Did you go on vacation this summer? My family did not, but I did spend the summer recreating some of our favorite meals we’ve experienced during our travels. I love how nostalgic food is; it can bring back some of the best memories. Living in Europe for four years, we had the opportunity to …

Stress is a six-letter word that no one likes to think about. Yet, we can’t stop thinking about it. What gives? 2020 has brought more than its fair share of stress, but we rarely stop to think about what affect this stress has on our weight, nutrition status and overall health. After all, it…

Do you still have a garden full of summer veggies that you need to use up? We don’t have a garden, but I had co-workers and friends share their bounty with me all summer long, and I loved every bit of it. My favorite way to eat vegetables is to marinate and grill them. I make kabobs and put …

The upcoming fall season is a great time to incorporate some recently harvested wild game into a delicious, home-cooked meal. Combining two kinds of meat is an excellent way to provide your family and friends with a wildly scrumptious experience. That’s exactly what they’ll get with this pas…

At first glance, these pieces of toast seem pretty intricate; however only a few, simple ingredients make a big statement. Let us see what you come up with by sharing your funny face photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

I asked my kids what recipe they thought I should share this month, and my oldest son Blake, who is 16, immediately said my pancake recipe.

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I hope you’re all holding up well and finding fun things to do with the family. I especially hope you’re finding fun and yummy things to fill their bellies during what seems like our 3,000th month of summer. These barbecue chicken sliders are a super simple throw-together meal that the famil…

I moved away from Texas for four years and missed Tex-Mex food more than anything. I went through a period of being extremely homesick, and in an emotional state of mind, I ordered every Texas cookbook I could find on Amazon. In one of those cookbooks, I discovered Migas. I just so happened …

I used to own a coffee shop and bakery in Belgium. I served this in my shop, except I made it in a loaf form with a sweet lemon glaze. I don’t bake much anymore, but I like to bring this recipe out every once in a while.

Do you ever wake up on a Saturday morning and wish you could eat brunch at one of those fancy, big city bistros? Well, wish no more. Create your own mouthwatering meal that will make your family (and their taste buds) extremely happy.

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It’s the time of year when we have a party (if not two or three) every single week, which usually means a dish to prepare and bring to each party. This is one of my favorite go-to’s when I need something quick and easy, but also want to impress my friends and family with a pretty presentation.

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It’s easy to love the woods. Guess what? The woods will love you right back if you pay a little attention to her.

Herb butters are just that — butter with herbs (and other tasty stuff) added. Simple enough and surprisingly easy to make, but the taste is hard to beat. 

don’t have time to cook tonight ... There’s nothing to eat at home ... Let’s just pick up a pizza or hit the drive-thru.”  

What is summer without fireworks, swimming and peach cobbler? Admittedly, I am a newcomer to the peach fan club. I always associated peaches with the lifeless fruit cocktail I received on my elementary school lunch tray. Fortunately, my views have changed and I can enjoy this delightful frui…

As East Texans begin to harvest the abundant fruit and vegetables of summer, the Extension office receives many questions about food preservation — especially canning. There is a long tradition of canning backyard bounty to provide wholesome, nutritious foods throughout the year. Unlike our …

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the ones we love more than usual. There’s no better way to express our love than to introduce a new leafy green vegetable into our diets, right? OK, so I’ll admit that perhaps flowers and candy express t…

Most East Texas vegetable gardeners have laid their gardens fallow awaiting spring, with the exception of those ambitious gardeners that take advantage of our relatively mild winters by growing cold-hardy veggies from the brassica family (more on that next month). Winter is time to enjoy gar…

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It’s fall again and the holidays are just around the corner. Take a look at your local market or grocery store and note the various types of fall produce available — pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, and bright, red and juicy cranberries.

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If you’re like most Americans who enjoy pumpkin only a couple of times a year in the form of a Thanksgiving pie or carving a jack-o’-lantern, you are missing out on a nutritional and culinary treat. Pumpkins are considered more of a staple crop than holiday novelty in some areas of Latin Ame…

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Pears are available in groceries nearly year-round, but are plentiful in East Texas backyards and home orchards from late July through October. With proper conditions and a little know-how, anyone can enjoy an abundance of delicious fruit to be enjoyed fresh or preserved in a variety of ways…

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I know that summer has truly arrived when biting into that first perfectly crisp, sweet watermelon of the season. Sure, you can find melons grown south of the border at the grocery store almost year-round, but there are few (if any) summer traditions better than enjoying a good, vine-ripened…