Oct 29, 13
By Julie Vrazel
Growing up on our farm, I spent most of my time outside and as far away from the kitchen as possible. Perfecting my mud pie recipe was the result of those years spent outside, while my kitchen skills remained practically nonexistent until a few months ago.
Sparked by the diversity of foods available in the city, I entered the grocery store with an open mind. I had heard of spaghetti squash and even tried it once, but I had never attempted to cook it myself.
Oct 11, 13
By Kelly Bogard
Pumpkins, pumpkins, PUMPKINS! They are everywhere, and I don’t know about you, but I love them all–every shape, size and color. The return of pumpkins means fall is here and that the holiday season is inching closer.
I’ve never really thought about it before, but do you know what hard work goes into harvesting those pumpkins? Just as in all other farming activities, time and care must be taken every step of the way before harvest. Then, when the harvest arrives, there is more hard work. Did you know that pumpkins are harvested by hand? Me either, but now that I do, I think they are even cooler.
Oct 08, 13
By Jessica Domel
This morning as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of my friends were excited about a spiced pumpkin coffee drink, a pumpkin-scented candle, new pumpkins they had purchased for decorating their homes and the return of the pumpkin patch at a local church or non-profit. I, for one, love visiting the pumpkin patch. There’s always some new type that I’ve never seen before, and I absolutely love watching my friends’ kids walk through the pumpkins to try to find the perfect one for them.
Aug 27, 13
By Amanda Hill
You may have seen this sunny crop driving along Texas highways and back roads this summer. Sunflowers are bright and cheery during some of the hottest months in Texas. It is a hardy crop that survives nearly all weather conditions. Plus, sunflowers are used so many different ways—from a salty snack to a healthy oil for cooking and a beautiful arrangement for your kitchen table.
Did you know that the sunflower head is really made up of 1,000-2,000 smaller flowers? Each small flower will eventually produce a sunflower seed. The sunflower also is one of the fastest growing plants. They can grow to 8-12 feet tall in six months. What an amazing plant!
Jul 05, 13
By Kelly Bogard
Ah, a holiday weekend! It’s a time to enjoy friends and family, play in the sprinklers and cook out. It’s also a time I don’t want to be stuck in my kitchen or inside at all, for that matter. But, with every good cookout, there needs to be a dessert. Something quick and easy.
Being a southern girl, the 4th of July weekend means BBQ with all the fixin’s, watermelon and homemade cobbler and ice cream. My favorite was always the cobbler, but it took so long for my Grandmama Willie Mae to make it. The crust, syrup and cutting the fruit always took so long. So this week, I decided that a Strawberry Cobbler Cake might be in order. There isn’t a fancy crust to make or even syrup to deal with.