Collage of three photos: hands holding compost, a family looking at items in a grocery store, and a plate with the words “Meal Plan”.

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Food Waste

— By Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food waste is a significant concern, with an estimated one-third of all food produced in the United States ending up in landfills. That’s 33% of the food produced! In the United States, food is plentiful, but many people lack financial resources and this […]

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Using An Atmospheric Steam Canner Safely

— By Kate McCarty, Food Systems Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Home canners will be interested to learn that there’s another type of canner recommended for preserving high-acid foods at home. An atmospheric steam canner, an appliance designed to preserve foods using steam, has been sufficiently tested by the University of Wisconsin, National Center […]

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Hooked On Health: Food Safety Tips for Ice Fishing Season

 — By Kayla Parsons, RDN, PhD Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Ask any avid fisherman about their favorite winter activity and you’re guaranteed to hear, “There’s nothing like spending a day out on the ice.” Ice fishing can be an active and rewarding way to embrace Maine’s chilly weather, not to mention the proud […]

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Mainely Dish: Kale and White Bean Soup

— 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 Kale and White Bean Soup recipe and recipe video. We all know that winter in Maine is the perfect time for soup season, and making your […]

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Mainely Dish: Roasted Vegetables

— By Kayla Parsons, RDN and PhD Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension It’s hard to beat the aromatic smell of vegetables roasting, while you’re enjoying a cozy day inside during Maine’s cold winter. EFNEP’s Mainely Dish: Roasted Vegetables Recipe is an easy way to accomplish that sense of warmth, resulting in an appetizing side […]

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Ask EFNEP: Staying Active in the Winter

— By Mikaela Greenwald, EFNEP Community Education Assistant – York County, ME This blog entry is part of our “Ask EFNEP” blog posts, 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 Mikaela Greenwald. Mikaela […]

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How to Build a Healthy Charcuterie Board for the Holidays

— By Kayla Parsons, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Ph.D. Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Heading to a holiday party, but not sure what to bring? Everyone loves a well-assembled charcuterie board (pronounced: shaar-koot-tr-ee). While charcuterie traditionally refers to the preparation of cured meats, the term is frequently used to describe snack trays and plates […]

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7 Ways to Support Local Food Pantries

— Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food pantries and community organizations play a role in improving the food and nutrition security of Mainers. Donating to these organizations through individual and group efforts is a way to help make a positive impact in the areas where you live. Before you donate or […]

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

— Spoonful Bloggers With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it can be stressful choosing what dishes to make for family and friends. Whether it’s a potluck with friends or a traditional family gathering, the Spoonful blog team is here to help with some of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Enjoy! Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Kayla […]

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