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Food Friday: Scrumptious Strawberries

Strawberry picking season is underway and baskets of ripe, red berries are ready and waiting to make delicious spring time goodies. Whether a pie or a salad sounds more appealing, we have a recipe for you. Put your strawberries into a delicious dish to share with your family! Strawberry Sherbet 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/4 cold water 1/2 cup boiling water ... Read More »

Spruce Up Gardens with Annual Color

The onset of spring weather has homeowners excited to get into the yard and garden, anxious to push away the drab colors of winter. Before rushing to the store or digging in, there are several important things to consider. Seeds vs. Transplants Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear said the first decision to make when preparing to plant is whether to ... Read More »

Food Friday: Brighten Up Breakfast

Breakfast — the most important meal of the day! What are you doing to make it delicious? The Auburn Cookbook has lots of breakfast food recipes that will brighten up your workday and weekend mornings, and give your family a healthy start to the day. Blueberry Muffins 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup ... Read More »

Food Friday: Sensational Salads

Warm weather, fresh ingredients and cool meals go hand-in-hand. Are you wondering how to make your meal pop? Add something cool to the table. Try these salads as a side dish, or showcase them as the main course. What’s not to love about a sensational salad? Macaroni Salad 1 cup uncooked macaroni 1 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons prepared mustard ¼ ... Read More »

Crop Outlook: Weather Affects Numbers

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Following a cold, wet winter in most parts of Alabama, producers are stepping back to re-evaluate plans for the growing season. With planting delayed in North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley after heavy rains, and planting delayed in the Wiregrass with no rain, Alabama Cooperative Extension Economist Max Runge said weather has had an impact on planting this season, as it ... Read More »

Food Friday: Chicken: Breaded or Fried?

Itching for some chicken? Longer days mean more time to play outside—and more time to work up an appetite. Chicken is a good choice for the main dish in your dinner-time meal. Whether you are looking for something with a barbecue feel or something with a more sophisticated twist, “The Auburn Cookbook” has something for you. Try out these two chicken ... Read More »

Food Friday: Your Easter Dinner Menu

Are you ready for Easter Dinner? If you haven’t already planned out the menu or made a trip to the grocery store, we have just what you need. Choose a meat or main dish, and let us help you with the sides and dessert. Happy Easter! Side dishes: Cabbage Slaw 4 cups finely shredded cabbage 1/4 cup chopped green onion ... Read More »

Food Friday: Pound Cake

Spring is in the air! Sunshine, cool breezes and beautiful weather call for open windows. What better for dinner guests to smell drifting down the road or through the neighborhood than a homemade dessert? Since most fruits aren’t ripe for the picking, an old fashioned pound cake just might do the trick. There are so many types of pound cakes ... Read More »

What’s Under the Mistletoe?

Time to meet under the mistletoe as the holiday season approaches. Tony Glover, Cullman County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, said part of the reason mistletoe is associated with Christmas is because of its presence across the globe. “Mistletoe is an interesting group of plants,” Glover said. “These species are found worldwide. This lends the plant to Christmas use because it ... Read More »

Farming America and the Digital Divide

As many Americans march forward with new technology to make their lives easier, there is a portion of the population being left behind–waiting to access new technologies and new applications. Broadband access and fiber-optic telephone lines may seem like standard amenities, but for many in rural America, it is a matter of access and affordability. Max Runge, an economist with ... Read More »