Sweet Home New Mexico: Stop, listen to the music

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The 21st century is a fast-paced place. Our entire existence is geared toward getting things done as quickly as possible. High-speed Internet, fast food, drive-thru dry cleaning, and express lanes at the grocery store are a few ways businesses are trying to cater to and keep up with our hurried culture. Red lights, the DMV […]

Food at the speed of life: Interest in food columns surprising

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

Food at the speed of life: Turkey burgers are a healthy alternative

For a healthy change, these turkey burgers with cranberry combine Thanksgiving and summer cookouts. We’re using the recipe from www.tasteofhome.com with permission. Marla Clark of Moriarty submitted the contest-winning recipe to Taste of Home.

Food at the speed of life: Ice cream pie made to be shared

OK, this ice cream pie isn’t especially healthy, but it looks unique and very tasty. It’s also supposed to take only 15 minutes to make, plus time freezing unattended. I recommend finding someone to share the pie with and not making it too often. Again, the recipe is from www.tasteofhome.com and reprinted with permission. From […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

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I f you’re looking for a way to use summer zucchini, here’s an idea for you: Cook it with pork chops. This recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, and we have permission to use it.

Food at the speed of life: Coleslaw has touch of sweetness

A number of versions of coleslaw hang around the recipe boxes of this country, and I found one that’s easy, healthy and has a touch of sweetness. This is another recipe from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook.

Food at the speed of life: Farmers’ market offers fresh ingredients

With farmers’ markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers’ Market at 5 p.m. difficult, but […]

Food at the speed of life: Mango mix works

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I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with strawberries because […]

Food at the speed of life: S’mores have peanut butter twist

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Peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookies and roasted marshmallows rolled into one dessert. I had to try it. This twist on s’mores is a Taste of Home recipe used with permission.

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Food at the speed of life: It's a wrap

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented.

Food at the speed of life: Cereal has twist to it

I ’m a dyed-in-the-wool cereal-fruit- milk-type-of-breakfast person, but Travis Foster of Portales sees it differently. Foster makes a breakfast that’s low in sodium and sugar, and has protein and vegetables. He says if it’s cheap and fast, he eats it.

Food at the speed of life: Food column now features online show

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 in a quarterly newspaper section. 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 filmed demos […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Food at the speed of life: Pumpkin pancakes hearty, healthy

As a pancake fan, I was quite interested in the pumpkin pancakes Lonnie Berry, of Portales Police fame, told me about. They’re simple and healthy. Lonnie was trying out ways to use pumpkin and was pleased with the results of the pancake experiment. He says you can substitute anything for the pumpkin and suggested banana […]

Food at the speed of life: Bananas can be versatile

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. My favorite way to eat […]

Food at the speed of life: Instant isn’t always bad for you

Eating out of cans and boxes isn’t gourmet dining, but sometimes time demands precedence. Processed food isn’t high on the nutritionist’s list of best things to eat, but my inexpert opinion is that with a little label-reading, it’s not a bad occasional option. I keep cans of soup on hand for unexpected time deficits, since […]

Food at the speed of life: Spicy shrimp has Creole touch

I f 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.

Food at the speed of life: Pasta salad tangy, healthy

When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, too. Mom […]