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Prairie Fare Column and Blog

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

Cleaning Up Before Winter

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

  One fall after setting two bags of trash at the curb, I went back into our house as usual. When I ventured outside later in the day, I discovered our trash can had grown by three bags. This was … 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.

Taking the Heat Off Time Issues in the Kitchen

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

When I glanced at the clock high on my office wall a few years ago, minutes were flying by like seconds. The hands were spinning around the dial. I thought I was hallucinating. Then I realized that a campuswide time … Continue reading

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.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of the Menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 31, 2014.

  I had chili at a friend’s house several years ago. At the end of the meal, I was informed it was venison chili. They looked at me strangely, waiting for my reaction. I’m not sure what they expected. I … Continue reading

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.

Family Meals Are Worth the Effort

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

  Through the years I have learned a lot of things during our family meals. When my son was 9, he enjoyed quizzing our family about animal trivia from his world record book. I learned the cheetah is the world’s … Continue reading

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.

Try Halloween Treats With a Twist

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 17, 2014.

  Lately, large displays of Halloween treats greet us as we shop for groceries and other necessities. That means that little goblins with flashlights and plastic jack-o-lantern buckets will be haunting neighborhoods and shopping malls collecting goodies. However, kids in … Continue reading

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.

Prairie Fare: Just What is “Gluten” Anyway?

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

Wheat has gluten and rice does not.

Prairie Fare: Feeling Guilty About Throwing Food

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 02, 2014.

According to a 2014 report from U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, about 31 percent of the 430 billion pounds of food available is lost annually.

Prairie Fare: Trip to Museum Inspires Culinary Explorations

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 25, 2014.

Garden-Robinson takes a tour of Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood home and is inspired to make some cornbread.

Prairie Fare: Stressed-out Days Can Affect Nutrition and Health

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

Stress can affect your ability to concentrate, leave you feeling sad, reduce your energy level and cause sleep issues, as well as many other symptoms.

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.
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