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STILLWATER, Okla. – Fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning more about produce safety can do so at the upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course.


Slated May 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center on the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the PSA Grower Training Course also will focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, co-management of natural resources and food safety.


Lynn Brandenberger, food crops professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, said trainers will cover seven modules during the training, including introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals and land use; agricultural water; postharvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.


“This course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices and co-management information,” Brandenberger said. “Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding of microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they’re found on the farm. They’ll also learn how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce them and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on their farm. In addition, the trainers will provide information on the requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.”


Registration is $25 and includes lunch, snacks and class materials.


Those interested in attending may register at

or by calling Karen Smith at 405-744-6277.


After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials verifying completed training.


“The PSA Grower Training Course is a great way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement, which requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm to have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration,” Brandenberger said.



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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:39

Thursday Special at the Lumberjack Café

Thursday December 22nd Lunch Special at the Lumberjack Café will be Fried Catfish.

Served with Fried Potatoes, Pinto Beans, Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies.

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

Save room for Homemade Dessert.

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.

Monday, 19 December 2016 23:15

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Recipe from

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.


Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 17:10

Sausage muffins


Found this recipe on Facebook – With Blue and Gold sausage on sale, buy some extra and try making some Sausage Muffins.



Here is what you will need
1 cup of Bisquick
1 lb cooked sausage
4 eggs beaten
1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese


Here is what you will do
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
Form unto muffins and place in a muffin pan
Cook at 350 degrees 20 minutes.



Thursday, 16 July 2015 17:40

Great food at the Lumberjack Cafe

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

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


They offer daily specials

Some of their most popular specials are Brenda's famous tacos and Indian tacos on Wednesday.

Other great items like catfish dinners.

All for reasonable prices.

Breakfast is served all day.

Platters like the "Lumberjack" that comes with eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, or ham, and a biscuit and gravy.

If it's lunch that you're after and want something off the menu, try one of our hamburgers, sandwiches or salads.

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

See more at

Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:46


Since my mom, Glenda, has y'all covered in the decorating department I thought I would cover the food department.


After all you need something to feed your guests at all those fabulously decorated parties. This week I am going to start you off with a simple, clean and healthy crockpot meal and next week treat you to some cake decorating tips with my perfect buttercream recipe.

It's summertime and sometimes we just need to celebrate and have a good 'ole fashioned Taco Tuesday. Well, with this recipe you can rest easy that your whole family will not only love, but additionally get a well-balanced, clean meal.


These tacos aren't your regular tacos though, because there is actually no meat only sweet potatoes and lentils. I know what you're all thinking what is a taco with no meat and that sounds absolutely disgusting...yeah, I thought that too at first. Just trust me, once you taste these things you will be hooked and probably the most stuffed you've been in awhile.


When I make these I literally only eat two and I am stuffed with no sides at all. So this heavenly recipe is as follows:


1 Sweet Potato (peeled and diced)
½ C Dry Green Lentils
½ C Dry Quinoa (FYI its pronounced ˈkēn-ˌwä, kē-ˈnō-ə, in case you're like me and weren't really sure)
1 C Vegetable Stock
½ C Water
2 TBS Jalapeno Juice (I just use the juice from the jarred ones)
1 TBS Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
Hint of Lime Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Yellow Corn Tortillas
Tomato (diced)
Sour Cream


1. Peel and dice your potato and throw it into your crockpot.
2. Add the vegetable stock, water, lentils, and quinoa to the potatoes.
3. Stir well adding in all of your spices with the jalapeno juice and hint of lime.
4. After making sure all of your ingredients are blended turn on high and cook 3-4.5 hours or low for 7-8 hours. You will know its done once all of the liquid has evaporated and your lentils and quinoa have expanded.
5. Before serving stir the mixture well, creating a creamy almost meat like texture. Now your yummy mix is ready to be turned into a taco.


Hope y'all enjoy this clean eating summer meal and stay tuned for next week's sweet treat!



Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:57

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup

Here is what you will need

5 or 6 russet potatoes (about 2 lbs), peeled and chopped

1 medium onion

32 oz chicken broth, reserve 1 cup

1 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup, more or less cooked and crumbled bacon

1 TBSP all-purpose flour or corn starch

salt and pepper to taste



Cook potatoes and onion in the broth until just done. To thicken, in small bowl, combine the 1 cup of broth and flour/cornstarch, if desired.


Mix well and stir quickly into the hot broth/potatoes. Stir in cheese and bacon. Serve with bread sticks or crackers.

I stir in the cheese and bacon and see if it needs to be thickened more. The broth will thicken quite a lot as the cheese melts.


Add whatever else you like in potato soup: chopped green onions, french-fried onions and croutons.

This works well in a slow cooker.


Chop potatoes and onion the night before.


Pour broth and veggies into slow cooker the next morning and cook 6-8 hours.


Just before eating, thicken if desired, then add shredded cheese and bacon.

Friday, 29 May 2015 22:31

Hosting a party can be fun

Hosting a party at home can be fun But inviting friends over can be a lot of work, as the host and/or hostess is responsible for all aspects of party preparation and cleanup. While party hosts often must wait until the day of the party to tackle many of their responsibilities, they can get a head start on preparing their homes for their guests.


The clean-up
It may seem counterproductive to clean prior to having everyone over, but it is a necessity if you want to present your home in its best light.


The goal is to give the home the appearance of tidiness. Every surface need not pass the white-glove test, but attention should be paid to any rooms in the house where guests will be spending time. Begin with the rooms that will be occupied the most. Ensure that they are free of clutter.

If you do not have time to put every piece of decor back in its rightful place, simply put misplaced things in boxes or baskets and store them out of sight until you can sort accordingly. Quickly vacuum the main entertaining area and wipe down any dusty surfaces.


While cleaning, pay special attention to the bathrooms, which will be subject to significant foot traffic. Spend ample time cleaning the bathroom because you want to present a clean, sanitary space.

In the same vein, make sure the master bedroom is neat. Put on your best comforter and ensure the bed is made. Unless you lock the bedroom door, expect at least one guest to mistakenly wander into the bedroom.


You will want to have enough seats for the majority of guests to be comfortable. Expect at least 75 to 80 percent of guests to be seated at any given time while the remaining guests mingle. Your regular furniture may be able to accommodate a number of guests. If not, bring in seating. It could mean temporarily moving out bulky sofas in lieu of folding chairs.


If you will be serving a sit-down meal, then you will definitely need a seat and place at the table for each one of your guests. Buffet-style meals and finger foods are often the best option when table space is limited.


Safety and comfort
Investigate your home for any potential safety hazards before inviting guests. Repair any chipped concrete on walkways and ensure that railings are sturdy so no one trips or falls. Make sure that there is adequate indoor and outdoor light if you will be hosting your event in the evening. If you will be inviting a person with mobility issues, make sure that the path between the entryway and the bathroom is free of obstructions.


If you have a pet, keep in mind that some guests may be allergic to pets or uncomfortable around animals. In such instances, it is better to tuck away your pet in a quiet, out-of-the-way room for both the comfort of guests and the safety of the animal.


Keep all exits and windows easily accessible in the event of an emergency. Make sure that fire extinguishers are charged in the event a candle or chafing dish sterno gets knocked over.


Have a few seats available outdoors for smokers or those who want a break from the action.


Preparing a home for party guests takes some patience and elbow grease. But party hosts can get a head start on preparing their home to make the day of the party less hectic.

Monday, 18 May 2015 10:31

Lunch at the Museum

The LeFlore County Historical Society will hold their monthly luncheon at the museum on May 19, 2015.


Randy Bridgman smoked the pork for our pulled pork sandwiches.


So come out and enjoy some barbeque at the museum.


$6.00 sandwich, side, drink, and dessert.


Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Ramen Cabbage Salad

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Key Lime Pound Cake
Strawberry Short Cake
Strawberry/Custard Cake
Peanut Butter Cake


Takeout orders available by calling Lorie Rutledge,  Director, LeFlore County Historical Society at 918-647-9330

The luncheon is located at LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey in Historic Downtown Poteau.


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