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Create a Menu Inspired by Autumn’s Colors

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

“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 asked, … Continue reading Create a Menu Inspired by Autumn’s Colors

Prairie Fare: How Much Do You Use the Internet?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

You may be suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder.

Try Some Brussels Sprouts… Really!

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 05, 2018.

“Brussels sprouts are neat. They look like little brains,” my husband said to our son and daughter, who were about 9 and 6 at the time. I think he was hoping to entice them. “Gross” food sometimes appeals to that age group. “Eww!” they exclaimed in unison. That vegetable enticement tactic certainly didn’t work, I … Continue reading Try Some Brussels Sprouts… Really!

Prairie Fare: Stint as a Student Chef Prompts Me to Keep My Day Job

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

Eggplant, which is low in calories, can be grilled, roasted, fried, steamed or sauteed.

Prairie Fare: Driving With Distractions Can Be a Recipe for Disaster

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 27, 2018.

Distracted driving can be deadly.

Prairie Fare: I’m Spillin’ the Beans

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 20, 2018.

Dry edible beans are nutritious and have several health benefits.

Meal Preparation Evolves as Kids Leave the Nest

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 19, 2018.

“Why do we have so many leftovers?” I pondered as I perused our refrigerator. I glanced at the counter, and I opened the cupboards. The “snack counter” where we keep ready-to-grab afterschool items was stacked with food. We had way too much bread. The juice and milk containers in the refrigerator were nearly full. Then … Continue reading Meal Preparation Evolves as Kids Leave the Nest

Prairie Fare: Do You Include Pulse Foods on Your Menu?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 13, 2018.

Pulse foods are high in protein and fiber.

Be Prepared for Cold and Flu Season

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 12, 2018.

I didn’t see it coming until it was too late. The cashier blasted a sneeze right in my face as I began to place my groceries on the counter at the store. I stepped back quickly, but even if I had jumped back, I would not have been protected from those flying droplets. Some reports … Continue reading Be Prepared for Cold and Flu Season

Prairie Fare: What is a Healthful Diet, Anyway?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 06, 2018.

Try to meet the recommendations for fruits and vegetables, the food groups most often lacking in the diets of adults and children.

Make Apple-picking Season Memorable

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Sep 05, 2018.

“Mom, are apples ‘Eat Smart. Play Hard.’ foods?” my daughter asked as she looked out a window at the bumper crop of apples on our lone tree. She was 4 at the time. “They sure are! They have fiber that’s good for your heart and vitamin C that’s good for your skin,” I said. She … Continue reading Make Apple-picking Season Memorable

Prairie Fare: Enjoy the Bountiful Tomato Harvest

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 30, 2018.

Tomatoes are rich sources of vitamins C and A, folate, potassium and other nutrients.

Back-to-School Healthful Breakfasts and Snacks

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 24, 2018.

I recall spending the better part of a week with kids at a 4-H camp teaching and interacting with about 50 high-energy 8- to 12-year-olds. The kids had no access to TVs, cell phones or electronic games, just lots of fresh air, exercise, learning activities and hearty meals. The kids played hard and ate well. … Continue reading Back-to-School Healthful Breakfasts and Snacks

Prairie Fare: Tailgaters, Are You Ready to Get Grilled About Food Safety?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

Keep food safety in mind when having tailgating parties and picnics.

A Brief Trip Through Food Preservation History

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 17, 2018.

According to food historians, the earliest method used to decide if food was edible was trial and error. Let’s call it “Plan A.” Making a mistake about edibility had dire results. The survivors then developed “Plan B.” “Plan B” involved observing animals. If animals ate the food and survived, chances are you would, too. You … Continue reading A Brief Trip Through Food Preservation History

Prairie Fare: Don’t Wilt in the Heat of Summer

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 16, 2018.

We all need to stay cool and hydrated, and protect our skin in the sunny, hot days of summer.

Have You Ever Made Pickled Green Beans?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 10, 2018.

This has been a good “bean year” in my garden. I planted beans in a raised garden about 3 feet off the ground, and I also have a row of pole beans climbing on a mesh framework. I need a ladder to harvest those beans. I first tried the recipe in this column at my … Continue reading Have You Ever Made Pickled Green Beans?

Prairie Fare: Make Some Food Memories With Corn on the Cob

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 09, 2018.

Corn isn’t just food; it’s used to make products such as ethanol, plastics, matchsticks, glue and crayons.

Don’t Get Yourself in a Jam with Old Food Preservation Advice

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 03, 2018.

As the class members loaded jars of food into boiling-water-bath canners, I thought about a call I received a few years ago. My caller was quite upset because several jars of her home-canned raspberry jam had literally flipped their lids, spewing sticky raspberry jam throughout her pantry. Before she called, she had been scrubbing the … Continue reading Don’t Get Yourself in a Jam with Old Food Preservation Advice

Prairie Fare: Canning Jar and Lid Innovations That Helped Feed Generations

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 02, 2018.

Use current, research-based guidelines for canning, freezing, pickling and drying foods.

Prairie Fare: Beans Are a Tasty Summer Side Dish

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 26, 2018.

Beans are among the best sources of dietary fiber.

Preserve Summer’s Bounty Safely

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 25, 2018.

We were away a few days, so I eagerly checked our backyard garden. We noted bountiful green beans and peas. Our basil plants have turned into leafy bushes, and our tomato plants are drooping with tomatoes and taking over the garden. I’m not complaining about our prolific produce by any means. I am beginning to … Continue reading Preserve Summer’s Bounty Safely

Prairie Fare: Salsa Rules

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 19, 2018.

Use a research-tested recipe from a university Extension website or the U.S. Department of Agriculture when canning food.

Prairie Fare: Take Some Food Safety Precautions With Cantaloupe

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Here are some tips for avoiding foodborne illnesses.

Prairie Fare: Create Family Meal Memories With Picnics

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 05, 2018.

Eating together as a family has many physical, mental and emotional health benefits.
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