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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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Celery and Celery Root

The cost of celery is cheap, making it a staple in kitchens around the world. But it's not just used for making "ants on a log" (peanut butter spread on celery and topped with raisins.) Celery gives a crunch to a salad, or flavor to soups, pot roasts or stir-fries. But what if your recipe calls for celery root? Can regular celery be substituted?...

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Benefits of Bulk Bins

Since the grocery store seems to be my home-away-from-home these days, I have no problems telling you the exact layout of all the departments, including where to find the quinoa, hummus and tamari sauce. But I only recently began to notice the bulk bin aisle, an up-and-coming trendy spot to shop. With a growing interest in health food, bulk bins have become a popular way to purchase tho...

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Food Safety Feng Shui

Posted by Jenna Smith - Food Safety
Feng shui is the Chinese philosophical art of balancing energies in the surrounding environment for good health. The kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, where good flow and energy is essential to produce healthy meals, keep food safe, and circulate the kids, adults and pets that walk through it each day. While these certainly aren't true feng shui techniques, they are helpful hints...

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Wild-Caught or Farm-Raised Fish: Which to Choose?

Posted by Jenna Smith - Food Safety
Buying seafood can be a confusing task. How do you know which has the lowest amount of contaminants, the highest amount of nutrients, and is labeled correctly? These are good questions to ask before feeding your family. Our seafood is either wild-caught or farm-raised. Both methods include strict regulations to keep us healthy, the environment healthy, and the fish populations healthy a...

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September is National Mushroom Month

Posted by Jenna Smith - Food Safety
September is National Mushroom Month and with mushrooms unique flavor and versatility, there's no reason not to eat these fungi. While, yes, edible mushrooms are not a vegetable but rather a seemingly unattractive and often colorless fungus, they can be considered a delicacy that has surprisingly good nutrition stats. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, a good source of potassium, and rich...

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Pick a Peck of Apples!

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, the United States produces roughly 9 billion pounds of apples each year, a distant second from China. While the state of Washington is our lead producer, it may be surprising to hear that every state in the U.S. produces apples. The availability of apples is convenient, but with over 7,500 different varieties, it leaves questions as to wh...

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Stir-Fry Up a Quick Dinner!

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When you have a craving for an Asian-inspired meal, consider stir-frying. The pleasant aroma of garlic, ginger and fresh vegetables will send the whole family into the kitchen begging for food. It's not just a winner for the kids, parent's love that it's a quick, easy, veggie-composed meal that can even turn leftovers into a whole new dish. Here are some helpful hints: Before you...

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