State accountable for speed limits

Recently, Danny Watkins of Alto received a speeding ticket while traveling through Elida. He complained in a letter to the editor that Elida is, “…a speed trap” and that Elida’s police officers should, “…concentrate on enforcing the law.” That’s precisely what they do. Elida has two certified police officers to enforce laws, but their primary […]

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 […]

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, […]

Food at the speed of life: Doughnuts ultimate treat

D oughnuts: delicious sugar-and- fat bombs with a siren song. They pop up at work, meetings, church, etc., and I have trouble turning them down. Somebody once told me his eating habits were healthy until he was around doughnuts on Saturday. I admitted to also having the doughnut weakness. “Oh, they know your name, too?” […]

Police determine speed, inattention factors in wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Micheal Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in 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 […]

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 […]

Food at the speed of life: Cake has fewer calories

German chocolate cake is great low-fat. Really. I was skeptical when a friend first offered me a piece of her low-fat, reduced-sugar German chocolate cake about a year ago. It’s a good thing I tried it, though. The cake is chocolatey, moist and light. It doesn’t sit like a rock in your stomach for hours, […]

Food at the speed of life: Noodles help family bond

My sister-in-law, Ashley, and I seem to be developing a fettuccine tradition. Over the holidays the last two years, we’ve made chicken-vegetable fettuccine alfredo together. It wasn’t planned either year. With Ashley and Eric being married less than a year and us living far apart and being busy, I’m still getting to know my sister-in-law. […]

Food at the speed of life: Let there be peas on Earth

My family’s New Year’s Day dinner is required to include black-eyed peas, for luck. (I think the tradition followed us from Texas.) I put a lot more faith in Providence than luck, but I like fun traditions and my dad’s black-eyed peas. My family used to grow black-eyed peas in our garden and shell them […]

Letters to the editor: Speeding getting out of control

I have recently moved to Clovis and generally really like this town. I do have one concern though. In the past six months, I have observed a real speed-demon mentality around here. It’s mostly people in their hotrod trucks with loud, modified exhaust systems, but also includes drivers of Harley motorcycles on occasion, and drivers […]

Food at the speed of life: Ingredients give sandwich unique taste

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If you’re looking for a change from the ol’ ham and cheese, I have a sandwich with a unique flavor for you. A globe-trotting free spirit of a guy introduced me to a couple of sandwich ideas that I combined for the following: “The Hawke” • 1/2 to 1/4 of an avocado, sliced • 1/2 […]

Food at the speed of life: Plenty of options for leftover turkey

It’s the traditional post-Thanksgiving question: What do I do with all that leftover turkey? In an effort to help answer that, I’ve collected a few ideas from other people: • Green chile turkey enchiladas • Turkey and dumplings • Turkey casserole • Turkey gumbo • White chili (with white beans and turkey) • Turkey salad […]

Food at the speed of life: Thankful for rain of chocolate chips

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On Thanksgiving, I have to say I’m thankful for those irreplaceable things in my life: the love of God and redemption from Christ, the warmth and companionship of friends and family, good health, food in my belly, a roof over my head, living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. […]

Food at the speed of life: Pumpkin bread light, tasty

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Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a pretty guilt-free […]

Food at the speed of life: Spreads liven up sandwiches

Non-traditional spreads take sandwiches to a new level. These ideas are healthy, as long as you use those with olive oil or avocado in moderation. • Basil pesto. This paste is traditionally made of fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan or Romano cheese and pine nuts. It’s good on a grilled muenster cheese sandwich. • […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe may have you back for seconds

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Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: • First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. • Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]