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Food Blog Posts

Mighthy Skillet Meal cooking in a skillet on the stove.

September 20, 2023

When you need a hearty meal in a hurry, this Mighty Skillet Meal fits the bill.

A woman stans in a kitchen with fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and other foods on display.

September 12, 2023

Did you know people of all ages can have high cholesterol? High cholesterol can cause heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. So, it’s important to know your cholesterol levels.

Southern Brown Turkey Fig

September 8, 2023

Figs are in season from July to October. So, now is the perfect time to find some figs to eat and cook with! There are two main fig varieties found in Mississippi: Celeste and Southern Brown Turkey.

A woman stands in a kitchen with a bowl of Fruit Paradise

September 5, 2023

Fruit Paradise is a quick and easy dish with a delicious tropical sweetness.

A kale plant grows in a garden.

August 25, 2023

Fall is around the corner, but you don’t have to give up fresh produce from your garden.

Fridge with food in it.

August 23, 2023

Mississippians know how unpredictable the weather can be. One day it’s sunny, and the next there is severe weather in the forecast.

A woman holds a muffin tin full of Peanut Butter Muffins.

August 15, 2023

These Peanut Butter Muffins are a great grab-and-go option to have on hand for busy mornings.

A woman in a kitchen with food products on the counter

August 8, 2023

Energy drinks are popular among many age groups, including adolescents. However, energy drinks can be especially unsafe for adolescents. Get the facts about energy drink consumption among adolescents.

A woman holds a bowl of berries and banana cream.

August 1, 2023

This is the perfect summertime recipe to help you get your fruit servings for the day. Banana cream tops sweet berries for a guilt-free dessert.

A woman stands in a kitchen holding a plate of prepared Baked Tomatoes with Cheese.

July 18, 2023

If you like tomatoes, this is an easy and healthy recipe that is great with eggs or as a side dish.

canned fruits and vegetables

July 14, 2023

Some canning mistakes can be deadly if your products are contaminated by the botulinum toxin, which causes botulism poisoning. You cannot see, smell, or taste this toxin, but the tiniest taste of contaminated food can kill you. You want to avoid these 10 major canninng mistakes.

A girl and boy stand in a kitchen and hold up the popsicles they are eating.

July 11, 2023

With more time at home, summertime is a great time to teach kids new recipes to help them step up their cooking game. Take advantage of this summer season and have some fun in the kitchen with your kids.

A woman stand in a kitchen with prepared food.

June 30, 2023

Try this tasty way to cook those zucchinis from your summer vegetable garden.

A woman in a kitchen holds a glass of strawberry pineapple lemonade.

June 20, 2023

Try this fun twist on the classic lemonade this summer.

A man and woman stand behind a kitchen counter filled with fruits and vegetables.

June 13, 2023

June is National Men’s Health Month! Men’s Health Month is about encouraging men to care for their bodies by exercising, eating right, and taking steps to prevent disease. 

A woman holds a bowl of corn and cucumber salad.

June 6, 2023

This delicious salad is naturally vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free not to mention fresh and easy to assemble. It’s also budget-friendly, especially if you grow some of these vegetables yourself.

Tomatoes on a vine.

May 24, 2023

There’s nothing as divine as a homegrown tomato. I’m a sucker for a tomato sandwich or a BLT during summer.

A woman holds a bowl of chicken and fruit salad.

May 16, 2023

Chicken and Fruit Salad is an easy and refreshing summertime lunch or dinner.

Jars of spices lined up in a V formation.

May 11, 2023

One of the first steps in controlling high blood pressure is to reduce the extra sodium in your diet. Many people think sodium and salt are the same thing, however, they are different. Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods and is sometimes added during manufacturing. Table salt is a combination of the minerals sodium and chloride.

Cranberry Balls

May 2, 2023

Cranberry Oatmeal Balls are chewy bites of deliciousness. They provide a nutritious energy boost while satisfying your snack cravings!





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Recent Posts

Soil testing boxes full of soil waiting to be tested.
Soil testing is the best way to know if and what kind of fertilizer your lawn or garden need. Early fall is one of the best times to test your soil.
How to Take a Soil Sample
Mighthy Skillet Meal cooking in a skillet on the stove.
This simple meal feeds a hungry crowd in a hurry.
The Food Factor: Mighty Skillet Meal
Combine driving on the road.
Slow down, be observant, and give farm equipment some space on the road during harvest season (Photo by MSU Extension)
Road Safety during Harvest Season