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November, 2015

  • 24 November

    Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

    BY KIM HUGHES – Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter – it’s always a possibility.  There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home and in your car. Avoid dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended. Check the antifreeze level. Keep the gas tank near ...

  • 18 November

    Closing Your Decorative Pond for Winter

    BY KIM HUGHES – When the leaves start falling and the air turns crisp, it’s time to prepare your outdoor water feature for winter. A few steps this fall will save you time and money next spring. Continue to keep the pond free of leaves and plant debris. Loose vegetation left in the pond will break down over the winter ...

  • 12 November

    Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner

    BY KIM HUGHES – The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year.  Getting it just right, especially the turkey brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issues specific food safety recommendations on how to properly ...

  • 4 November

    How About a Healthy Lunch for Only $3.00?

    BY KIM HUGHES – Every year as finances get tighter, people and businesses are looking for ways of saving money and stretching what money they do have to make ends meet.  Did you know if you are 60 years old or older, you can get a healthy meal at the Mena/Polk County Senior Center for only a suggested donation of ...

October, 2015

  • 28 October

    Freezing Fall Vegetables

    BY KIM HUGHES – Hearty vegetables from fall and winter gardens can’t all be canned. You can still preserve some of these nutritious veggies though, by freezing them.  Before putting fresh veggies into a freezer, be sure you blanch them.   Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It ...

  • 21 October

    Take a Trip Down Apple Lane and Explore Different Varieties

    BY KIM HUGHES – As you stroll through the produce section you’ll notice the many varieties of apples. You might see the ever popular, familiar Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Yellow Delicious. But what about those you might not be familiar with, like the Braeburn, Winesap, Fugi, Rome, or even Jonathon. Apples should be stored in a dry, cool ...

  • 13 October

    “Mrs. Garvan” to Come to Polk County

    BY KIM HUGHES – The Polk County Extension Homemakers have invited Susan Harper of Hot Springs to their Fall Council meeting on Friday, October 23.  Mrs. Harper tells the interesting story of Mrs. Verna Cook Garvan, a long-time resident of southern Arkansas and the founder and benefactress of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  She lived in Malvern as a child and later ...

September, 2015

  • 29 September

    How Much Does Your College Student Know About Food Safety?

    BY KIM HUGHES – As college students are now living on their own, they may have carried a microwave, tabletop grill, mini-fridge, and toaster-oven.  Unfortunately, many do not know the food safety concerns that need to be considered when cooking with these appliances. Most college students eat whenever and whatever is convenient. Even if that means eating pizza from the ...

  • 22 September

    Craft Workshop in October

    How would you like to learn how to make some simple crafts that are fun, creative and attractive?  Plan to attend one of the sessions of a Craft Workshop on October 8, from 6-8 pm, or October 10, from 10am-noon.  The same crafts will be taught both days – we are just giving you the choice of attending the evening or Saturday session. ...

August, 2015

  • 31 August

    Salt by Any Other Name is… Salt

    BY KIM HUGHES – Kosher salt, sea salt and table salt all have the same nutritional value.  They contain at least 97 ½ percent sodium chloride. For the cook’s purposes, however, the difference between salts is in their texture.  Table salt’s fine granules dissolve quickly, making it the preferred salt of bakers.  Sea salt and kosher salt possess larger, irregular ...