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Perennials live to grow another year

Madelyn Meier Nebraska News Service With the 20 below-freezing temperatures that swept Nebraska this winter, most gardeners had a concern: if previously planted perennials would grow this year. For plant lovers and gardeners alike, the snow layers...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    March 11, 2021

It's St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate with traditional foods, green treats

March 17 is just a week away so it's time to get ready for St. Patrick's Day. But first a bit of history (thanks history.com): St. Patrick's Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    March 4, 2021

Fish fry Fridays

Like most people, I'm guessing, I know that Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent. (For the record, I'm Methodist.) And like most people, I'm also guessing, I never really stopped to think...

 

Take chocolate to new heights for Valentine's Day

When you think of Valentine's Day treats, chocolate is usually at the top of the list. But this year, skip the fancy box from the store and make your own chocolate treats. From breakfast to dessert, c...

 

Let them eat cake

I have no idea who invented chocolate cake, but I'm sure glad they did! Cake itself makes life better, but whoever decided to make it with chocolate deserves some kind of honor. In poking around...

 

Rise and Shine

I know all too well how easy it is to either: 1) skip breakfast, or 2) grab something on the run that isn't exactly the most nutritious food in the world. When I do make time for breakfast, I have a...

 

Holiday pies

I have a confession to make: I’ve never really learned how to make pie crust. In fact, most of the pies I’ve served in my life have a connection to Pillsbury, Mrs. Smith or the bakery department f...

 

Thanksgiving is over. Now what?

All that planning. All those lists. All that grocery shopping. All that prep. All that cooking. And now Thanksgiving dinner is done and you're looking at all those leftovers. Well, you are if you're...

 

Thanksgiving memories: Some good, others ... not so much

Growing up, Thanksgiving was pretty laid back in my house. As I've mentioned before, I grew up in Oshkosh, but both of my parents were born and raised near Valentine and that's where most of their fam...

 

Winter squash a versatile veggie

TERRI HAHN When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was acorn. That little green thing that showed up every fall and mom baked with butter and brown sugar. It was pretty good and I still bake...

 

Scary good treats

Halloween cookies With fall comes cooler weather and with cooler weather comes the season to bake. And what could be better than counting down the days to Halloween this weekend with holiday-themed...

 

Onion harvest and storage tips

Kelly Feehan - Extension Educator The vegetable garden season is winding down with final harvests and preparing vegetables for storage. Green tomatoes will ripen off the vine, but the fruit must have reached the mature green stage. To determine if...

 

October the time to celebrate popcorn

I remember a story my mom used to tell about her coworker, Opal, and Opal's two little boys. One night, Opal asked the boys what they wanted for supper. One of the boys, about 4 or 5 years old,...

 

Add zip and zest to any meal

National Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots going back to 1968, is a period, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans...

 

Traditional fare popular for Labor Day gatherings

It’s been a weird summer, hasn’t it? Traditional Memorial Day programs were few and far between. Father’s Day was observed with proper “social distancing.” Fourth of July celebrations were...

 

Preserving tomatoes

A couple of weeks ago, a lifelong friend and I took a road trip through Western and North Central Nebraska. We checked out Chimney Rock, the Scotts Bluff National Monument, Toadstool Geologic Park...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    July 30, 2020

Build-your-own sandwiches offer options to satisfy the palate

Sandwiches have come a long way since the bologna-on-white-bread standard fare I used to take to Girl Scout day camp or Vacation Bible School. This past weekend I had two yummy sandwiches from a...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    July 16, 2020

Main-dish salads just right for warmer weather

I love salads. My weekly grocery list always includes "salad mix, lettuce, fruits and veggies." It's a permanent line on the note app I have on my phone where I keep a running list. It doesn't matter...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    June 25, 2020

Add a pop of flavor to a picnic with these potato salad recipes

My mom made the best potato salad ever. Now I know there are many of you reading this who are thinking, "Nope, I/my mom/grandma/Aunt Jane/whomever make the best salad. No question." And that's OK....

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    June 18, 2020

Get ready to barbecue for Father's Day

When you hear the word "barbecue," what's the first thing you think of? Throwing a couple of steaks or burgers on the grill and inviting the family over for a Father's Day cook-out (keeping socially...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    June 11, 2020

Recipes for a hot day

Growing up, homemade ice cream was a special summer treat I always looked forward to. It was special because the only kind of ice cream freezer we had then was the kind you turned with a crank. And...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    June 4, 2020

Summer: the official start to grilling season

Although more and more of us tend to grill all year 'round, May and June have long been tagged as the start of the official grilling season. And with social distancing still the norm, many folks will...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    May 7, 2020

Mother's Day may look different this year

By Terri Hahn With social distancing still the norm and the common sense move of "shelter in place," a big family gathering to celebrate Mom, Grandma and other important women in our lives probably...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    April 30, 2020

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and has become a time to celebrate Mexican culture. While Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of...

 
 By Terri Hahn    Lifestyle    April 23, 2020

Celebrating an American classic

The grilled cheese sandwich. Pretty simple. Pretty straightforward. Take a couple of slices of buttered bread and a slice or two of your favorite cheese and heat it up on a griddle. What could be...

 

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