Cooking is Comfort

As we settle in for winter and quiet ourselves after the holiday bustle, take some time to be in the kitchen, the heart center of the home. Comfort yourself and others with food that is simple, yet feeds your soul. Long simmering stews or soups are perfect for this task, plus more

Holiday Baking

Holidays in the kitchen mean baking. We love to bake and here in the Leishman Center a little something sweet is looked forward to by our students. There are many alternatives to the traditional bleached white flour and bleached white sugar that offer not only nutritional benefits but more complex flavor more

Fruit Crisp for Any Season

In the Leishman Center we emphasize cooking with the seasons while also encouraging freezing or canning seasonal fruits for winter enjoyment. Fruit crisps are a great way to use these delicious fruits. Crisps are quick to prepare and great to satisfy the after dinner sweet craving while suitable for breakfast or more

Simple Fall Recipes

Fall is about gathering the harvest and the wonderful flavors that wrap up the growing season. Apples, pears, pumpkins to name a few. Some of our favorite techniques are very simple leaving you time to enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. How to Bake a Whole Pumpkin Set oven temperature to more

Field Friendly Meals

A Field-Friendly meal has a few requirements. They must be bite sized, easy to prepare, filling and healthy. Part of my goal in feeding our farmers is to help nourish them when they’re working long hours during harvest. These Field-Friendly meals do just that! Cuban Sandwiches 1 loaf French bread 4 ounces deli more


The season of plentiful zucchini Looking for another use of your garden zucchini? It’s that time of year when gardeners have an abundance of these fresh vegetables. Zucchini is a variety of summer squash, grown now in local gardens and also found year-round in the grocery store. They are best picked when more

Picnic Food

Several students have requested ideas to lighten up the picnic foods of summer. One of the favorites is this coleslaw recipe, not only is it delicious but offers some rich doses of nutrients while using seasonal produce. The dressing replaces the traditional creamy mayonnaise or sour cream base by using cashew more

Mango Pork Kebabs

Mojo-Marinated Pork Kebabs with Mango Ingredients For the Brined Pork: 2 quarts ice-cold water 1/3 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning 1/4 cup sugar 2 pounds center-cut pork chops, 1 1/2 inches thick each For the Mojo Marinade: 2 T freshly minced garlic (about 6 medium cloves) 1/2 teas. kosher salt, plus more

Berries at their Best

June and July are wonderful months to enjoy fresh berries here in the Midwest. When in season, their flavor is at the optimum level and prices are budget friendly. A simple way to stock up for your winter enjoyment is to freeze berries. Freezing is a simple, fast way to preserve more

Tractor Meals – Handheld Eats

Handheld meal ideas are for those who are of the “keep on moving” mindset during planting. Farmers need something that isn’t fork friendly. They want a meal they can pick up with one hand, preferably without making a mess. Sloppy Joes have no place here — these farmers need a more