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Take a (Holiday) Dip

A great way to have a healthier holiday is to include fruits and vegetables, with their important vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Any of these three dips would make a great addition to a potluck or holiday party. Thanks to the Mt. Zion District Library for hosting us for a hands-on class making dips for the holidays.  With an unexpected combination of ingredients, the Peanut Butter Pum...

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Worm Aversion Conversion

Posted by Beth Allhands -

  I have been composting yard and organic material for a while now, and will continue to do so. However, when I just have just a few food scraps, sometimes it can be inconvenient either to carry them outside to the compost pile, or to save to do later. Deciding to add options to my repertoire, I thought I'd give worm composting, also called vermicomposting, a try. Laziness and thinking...

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Container Gardening: Beyond the Basics

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Limited on gardening space where you live? Or do you have only limited time available to garden?  Container gardening may be the choice for you, especially if you live in an urban setting with limited growing space. With simple materials like a large container, a bag of potting mix, and a few plants or seeds, you can grow a variety of ornamental and edible plants to live...

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Slow Cookers: Beyond the Basics

Posted by Caitlin Huth - Nutrition

University of Illinois Extension, serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties, invites you to learn with "Know How, Know More." This post is about slow cookers. Decide how you want to learn, be it reading, watching, and sharing content. Are You Being Food-Safe With Your Slow Cooker? Check your steps when using a slow cooker and make sure you are not likely to make y...

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Introducing: Know How, Know More

Posted by Candice Hart -

Coming this week, our Buckets, Bales, and Bushels blog will become  Know How, Know More. Don't fret, the new Know How, Know More will have the same great content, just with some additional avenues of learning! Here at University of Illinois Extension, we love creating content on food, gardening, farming and more, but we realize that simply reading a blog post may not be...

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No-Cut Veggies

Posted by Caitlin Huth - Nutrition

I enjoy meal prep with minimal equipment. It means fewer dishes to wash, and many times, less time getting from cooking to eating. In this post, let's explore some different vegetables that do not require a knife to prepare. If I missed some of your favorite no-cut veggies, let me know in the comments. 1. Pour from the bag. In a store, these veggies are often pre-bagged for pu...

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Time to Bring in Those Cold Sensitive Plants

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

For us here in Central Illinois, it appears as though a hard frost will finally reach us this week, which means it's time for gardeners to bring any plants worth saving indoors. Whether that means the houseplants we put on the patio for the summer, or the geraniums we want to try and overwinter for next year. I know my patio in particular, is full of succulent pots and orchids that will need to...

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