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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Chocolate: The Good Halloween Candy

Halloween is this Friday, which means sugar-laden children dressed up as princesses and monsters running through the neighborhood. If you're strong willed, you've been able to resist opening and biting into the candy early, but if you bought the good stuff, like chocolate, you may have had a harder time backing off. Chocolate is derived from the seed of the cacao tree (also known as the...

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Tuna Salad

Does an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Help Arthritis?

Much controversy exists about whether the foods you eat or do not eat affect symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. No evidence has shown particular foods will stop rheumatoid arthritis from getting worse. However, some studies have shown short term improvement in symptoms with certain foods. These foods may be described as "anti-inflammatory." Let's first talk about inflammation. Acute infl...

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jalopeno pepper

How Hot is Your Jalapeno?

My husband and I grew jalapeno peppers in our garden this year and made bowl after bowl of fresh salsa. After making a perfectly medium salsa and then a "so fiery hot you want to dip your whole head in a glass of milk" salsa, it made me realize how one type of pepper can have quite a long range in heat. That heat is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). A jalapeno pepper can have a score of 2,...

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Invite Kohlrabi to Dinner

Many of us tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eating the same vegetables over and over. It's easy to pass up the unfamiliar and sometimes odd looking produce at the market when you have no idea what to do with them. Kohlrabi may be one of those foods, but if so, you're missing out! Kohlrabi is a vegetable closely related to cabbage, Brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli. In fact,...

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What do I do with pears?

Pears are a member of the rose family, mainly grown in the Pacific Northwest, and peak in season during the fall and winter months. They're a delicious fruit to keep on hand, both for snacking and cooking. Complimentary flavors include spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and ginger, cheeses, such as goat cheese, blue cheese or mascarpone, and nuts, such as pecans and almonds. Try...

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Comfort Food Makeover

Tis the season of cooler weather and comfort foods. Nothing warms up the heart better than savory dishes, such as macaroni and cheese, potato soup, meatloaf, or fried chicken. But while these all-star fare are certainly delicious, they're also heavy and high calorie. Lightening up your favorites can be easier than you think. Simply use less of the unhealthy ingredients or swap them out...

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peanut butter pumpkin dip

Lunchbox Lessons

Now that the kids are back in school, and you suddenly have to get everything prepared for the day, your nights and weekday mornings are probably a little more hectic. But keeping your child's lunch safe should never be compromised. A poorly packed lunch could lead to foodborne illness, which is more common than you think. In fact, each year one in six Americans will have foodborne illness, and...

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