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Prairie Fare: How Much Do You Know About Frozen Food Storage?

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

Freezing is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to preserve food if you have the proper equipment.

Try This Thanksgiving Quiz

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 21, 2017.

One evening a couple years, I poked around an antique store in West Virginia after a day of being at a conference. I always enjoy seeing the antiques that are available in states that have been in existence longer than those in most of the Midwest. I came upon little candles shaped like pilgrims in…
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Prairie Fare: Make Good Use of Leftovers This Holiday Season

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 16, 2017.

Take steps to avoid food waste.

An Ode To Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation Past And Present

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 15, 2017.

I recall last year’s Thanksgiving preparations. I noted my dining room was not “Thanksgiving dinner” ready. My dining room was a sewing and craft room at that moment. My kids had decided that I am their tailor, so I was fixing clothing. The sewing supplies needed to be put away to make way for holiday visitors…
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Cook Without Looking

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 10, 2017.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be greeted by the aroma of a steaming pot of homemade soup, stew, chili or chicken fajitas (this month’s recipe) at the end of a busy day? You just need to do a little work in advance and use a slow cooker. Slow cookers have made meal preparation easier since…
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Prairie Fare: Are You Among the 1 in 3?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 09, 2017.

An estimated 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and most don’t know it.

Enjoy The Bountiful Harvest Of Fall Vegetables

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 02, 2017.

Let’s start with a joke: How many potatoes can you put in an empty sack? One. After that, the sack isn’t empty anymore! Fill your grocery sack with delicious root vegetables. How about some roasted carrots, potatoes, onions, beets and/or rutabagas? Vegetables provide fiber, vitamins A, C (and others), and minerals such as selenium and…
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Prairie Fare: Warm Yourself With Some Soup

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 02, 2017.

Soup is high in liquid, which means it usually is lower in calories than other foods.

Prairie Fare: Tasting Cookie Dough is Hazardous for New Reasons

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 26, 2017.

Flour and some other grain-based foods have been linked to foodborne illness outbreaks.

Add Some Pumpkin And Squash To Your Menu

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 24, 2017.

What recipes do you think of when you hear the words pumpkin or squash? Are you thinking of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread? Pumpkin and squash can be used in many ways on our menu. Did you know that most canned “pumpkin” is actually squash? Pumpkin and squash are in the same plant family, and…
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Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare Celebrates 20 Years

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 19, 2017.

The column has covered topics from apples to zucchini and everything in between.

Prairie Fare: October is National Pizza Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 12, 2017.

Well-chosen toppings can make your pizza a healthful menu option.

Let Autumn Colors Inspire Your Menus

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 06, 2017.

  “Mom, that’s the law of physics!” my daughter said with a giggle as my leaf bag popped. She was about 10 at the time. After the loud pop, I was standing knee deep in the middle of a pile of leaves holding a deflated jack-o-lantern leaf bag. “Which law did I break, anyway?” I…
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Prairie Fare: All Eyes on Squash

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 05, 2017.

Squash are nutrition all-stars.

Try Some X-Ray Vision Carrots

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 29, 2017.

“We’re all going to have X-ray vision now,” my husband remarked as our daughter and I prepared carrots for dinner. I smiled when he said that. I’m not sure if he knows that Cornell University did a study in which researchers gave fun names to vegetables on serving lines in a school cafeteria. In their…
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Prairie Fare: Does Your Stomach Ever Interrupt Your Work?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 28, 2017.

Eating breakfast has many benefits for people of all ages.

Prairie Fare: Enjoy More Apples This Season

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 21, 2017.

Apples are tasty snacks and good for your health.

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.

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.
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