Prairie Health Companion Certified Recipes

 Recipe by Mary Battista  Ingredients:  1 Small butternut squash, peeled 
 and cut into large chunks

DIY Mason Jar Gifts

I’ve had a few excellent gift-giving experiences. Once I had a friend ask for nectarines for her birthday. What did she get from me? Nectarines.

The Perfect Turkey

The perfect Thanksgiving Dinner requires the perfect turkey. 
Right? The image that best captures this was made by Norman Rockwell. And that picture, that unattainable goal, has stressed holiday hosts far more than determining who has to sit next to Uncle Bill, who talks nonstop at the table, waving his loaded fork while gravy and cranberry sauce rain down on…

Your Morning Cup Two Ways

You’ve heard it before: if it weren’t for your morning latte from the coffee shop, you’d save approximately a million dollars a week. We could buy that submarine. We could take those hot air balloon piloting classes. We could put our dog through college. Which is all well and good, but for the coffee fiends among us, this advice sounds…

Bento Box School Lunches


Pudgie Revolution!

A classic camping food is getting a makeover! Three Wisconsin natives have teamed up to write a cookbook devoted to pudgie pies. What’s a pudgie pie? It’s a grilled sandwich toasted in a pie iron over a fire. Known to some as mountain pies, tonka toasters, campfire pies or something entirely different, they are delicious no matter what you call…

5 Foods Keeping Women Strong

Most of us know how to construct a healthy diet, including both the trending superfoods and the old standbys. With long days to defeat, careers to conquer and families to feed, it only makes sense that women tend to arm themselves with knowledge and nutrients. But some foods have nutrition profiles that are especially beneficial to women’s health. Here are…

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Let's be clear about what is considered a good cooking wine. The so-called "Cooking Wine" found in your local grocery store next to the fancy vinegars and Worcestershire sauce is a poor excuse for a cooking ingredient. They are low in alcohol content, highly acidic and contain a massive amount of salt. Instead, choose a wine you would pair with…

Soup is good for the soul

Photography Kelsey Huffer This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed … Continued

Holiday Baking

Nothing screams “The Holidays” like a kitchen exuding the smells of sweets being baked. The aromas of cinnamon and sugar are bound to wake up your family’s senses, summoning them to your sanctuary, simply to bother you for a cookie before the festivities have even begun. The only way to put this Holiday baking fiasco to rest is to get…