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Prairie Fare: September is National Family Meals Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 14, 2017.

Children who eat with their families tend to do better in school, eat more nutritiously and avoid risky behaviors.

Have You Tried Chickpeas?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 13, 2017.

Have you ever heard of legumes or pulse crops?  These foods count as either vegetables or as protein foods in our diet according to MyPlate. In case you missed it, 2016 was the International Year of the Pulses in celebration of these crops. The legume family consists of plants that produce seeds inside of a…
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Prairie Fare: In a Pickle Over a Side Dish?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 07, 2017.

Pickles can be made from almost any vegetable or many fruits.

Do You Eat The “Musical Fruit”?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 07, 2017.

You probably know the saying and ending, but here’s a new one without a rhyming ending.  Beans, beans the musical fruit the more you eat, the more you can improve your health. Dry beans are a popular crop to grow in North Dakota. You may be noticing fields of dry edible beans as you drive…
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Prairie Fare: Ovens Are for Baking, Not Canning, and Other Food Preservation Tips

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 31, 2017.

To avoid foodborne illnesses, use research-tested recipes and follow them carefully.

Apples Really Are Good For You

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 30, 2017.

You probably have heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The person who coined that phrase knew what he or she was talking about. Researchers have shown that apples are good for your health. Apples also provide taste, texture and color in your diet. Fall brings bountiful baskets of crisp apples…
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Prairie Fare: Make Snack Attacks Count

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 24, 2017.

Keep your snacks simple and healthful.

Test Your Food Preservation Knowledge

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 19, 2017.

Gardens are bountiful and you may want to preserve the home-grown goodness for winter. When your kitchen counter is overflowing with tomatoes, you might hop on the web to find some information. Did you know that some of the information you find online could be downright harmful (even deadly)?  Here’s a quiz to test your…
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Prairie Fare: Is Any Food in Your Fridge Reaching Antique Status?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 17, 2017.

Be aware of food label lingo to avoid having to toss food.

Prairie Fare: Onions Offer Layers of Goodness

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 10, 2017.

Onions can be eaten raw or cooked, and they are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

Canning Food Properly Is Vital

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 08, 2017.

Food preservation season has arrived.  Please do it correctly so you don’t invite botulism to your dinner table. Botulism is a deadly form of food poisoning. It’s most commonly associated with improperly processed home-canned vegetables, such as peas, peppers, corn, lima beans, green beans and mushrooms, as well as other low-acid foods that are canned at…
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Prairie Fare: Gazpacho Refreshes on a Summer Day

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 03, 2017.

Tomatoes, an ingredient in gazpacho, are rich in nutrients and low in calories.

Onions Add Nutrients, Flavor To The Menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 03, 2017.

Do you like onions? Or are you afraid of the dreaded “onion breath” or crying when cutting them for recipes? Onions almost always are on hand in my home. This vegetable provides nutrients your body needs and adds a wealth of flavor to your favorite recipes. Onions are a member of the Allium family. The…
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Prairie Fare: Be Creative With Zucchini

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 27, 2017.

You can make a lot of different menu items with zucchini.

Can You Grow Grapes In North Dakota?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 26, 2017.

Yes, we can grow grapes in North Dakota and the rest of our region.  In fact, I was just admiring my neighbor’s prolific grape vines in her backyard garden. Have you ever thought of growing your own grapes? Grapes can be used to make jam, jelly, juice, vinegar, wine, raisins, grape seed extracts or grape…
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Prairie Fare: July is National Ice Cream Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 20, 2017.

Enjoy a little ice cream now and then as a special treat.

Expand Your Leafy Green Choices

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 19, 2017.

Do you ever tire of iceberg lettuce?  If you do, growing your own leafy greens might be the answer. Leafy greens include lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard, kale and spinach. Even better, these dark leafy greens are much more nutritious than iceberg lettuce, too. Growing your own leafy greens can be economical and fun. Plus many…
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Prairie Fare: July is National Watermelon Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 13, 2017.

Watermelon packs a lot of nutritional benefits.

Try A Fruit With A Fiber Punch

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 11, 2017.

Do you know which fruit is a great source of fiber? That’s kind of a tricky question, because most fruits are good sources of fiber. However, raspberries top the list on fiber content. One cup of raspberries provides about 8 grams of fiber, which is about one-third of a person’s average daily fiber needs. Fiber…
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Enjoy Strawberries All Year Long

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 07, 2017.

Do you look forward to fresh, juicy strawberries in the spring or summer? I remember going to “pick-your-own” farms when I was a kid. We picked buckets and buckets of plump red strawberries. Then came cleaning, freezing them or making jams. We enjoyed the strawberries all year. Strawberries are “in season” in the spring and…
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Prairie Fare: Make Some Memories With Picnics

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 06, 2017.

July is National Picnic Month, so make some picnic memories this month and all summer.

Prairie Fare: Have You Enjoyed Any Anthocyanins Lately?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 29, 2017.

Anthocyanins are the pigments responsible for the color in many flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Prairie Fare: Gardening Provides More Than Healthful Food

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 22, 2017.

Gardening provides fresh, nutritious food, stress relief and physical activity.

Prairie Fare: Are Rhubarb and Tomatoes Fruits or Vegetables?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 15, 2017.

Whether produce is a fruit or veggie often depends on your perspective and how you use it.

Prairie Fare: Should You Toss the Food or Eat It?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 08, 2017.

Dates on food packages are quality dates, not expiration dates.
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