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  • Is it done yet?

    When you are cooking different types of food, especially meats, do you have a hard time deciding if it’s done yet? Everyone is at risk for a foodborne illness. One effective way to prevent illness is to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat, poultry, and egg dishes.

  • Privileged to be thankful

    When we were kids we all learned about the first Thanksgiving in 1621, where the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. If you’re from LaRue County, you probably know that the first nation-wide Thanksgiving Day was declared in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, but you might not know about the lady that made this national holiday happen.

  • Senator Meredith’s legislative update

    The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort.

  • Kentucky Virtual Library: For students, professionals, and the average Joe

    If someone asked me what Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is, it would be a hard question to answer. I could say it’s a free resource offered by our library. That’s true, but this would be inadequate to explain the scope and depth of KYVL. That is what I will attempt to explain to you in this article because, once I do, you will more than likely find something useful to you personally.

  • Cauliflower: A versatile veggie

    Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable, you can eat it fresh or lightly steamed in salads or cooked it can even substitute for mashed potatoes. Cauliflower is packed full of nutrients and has very few calories. In fact, a half-cup serving of cauliflower contains an entire day’s dose of vitamin C and only 25 calories. Cauliflower also provides 10 percent of your daily folate needs and 8 percent of your dietary fiber requirements. It is very low in sodium and has no fat or cholesterol.

  • (Re)learning Rules of the Road

    Last week I got a parking ticket. This drives me crazy, not because I don’t agree with the law—I do—but it’s impossible to follow a law you don’t know.

    Back up for a second, here’s what happened. We had visitors at our house and the driveway was full, so I parked our car over on a nice, quiet side street in our subdivision. Back where I’m from, this would be a perfect parking spot. So how did that piece of paper end up on my windshield?

  • Scouting in my day

      There’s something you may not know about me. 

  • The many varieties of winter squash

    Winter squash come in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They don’t have any fats and can be prepared sweet or savory. The different varieties of winter squash may be substituted for each other in many recipes.

    Acorn squash are small, round and shaped like an acorn. They are a great all-around squash. They have a moist, sweet, tender flesh. Acorn squash are great for baking, roasting, steaming and sautéing.

  • A struggle for most calorie density and weight control

     Most people eat until they feel satisfied or full, and this is why portion control can be very hard to conquer for weight loss. To lose weight without chronic hunger, you need to choose foods that will make you fill full without being very high in calories. This is also referred to as choosing foods with low calorie density.

  • Prime Time Family Reading coming to LaRue Co. library

    How many of you, while your children were young, had a short bedtime story to help the kiddos wind down at the end of the day? If you were fortunate, it worked well enough to cause your children to develop an appreciation for reading.