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Plan-overs beat leftovers

Prairie Fare: By planning ahead you can minimize food waste by creating new dishes

What do you think?” my husband asked as I took a taste of the piping hot casserole. “It’s kind of bland. It needs more pepper,” I said a little too quickly. I noticed his expression resembled that of a sad puppy. I had criticized the entree he made. Note to self: Always compliment the cook. […] Read more


Are you among the one in three with prediabetes?

Millions in North America have prediabetes and most don’t even know it

Millions of North Americans have this condition and 90 per cent do not know they have it. Do you know what it is? Here’s a hint: The condition occurs when the cells in your body do not respond normally to insulin, which is made by your pancreas. The answer is “prediabetes.” Having prediabetes means you […] Read more



Gifts from the kitchen

Prairie Fare: Giving gifts from the kitchen is a fun way to share a little of yourself with others this holiday season

If you prefer the kitchen to the mall, you still have plenty of time to make homemade edible gifts for the people on your list. Your recipients will appreciate a tasty treat and be touched by the sentiment and creativity you put into their gift. And you get to reminisce about each recipient while you’re […] Read more


Tasting cookie dough is hazardous for new reasons

Flour and some other grain-based foods have also been linked to foodborne illness outbreaks

Do you ever taste cookie dough? Licking the mixing spoon or pinching a chunk of batter from the bowl can be tempting. If you said “yes, I taste raw cookie dough,” give yourself a pat on the back for your honesty. Now I need to tell you to avoid the temptation of tasting raw doughs […] Read more



Warm yourself with some soup

Soup is high in liquid, which means it usually is lower in calories than other foods

Mom, now my hands will smell like onions!” my older daughter said as she chopped a particularly fragrant onion we had grown this summer. She has been my long-term vegetable chopper, even when we have gadgets that will do the work for us. We had onions, bell peppers and potatoes to chop as we tried […] Read more


Squash is a winter treat

There’s a near endless variety of winter squash — and recipes to use them in

Winter squash come in various shapes, sizes and textures in shades of green, yellow, orange, white and even blue. Their tough outer rind sets them apart from their summer cousins (zucchini, patty pan and crookneck squash) which are harvested while immature and their skins are soft and tender. Because of their extended growing time, winter […] Read more



Pizza party

Prairie Fare: Don’t feel guilty, well-chosen toppings can make your pizza a healthful menu option

Do you recall your first experience with pizza? The first time I tried pizza, at about age five, I was not sold on it. In fact, I couldn’t imagine why anyone wanted to eat it on a regular basis. I was enticed by TV ads that said pizza made from the kit being advertised was […] Read more


It’s been 20 years of food tips

Prairie Fare: In that time this column has covered topics from apples to zucchini and everything in between

What would you think about writing a weekly column?” a couple of editors from the NDSU Extension Service asked me. “What if no papers run it?” I responded. “Oh, they will,” they replied in unison. “Writing something new every week can get to be a grind, though,” one of them added. “And what if the […] Read more



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