McGee: Conservations with insects best kept to yourself

By Grant McGee: CMI columnist It was early morning. The sunrise was still two hours away. I shuffled into the kitchen, flipped on the light and there was a cockroach skittering around in the sink. I stared at it. “Well good morning,” I said, pondering the roach. “I’ve decided you’re going to be the first […]

Dogs have place in kitchen

When I acquired a dog in March, I was pleased he didn’t beg. When I ate or cooked, Caesar slept or watched me. Then came the night of the Fateful Bread Bite. While snacking on bread in the kitchen — by which I mean “corner of the living room with appliances” — I threw a […]

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 […]

Eliminating kitchen clutter featured on show

Information on eliminating kitchen clutter, reinventing yourself and making a pillow headboard will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kathryn Porter is an author and speaker who has coined a phrase she calls “clutternomics.” She’ll tell ways to tackle that clutter that accumulates in the kitchen […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Based out of Albuquerque, the group features vocalist Hillary Smith, guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist Marcus Casman and Drummer Bill Veitch. Smith is […]

Food at the speed of life: Family encourages creativity in kitchen

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Local dairywoman Michelle Heavyside told me she and her children filmed a cooking segment in New York for Borden Cheese recently. That sounded like a little local prestige, and, well, it involved food, so I watched the segment online. Michelle, her son, Hatcher, and her daughter, Grace, are in the kitchen with Barbara Beery, a […]

Knitted, crocheted mini purses featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on making knitted and crocheted mini purses, changing wreath decorations and new and unusual kitchen tools will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group in Antioch, Tenn., and she’s going to show how to use a new rotary […]

Thursday morning briefing: Baking tips, women’s sports and a on-air psychologist

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Kitchen tip of the week Be sure to place the item you’re baking in the center of the oven — not too close to the front or too close to the back. Also, make certain to place the item vertically in the center of […]

Food at the speed of life: Kitchen crises can’t always be avoided

My Jeff Davis pie escapade proves cooking isn’t an exact science. Joe Blair of Portales wanted me to make the pie, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I chose a recipe from allrecipes.com. The pie is mainly sugar, butter, milk and eggs flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It has a definite egg […]

My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

Food at the speed of life: Patience essential ingredient in kitchen

A 1910 Roosevelt County Herald mentions the Portales Woman’s Club eating “grape whip and cake.” Editor David Stevens found the article and suggested a column. I’d never heard of grape whip. I found two recipes online and chose one from a 1964 Ottawa Citizen newspaper. To start, I heated grape juice too much — due […]

Wine pairing featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on decorating gift baskets, updating the kitchen and pairing wine and food will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Ava Green will show how to decorate and customize gift baskets, which are great for any occasion. Her company is Terri’s Yarns […]

My turn: Even non-chef has kitchen lore to share

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I love good food, but I have neither the time nor the patience to spend a jillion hours in the kitchen. I also want to be able to eat good food without it going straight to my hips, so to speak, but moderate indulgence has its place. And that […]

Household war results in carnage

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]

Go nuts in the kitchen

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on cooking with peanut butter and preparing wild game will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. (All times Mountain) Gayle Stephenson, spokesperson for the Texas Peanut Producers Board in Lubbock, explains that peanut butter has lots more uses than just the famous […]

Habitat for Humanity presents keys to woman’s new home

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two daughters, Ciarra Birch, 12 and Emma Kennedy, 7, were surrounded by friends, family and the volunteers who helped Habitat for Humanity build their house as she was presented with the keys at a dedication […]

Commissaries kick off educational campaign

FORT LEE, Va. – With a fresh academic year under way, students of every age can add “check out library books and discover new ideas” to their “to do” list. If you’re an authorized commissary shopper, you can add “check out DeCA’s Web site” and “Discover Your Benefit” to the list. While students are marking […]

La Hacienda reopens popular location

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After nearly a third of a century as a Mexican food fixture on North Avenue K in Portales, family-owned La Hacienda has moved to the 1001 W First location, where Tastee Freeze and the Wagon Wheel Cafe were formerly located. “We wanted to get on this side of town […]

Forensics dominate day’s testimony

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in her murder trial was known to wear, according to a state crime lab expert’s testimony Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The second day of Richard Baca’s homicide trial was dominated in the […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson said Kitchens […]