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We’re nuts about Texas peanuts

By Julie Tomascik It’s a nutty month. And no, not because our Texas weather can’t decide if it should be winter, fall, spring or summer. But because it’s National Peanut Month. And Texas is the fourth largest peanut-producing state in the nation. Salted. Fire roasted. In a cookie or inside chocolate. Stuffed between two slices [...]

Tex-Mex Pizza

By Kelly Bogard Tex-Mex is a way of life here in Texas. I can't think of many times I have gone more than a few days without having a taco, enchilada or at least chips and salsa. But I like to mix things up, too. Keeps my family on their toes! If I tell them [...]

5 facts to know about family farms

By Landee Kieschnick When I think of a family farm, hard work, nurturing and compassion come to mind. And, of course, lots of dirt. All of these describe not just my 100-year-old family farm, but the 2.1 million farms and ranches in the United States. Yet there’s a growing disconnect from agriculture. Two, three and [...]

Back to Basics: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

By Kelly Bogard Salad dressing. It's a pretty common staple in my house and probably in yours, too. But each of us likes something a little bit different. And there is plenty to choose from at the grocery store. Different brands, flavors, amounts and more. Things have certainly changed from when I was a child! [...]

Do potatoes grow on trees?

By Jessica Domel Have you ever had a moment that made you stop, think and shake the cobwebs out of your mind before answering? As a farm girl, I frequently have those moments. You see, people like to ask me questions about where their food comes from. And I love to answer. Normally, the answers [...]

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

By Kelly Bogard "Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty state!" I have had the lyrics to this song, by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright, running through my head for a few weeks now. Ever since our intern, Landee, suggested I make this week's recipe for Texas Independence Day. March 2 is the [...]