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2023 Newsletters
2022 Newsletters

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Tue, 06/18/2024 - 08:00
Camping Food Safety
Summertime is perfect for outdoor activities like camping, but we need to keep our food safe during those hot summer days…

Tue, 06/11/2024 - 08:00
20-Minute Chicken Creole
Serving Size: 1 cup | Serves: 8 Ingredients: Directions: Nutrition information per serving:77 calories, 3g total fat, 0g…

Tue, 06/04/2024 - 08:00
Music and Brain Health
A growing body of research suggests that music may be more than just entertaining but is also health-promoting and helps…


Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Blog

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 10:00
The Perfect Summer Treat
With summer in full swing, my kids enjoy having a cold treat when we get home from a walk or the pool. If it were up to my…

Mon, 06/10/2024 - 10:00
What Paige Makes
My 10-year-old daughter Paige loves to be creative in the kitchen. Baking and making sweet treats are her favorite things to…

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 10:00
Peach Cobbler
Welcome to June! Summer is here and all of us at Spend Smart. Eat Smart. are looking forward to summer foods. This month we…

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Tue, 06/11/2024 - 07:00
Jam and Jelly Problems – Cause, Prevention, and Remedy Resources
Sometimes jam and jelly recipes just don’t turn out right. When problems occur, it’s time to figure out why it went…

Tue, 06/04/2024 - 10:00
Resources for Teaching Children the Science of Food Preservation
Summertime is often a good time to introduce children to hands-on experiences that use skills learned in school. Food…

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:00
Canning Season Readiness – Time to Test Pressure Canner Dial Gauges and Check Out the Canner
A pressure canner is the only safe method for canning low acid foods—red meats, seafood, poultry, and low acid vegetables…

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