onions than we did just a few years ago.
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