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Fresh is Best

FRESH IS BEST Welcome to August, that fabulous month when local farmers markets and grocery stores are brimming with fruits and vegetables fresh from the fields. They are usually picked early that same day, or the night before, and are at peak flavor. It’s a welcome contrast to the produce available during the winter months, […]

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Smart Grilling with Rubs and Marinades

During this grilling season, rubs and marinades are powerhouses that transform meats into flavor-packed meals. They tenderize and increase moisture content, add nutrients, and may decrease the formation of carcinogenic by-products. With high-heat cooking like grilling, it is important to use the right oils in your marinades so they don’t break down while cooking. Grilling […]

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Sustainable Dairy Farming – Good for You, Good for the Environment

Concern for the health of our planet is on the rise and families are buying foods without pesticides, recycling, reducing waste and practicing other earth-friendly behaviors. We are also much more aware that, just as the foods we eat nourish our bodies, sustainably grown food nurtures the earth. Did you know that dairy farmers are […]

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The Benefits of Dairy

In the Midwest, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh, local dairy products. A cold glass of milk offers nutrients that support strong bones and help your body thrive. Fermented dairy, such as yogurt, cheese and kefir, offer probiotics that promote intestinal health, support the immune system and help prevent chronic diseases, like […]


Food, Real Fast: Creamy Chicken-Avocado Salad

Dish of the Week: Creamy Avocado and Chicken Salad Salad for lunch? It’s a great option for a hot summer day, but many of us avoid making it because it’s too labor-intensive to add to our weekday out-the-door routine. Yet, many of the steps can be done as part of a weekend batch cooking process […]

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Something to Moo about, June is Dairy Month

For those of us who are focusing on eating fresh, high quality, natural foods, dairy products are a food group that fits the description well. Chef Marshall toured a dairy farm recently and came back with a wealth of information on modern dairy farming practices and how products go from farm to market. With kids […]

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Spring Clean Your Kitchen

When warm spring breezes inspire you to clean and remove the last remnants of winter from your home, take the opportunity to clear out and refresh your kitchen. Make room for the harvest of the coming season by removing expired food, replacing dried spices and cleaning out your freezer. These simple tips will help you […]

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Stress Reducing Foods

Stress is unavoidable in modern life. While small amounts of stress can actually motivate and help you focus, long-term chronic stress leads to serious health problems and chronic illness. By some estimates, stress-related problems account for up to 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians. Did you know that eating the wrong foods can […]


Energizing Foods

Do you ever feel lethargic after eating certain foods? It’s not a coincidence! Growing research is showing that certain foods can give you lasting energy, while others work against you. Foods such as refined carbohydrates may give you a quick energy boost, but it’s these same foods that deplete you in the long run. Instead, […]


Foods for the Senses

Foods for the Senses Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rear view mirror, I’m still thinking a lot about foods for the senses. Eating is a sensual experience, involving smell, appearance, texture, taste, and even sound. Our sense of smell has the strongest link to memory and emotion. This is why cooking your grandma’s […]

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