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  • Fresh salmon -- the new…

    Fresh salmon is the answer for time pressed moms and can help address the growing obesity issue in children, says…

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  • Revisiting the Veterinary…

    By Leilana McKindra

    STILLWATER, Okla. – When stricter federal guidelines on the use of some antibiotics for food…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Valentines…

    To Mardi Gras or to Valentine’s Day that is the burning question. I always hate it when they are so close together.

    I…

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  • OSDH Reports an Increase in…

    Press release

    As the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of…

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  • DHS making ‘discernible…

    Press release

    Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) has made “discernible progress” in its…

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  • Chili and/or Bean Dinner

    Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is hosting a chili and/or bean dinner with cornbread, dessert and a…

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  • Make your meals a veggie…

    from Human Performance Resource Center Staff of the Military Health System

    There is no consensus on a “perfect diet,”…

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  • Ham & Corn Chowder

    1 Tbsp canola oil 4 cups unsalted chicken broth 1 medium yellow onion, diced 3Tbsp whole-wheat flour ½ lb low-sodium…
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  • Decorating Wisely: Happy New…

    By Glenda Wise

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Our Christmas holiday has been very…

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  • January Marks National Birth…

    Press release

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) joins public health partners across the nation in…

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  • LUMBERJACK CAFÉ FRIDAY DEC…

    Friday December 29th Lunch Special

    Smoked Brisket, Smoked Ribs, Smoked Bologna, Honey or Hot Wings, Cajun or Smoked…

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  • EOMC Menu for Dec 28th…

    The Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center offers some great menu items.

    Here is what’s on the menu this week

    Thursday,…

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  • Tips for losing weight

    Here are some great snacks that will help curb the appetite, make you feel better and lose weight.

    1) 2 cups…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Last…

    What a whirlwind of a month! After all of the planning and list making, it is still hard to believe that Christmas is…

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  • Listen To Your Heart

    Pervasive Parenting by Kodey Toney

    I attended the state autism conference recently, and wanted to share some things I…

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Eating & Dining

 

Fresh salmon is the answer for time pressed moms and can help address the growing obesity issue in children, says Holly Clegg, recognized author, chef, and working mother.

 

"Working moms are facing huge challenges getting healthy food quickly on the table for their families," says Clegg. "We know that fresh salmon itself can multi-task: it's a super health food, it's fast, and you can make more than one meal at once.

"Fresh salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada is one way to attack the myth that fast means unhealthy," says Clegg. "It's high in protein and it contains key vitamins and minerals, so you know it's a great food to serve your family. And with very little planning you can cook one meal and make three more out of it, minimizing mom's time in the kitchen."

 

Clegg adds that salmon is a natural source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which recent studies have shown to be critical for vision and improved brain development in infants. Pregnant women, nursing moms, as well as developing children, will benefit from salmon's "brain food" qualities.

 

Clegg, known as the "Queen of Quick" and author of a best-selling cookbook series, takes every opportunity to show moms, who are often in charge of meal planning and preparation, how to boost their families' menu with what she called the new 'super fast food.' Her recipes are simple to prepare and use everyday ingredients. Using a basic salmon recipe for one meal, Clegg shows moms that by cooking extra they can prepare three other unique and delicious recipes like salmon salad, bisque, and sliders.

 

Clegg is eager to help as child obesity rates continue to rise. With parents working more hours, it leaves them with less time to shop for healthy food options and to prepare healthy meals. Time-pressed families are relying more on fast food and packaged food, which tend to be high in fat and calories, just to get food on the table quickly, she says.

 

"Working moms are under so much pressure from so many sources -- if we can provide them with ways to juggle all those demands and know they are keeping their family healthy, then hopefully we're taking some of that pressure off," says Clegg.

"The great thing about fresh salmon is how easy it is to get it fresh," says Clegg. "If you buy salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada you know it was literally swimming just a couple of days earlier, and that's hard to beat."

