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…

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.

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…

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…

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…