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Green bean salad

Fresh from the Garden: How to Enjoy Green Beans

— By Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Green and yellow snap beans are a common garden crop in Maine. While bush and pole beans are easy to grow for new home gardeners, it can be overwhelming if your crop is ready to pick at the same time. Pick your beans when […]

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Red and yellow petals.

Growing Peppers, Mild to Hot!

— By Kayla Parsons, RDN, PhD Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Peppers are a wonderful flavor booster for any recipe, especially the Homemade Salsa Recipe and Vegetarian Chili that can be found on EFNEP’s recipe website. As the weather starts getting warmer, I love to spend evenings grilling kabobs with green peppers, mushrooms, and […]

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Ask Spoonful: Get Up and Go! Our Favorite Ways to Be Active

— By Spoonful Bloggers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension There are many benefits to incorporating movement and physical activity into our lives. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults who do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week can see substantial health benefits. That’s about 20 minutes of activity every day […]

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Mainely Dish: Sweet Potato Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

— 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 Sweet Potato Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette recipe and recipe video. This Sweet Potato Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a simple and unique side dish […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

— By Kayla Parsons, RDN, PhD Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 20 adults in the United States are experiencing mental illness, but more than half of those individuals did not receive treatment? There is a need to advocate for an equitable mental […]

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Freeze dried vegetables in jars.

Tips for Freeze Drying at Home

— By Kate McCarty, Food System Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Freeze drying is becoming a popular method of home food preservation as freeze dryers designed for home use are becoming more widely available. Most foods can be freeze dried, from fruits and vegetables to proteins and complete meals. Freeze drying removes up to […]

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Fresh vegetables for cooking dinner near mobile phone.

Is a Tomato a Fruit or a Vegetable?

— By Laurie Colton, EFNEP Community Education Assistant in Northern Aroostook County, University of Maine Cooperative Extension This blog post is a part 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. Question: Is a […]

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Broken egg

Take it from Us … Kitchen Mistakes Happen!

— By Spoonful Bloggers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension As food and nutrition bloggers we’ve got years of experience in the kitchen, and plenty of examples of mistakes we’ve made along the way! Read on for our “tell-all” kitchen mistakes and tips to avoid them in your own kitchen. Doing the Math Wrong – Alex […]

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Piece of spinach-rice casserole on a plate with a baking dish in the background

Mainely Dish: Spinach-Rice Casserole

— 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-Rice Casserole recipe and recipe video. Casserole recipes are great because usually, all you have to do is add all the ingredients in a casserole dish […]

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Top View of Omelette on Iron Cast Pans.

Cast Iron Basics: How to Clean, Season, and Maintain Your Cast Iron Pan

— By Alex Bosse, Nutrition Education Professional for UMaine Cooperative Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) For most of my life, I avoided using cast iron pans. Why use a cast iron pan, when you could just use stainless-steel, non-stick, or any other pan where the steps are so much simpler: cook, clean, […]

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