acorn squash soup with bacon and corn bread in the background

It’s Soup Time!

— By Patty Neal, UMaine Dietetic Intern and Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator ‘Tis the season to enjoy a hot bowl of soup or stew! What is the difference between a soup and a stew anyways? Technically it depends on the base and cooking times. Soup usually has a thin liquid base and cooks in 30 minutes […]

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variety of canned vegetables

Canned Foods CAN Be Healthy

— By Patty Neal, UMaine Dietetic Intern and Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator I am sure you are thinking, “Wait, I thought canned food wasn’t healthy.” Canned foods are in fact healthy. Canned fruits, vegetables, beans, poultry, and fish are low-calorie foods that are rich in nutrients.  What do the experts say? Canned foods keep their […]

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

— By Debbie Barnett, EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties – University of Maine Cooperative Extension If you are like me, the thought of having guests over for Thanksgiving, or any big occasion, can be stressful and time consuming. Questions like, How many people will be coming? How will I decorate? And […]

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Apple Season and Baking

— By Danielle Breunig, University of Maine Dietetic Intern  Apple picking is now in season. Everyone that goes apple picking eats the apples they pick. Have you ever wondered what type of apple you’re eating or what apple is best for baking a pie? If so, this post will cover everything about apples, from apple varieties […]

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A group of children having lunch in a cafeteria

Psst….Maine School Meals for All! Help Spread the Word!

— By Danielle Breunig, University of Maine Dietetic Intern  Help spread the word to neighbors, family, and friends that Maine is working to end hunger by providing free meals for all school students. Nutrition insecurity is a problem in not only Maine but around the country. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) helps address nutrition insecurity […]

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Healthy Camping & Hiking Tips

— By Alex Bosse, Nutrition Education Professional, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP) Youth Curriculum Coordinator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties As a relatively new resident of Maine, I’m always finding ways to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty the state has to offer. Whether it is camping, backpacking, […]

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Confetti Yogurt Pops

Mainely Dish: Confetti Yogurt Pops

Looking for a tasty and refreshing snack, without the excess sugar? Try out our Confetti Yogurt Pops. These frozen treats are sweet, savory, and easy to make – the perfect trifecta for a snack on a hot summer day. This recipe is a great way to use in-season berries during the summer to avoid food […]

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Vegetable display at a farmers market

Mainely Dish: Garden Skillet Sizzle

There’s something so comforting about walking into a kitchen and being greeted with the smell of vegetables sautéing on the stove. This recipe revamps the concept of salad, with the addition of some heat and in-season vegetables, including squash and zucchini. Buying in-season produce has many benefits, including reducing your food costs! This is especially […]

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Whole and cut strawberries on a wooden cutting board

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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massaged kale salad in a wooden salad bowl

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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