Why Eat A Colorful Diet?

Spring and gardening season are ahead, and I reminisced about a conversation I had with my daughter several years ago. “Mom, I’m growing corn, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkin and cabbage in my garden. Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are good for my pet,” my then-7-year-old daughter said as she showed me her computer game in our home…
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Spring’s Coming Someday – Nutrition Month Has Arrived

Last week someone ran by me in Fargo wearing shorts. I thought I might be hallucinating. No one was chasing this person, so I figured he was running to have fun. The temperature wasn’t exactly “balmy”  but after a long winter, any temperature above freezing is quite warm. Weather changes quickly in North Dakota. As…
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Chocolate: Friend Or Foe?

“Mama, a few chocolate chips, please!” my daughter requested.  She was about 3 at the time. “Did you have a rough day at preschool?” I asked. She gave me a puzzled look and held out her hand. I grabbed a bowl and added some chips. I didn’t want melted chocolate from her hands on the…
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Not Like Grandma’s: Today’s Pressure Cookers

I have been leery of pressure cookers most of my life. Like many people of my generation, I grew up eating lots of soups and stews prepared in our family’s pressure cooker. When I heard the sound of the jiggling weighted gauge and the soft hiss of steam escaping, I knew that dinner was going…
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Celebrate Heart Health With A Heart-Healthy Breakfast

My daughter spotted a canister with a large, red heart on it as she explored our pantry for an appealing breakfast. She was 9 at the time. “Mom, I’d like oatmeal for breakfast,” she said. “Of course you can have oatmeal,” I said, happy to oblige. I showed her how to make oatmeal quickly in…
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