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Squash are nutrition all-stars

Prairie Fare: They’re decorative, but they’re also delicious and healthy

We live an exciting life,” my husband commented as he flipped a butternut squash on its side. We were at a grocery store on a Saturday evening. An attractive display of colourful squash and pumpkins caught my eye, and I pulled my phone out of my purse to take a photo. I stepped back to […] Read more


Does your stomach ever interrupt your work?

Prairie Fare: Eating breakfast has many benefits for people of all ages

Oh, no, I thought to myself. My stomach was going to growl loudly enough to interrupt a meeting. This is more than a little embarrassing, especially among casual acquaintances. I usually grab a small snack before I go to a 10 a.m. meeting, but I answered a phone call. I grabbed a water bottle and […] Read more



Enjoy more apples this season

Prairie Fare: Apples are more than just tasty snacks, they’re good for your health

We didn’t get any apples on our apple tree this year,” my 19-year-old daughter lamented. “Not even one.” My neighbours cut down their aging apple tree last year, so that probably had something to do with our fruitless tree. According to NDSU Extension information written by our horticulture specialists, “many tree fruit cultivars cannot set […] Read more


In a pickle over a side dish?

Prairie Fare: Pickles can be made from almost any vegetable or many fruits

Please enjoy these fresh pickles. Your food will be out shortly,” the server said as she placed a plate of cucumber slices in front of us. They were sprinkled with dill weed and had a nice crunch. I was in a restaurant in another state, and the somewhat sweet yet vinegary flavour and crisp texture […] Read more



Ovens are for baking, not canning

Prairie Fare: To avoid foodborne illnesses, use research-tested recipes and follow them carefully

In the past few weeks, I fielded questions for some of our extension agents while they took well-earned annual leave. I learned a lot about what people do as they harvest their bountiful garden produce. As the questions reached my office, I also began exploring the internet to see what was being shared by some […] Read more


Make snack attacks count

Prairie Fare: Keep your snacks simple and healthful for best results

Make sure your seatbelts are buckled and all carry-ons are properly stowed,” the flight attendant said. I pushed my purse under the seat with my foot, cinched my seatbelt and settled in by the window. Then I realized that my reading materials also were properly stowed in the overhead bin, which was closed. I had […] Read more



Onions offer layers of goodness

Onions can be eaten raw or cooked, and they are available in a wide range of sizes and colours

As I examined the maturing produce in our garden, I decided not to harvest any onions. Although the stems were sturdy and green, the onion bulbs were fairly small. Young onions are tasty, but I gave them the opportunity to grow. Whenever I look at onions growing in our garden, I remember “the year of […] Read more


Gazpacho is a refreshing change in hot weather

Tomatoes, an ingredient in gazpacho, are rich in nutrients and low in calories

We’re going to have cold soup,” I said to my older daughter and husband. We were in our kitchen talking about the upcoming evening meal. “Gross,” my daughter remarked. She likes soup but expects it to be hot. I gathered tomatoes, red and green peppers, celery, an onion, a lemon and a cucumber, along with […] Read more



Make some memories with picnics

Prairie Fare: Summer is picnic season and we should all enjoy this tradition

I remember the picnics of my youth. I looked forward to visiting a picnic site at a lake or park. Preparing all the food, loading the food in coolers and packing the lawn chairs in the trunk was part of the adventure. As a little girl, I thought that picnics required blankets, so I usually […] Read more


Be creative with zucchini

Prairie Fare: You can make a lot of different menu items with zucchini

Mom, there’s a cucumber,” my daughter noted. “Here’s another one and another one.” I was a little surprised at her comment because I hadn’t planted any cucumbers. I had planted the prolific cousin of the cucumber. You definitely can see the family resemblance when they are hiding under some foliage. “They’re zucchini,” I said. “And […] Read more