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Oktoberfest is a German celebration that begins in late September and continues into the first week of October. The first Oktoberfest took place as part of the wedding reception for Bavarian Crown … more
After a delicious holiday meal, there’s a good chance guests will be looking forward to a sweet treat. Many families have their go-to desserts on special occasions, but holiday meals can be … more
Summer has returned this week and it's going to be HOT!  The last thing you want to do on a hot day is cook but you have to eat, so eat light and for dessert, try this no bake cheesecake kind of … more
Many people know someone who loves spending lots of time in the kitchen. Certain home cooks may enjoy whipping up favorite recipes, while others might get excited about experimenting with new flavors … more
Some like it hot, take peppers for instance, they prefer the hot summer temps and have given me a huge crop. So, what do you do with a ton of peppers? I slice some and freeze them for winter soups … more
It's August now, which means that the garden is finally giving me tomatoes and the corn is showing its tassels, and it's time to start thinking about where next year's garlic is going to go in the … more
Few things are more satisfying than biting into a fresh tomato right from the garden or seasoning a meal with herbs picked from a windowsill greenhouse. Restaurants recognize the value of such … more
Bring your family and friends out to the market this Saturday for a fantastic hot dog served up from one of our young entrepreneurs who will be making his debut. Thirteen year old Silas Stevens, … more
Stop by and get in on the garden goodness! Cucumbers, beets, summer squash, vine ripe tomatoes, some green tomatoes as well, bell peppers, green beans, chard, eggs. Each Saturday brings something … more
Air fryers have emerged as must-have items in recent years. Air fryers flew off the shelves during the 2020 holiday season, and that popularity hasn’t waned in the ensuing months. Air fryers … more
July is always hot like a firecracker and I'm sure you've stuck your head in the freezer at least once in your lifetime to cool off.  But, either way, go peek in your freezer to see if you have … more
People may choose a vegan diet for all kinds of reasons. Whether primarily for the interest of personal health, environmental sustainability, animal rights, or other causes, becoming a full or … more
Peaches are a summertime staple. This sweet fruit is at home in desserts, salads, on top of cereals, and all on its own. Peaches thrive in warm climates with lots of sunlight. Peaches are native to … more
A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, … 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
I recently had occasion to remember a friend who died unexpectedly last August in the best possible way:with music, camaraderie and, of course, food. Sarah loved food. Everything about the memorial … more
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
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