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With Memorial Day coming up next Monday, I've got barbecues and rivers on the mind. Makes it pretty hard to come up with food ideas, which really puts me in a pickle, because it makes it hard to plan … more
Well foodies, I've been writing this feature for 7 years now! I've interviewed many of our locals, some famous for writing a book, feeding the homeless, or supporting their families by selling their … more
We’re back at my cookbook shelf this week and I chose one of my oldest cookbooks, one I found at a yard sale. “A Calendar of Dinners” by Marion Harris Neil dates back to 1913 and is … more
A free-of-charge “Eating Smart and Being Active” class will be held 9 a.m. Fridays at the West Plains Senior Center, 402 E. Main St.Call 417-256-4055 for more information. more
I don't know how I ever lived without the internet. So much knowledge at our fingertips, it's pretty amazing! Recently while I was on Facebook, a post from a group I'm in, “Growing up in … more
I confess, I’m new to this chicken tending business. I was kind of thrust into it last fall when a rooster ran out toward my truck late one Friday night, and a couple of kind, young strangers … more
The West Plains Senior Center, 416 E. Main St., is hosting free “Eating Smart & Being Active” classes each Friday. Classes are held at 9 a.m. Call Administrator Joy Hays-Pace, … more
I am surprised with each new interview at how many homesteaders/farmers/producers we have in our community, especially all the new ones in the last year or so. Meet the newest vendor at the … more
Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food. Floodwater often contains sewage … more
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open.  The program is … more
I love magazines about the same as I love coffee, what a perfect pair! But did you know that Missouri was once the coffee capital of the world?  While going through some old magazines I … more
There is no place more beautiful in the spring than our Ozarks! As Outdoors page columnist Chris Herbolsheimer advises in his column, "The Plains West of Thomasville,” get out and enjoy our … more
We’re about to move on to the next farm family, but before we get into that, I had to look up the difference between a homestead and farmstead, because I wasn't certain.  Both have … more
Since April 2020, Ozarks Food Harvest has provided a record-breaking 22 million meals to its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations, making it the largest COVID-19-related donor to charities in … more
Warming spring weather brings nature to life with trees, shrubs and bulbs sending out their spring flowers. It also prompts the popping up of another spring favorite for many Missourians – … more
I'm digging for gold again this week, and the “Go Farm” Farmer's Market is a gold mine of foodies to share!  Meet this week's neighbors, Miriam and Bernie Montalvo of Rustic … more
I don't know which takes my attention most or which I enjoy most: cooking, gardening or sewing. Of course gardening in summer and spring fills my time, leaving my house looking like a disaster; … more
I hope you didn't forget to "spring forward" with your clock on Sunday, or you were probably late for worship. I'm not a fan of daylight saving time but will have to abide by it. I recently had a … more
It's been about a year now since COVID-19 took over our lives and changed them in so many ways. But, for some, it's been a good change. Meet this week's neighbors, a mother-and-son team who bake … more
This week I am going to begin by sharing with you a recipe I requested. Recently while visiting, by telephone, with my granddaughter Heather, who lives in Springfield, she said she was making … more
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