My turn: Plenty to do this weekend

Heritage Days was fun last weekend with its live music, fresh food and lemonade and vintage cars. Call me simplistic but the lemonade was one of my favorite parts. I definitely don’t mind having to attend family events for work. For another family event, check out DairyFest Saturday in Clovis from 4 p.m. to 9 […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Snack to the Future: Healthy treats for our growing kids

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Trae Bodge Snacking not only staves off hunger until the next meal, but it provides much-needed energy for kids. The only problem is that most snacks for kids aren’t very healthy. So what’s a parent to do? Micki Sannar, a world-renowned chef and author of the cookbook Olive Oil Desserts, says that when his kids […]

My turn: Food columnist delves into videos

Argen Duncan My food columnist role has expanded to include “cooking show hostess.” Sort of. Freedom New Mexico has started a parenting section that runs online and as a magazine, The ParentHOOD. I do a monthly online video demonstration of cooking with kids. The first demonstration, “Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas,” is at www.parenthoodnm.com. I’ve also […]

Club notes — May 15

Altrusa International Altrusa International of Clovis held their monthly evening meeting May 9. Hostesses Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, and Narcy Tucker, prepared a wonderful meal. President Kathy Travis, Recording Secretary-Mary Weigl, and past Governor Nancy Taylor updated us on their recent trip to District 10 Conference in Montrose, Colo. Also in attendance were: Judith Glikas, […]

Friday morning briefing: Uh-oh it’s the 13th, cut a ribbon and donate food

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. It’s also Friday the 13th, for those of you who might be superstitious. It’s official The first YMCA for Clovis in more than 30 years officially opens with a ribbon cutting 2 p.m. today at the newly renovated building, 2300 N. Main St. It’s […]

My turn: Bananas good in variety of food

I love bananas. They’re cheap, sweet and healthy, and they come in individual packages (a.k.a. peels.) Plus, there are tons of things you can do with them: Eat them plain, put them on cereal, use them as a fat substitute in baked goods, stick them in peanut butter sandwiches, etc., etc. My favorite way to […]

Their view: States should manage own food programs

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about the government being involved in food programs:

My turn: Shrimp dish has Creole touch

If you like spicy food and shrimp, here’s a dish for you. I found a healthy, tasty recipe in Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers’ “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook. Quick Creole Shrimp 1 pound frozen uncooked, cleaned large shrimp, thawed 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning 1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing 1 clove garlic, minced 1 […]

Kite Karnival scheduled

Cannon Air Force Base will be hosting its annual Kite Karnival April 30 at Doc Stewart Park. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event is expected to offer games, food and kite-flying demonstrations. Information: 784-6381

Grant McGee: Wife would make great food critic

The Lady of the House needs to get a job as a food critic. This dawned on me on our recent vacation to the Texas Gulf Coast. We had been driving all day and were driving through the central Texas night when a sign lit up the darkness: “BEST BAR-B-Q AHEAD.” The Lady of the […]

My turn: Wait, I can explain

There are a couple of disadvantages to being on a diet and watching what you eat. Other people watch for you. I always watch carefully what I eat, and have pretty much given up all fast food … almost. I did find something that I like, and it is really pretty good for you. It […]

Portales past: March 22, 1950

March 22, 1950: The Portales Daily News: The first Rural Electric Administration 1943 food production award in New Mexico will go to J.W. Terry, a member of the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative of Portales. The award was for outstanding use of electricity in food production.

Food safety bill hurts farmers

What will the Food Safety Modernization Act, if put into effect, do to Ms. Obama’s backyard garden? Congress has taken up the issue of food safety because of the headline-grabbing occurrences of, primarily bacterial, outbreaks of disease in fresh meat and produce. With the exception of eggs, most E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks are a […]

My turn: Food can be flexible

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 recipe […]

My turn: Taco soup quick fix

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 with […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Our people: Community provider

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Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working in the community. He continues that today after 21 years running the Summer Food Service Program, which fed […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Sweet suggestions and a day of infamy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Food distribution The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will distribute to clients from 9 a.m. to noon — or as long as supplies last — Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Clients are being asked to bring their own bags for food. […]

Portales past: Dec. 5, 1947

Dec. 5, 1947: The Portales Daily News: A huge van capable of carrying 35,000 to 40,000 pounds was to be used in transporting Portales and Roosevelt County food and clothing to the Navajos on Dec. 14.