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It's National Poetry Month!

Here's how you can celebrate National Poetry Month through food (and vice versa)! Poetry and food are a natural match, since both are composed of individual parts that go together to create something new. And, like a stanza of verse and a delicious meal, both can be savored. Poetry is different than prose, or paragraphs of writing. [...]

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Make Your Own Orange Juice for National Oranges and Lemons Day

Making your own orange juice is a fun activity if you have never tried it before. Plus, March 31 is National Oranges and Lemons Day, so it's the perfect way to celebrate!By making your own, you control what goes in it, as premade orange juice from the store often has preservatives and other additives. To [...]

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A Recipe for National Celery Month

As referenced in last week's post, it's National Celery Month! Here's a recipe and a couple of fun facts to help celebrate (celery-brate? We'll see ourselves out).Creamy celery and broccoli soup Makes 4 servings.Ingredients •1 teaspoon olive oil •1½ cups celery, chopped •1 cup broccoli crowns, chopped •½ cup onion, chopped •2 tablespoons butter •3 tablespoons flour •3 cups milk •½ teaspoon celery seed •¼ [...]

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An Experiment for National Celery Month

This National Celery Month (yes, March is National Celery Month!) learn more about the all-star peanut butter and hummus dipper and soup ingredient. Growing celery In 1857, all along the banks of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan was thick, dark, black, muddy, moist, oozing muck. A clever man named Cornelius De Bruin decided to try to grow [...]

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Hooray for Hummus

Hummus makes a great snack paired with pita chips or veggies. Here's how you and your kids can make your own. Basic hummus recipeMakes 6-8 servings.Ingredients•1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained •¼ cup tahini •3 tablespoons lemon juice •1 clove garlic, crushed •½ teaspoon cumin •2 teaspoons olive oilInstructionsPlace all ingredients except olive oil in blender or food processor and [...]

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All about Pomegranates

Learn about the pomegranate, a mythological and delicious fruit! History of the pomegranate Pomegranates are an ancient fruit. They have been mentioned in ancient texts like the Greek poet Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. Pomegranates first grew in Iran, and are now grown across the Middle East and Asia. Pomegranates grow in the United States, in [...]

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Valentine's Milkshakes

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? If you have a sweet tooth (and a few friends who love a good milkshake), we recommend trying out this recipe!Chocolate milkshake recipeMakes 2-3 servings. Ingredients•4 scoops vanilla ice cream (about 2 cups) •½ cup milk cold •¼ cup chocolate syrupInstructionsPut ice cream, milk and syrup in a blender. Carefully put [...]

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Celebrate Carrots This Winter

Winter is a great time to enjoy root vegetables like carrots! Here are some fun facts and a simple and tasty recipe featuring carrots. Fast facts •Carrots can be eaten cooked or raw. Try them boiled, roasted, steamed, stewed and even mashed. •The average American eats about 10 pounds of carrots each year. •Carrots are high in fiber, which [...]

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Warm Up with Hot Salsa

If it's chilly (or downright frigid!) outside, warm up inside by cooking with jalapeño peppers.All about jalapeños The jalapeño is a variety of chili pepper. Jalapeños and other chili peppers are unique foods because when eaten they produce a sensation of heat or burning in the mouth, which is called piquance (pronounced peek-antz). When most people think of jalapeños, [...]

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Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bar Recipe

Here in Minnesota we are deep into winter, which means we won't see fresh fruits for quite some time. One way to enjoy fruit when it is out of season where you live is to use preserved fruits, such as jams or jellies. Here's a delicious way to enjoy preserves that will make a great [...]

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