McGee: Conversations with insects best kept to yourself

By Grant McGee: CMI columnist It was early morning. The sunrise was still two hours away. I shuffled into the kitchen, flipped on the light and there was a cockroach skittering around in the sink. I stared at it. “Well good morning,” I said, pondering the roach. “I’ve decided you’re going to be the first […]

Quick crafts featured on show

Information on some quick and easy crafts, creating texture using a special paper, and using essential oils in the kitchen will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Jann Johnson is a designer and crafter, and she will share some quick and easy […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

Dogs have place in kitchen

When I acquired a dog in March, I was pleased he didn’t beg. When I ate or cooked, Caesar slept or watched me. Then came the night of the Fateful Bread Bite. While snacking on bread in the kitchen — by which I mean “corner of the living room with appliances” — I threw a […]

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 […]

Eliminating kitchen clutter featured on show

Information on eliminating kitchen clutter, reinventing yourself and making a pillow headboard will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kathryn Porter is an author and speaker who has coined a phrase she calls “clutternomics.” She’ll tell ways to tackle that clutter that accumulates in the kitchen […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Albuquerque’s Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night at the Clovis Civic Center as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic […]

Food at the speed of life: Family encourages creativity in kitchen

Local dairywoman Michelle Heavyside told me she and her children filmed a cooking segment in New York for Borden Cheese recently. That sounded like a little local prestige, and, well, it involved food, so I watched the segment online. Michelle, her son, Hatcher, and her daughter, Grace, are in the kitchen with Barbara Beery, a […]

Knitted, crocheted mini purses featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on making knitted and crocheted mini purses, changing wreath decorations and new and unusual kitchen tools will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group in Antioch, Tenn., and she’s going to show how to use a new rotary […]

Thursday morning briefing: Baking tips, women’s sports and a on-air psychologist

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Kitchen tip of the week Be sure to place the item you’re baking in the center of the oven — not too close to the front or too close to the back. Also, make certain to place the item vertically in the center of […]

Food at the speed of life: Kitchen crises can’t always be avoided

My Jeff Davis pie escapade proves cooking isn’t an exact science. Joe Blair of Portales wanted me to make the pie, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I chose a recipe from allrecipes.com. The pie is mainly sugar, butter, milk and eggs flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It has a definite egg […]

Food at the speed of life: Patience essential ingredient in kitchen

A 1910 Roosevelt County Herald mentions the Portales Woman’s Club eating “grape whip and cake.” Editor David Stevens found the article and suggested a column. I’d never heard of grape whip. I found two recipes online and chose one from a 1964 Ottawa Citizen newspaper. To start, I heated grape juice too much — due […]

Wine pairing featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on decorating gift baskets, updating the kitchen and pairing wine and food will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Ava Green will show how to decorate and customize gift baskets, which are great for any occasion. Her company is Terri’s Yarns […]

War on rodent not without carnage

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]

A family affair

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Aaron Belcher and his mother Glenda Belcher crack jokes over the stove as they cook spaghetti together for dinner in their Melrose home. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico By Thomas Garcia Freedom New Mexico Like many area families, cooking up a feast or making treats in the kitchen is […]

Volunteers make annual dinner possible

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Amber Lease, left, and Kevin Lamere, right, spent Thursday afternoon cleaning up after a Thanksgiving meal at the Lighthouse Mission kitchen. Lamere said he wanted to do something different on Thanksgiving so he called up the mission to volunteer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Kevin Lamere, 27, said he […]

Kitchen fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis firefighter works to ventilate a home where a kitchen fired occurred around noon Thursday. CNJ staff A kitchen fire resulted in heavy smoke and fire damage Thursday at a home at 205 West Plaza, according to fire officials. Firefighter Bill Baca said firefighters arrived at noon and had […]

New home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laurie Kennedy fights back tears Saturday as she holds up her certificate of occupancy after she was presented with keys to her new house built by Habitat for Humanity. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two […]

Commissaries kick off educational campaign

FORT LEE, Va. – With a fresh academic year under way, students of every age can add “check out library books and discover new ideas” to their “to do” list. If you’re an authorized commissary shopper, you can add “check out DeCA’s Web site” and “Discover Your Benefit” to the list. While students are marking […]

A rodent’s tale and the price of peace

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist My wife is a very patient woman. That must be obvious—she married me. And, four sons later, a mother either learns patience or she doesn’t survive.   My wife is able to take almost anything in stride. When she was appointed as our town’s municipal judge, and I gave […]