Position: From the Extension Office

Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

About: Family and consumer science agent for the La Plata County Extension Office.

Meal planning tips for your Thanksgiving Day feast

It is again time for giving thanks and feasting. Whether you are an expert cook or a new cook, it can be stressful trying to make sure you have enough food or accommodating guests with food...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Prebiotics, probiotics in natural foods can benefit your gut health

Many of us spend time carefully perusing grocery shelves looking for healthier foods, particularly items advertising prebiotics and probiotics. New research is showing how important these two...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Take these simple steps to avoid foodborne illness

If 49 percent of adult meals are eaten away from home, according to the National Restaurant Association, what about the other 51 percent? The majority of “stomach flu” is actually food poisoning....

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Smart planning can go a long way when it’s time to retire

Over the last few weeks, four friends have decided that it was time to retire. Retirement should take some planning – at least five years is the recommendation. Because the national average age...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t let fear of carbohydrates cut into vegetable consumption

It is the season for corn, fresh vegetables and wonderful fruits. When I hear someone say, “Corn isn’t a vegetable! It’s all starch, I don’t eat it” or “I don’t eat anything white – it’s bad,” it...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Nutrient-dense asparagus can be prepared in many ways

Oh yes, spring is my favorite season. Calves, lambs, fawns appearing across the fields and, best of all, the asparagus! It starts appearing mid-April and ends in June. As one of the few perennial...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Skip the vitamins, focus on nutrient-dense foods

This is the time of year when we are overwhelmed with a wonderful variety of fresh produce. It is easy to fulfill the recommendation of 2½ cups daily of any combination of fruits and vegetables....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair brings out the best in our community

It’s time for the La Plata County Fair! A time to hear kids laugh, watch them focus during their time in front of a fair judge and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about their...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

College students must plan carefully when taking out a loan

This is the time of year students, parents and grandparents are excited as students prepare to “emancipate” to college. There is so much to figure out: what to pack, campus safety, class schedules,...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Food in its natural state provides the nutrition we need

It’s definitely hard to put a nutrition label on that strawberry – for reasons beyond its compact size. A single cup of strawberries can provide 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of...

DATE: May 31, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For healthy food, seek out natural, simple ingredients

The choices we make about “healthy” foods to put in our cupboards rest with each of us, not on Food and Drug Administration. Yes, companies find ways to label food to make us think it is healthy....

DATE: April 27, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t allow ‘dirty,’ ‘clean’ produce lists to lead you astray

I know spring has arrived, not only because yellow flowers are popping up but because the annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Dozen” lists have been presented. This is a report by the Environmental...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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