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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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Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is a celebration to commemorate Mexico's victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. So why is it celebrated in America? Much like Americans love to celebrate Irish culture for St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for us to gorge ourselves in tacos and margaritas while paying respect to Mexican culture. Burritos, taco...

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A Simple Sandwich Fav: Grilled Cheese

What was the first meal you ever learned to cook by yourself? Did it happen to be two slices of buttered bread with a slab of American cheese in between and toasted over a hot skillet? A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make and scores high on a child's menu, but it's so gooey and comforting even adults can't turn it away. Simply start with two slices of whole wheat sliced bread. Sl...

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Pesto Chiken

Five Ingredient Fix

If you're an enthusiastic cook, you probably don't even think twice when preparing a recipe that has twenty different ingredients and numerous steps. However, if you're not as comfortable in the kitchen, a large recipe like that may be very intimidating. Recipes with shorter lists of ingredients do have their advantages. Generally, the fewer the ingredients, the fewer the dollar bills you shell...

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Chocolate Tofu Mouse

Tofu Shouldn't Scare You

Tofu anyone? Ok. Most people look at me like I'm a weirdo when the "t" word is mentioned. However, tofu is one of the ultimate convenience foods; it's quick and easy to use in a wide variety of dishes. Before you write it off, you must first know a little bit about it. Tofu is made by coagulating fresh soymilk to form curds, in much the same way cottage cheese is made from cow's milk. T...

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Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Spring for Lemons

Not many people can bite into a lemon without emitting a puckered face. And, no, that is not some kind of lemon-challenge! While a lemon's flesh may be too sour to eat on its own, when combined with other ingredients, it can produce a flavor that is simply delightful. Lemons may be available all year round, but spring is the time for lemons to shine! Whether its lemon chicken piccata, s...

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Luck of the Irish Potato

Many will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish-inspired dishes like the classic corned beef and cabbage, but let's not forget the potatoes. Taters are a must on an Irish menu, whether it be in the form of shepherd's pie, colcoannon, champ, boxty, or hash. Not sure what any of those are? Don't worry; I'll get you up to speed! Shepherd's pie is traditionally a ground lamb filling with a...

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Carrot Cake

A Healthy Take on Carrot Cake!

At first mention, carrot cake may not sound all that good. After all, who eats vegetables for dessert? Of course, if you've ever had carrot cake, you know that its added sugars and fat make it far from tasting like a vegetable. But the following recipe uses a mix of sugar substitutes to eliminate added sugars, while not producing an aftertaste. A bit of whole wheat flour for more nutrients and...

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