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Read article: What heritage food are you passing down?
What heritage food are you passing down?
Do you or your family have that “signature dish” that can be found at every holiday meal and family gathering? For my mother’s side of the family...
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Read article: Learn how to reap the nutritional benefits of flaxseed
Learn how to reap the nutritional benefits of flaxseed
We’ve been told that flaxseed is good for us, but what exactly is it, and what do I do with it?  Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant. It’s an...
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Read article: A guide to feeding your baby
A guide to feeding your baby
It’s not easy having a new baby; the sleepless nights, the dirty diapers and the seemingly endless amount of washing that has to be done. But of...
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Read article: Barley: A versatile and gratifying grain
Barley: A versatile and gratifying grain
Barley is a whole grain that brewing companies most often desire to produce malt. However, it’s more than just a beer necessity. Barley is a...

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Savor the Season: Local Libraries Offer Exciting Cooking Classes
Thomson, Mt. Carroll, and Savanna Libraries are thrilled to announce the dates for April’s cooking classes led by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure as we delve into the joys of Cooking with Vegetables, with a special focus on the versatile Asparagus....
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Safe Summer Grilling
Summer is right around the corner, and if you haven’t already gotten your grill out, you should consider doing so. Grilling is a great way to keep the kitchen cool and enjoy your favorite summer foods. One of the many benefits of grilling is that it offers endless opportunities. However, to keep...
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Eggs: From Farm to Fork | Healthy Cooking at Home
Curious about what it takes for an egg to make it from the farm to your kitchen table? Have you ever wondered about the difference between free-range and free-roaming eggs? If so, then we have the class for you! Years ago, shopping for eggs was much more straightforward. The...
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Making Homemade Meals in the Microwave
More and more people are dining out less because it is a healthier option and allows you to stretch your food dollars. If you are spending more time in the kitchen and are looking for quick and easy ways to prepare meals but do not have much time to cook, consider microwave cooking. Microwave...

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Melissa Schumacher

Family and Consumer Sciences Digital Nutrition Education Outreach Associate