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Two rhubarb muffins on a plate with two stalks of rhubarb on the side

Mainely Dish: Rhubarb Muffins

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Rhubarb Muffins recipe and recipe video. Growing up, my grandparents always had a rhubarb plant growing at their camp. I never really knew what it was. […]

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Canning jar lids in a pan on a stove with a red circle with a line through it.

No Need to Preheat Canning Jar Lids

— By Kate McCarty, Food Systems Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Dome lids play an important role in home canning. They, along with a screw band, protect your food from spoilage by creating a vacuum seal that forms during the canning process. So it’s important to prepare and apply dome lids and screw bands […]

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Preserving the Maine Harvest: Low sugar strawberry jam. Photo of strawberries and canned strawberries.

Savor Strawberry Season with Low-Sugar Jam

— By Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension With any luck, the late May frosts haven’t damaged the upcoming, highly anticipated strawberry season in Maine. I live in a town that has an amazing pick-your-own (PYO) strawberry field, and you know it’s open by the volume of cars driving through our small […]

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Leaves of chard

Ask EFNEP: Using Leafy Greens

— By Laurie Colton, EFNEP Community Education Assistant You might often hear, eat your greens! Today I love most greens but I haven’t always. Growing up, the only way I would eat Swiss chard was to mix it in fresh mashed potatoes and butter. I’ve since learned to love leafy greens and if I had […]

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Slice of crustless spinach pie on a plate with a fork

Mainely Dish: Spinach Pie (Crustless)

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Spinach Pie (Crustless) recipe and recipe video. When I am at the grocery store I debate whether or not I am going to purchase a small […]

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Sun rays beaming down on mother and daughter walking in a forest

Moving Matters! Being Active

— By Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Kate Yerxa, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension This is the final blog post in the series focused on being more physically active. Each blog in the series will build on the information in the previous blog post to help you build […]

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Strawberry Dessert

Prebiotics and Probiotics

— By Kayla Parsons, MS, RDN, Ph.D. Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Prebiotics and probiotics play an important role in benefiting our gut health. Gut health refers to the health of our gut microbiome—the bacteria that lines our digestive tract. Some of the types of bacteria in our gut microbiome are good for our […]

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Group fitness class stretching.

Moving Matters! Getting Ready to Move

— By Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Kate Yerxa, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension This is the third in a series of four blog posts focused on being more physically active. Each blog in the series will build on the information in the previous blog post to help […]

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Collage of fiddleheads in colander and fiddlehead ferns in the ground.

Fiddleheads and Food Safety

— By Kathy Savoie, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Fiddleheads—you either love them or don’t want them anywhere near your plate! My family loves them, so we’ve had many spring adventures along riverbanks, streams, and brooks during early May in pursuit of these delicacies. Like all enthusiasts, I can’t reveal my secret place. […]

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Carrot fries.

Mainely Dish: Carrot Fries

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Carrot Fries recipe and recipe video. You might be skeptical about fries that aren’t made from potatoes, but trust me, from someone who also loves potato […]

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