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Two women and a child stand behind a kitchen counter filled with ingredients to make a smoothie

June is National Dairy Month! As the temperatures rise, it is a great time to cool off with a tasty and nutritious dairy-based smoothie.


Honey in a jar.

How to Label Honey

June 14, 2024

There is nothing like the taste of a sweet spoon of honey. The versatility of honey makes it a very useful item to have around the kitchen, and for that reason, raising honeybees and selling the honey has become increasingly popular.

A bowl of Broccoli and Everything Salad

The Food Factor: Broccoli and Everything Salad

June 11, 2024

Broccoli and Everything Salad can be a side dish or a meal in itself.

Fruits and vegetables in clear containers in a fridge.

Tips for Saving Food and Money

June 10, 2024

I’m sure you’ve heard “food tossed is money lost.” That’s so true, especially given the cost of food right now!

A woman stands in a kitchen holding a glass of peach cooler for the camera.

The Food Factor: Peach Cooler

June 5, 2024

Peach Cooler is a cool, creamy, and refreshing drink.

Sassafras Tree Leaves

Tree of the Month: Sassafras

June 3, 2024

This tree is quite a unique specimen. Its qualities – name, oil, habitat, and how it reproduces – make sassafras a tree to marvel at. 

A group of zinnias with the sky in the background.

How to Grow a Cut Flower Garden

May 28, 2024

Do you enjoy having cut flowers around the house? With the right preparation and some gardening labor, you can harvest your own blossoms just outside the back door.

Kids jumping in a lake

Summer Water Safety Tips

May 24, 2024

With the temperatures rising, many people are heading to the pool, river, or lake to beat the heat. It’s important to keep water safety in mind when out with friends and family.

A bowl of Mediterranean Salad.

The Food Factor: Mediterranean Salad

May 21, 2024

This Mediterranean Salad makes a great meal or side dish.

Closeup of a dial on a pressure canner.

Home Canning Q&A

May 17, 2024

Home canning is an economical way to preserve the bounty of your garden. This Q&A may answer some questions for you, whether you’re new to canning or you’ve been canning for years.

A woman stands behind a kitchen counter with a variety of foods displayed.

Tips to Manage High Blood Pressure

May 15, 2024

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a significant risk factor for heart disease. However, healthy lifestyle choices can reduce or eliminate your risk.

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