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County Extension

  • Five great ways to enjoy asparagus

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Thinking of preserving food this year? Be prepared

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Pros and cons of frozen food and vegetables

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    The great weather we’ve been having lures me into dreaming of fresh garden fruits and vegetables soon to come, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget about frozen fruits and vegetables, too.

  • Are there healthy frozen dinners?

     I recently was shopping and came across a great deal on frozen entrees. It sure is tempting to buy a few and stock up for those days when I’m in a hurry or tired and really don’t have time to cook. But in the back of my mind, there was that nagging question: Are they good for us?

    It’s no surprise frozen dinners are so popular. They’re fast, convenient, inexpensive and easy. With some of the newer entrées available, they can be a healthy choice and part of a balanced diet.

  • Retrieving information from your brain

     Earlier this month, I showed you how concept mapping can be a great tool to MOVE (meaningful, organized, visual, elaborative) information from the fragile working memory to the more rugged long-term memory. Now it’s time to practice the R in MOVE(R): Retrieving it!

  • Looking for that one ‘magic’ food

    I always enjoy looking at the headlines on those popular magazines at the grocery store checkout. It seems that people are always looking for that one food or food group that is the “magic bullet” that will solve all their nutrition and health problems. I think most folks know there isn’t really such a food, but there are some foods that can help eliminate or postpone an illness and you really don’t have to look further than most refrigerators or pantries.

  • Eating to lower cholesterol

     For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    If you’re a flatlander like me, it might be quite a while between your time at home and your visits to the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia. I am, in fact, a big fan of eastern West Virginia, a fantastic place in the summer for natural history, and more especially, botany. I fell in love with the dark forests of this part of the country several years ago, led there my inveterate fellow-botanist and banjo champion, Bernie Cyrus.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Which plants display the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Some will insist they are the various orchid species. The orchid family truly is a giant group, easily the largest plant family in the world, in terms of number of different species. Orchids as a family cover the earth — almost. They are indeed known from all but the coldest parts of the planet. Many are epiphytic, or growing on the branches of trees, but quite a large number, too, are terrestrial, at home on the ground. Some are even weeds.

  • Save money by eating in

     Everyone is trying to save money these days. One place they’re looking is as close as their own refrigerator. Families are eating more meals at home than in the past as a way to help stretch the food budget.

    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) looked at U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and found that 71 percent of consumers surveyed are cooking more and eating out less. FMI tends also showed that 58 percent of Americans report eating more leftovers and using more leftovers in other meals.