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:58

Chili and/or Bean Dinner

 

Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is hosting a chili and/or bean dinner with cornbread, dessert and a drink January 23, 2018 at 5:00p.m.

 

 You will be able to have your choice between just chili, beans, or chili with beans in it.

 

Tickets are $5.00 per person and advanced tickets are available now.

 

The dinner will be held at the Talihina Public School Cafeteria.

 

Proceeds will go to the new directional sign that will be put up by the main road.

 

If you have any questions please call us at 918-567-3434 or you can come by 201 First Street Talihina OK. 74571 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Monday, 01 January 2018 23:52

Make your meals a veggie victory

from Human Performance Resource Center Staff of the Military Health System

 

There is no consensus on a “perfect diet,” but the healthiest diets have one thing in common: plenty of vegetables daily. However, “I don’t like them,” “I don’t have enough time to prepare them,” and “I don’t know how to prepare them” are common complaints when it comes to vegetables in your or your kids’ meals. So here are some tips to help brighten up your plate with a variety of vegetables to optimize your health and performance.

 

• Be sneaky. Add vegetables to foods you already love. Shred vegetables and add them to omelets, rice, pasta, soups, stews, and sauces. Puree vegetables such as carrots, spinach, to add oomph to sauces and casseroles.
• Time crunch? Buy frozen or low-sodium canned (rinsed well with water) to cut down on prep time.


• Challenge your taste buds. Do you truly not like broccoli, or have you just never had it prepared in a way you like? Change your cooking technique and try again. Try baking, roasting, grilling, sautéing, steaming, or eating vegetables raw for a different flavor and texture.


• Flavor it up. A little flavor goes a long way with vegetables. Prepare veggies using a pinch of sea salt, fresh or dried herbs or spices, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, or a swirl of balsamic vinegar to turn up the flavor.

 

For more ideas and recipes for vegetables, visit More Matters.

 

The recommended intake of vegetables varies depending on your weight, age, and calorie needs. Young children need about a cup, men need up to 3 cups, and women need a bit less. Find out how many vegetables you need.

Friday, 29 December 2017 21:30

Ham & Corn Chowder

      

1 Tbsp canola oil 4 cups unsalted chicken broth
1 medium yellow onion, diced 3Tbsp whole-wheat flour
½ lb low-sodium ham, diced 1 lb red potatoes, cubed
1 cup frozen sliced carrots 2 cups frozen corn
1 jalapeno, finely diced 1/3 cup 1% low-fat milk
2 tsp dried thyme ¾ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  1. In large stockpot, heat oil on medium-high. Add onion, ham, carrots, jalapeno & thyme. Cook 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add broth & bring to boil. Add flour & whisk together until soup thickens.
  3. Add potatoes & corn. Reduce heat, cover & cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
  4. Stir in milk & cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat & serve.
Servings: 6 Time: 35 minutes
Thursday, 28 December 2017 21:32

LUMBERJACK CAFÉ FRIDAY DEC 29TH SPECIAL


Friday December 29th Lunch Special


Smoked Brisket, Smoked Ribs, Smoked Bologna, Honey or Hot Wings, Cajun or Smoked Sausage (Choose 2 Meats).


Sides: Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Rolls or Cornbread.

 

They also offer a full Breakfast and Lunch Menu served all day.


Save room for Homemade Dessert.


The Lumberjack Café in Howe Oklahoma is a great place to eat.


Open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 – 2:00pm.


The Lumberjack Café is located inside Ron’s Discount Lumber in Howe.


All for reasonable prices.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 22:58

EOMC Menu for Dec 28th through Dec 31

 

The Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center offers some great menu items.

 

Here is what’s on the menu this week

 

Thursday, December 28th - Chicken Cordon Bleu, Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese, California Veggies.

 

Friday, December 29th - Goulash, Lemon and Herb Chicken, Pinto Beans w/ Ham, Peas, Cornbread.

