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Prairie Fare Column and Blog

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

Dirty Money Prompts Need to Wash Hands

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

  Will he or won’t he? I thought to myself. As I watched the lone food service worker collect money from several patrons, I wondered whether he would wash his hands before preparing our food. I must have been staring … 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.

Fairs, Festivals May Prompt Calorie Overload

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

  “I shouldn’t eat this, but I can’t resist!” “I’ve really ruined my diet now. Oh well, I’ll take seconds.” “I’ll start eating healthier on Monday.” Have you ever heard, or maybe said, these things? We’re in the prime season … Continue reading

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?

Making Lunches at Home Can Save a Bundle

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 06, 2014.

  I felt two sets of eyes watching me as I made a ham and cheese sandwich for my daughter to take on her school field trip. The eyes belonged to two of our dachshunds. They were licking their lips, … Continue reading

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.”

How’s Your Iron Intake?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 30, 2014.

  “Mom, did you know that chocolate milk has 4 percent iron and white milk doesn’t have any? My friend has white milk and I have chocolate milk for lunch at school. Yeah! Chocolate milk is healthier than white milk!” … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Be Sun Savvy in the Warmer Weather

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 29, 2014.

One in five people will develop skin cancer in his/her lifetime. On the other hand, a little sun exposure can promote vitamin D formation in our skin

It’s Safe to Bite When the Temperature is Right

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 23, 2014.

  “Mom, look at this hamburger. It’s a little pink inside,” my son said as he pointed his hamburger in my direction at a restaurant. He was 14 at the time. I looked at the remaining bite of hamburger. He … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: How Do You Define These Food and Agriculture Terms?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 22, 2014.

As a late-night comedian famously showed with his “person on the street” interviews, people do not necessarily know what “gluten” is.

Try More Disease-fighting Berries

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 16, 2014.

“Mom, my strawberries are growing. Come and see them!” my daughter told me one spring day a few years ago.I followed her outside and sure enough, the free plant she had received at a 4-H gardening meeting had spread and … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Stay on the Pulse of Healthful Eating

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 15, 2014.

Most of us shortchange our diets in fiber content, and pulse foods can help you meet the goal

Prairie Fare: Fish for Good Nutrition

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 08, 2014.

Fish and seafood are excellent sources of protein and they provide a range of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids that are both heart- and brain-healthy.

Prairie Fare: Be Aware of Food Safety in Restaurants and at Home

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 01, 2014.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently studied “solved” foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. The center reported 28,000 people were sickened in 1,610 restaurant-related outbreaks during a 10-year period, compared with 13,000 people sickened in 893 outbreaks at home.

Prairie Fare: Savor the Taste of Umami

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

If you combine foods containing the umami compounds, the resulting flavor is more intense than the food’s flavor by itself.

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.
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