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Prairie Fare: Snoozing your way to better health

“Daylight savings time is almost here. We can’t forget to move the clocks forward,” my husband commented the other day. “Oh, no. I have a hard time with losing an hour of sleep when we ‘spring ahead,’ ” I replied.

INFORUM, 03/07/2014

Prairie Fare: Savor the flavor of bacon in moderation

“Mom, I just had the best cookies ever! I ate a bunch at the dining center. You need to make them at home,” my 18-year-old son exclaimed, practically salivating.

INFORUM, 02/28/2014

Prairie Fare: Frozen foods have inspired menus for years

As I pondered a potential column topic, someone tossed an idea my way. How about writing something about frozen foods? I must admit, after our intensely cold winter, I am dreaming of hot, grilled foods cooked and eaten outdoors on a warm day. Thinking about frozen food made me shiver.

INFORUM, 02/21/2014

Prairie Fare: Comfort food warms a cold winter night

“What’s that?” I asked as I breezed through the kitchen, noting a pot of simmering stew. My husband was head chef that evening and was trying a new recipe.

INFORUM, 02/13/2014

Prairie Fare: Are your cupboards ready for a reality show?

I flipped on a reality-type TV show one day. A camera crew captured footage of someone climbing over a mountain of boxes, clothing and trash to get around his home. The piles were so high that his head nearly touched the ceiling.

INFORUM, 02/06/2014

Prairie Fare: Chile peppers add spice to winter meal

“I can’t talk,” my husband said in a raspy voice that reminded me of the lead character in “The Godfather” movie. Our daughters and I looked at him. I could see he was able to breathe, and I knew what the issue was.

INFORUM, 01/30/2014

Prairie Fare: Be inspired to get out of your easy chair this winter

“Mom, you look like the little old lady rabbit in ‘Good Night, Moon’,” my 10-year-old daughter said with a laugh. I was sitting in my comfortable chair covered with a blanket while attempting to knit.

INFORUM, 01/24/2014

Prairie Fare: Today’s pressure cookers not like Grandma’s

I have been leery of pressure cookers most of my life. Like many people of my generation, I grew up eating lots of soups and stews prepared in our family’s pressure cooker.

INFORUM, 01/17/2014

Prairie Fare: Consider recipes from other cultures in New Year

While at home on a holiday break, I had a little more time to invest in food preparation than I usually have, so I decided we would focus our cooking efforts on foods from around the world.

INFORUM, 01/10/2014

Prairie Fare: Consider health recommendations carefully

The other day I stumbled upon a piece of food-related literature my husband bought for me several years ago. It caught his eye on a newsstand.

INFORUM, 01/06/2014

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