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Prairie Fare Column and Blog

Bake Some Memories

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

“Should I put it in this bowl or that bowl?” my son asked. He was 13 at the time.“Add to this bowl,” I replied, pointing at the stainless steel mixing bowl. “Are you sure? You’re not talking about that bowl, … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: “Microwave It” Guide Teaches Safe Food Handling and Provides Recipes

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

Today, most households have a microwave oven and use it nearly every day.

Unusual Containers Not Always Safe

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 11, 2014.

“Is it OK to use brown paper grocery bags to prepare snacks? I’d like to use one to shake powdered sugar on a cereal snack. I’ve heard you can cook in them, too. Is that right?”“Is it safe to make … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Bout of Flu Teaches a Lesson

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

I skipped a valuable part of my own health care this year. I didn’t get a flu shot, and I paid the price.

Welcome Spring With Brisk Walks

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 04, 2014.

“Mom, I need new shoes. It’s been two years since I had new shoes!” my daughter exclaimed as we walked around our neighborhood. She was 9 at the time. We were trying to reach a walking program goal of 10,000 … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Think About Your Beverage Choices

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

Making healthful beverage choices plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight.

Floods of the Past Remind Us of Internal and External Water Balance

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 28, 2014.

“Water! Water! Who wants some water?” the young man called out. At first, I thought he was making a joke. I looked up from tying a sandbag among the millions of sandbags being used to fight rising floodwater a few … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Split Peas With Tempered Spices Inspire an Exotic Dish

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

Split peas are member of the pulse family, which also includes chickpeas and lentils. All of the pulse foods provide abundant protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Weight-loss and Shaping Garments Sprout in the Spring

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

“Sure, I’ll have a sample of white tea,” I said to the salesman at an evening event. He filled my cup to the brim.Unfortunately, I didn’t realize it was spiked with caffeine. I should have gotten a clue when the … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Flight Offers a Lesson in Mindful Eating

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 20, 2014.

Although the food wasn’t freshly made, I enjoyed the contrasting textures and flavors.

Is Sneaking Food Into Kids’ Diets a Good Idea?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 14, 2014.

“I tried something new for dinner. I thought I’d sneak in some nutrition,” my husband said one day. I could see our pasta press on the counter. A bubbling pot of noodles was simmering on the stove. “I used a … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Spring Toward Flavor During March, National Nutrition Month

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

We have 10,000 taste buds, so let’s use them this spring as we explore new flavors and cooking techniques.

Try Economical, Versatile Pasta for Dinner

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

Boil. Drain. Serve. Even after a long day, most of us can manage the cooking directions for pasta. Not only is preparing pasta easy, but pasta also is an economical and versatile menu item. In challenging economic times, consumers stretch … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Take a Milk Break

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

Skipping milk shows its effects sooner than one might anticipate.

Try Energy-saving Appliances in Your Kitchen

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 28, 2014.

As I admired my fairly new stainless steel oven the other day, I remembered a conversation from a few years ago that preceded our investment in a new oven. “How was your day?” I asked my husband one day. “It … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Snooze Your Way to Better Health

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 27, 2014.

Sleep is critical for functioning in daily life.

Enjoy Comforting, Heart-healthy Oatmeal

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 21, 2014.

My daughter spotted a canister with a large, red heart on it as she explored our pantry for an appealing breakfast. She was 9 at the time.“Mom, I’d like oatmeal for breakfast,” she said. “Of course, you can have oatmeal,” … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Savor the Flavor of Bacon but in Moderation

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 20, 2014.

Bacon is highly flavorful, so a sprinkle of bacon crumbles adds a lot of flavor to a baked potato or a spinach salad. To moderate your intake of sodium, try the reduced-sodium versions of bacon that are available.

Don’t Fall Prey to the 5-second Rule

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 13, 2014.

“Would you like pancakes today?” my daughter asked as I entered our living room. She was 4 at the time. “Sure, that would be nice. What kind of toppings do you have?” I asked. “Today we have blueberries, raspberries and … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Frozen Foods Have Inspired Menus for More Than 80 Years

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

Because the canned food industry was short on packaging and processing supplies during World War II, the frozen foods industry took great strides.

Prairie Fare: Comfort Food Warms a Winter Night

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

Comfort food is “food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.”

Prairie Fare: Are Your Cupboards Fodder for a Reality Show?

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

Some food packages say ‘use by’ and other foods say ‘sell by.’

Prairie Fare: Hot Peppers Heat Up a Winter Meal

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

According to the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, 25 wild pepper species and five domesticated species of peppers exist.

Prairie Fare: Be Inspired to Get Out of Your Easy Chair This Winter

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

We do not have to leave our homes to exercise.

Prairie Fare: Today’s Pressure Cookers Are Not Like Grandma’s

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 09, 2014.

Some people use the words “pressure cooker” and “pressure canner” interchangeably, but pressure cookers and pressure canners are two different devices.
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