Food at the speed of life: Bananas can be versatile

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I love bananas. They’re cheap, sweet and healthy, and they come in individual packages (a.k.a.. peels.) Plus, there are tons of things you can do with them: Eat them plain, put them on cereal, use them as a fat substitute in baked goods, stick them in peanut butter sandwiches, etc. My favorite way to eat […]

Food at the speed of life: Instant isn’t always bad for you

Eating out of cans and boxes isn’t gourmet dining, but sometimes time demands precedence. Processed food isn’t high on the nutritionist’s list of best things to eat, but my inexpert opinion is that with a little label-reading, it’s not a bad occasional option. I keep cans of soup on hand for unexpected time deficits, since […]

Environment department receiving reports of health inspector impersonator

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department said Tuesday it has received multiple reports from food establishments of individuals impersonating health inspectors and requiring cash payment for inspections and other materials. According to a release from the NMED, the individuals often call the food establishment, provide names and inspector identification numbers and require a […]

Food at the speed of life: Spicy shrimp has Creole touch

I f you like spicy food and shrimp, here’s a dish for you. I found a healthy, tasty recipe in Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers’ “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook.

Ticket feature: Our Lady of Guadalupe fiesta gears up for weekend

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File photo The Our Lady of Gualdalupe annual fiesta will take place this weekend at 108 North Davis. The three-day event will feature live music, food, games a car show and more. Freedom New Mexico With an emphasis on community, the traditional Fiesta at Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place this weekend. Offering food, […]

Food at the speed of life: Pasta salad tangy, healthy

When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, too. Mom […]

Food at the speed of life: Some recipes can’t be shared

A generations-old Italian spaghetti sauce recipe? I’m interested. Local wildlife expert Tony Gennaro gave me a sample of spaghetti sauce from the recipe his grandmother brought from Italy. Tony’s mother made spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs every Sunday. As a high school junior, he asked to learn the recipe. While his mother made the […]

Kite Karnival scheduled

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will be hosting its annual Kite Karnival April 30 at Doc Stewart Park. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event is expected to offer games, food and kite-flying demonstrations. Information: 784-6381

AgSense: Technology helps make food safe, affordable

“Food insecurity” is a phrase I have been hearing a lot lately. Growing up in a post World War II era in Holland, I have heard the stories about food insecurity first hand, and the effects it has on society. Much of the political unrest currently sweeping through Middle Eastern countries seems to be the […]

Food at the speed of life: Tea soothing after taxing day

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I’ve become a fan of hot tea and an occasional coffee drinker. It was caffeine that drove me to it. In college, I had a 7:30 a.m. class, and getting up that early after a typical late night, I needed something to keep from nodding off in my next class. I turned to tea. Later, […]

Business digest — March 29

Food drive being held Curves of Clovis is sponsoring a food drive to collect non-perishable items and cash to support the local food bank during the month of April. From April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate $30 or the equivalent, according to a press release. Existing gym members […]

Food at the speed of life: Grilled cheese gamble pays off

Grilled cheese and grape jelly sandwiches are a favorite of ENMU Assistant Professor of Communication Patti Dobson. When she told me about the sandwich via Facebook, it sounded so wacky I had to try it. (Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s yet to damage this cook.) “I’m not sure where the idea came […]

Grant McGee: Wife would make great food critic

The Lady of the House needs to get a job as a food critic. This dawned on me on our recent vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast. We had been driving all day and were driving through the central Texas night when a sign lit up the darkness: “BEST BAR-B-Q AHEAD.” The Lady of the […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

Food at the speed of life: Perfection not required

I ’m not sure I know what half the recipes I try are actually supposed to taste like. I often tweak recipes to make them easier or healthier … Or I realize at an inconvenient time I don’t have an ingredient. But by and large, food is flexible if you are. Awhile back, a soup […]

Food at the speed of life: Taco soup works when in a pinch

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When my Saturday went a little haywire, I needed quick food. Taco soup was my solution. I’ve modified a recipe from my aunt JoNell to suit my own tastes and schedule. You dump ingredients out of cans into the same pot, it tastes good and it’s low-fat. Taco soup • 2 medium cans diced tomatoes […]

Food at the speed of life: Rice recipe good, simple

Who’s for pork and rice? Clovis News Journal Classified Advertising Manager Leslie Nagy passed along a recipe she remembers her mother making when she was a girl. “As a kid, this was always a ‘feel good’ food,” Leslie said in an e-mail. “As an adult, it is the only kind of rice my 17-year-old daughter […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

Education column: Food program aims to build foundation for culinary careers

If you ever happen to wander down the halls in A Building at Clovis High School, I have to warn you it’s a risky business at certain times of the day. Often, the most delectable aromas are emanating from the food lab. The lab is an oversized, fully equipped, professional kitchen shared by teachers in […]