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Zucchini Crisps

Jul 11, 14 Zucchini Crisps

Working at Texas Farm Bureau, I have the great pleasure of getting plenty of fruits and vegetables to work with for the Texas Table Top blog. This summer is no exception. So far, I’ve been the recipient of cucumbers, peaches, onions and sweet corn.

But one thing I haven’t seen this summer is zucchini. It probably has to do with the fact that there are so many ways to make it, nobody has any left over to share with me. This reminds me…I really need to have a garden next year.

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Top 5 online farming fallacies

Jul 08, 14 Top 5 online farming fallacies

By Julie Vrazel

Tired of invitations to play online farming games?

We’ve all been there—watched the commercials on TV, rejected the Facebook game requests and, just maybe, played it once.

I’ll admit it. I started my own online farm. And I wish reality was as simple as the games.

While they give a glimpse of agriculture to consumers, the games often give the impression farming is as easy as clicking the mouse. But don’t let them give you a false sense of reality. Farming and ranching is a tough business.

No gaming console can truly replace the great outdoors.

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Celebrating our freedom shouldn’t include food poisoning

Jul 01, 14 Celebrating our freedom shouldn’t include food poisoning

Friends, we’re just a few days away from a long Fourth of July weekend. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping that one of my friends is ready to fire up the grill so we can celebrate our nation’s independence. After all, nothing says “long weekend” quite like a gathering of friends, good food and fun.

I’ve been to a lot of great Fourth of July celebrations across our state. I have a few favorites, but I can tell you the most memorable was in 2006. It involved undercooked chicken. It was a little pink. I turned a little green.

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Malted Milkshake

Jun 27, 14 Cookies ‘n’ Cream Malted Milkshake

By Kelly Bogard

During the summer, I like to keep things super easy. I want meals to be quick, so I have more time to spend playing and having fun with family and friends. I also don’t want to be hot.

Luckily, the recent rains have helped keep the heat lower than usual for this time of year, but I know the hot days are coming. I can feel it getting closer every day. So, I thought we’d make something quick and easy to keep cool once the heat gets here. As a bonus, it is National Dairy month so this week’s recipe is a perfect fit.

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Grocery Price Watch: Why the rise in food prices?

Jun 24, 14 Grocery Price Watch: Why the rise in food prices?

By Julie Vrazel

I keep a close eye on food prices—mostly for my budget, but also for Texas Farm Bureau’s Grocery Price Watch survey. And I know you closely watch your family’s grocery budget, too. Based on the survey’s second quarter results, Texans paid $47.57—on average—for a basket of 16 staple food items. This price is up from $46.66 last quarter.

But do you really know why food prices increase?

If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve heard about the nation’s cow herd being at the lowest since the 1950s. The ongoing drought also has affected the Lone Star State’s herd. And hog farmers are battling a virus that has drastically reduced hog numbers across the nation.

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Microwave Pralines

Jun 20, 14 Microwave Pralines

By Kelly Bogard

June 24 is National Praline Day. You know, the super sugary and crisp candies made just to transport buttery pecans. Well, at least that is how I like to think of them. This has to be my all-time favorite confection.

My love for them started around age five at the Mexican food restaurant where my parents took us every Friday night. At the end of every meal, when my dad would go to pay the bill, I would see them wrapped on the counter. They were always fresh and crisp. The golden brown color and the sugar-to-pecan ratio was perfect. So I thought I would share my quick and easy way to make them today.

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