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Prairie Fare: Food-grade containers must meet higher standards

In my role as a food and nutrition specialist, I often field questions from Extension agents as well as other professionals and consumers. These are a few questions that I have answered lately and through the years:

INFORUM, 09/13/2013

Prairie Fare: Grain-like quinoa high in fiber, protein

While at a nutrition conference, I tasted a delicious salad made with a grain-like food called quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) mixed with fresh vegetables.

INFORUM, 09/06/2013

Prairie Fare: Consider these fresh-squeezed facts about juice

Sometimes when I select juice at the grocery store, I want to say; “Will the real juice please step to the front of the shelf?” That would save me some time reading the fine print on the beverage labels.

INFORUM, 07/12/2013

Prairie Fare: Spilling the beans about snap beans

Most of us remember the story of “Jack and Beanstalk.” You may recall that Jack traded his widowed mother’s cow for some magic beans. Jack planted the magic beans, which grew into a giant beanstalk overnight.

INFORUM, 06/27/2013

Prairie Fare: Grow a taste for heart-healthy avocado

“Let’s grow the avocado seed into a plant,” my 15-year-old daughter said one day as we prepared an avocado. We have tried this before without success, but sometimes persistence pays off.

INFORUM, 06/21/2013

Prairie Fare: Gardening promotes health, connections

The other day, my 15-year-old daughter and I were pruning some decades-old geranium plants. The ancestors of these plants belonged to her great-grandmother, who died before World War II. Although I never knew my grandmother, I feel I have a connection to her through these plants.

INFORUM, 06/14/2013

Prairie Fare: Keep up with milk breaks this summer

“I’ll have chocolate milk,” my 9-year-old daughter said the other night at a restaurant as we celebrated her sister’s birthday and the end of the school year.

INFORUM, 06/07/2013

Prairie Fare: Plan ahead when packing up for a picnic

As a kid, packing for a picnic was the start of an exciting adventure on our way to a state park or lake setting. We loaded the old camp stove and coolers filled with a variety of foods and left early in the morning “before the heat.”

INFORUM, 05/31/2013

Prairie Fare: Son’s graduation prompts food for thought

“They grow up in a blink of an eye,” our friends with grown kids would remark a bit wistfully when we arrived with a stroller carrying our bright-eyed baby boy.

INFORUM, 05/17/2013

Prairie Fare: Grow your own salad

As I wandered around our (finally) snow-free backyard, I had the urge to get my hands dirty. Our three dogs already had accomplished getting their paws muddy in our soggy backyard as they scampered playfully, nipping at each other’s heels. We all needed a little time outdoors to romp in the sunlight.

INFORUM, 05/10/2013

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