 

Saturday, December 30th - Grill Only

 

Sunday, December 31st - Grill Only

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:23

Tips for losing weight

Here are some great snacks that will help curb the appetite, make you feel better and lose weight.

 

1) 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 oz. (4 dice-sized cubes) cheese.

 

2) ½ cup cooked oatmeal made with ½ scoop unsweetened protein powder.

 

3) 1 banana spread with 1 Tablespoon peanut butter.

 

4) ½ cup cottage cheese mixed with ¼ cup pineapple.

 

5) 1 slice whole-grain raisin toast spread with 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter.

 

6) Simple smoothie: Blend 1 cup plain kefir with ½ cup frozen fruit like peaches, berries, or mango. (Also consider these 10 slimming smoothie recipes.)

 

7) Whole grain crackers topped with ¼ cup ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey.

 

8) ½ whole-grain pita spread with hummus.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:09

Serving up cookbooks as holiday gifts

By Leilana McKindra

 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Wondering what to get the foodie on your holiday list? Or perhaps you are stumped on what to give the hard-to-shop-for friend or family member who has everything.

 

Well, everyone has to eat, right? Cookbooks can make great gifts, especially when they closely match the receiver’s interests and abilities.

 

Begin by thinking about the recipient of the present, said Barbara Brown, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension food specialist.

 

“Is the person receiving the gift interested in cooking? If not, maybe they’d prefer to get a murder mystery so they can read while eating out,” Brown said. “Or, for some, even though they don’t do a lot of cooking, a cookbook is more about reading and learning about food rather than finding recipes and actually cooking. In that case, maybe a cookbook is a good option.”

 

Gift givers also should consider the skill level of the recipient.

 

There should be a fairly close match between a recipient’s skill in the kitchen compared to the skill needed to prepare recipes in the cookbook.

 

It also is important look at the types of foods the recipes prepare as well as the types of recipes featured in the cookbook.

 

“Why give a cookbook on preparing meats to a vegan, right?” Brown said. “Meanwhile, a book of recipes with many ingredients and lots of steps probably won’t get much use by someone who wants a meal on the table in 10 or 20 minutes.”

 

Other criteria to consider are whether the cookbook features colorful pictures and readily accessible ingredients.

 

Although most foods are available for purchase through the internet, having to wait a couple days for a specific ingredient could dampen the excitement and anticipation of trying a new recipe.

 

While a more experienced cook or baker may be able to substitute local ingredients for what is not available and the finished product may taste good, it is not the same.

 

Finally, gifters should look for cookbooks in which the recipes are well written with ingredients listed in the order they will be added and given in common measurements.

 

“Most recipes are written in standard American format using volume to measure. But, it’s a bonus when cookbooks use both volume and weight, especially for baking, where weighing ingredients is more accurate,” Brown said. “It’s also a nice feature if nutritional information per serving is provided as well as how much equals one serving.”

 

 

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:32

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients
1 large onion, diced
1 can (10.5 oz) cream of celery soup
1 can (10.5 oz) cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
black pepper to taste
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups frozen vegetables or peas and carrots, defrosted
1 can biscuits

 

Instructions
Cover the bottom of crock pot with onion then lay the chicken breasts on top.

 

Combine cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, parsley, poultry seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. Spread over chicken breasts. Top with chicken broth and cook on high 5 hours. Remove chicken breasts and slightly shred. Add back into slow cooker and stir.

 

Approximately 1 hour – 90 minutes before serving, roll each biscuit thin and flat. Cut into 4 strips. Add vegetables and biscuit strips to the slow cooker and stir. Cook until biscuit strips are done. Some slow cookers may require extra time to cook the biscuits.

 

I used left-over turkey and canned peas and carrots which I put in at the beginning. I also left out the parsley & poultry seasoning since my sister seasoned the turkey when she cooked it for Christmas.

 

You can also make biscuit dough from scratch and use about the equivalent of 8 biscuits for the recipe and bake any extra biscuits to serve with it.

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