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A spring salad celebration

(Family Features) Fresh fruits and veggies are often the flavors of spring, and you can bring them all together by celebrating National Salad Month with a homemade masterpiece. This Steamboat Willie Green Apple Waldorf Salad, created in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, is perfect ...

Let’s Cook: An evening ‘picnic’

Can you guess what Jan, Lydia and I have in common with the Golden Girls, I Dream of Jeannie, I love Lucy and Elvis? If you are thinking we could be on the silver screen with them, well, thanks but that is not it. Perhaps that one of us has a hint of red hair and sometime acts like Lucy? That ...

PrairieFare: Take an international educational tour in your kitchen

“Mom, do you know how to make spaetzle mac and cheese?” my son asked via text message. Fortunately, I knew he was hungry for German egg noodles (spaetzle). One of our favorite local restaurants that specializes in the dish is closed temporarily. “I think we need a special tool to make ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Prevent crabgrass this spring

Mother Nature can be extraordinarily fickle in the northern Great Plains. One day you are admiring spring tulips in your short sleeves; the next day, sleet pellets will coat the ground. This extreme weather variability dampens our hopes and makes timing the application of crabgrass ...

Spring clean your way to a safer kitchen

Many people have been homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a “spring cleaning” of our refrigerator and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start. Check out ...

Mother’s Day gifts sure to please

Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers. And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile. Behavioral research at Rutgers University found ...

You’ve probably got all you need to make fabled `stone soup’

As the days go by, I am being forced to become more creative with my cooking. I’ve always been a fan of stews and hearty soups, and I make them all year round to stock my freezer. That stash has started to run low lately. So it was time to see what I could make out of the slim pickings I had ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Garden soil preparation

We are all anxious to get outside and work in our gardens after a long winter season. North Dakota State University Extension is starting a column to help you grow a bountiful garden and a beautiful landscape. We will share information each week that is based on scientific research and ...

PrairieFare: Don’t let COVID-19 make you a couch potato

“Wow, I’ve counted 21 people,” my husband noted as we walked around our neighborhood. During the last several weeks, I had noticed only a few people out walking. Most people have been confined to their homes due to the combination of cold weather and the social distancing that is ...

Minot Parks Boulevard Tree Program now open

The Minot Park District Boulevard Tree Planting Program is open and ready to take orders. “It’s a great time to put in your tree orders for the summer,” said Ron Merritt, executive director of the Minot Park District. “Our Forestry Department will help you pick out the perfect tree ...

Lush peonies add beauty, fragrance to early summer gardens

Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a good addition to ...

Let’s Cook: Tried and true truckers, others

Which do you consider the source of higher, deeper, truer joy: the blessing which comes from having a friend, or from being a friend? When it comes to our recent lifestyle of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are blessed to have a sundry of friends. As I sit and work at the computer, I ...

Food Safety and COVID-19: Tips for Keeping You Safe

You may have heard with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that you should be washing your food with detergent, dish soap or even bleach to prevent you from getting the virus. Don’t do that! Here some facts you need to know about food safety and the coronavirus. The Food and Drug ...

PrairieFare: Food storage questions abound in COVID-19 pandemic

“We’re eating out of the freezer,” one of my Facebook friends said. “What do you think of this really, really old pizza we bought from a kid who was fundraising?” A picture of an ice-covered, dried out, grayish pizza sitting on a pan accompanied his Facebook post. He’s a funny ...

No bread flour? No problem

LONDON (AP) — Are you struggling to find bread flour and fresh yeast at the moment? If so, you’re not alone. With millions of people across the globe stuck at home due to lockdown measures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, many people are choosing to make their own bread, rather ...

PrairieFare: Enjoy more family meals during the coronavirus pandemic

“We’re going to gain 10,000 pounds if you keep cooking and baking like this,” my husband said as he glanced in my direction. Did I mention he tends to exaggerate a little? “How many pieces of banana cake have you had?” I asked. “This is my second piece,” he replied without ...

What to do when your income drops

An abrupt reduction in family income, such as if your employer closes during the COVID-19 outbreak, can be a traumatic experience psychologically and financially. But there are ways you and your family can minimize the hardship. – First, don’t panic. Give yourself time to get over the ...

Ready to cook outdoors? How to clean and season your grill

Unless you are like me and grill year-round, the warmer weather signals the start of the grilling season. This spring, especially, as millions of us are told to stay home, a trip outside to the backyard or patio is a welcome change. If you have a new grill or have taken one out of winter ...

Let’s Cook: Be not a slave to boredom

Numerous changes have happened to lives due to the impact of COVID-19. This virus has made our routine hectic — stores at that we usually shop are closed or have limited hours, restaurants are closed for dining in, professional business places have limited hours or window service only. We ...