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A film for farmers and foodies

Apr 08, 14 A film for farmers and foodies

By Jessica Domel

Knowing that I often blog about food and food-related issues here, a friend of mine asked me a few months ago to sit down with her and my dad and watch a documentary on the food industry and American farmers and ranchers. My dad got about halfway through the film before walking outside, partly because he’s not used to sitting indoors that long, but partly because, as a man who’s worked on a farm most of his life, he couldn’t watch it anymore.

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Back to Basics: Grilled Cheese

Apr 04, 14 Back to Basics: Grilled Cheese

By Kelly Bogard

There’s just something about a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It is amazing that something so simple can be so good. Warm melted cheese sandwiched between two buttery slices of crusty brown bread. Just the thought of it makes me feel all warm and snuggly inside.

This month is National Grilled Cheese month. I don’t know who comes up with all of the food holidays, but I sure am glad they picked this sandwich to have its very own month. It’s so simply perfect and basic. In fact, I think it was one of the very first things I was taught to make. That makes it perfect for a Back to Basics recipe.

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Texas farmers, ranchers embrace technology

Apr 01, 14 Texas farmers, ranchers embrace technology

By Jessica Domel

Technology is a part of who we are as Americans. We use it to connect with family, friends and people we haven’t seen in years. Many of us also use it professionally to promote ourselves, our businesses and our industries. But when it comes to agriculture, many believe that “technology” and “change” are dirty words. They’re not.

Farmers and ranchers in the Lone Star State work day-in and day-out to grow quality and value for their consumers, no matter where they are. Farmers and ranchers may not wear a suit and tie every day, but they’re definitely businessmen and women. They watch their bottom line. They look carefully at the products they’re growing to ensure they’re safe and affordable for the rest of us.

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Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mar 28, 14 Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Kelly Bogard

I love getting new ideas for the Texas Table Top blog. Sometimes they come from friends or family, sometimes they come from people who have been one of the lucky tasters from previous weeks, and this one came direct to you this week from one of the Texas Farm Bureau Public Relations staffers.

When looking for ideas, I like to ask my co-workers what they would like to see me make. This time, Angela, in our graphics area, had a great idea for something with Key lime. They just scream warm weather and sunshine. I am so glad she came up with that so I could make these for you this week.

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Grocery Price Watch: Food prices remain steady

Mar 25, 14 Grocery Price Watch: Food prices remain steady

By Julie Vrazel

I don’t always enjoying making the weekly—sometimes more often—trip to the grocery store. A game plan is usually necessary. And once you’re at the store, you have to be aware of the other shoppers, hope the check-out line isn’t too long and pray the total bill is affordable.

In a time when we expect significant price increases, food prices are holding fairly steady at the grocery store, according to Texas Farm Bureau’s Grocery Price Watch survey. Based on the survey’s first quarter results, Texans paid $46.66—on average—for a basket of 16 staple food items.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Mar 21, 14 Roasted Brussel Sprouts

By Kelly Bogard

My mom is an awesome cook. When we were growing up, she was able to figure out the favorite foods for each of her kids. Now, I realize she did this through experimentation. She taught us to always try new things when it came to food. She would tell us, “Taste it once, and if you don’t like it then you don’t have to eat it again.”

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