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Prairie Fare: Stay Hydrated During Warm Summer Months

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 14, 2018.

Children, older adults and outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to dehydration.

Prairie Fare: Rediscover Cooking and Baking This Summer

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 07, 2018.

Measuring cups and spoons, and digital temperature gauges take the guesswork out of modern cooking and baking.

Prairie Fare: Be Adventuresome During Rhubarb Season

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 31, 2018.

Rhubarb provides vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber, but because of its tartness, it requires a fair amount of added sugar.

Nutrition Matters During Cataract Awareness Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 31, 2018.

“I really need to clean the windshield. It’s really dirty,” my husband commented one day many years ago. I was looking straight ahead through the crystal-clear windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle. I strained my neck to peek over at his side. It looked OK to me. The next morning we were out…
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Kids And Gardening: A Good Combination

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 24, 2018.

In my family we all helped with the gardening. We had two large gardens and grew and preserved enough vegetables to last until the next season. I wasn’t always thrilled about all the weeding, picking and cutting, but it was part of the Garden family’s regular routine. I never argued about eating vegetables, either. I…
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Prairie Fare: Try This 10-question Summer Food Safety Quiz

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 24, 2018.

Don’t let foodborne illness spoil your outdoor cooking and dining experiences.

Summertime Kitchen Science For Kids

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 18, 2018.

“Mom, what exciting things are we going to do this summer?” my daughter asked. She was about seven at the time. “I thought we would relax and read,” I replied. I was tired from the week’s activities. “Relaxing and reading doesn’t sound very exciting,” she noted. She told me all about her upcoming school activities.…
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Prairie Fare: May is National Bike Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 17, 2018.

Bike riding is fun and has health benefits.

Prairie Fare: My Picky Eater Grew Up to Be a Healthful Eater

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 10, 2018.

Avoid the temptations of grocery store marketing strategies.

Freezer Disaster Prompts Cooking Spree

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 08, 2018.

“Wow, we’re having lots of meat for lunch!” my daughter exclaimed. She was about 4 years old at the time. I was cooking pork, beef, chicken, Italian sausage and a few hotdogs. The meat wasn’t for lunch, though. I was trying to salvage food after someone left our freezer door partly open. An open freezer…
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Prairie Fare: Add Some New Flavors to Your Menu

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 03, 2018.

Adding herbs may help you cut down on the amount of salt and fat in your recipes.

Springtime Food Scenarios: What Would You Do?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 01, 2018.

“I’d like to make an egg bake for a brunch, but I won’t have time the night before the event. Can I make it a couple days ahead of time?” my friend asked. I thought a few seconds about a pan full of bread, eggs and milk stored in a refrigerator. Then someone else shared…
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Prairie Fare: Are My Leafy Greens Safe to Eat?

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

Think food safety when selecting and handling fresh produce.

More Walking Can Extend Your Life

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 25, 2018.

“Mom, I need new shoes. It’s been two years since I had new shoes!” my daughter exclaimed as we walked around our neighborhood.  She was about 9 at the time. “I think you might be exaggerating. I bought the shoes you are wearing last fall, so that’s more like six months. Spring is a good…
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Prairie Fare: 6 Steps to Making a Salad in a Jar

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

Filling a quart jar with a variety of veggies, fruits, protein and grains can provide you with a balanced meal.

Plant A Garden That Excites And Nourishes Your Eyes

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 17, 2018.

The snow is finally melting, so I have begun inspecting our landscape. I want to see if our perennial plants have survived the winter. Usually by this time, our rose bushes are budding, the tall grasses are growing and the lilies are sprouting. I think I see a glimmer of green sprouting, though. As I…
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Prairie Fare: Coffee Drinkers, Take Note

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

If you are a coffee drinker, you are not alone; nearly two out of three people have coffee daily.

Prairie Fare: Are You Inspired to Spring-clean Your Kitchen?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 10, 2018.

You can make your own chlorine-based sanitizer.

Unusual Food Storage And Cooking Containers Not Always Safe

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 04, 2018.

“Is it OK to use brown paper grocery bags to prepare snacks? I’d like to use one to shake powdered sugar on a cereal snack. I’ve heard you can cook in them, too. Is that right?” “Is it safe to make omelets by boiling the egg mixture in a Ziploc bag? I want to make…
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Prairie Fare: Prevent Accidental Poisoning in Your Home

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 29, 2018.

About 90 percent of poisonings happen in homes.

Spring Inspires Grilling Season

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 27, 2018.

I am waiting to see for the blooming tulips and crocuses on my way home from work. I am waiting to check whether my perennial plants survived the long winter. Will my lilies poke their green sprouts out of the ground victoriously? Not only is spring a feast for our eyes, but our other senses…
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Prairie Fare: Are Eggs Healthful?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 22, 2018.

Eggs are a good source of protein and a chemical that helps with brain, nerve and, potentially, memory health.

Time To Spring Clean Your Kitchen?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 19, 2018.

“I’m getting out of the way. Your mother is in the kitchen,” my husband said to our daughter. I glanced at him and my daughter giggled. “She’s going to make a huge mess for me to clean up,” he added. I took out a few extra pans to make sure I lived up to the…
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Prairie Fare: Are Vegetarian Diets Healthful?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 15, 2018.

Vegetarian diets usually are lower in fat and saturated fat.

Prairie Fare: Coffee or Tea?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 08, 2018.

Tea contains numerous compounds with potential health benefits and even may help with weight management.
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