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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
Polenta Steak Fries

Polenta: A Better Word for Mush

Serve it for breakfast or dinner; polenta is a versatile dish. But with its yellow tint and slight grit, it looks a lot like cornmeal and grits. So what's the difference? Cornmeal may be made from blue, white or yellow corn and ground into fine, medium or coarse textures. Cornmeal is the traditional ingredient in cornbread, but can be used in other dishes for texture and sweetness. Grit...

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whole wheat pancakes 2

A Hot Breakfast to Start Your Day

Weekday breakfasts' for working families may be a quick bowl of cereal, fruit and yogurt, or a granola bar on-the-go, but nothing beats a hot breakfast on a cold day. February is Hot Breakfast Month, a time to celebrate the wonderful warmth of eggs, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and, of course, "b and g!" But a hot breakfast can be heavy and loaded with empty calories. What you need is a hearty bu...

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Fondue

Fondue for Your Valentine

It's been said that fondue originated in the 18 th century in Switzerland as a way to feed hungry families during the winter when fresh foods were scarce. Aged cheese became delicious when heated with wine and herbs, and stale bread would soften when dipped. This method of having a communal pot for dipping, took until the 1960's to become popular in the United States but grew to becom...

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Vegetable Dip with Dill

Healthy Snacking for the New Year

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University, Food Nutrition and Dietetics student, Austin Duffell! With the New Year in full swing, many people are excited to try out their New Year Resolutions. When talking with different people about their resolutions, one that seems to come up often is a change in eating habits. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a mo...

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