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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days and we drove home with the windows partially down, inhaling the sweet perfume of berries all the way back to Harmony.

Initially I had intended to make strawberry jam with my berry bounty, but soon realized that I just didn’t have time! So some berries were reserved for fresh eating, and the rest were washed, hulled and stored in the freezer for future use. Frozen strawberries are the perfect ingredient for a smoothie, which is a favorite summer treat in my household.

The Making of the Smoothie

A perfect smoothie requires three things: plain yogurt, a banana, and berries or chopped fruit of some sort. All of the fruits can be frozen, and in fact this is preferable. The frozen fruit adds a nice thickness to the finished product. Ice cubes make for watery smoothies, and so they should be avoided. The banana is key for textural purposes- I am not actually a huge fan of bananas, but I wouldn’t make a smoothie without one. As far as the other fruits go, strawberries and blueberries are usually the standard, but I have used chunks of mango, frozen peaches, and frozen cranberries with pleasing results. Use anything you like, but if it is an excessively watery fruit you may find that the texture of your smoothie is unappealing.

Here is the formula I typically use when making this treat for my husband or for myself.

Happy Independence Day!

Real Bites - Supper for Four

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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It was a Wednesday night, and dad (that would be me) was in charge of supper until mom arrived home. A fail-safe plan is always to call upon the Village Square of Fountain. They have a 2-2-2 option that includes two medium pizzas with two topp ..... 
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An Experiment in Canning

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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Happy Birthday to Chad Danielson today! It was a quiet Sunday last weekend with my husband and son away at a movie and I had raspberries and jalapenos defrosted and calling my name. My original plan was to do canning with some friends, including ..... 
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Real Bites: Fitness Fridays

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children. Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been sa ..... 
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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
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Lights, action, camera! Mothers and sisters are the stars of Pop Culture in books, movies, and songs. Think “Little Women” and “I Remember Mama.” Woe to the person who speaks ill of someone’s mother. Double woe to someone who forgets moth ..... 
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the War ..... 
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Shangri-la

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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We pack a lunch, wildflower book, camera and bug spray to be ready for anything, and head over to Choice, the tiny settlement on County Road 43 between Mabel and Rushford. There we meet up with several carloads of Harmony Garden Club members and the ..... 
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Luscious Lemon Bars

By Judy Thomas

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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Computer on. Check. Microsoft Works on. Check. Brain. Absent and blank. That being said, what do I do now? Since we celebrated Easter and we’re on the lighter side, chicks and bunnies come to mind. One of my daughters and family are very active ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - A baby bird, the folly of man, and rhubarb cake

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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The Sunday before last, my husband and I drove out to the tree dump. No particular reason, we didn’t even have any brush to dump. But I had noticed that the fire from the tree dump seemed particularly smoky that evening, and I wanted to see what wa ..... 
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