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Perfect for a party or simply indulging yourself, these addictive pastry puffs make it hard to stop at one.

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The atmosphere in America, it feels like something that only happens in other places, but instead it is happening in real time—in our back yard—and a dangerous virus is making its way around the world, closing schools, shutting down restaurants, compelling people to stock-pile toilet paper a…

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I ventured to the grocery store on Friday the 13th after being holed up in the house for 2 days with one sick kid the day before. They were both out for spring break on Friday, and of course, every 10 minutes I heard how hungry they were.

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With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to c…

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While apple pie is a traditional seasonal dish, you can add unique flavor with this skillet version. Simply toss Honeycrisp apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice then spoon between two pie crusts simmering in a thin layer of brown sugar and cinnamon then drizzle with caramel sauc…

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Recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table. Power up your family meals with protein-packed dishes like Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce.

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At a recent High Plains Journal educational event, an attendee stopped me and asked if I was the one who lived south of town. He'd evidently read my stories from the Starbuck fire and followed along with our coverage in 2017.

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Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect …

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While breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day by many, having the same predictable dishes over and over can make this essential mealtime a particularly boring one.

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As I loaded the axe into the front floorboard of my Dodge Durango at lunchtime this week, I thought to myself, "this was probably not what the Dodge designer intended when they designed this car."

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Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

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If you need an on-the-go breakfast option, wake up your morning with bacon, eggs and a biscuit in these simple, tasty breakfast sandwiches.

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When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to beat chocolate as the main ingredient for dishes of all kinds. Add a twist to your next treat with the sweet taste of caramel in this Chocolate Caramel Pie.

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When I was a kid I remember my mother gathering the weekly grocery ads and scouring the three stores in our town at the time—Dillon's, IGA and Homeland for the best deals. Then every Friday morning she’d pack up her farm fresh egg deliveries and go to the grocery store afterward. Us three gi…

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Cooking for a small crowd can be daunting. With this recipe for Caramel French Toast, you can prepare it the night before, bake in the morning and satisfy your guests without going overboard in the kitchen.

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If you want to impress your guests, try serving this puff pastry as an appetizer at your next gathering. This flaky pastry filled with a combination of spinach, onions and feta cheese can keep them coming back for more.

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While rattling down a dusty country road or rolling across an asphalt highway, there are only a few things that really catch my eye: stray dogs, Tex-Mex restaurants and beautiful old barns. There is something about faded whitewash and classic red paint, weathervanes, sliding barn doors and u…

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As one of the simplest ways to make family meals healthier, adding fruits and vegetables to everyday dishes can also provide a flavorful path to a more nutritious eating plan. With a dish like this Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Rice Salad, you can put a veggie-focused meal on the table in next to…

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Hosting a crowd can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also come with plenty of challenges. One of the simplest ways to make mealtime stress-free when entertaining is to focus on ingredients that can be incorporated into a variety of different dishes.

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Christmas has and always will be the most nostalgic day of the year for me. It’s about familiarity of the five senses and that warm feeling that takes over when December 25th moves closer and closer. It’s Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka (although I never really knew …

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The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, and few things bring people together like an elegant, seasonal meal. Serving up a mouthwatering main dish worth celebrating can elicit rave reviews from your guests and keep them gathered around the table longer, …

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My dear, sweet child threw me under the bus at his 4-H meeting this week. Club leaders were handing out awards from the November achievement banquet. We weren't able to attend, so this was a pleasant surprise. Well, until his honesty got the best of him.

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It’s no secret Hollywood doesn’t exactly cater to agriculture in the few stories it tells on the sliver and small screens, but it becomes even more frustrating when they choose to produce a TV show set in a rural area, which features farmers and ranchers, then fumbles the facts.

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I was scrolling through Twitter recently and the tweet at the top happened to be from a farmer in southwest Kansas. To the effect it said, "No farm or land is worth your family. Get a job, file bankruptcy if you have to. Don't do this to your loved ones. There IS life after farming." He shar…

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I had driven quite a few hours the days preceding this trip to Claremore and battled heavy rainfall, flooding and nearly hitting a deer the night before. I was sore and achy from sitting in a car, tired from the late night before and early morning on the road, but driving up to conduct an in…

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I gave away my horse's blanket this week. Her winter blanket. A friend needed one pretty quickly as winter decided to move in early this year.

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For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

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This week I drove to Weskan, Kansas, to interview a farmer about the technologies he is utilizing on his operation. We got to the photography part of my visit, usually a form or torture for the subjects I interview, but this man was happy to oblige my need for images to illustrate the articl…

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Sometimes I forget to keep things simple. Sometimes I forget to slow down and take it all in. Monday night I consciously made an effort to enjoy the wind in my hair and the evening sunshine on my face, even though I only had 30 minutes to check cows and do my evening chores before leaving fo…

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    What mess will Hank the Cowdog get himself into in this book and how in the world will he get away safely? Those were the questions I would ask as I opened a new Hank the Cowdog book as a grade schooler. The self-proclaimed Head of Ranch Security, Hank the Cowdog never failed to keep my …

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Incorporating the tastes and traditions of Hispanic-style cuisine into at-home meals is as simple as choosing your favorites, preparing with quality, authentic ingredients and watching your family devour them.

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Enjoy all the satisfying flavors of beef Pot Roast in a soup. Take a short cut with frozen vegetables for an easy to make meal.

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The other night my husband and I were watching television together and the Burger King commercial for the Impossible Burger came on. I made the remark to him, "if those people think it tastes like a real burger, what kind of crap beef are they eating?"

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Agriculture is not exactly a new occupation and we don’t have an exact date as to when the first farmer planted a row of seeds or milked the first cow. However, a recent visit to the Bible’s book of Genesis made me consider that agriculture could be traced back to God’s first week on the job…

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If your family struggles to make meal time happen, try creating kid-friendly recipes that bring everyone together at the table. For example, these Pulled Pork Sandwiches from “Family Table by Robert Irvine” can help you incorporate assistance from your kids to nourish both mind and body whil…

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Colder weather calls for comfort food like these delicious and moist pumpkin bars. Start your favorite movie and warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars. Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net.

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Shaun kind of looked at me funny when I dug out a note card from the console of my car and told him to sign it earlier this week before he went to school.

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Creating a nutritious family dinner doesn’t have to mean sacrificing favorite dishes. For a healthier take on a traditional ethnic meal, these Blended Tacos involve blending ground beef with mushrooms before adding your desired toppings.

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Casseroles are both hearty and economical choices when trying to feed a crowd (or a large family). Plus, when crunched for time, they’re quick to throw together and slide in the oven and can even be made ahead to put a filling, low-stress meal on the table following a busy day.

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Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it’s a birthday sleepover, an adults-only gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home – or on a projector in the yard—can be the perfect escape…

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Back-to-school season means busy schedules filled with extracurricular activities, homework and carpools. It can be challenging to find quality time to spend with loved ones, let alone get a wholesome, homemade meal on the table.