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Corn Dogs and Cotton Candy!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Corn dogs and cotton candy---what trip to the fair would be complete without them? Ask anyone what they enjoy most about the fair and many will say ---THE FOOD! The once a year treat can pack some big calories into your regular diet, so here are a few tips. Most of us know that the "Doughnut Burger" is probably a bad choice (1500 calories). However, we might be surprised by the better c...

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Canning your Garden Produce

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How does your garden grow? Are you struggling with baskets of green beans and bushels of cucumbers? You could give the excess away and that is a great idea. Or you could preserve the produce so your family can enjoy your garden long after the first frost of winter. Yes, You Can! ! Everyone is doing it from Paula Deen to Alton Brown---canning is trendy. Eat local; reduce your carbon foot...

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Herbs

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Did you bring some herb plants home from the garden center this spring? Herbs are wonderful plants, hardy, fragrant and beautiful. Many of us, me included, often bring herbs home, plant them and then rarely use them in cooking. Why not? It's thyme, (pun intended), to cook with herbs. As a rule, use twice the amount of fresh as you would dry herbs in a recipe. Add herbs toward the end of...

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Outdoor Cooking

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Ah, the smell of a campfire. Roasted marshmallows, hot dogs, fruit cobbler, foil packets of hobo stew…. there is nothing as good as simple food cooked over fire. I can almost taste it now! Whether it's a day at the park or a weekend camping trip, preparing and eating food outdoors takes some special consideration. Even if you are taking a dish to a family reunion, you need to follow some basic...

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School's Out!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

SCHOOLS…OUT…FOR…SUMMER…. Now what? The children are home and they need to be fed. Let's build those healthy food habits so our children can be the generation that changes the health of America! There is a common misconception that children (and others who are not overweight) do not need to make careful choices when eating. I have heard people say—"I can't believe my kids are eating my whole gra...

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Spring!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Spring is here and the May showers will soon bring flowers …..and fruits and vegetables. According to MyPlate.gov half of our plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. How can we make that happen? Here in central Illinois we have rich soils that will produce wonderful fruits and vegetables with a minimal amount of work. Let's plant a garden. Or toss a few seeds into a pot on yo...

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Bee Well Community Gardens

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Have you always wanted to garden but need space or knowledge or tools? Come join the gardeners in the Bee Well Community Gardens where we learn and grow! We have 3 locations this year--Paris, Kansas and Hume! Informational meetings: Saturday, April 29, 10:00am, Kansas Village Hall Thursday, May 4, 6:00pm, Paris Bee Well Garden (behind Lake Ridge Church) * seedlings...

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