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Get Ready for Strawberry Season!

To say that I am excited for strawberry picking season is an understatement. I’ve missed out on Maine’s pick-your-own (PYO) strawberry season for the past two years and I can’t wait to get to the fields! If you’re wondering where to find local pick-your-own berries, check out the website to find a listing of […]

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National Salad Month!

Did you know that May is National Salad Month? For most of my life I avoided eating salads, because I thought they were boring and lacked flavor. The idea of eating tomatoes and lettuce with dressing on top was the last thing I ever considered eating. This all changed when I went to a salad […]

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Mainely Dish: Peanut Butter Balls

Looking for a fun, kid-friendly snack? These peanut butter balls are the perfect way to introduce children to cooking and food safety. With only four ingredients (peanut butter, honey, cereal, and non-fat dry milk powder), this filling snack will be sure to satisfy all ages. Allergic to peanuts? No need to worry, any nut or […]

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Mainely Dish: Carrot Pie

Happy International Carrot Day! Do you know all of the benefits of adding this vegetable to your meals? This root vegetable is an excellent source of potassium, antioxidants, and vitamin A, and contains fiber. There are even different antioxidants based on the color of the carrots you eat, so why not mix it up? Carrots […]

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Green smoothie in clear glasses with spinach leaves and green apples on table

6 Tips for Eating Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Whether it’s green drinks, corned beef and cabbage, or festively dyed cookies and treats, there are plenty of delicious traditions to go around on St. Patrick’s Day. While you don’t have to completely remove your favorite higher fat or higher sugar St. Patrick’s Day foods and drinks, there are plenty of ways to add healthy […]

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​​Make Mine REAL Maple Syrup!

There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to enjoy the true New England flavor of real maple syrup. Having grown up in Vermont, I have a true affinity for real maple syrup and cannot be fooled by substitutes. The arrival of maple cream, maple sugar candy, or maple syrup is […]

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Two yogurt fruit parfaits with raspberries and blueberries in clear jars

10 Heart Healthy Snacks

February is a month known for sweet treats, flowers, and hearts, so what better time to talk about heart healthy snacks. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has developed resources to help you celebrate American Heart Month.  Heart healthy foods can help you prevent heart disease and are part of MyPlate recommendations. Foods like […]

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Saving Money on Food for the New Year

This blog post is the second of our “Ask EFNEP” series where members of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) answer questions they are asked when delivering food and nutrition programs. This question was answered by Brenda Bracy. Brenda has worked with EFNEP in Cumberland County for the past 25 years. […]

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Reducing Fat & Sugar in Holiday Baking

Some of my favorite holiday memories involve baking in the kitchen with family.  Whether it’s the aroma of my grandmother’s gingerbread cookies permeating the house or the mouth watering pecan pie my aunt makes every year, there are plenty of holiday sweets to go around. With the barrage of holiday treats during the holiday season, […]

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Gifts from the Kitchen

Are you looking for fun gifts to share this holiday season? Homemade food gifts are inexpensive and fun ways to get the whole family involved with healthy and delicious gift giving. UMaine Cooperative Extension staff have created recipes and gift tags for you to create your own Gifts From the Kitchen. A couple of my […]

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