What is gluten? Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, and some related grains that provides the elastic, chewy properties in breads and other baked products. The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, meaning "glue." This glue-like characteristic allows bread dough to stretch, but not break, as it proofs or rises. Bakers and producers select flours for the amount of gluten they contain. Though gluten's elastic properties are essential in baking and cooking, some people must avoid gluten to prevent gastrointestinal tract symptoms and even intestinal damage.
With the amount of food that is currently processed in the United States, many consumers believe it is important to know the ingredients in the foods they eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with relevant state and local agencies, are responsible for holding food producers accountable for food products sold in stores. However, regulating farmers' market vendors and individual sellers can be difficult for regulators, which makes it important for consumers to ask for information.
Our marsh is very quiet right now. A few Sandpipers, lots of ducks and the Pelicans have arrived. Sandhill Cranes have mostly moved north, and the Whoopers have not yet arrived. There are no egrets, herons (except Great Blues that wintered over), Avocets, or Rails. It seems like everything is just getting ready to break into the fever of the migration.
With Easter just one week away, it is time to share the best food safety practices when handling those ever popular Easter Eggs. It seems no matter how old we are, there is something special about preparing hard cooked eggs and dying/decorating them for the family Easter Egg hunt. Read on for some great food safety reminders.
A poisoning is when someone swallows, breathes, touches or gets splashed in the eye with a substance that can cause sickness or death. Many times the substances in and of itself is not poisonous. An adult may take an aspirin to ease some pain, but when a two-year-old ingests a handful of pills, thinking they are candy, it can result in much more than a headache.
They are here!!! Ducks are relatively easy to identify. They display a pure and pristine beauty. "Daffy" and "Donald" entertain us as examples of Walt Disney's genius. Did you know that he lived in Kansas City during his early years? Elmer Fudd had lots of angst trying to put rabbit and duck on his table. I honestly think his inept hunting escapades form some of the structure of "Duck Dynasty" as well as countless true and imagined successes and tragedies that make their way into the current literature and publications. "Ducks Unlimited" and the "Audubon Society" reflect the huge ...
Usually by March 1, our office is busy getting the paperwork turned in as teams form for the Signature Extension program known as "Walk Kansas." This year the start date has been pushed back a bit so the popular program will run from April 3 through May 28. Changes at the state level, complete with new web site design, are dictating the later start date. Most folks I have talked to think a later start date will help to ensure warmer temps as we get back in the habit of regular exercise.
February has an extra day this year, so that means one more day to focus on heart health. Is the saying "You are what you eat?" true? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become part of a healthier lifestyle. A healthful eating pattern and lifestyle from the start are your best approaches for staying healthy and preventing disease, or at ...
Barton County 4-H shooting sports leaders hosted the 12th annual Barton County 4-H Winter Classic on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Expo Complex. There were six counties represented. Barton County placed second as a team. The four team members for Barton County were Parker Smith, Katelyn Reh, Ryan Kohman, and Lake Lyman.
The natural aging process offers challenges to many people. While we know from listening to the news and our personal experiences, staying active is a key component in maintaining or regaining health. But if you have noticed that your strength, flexibility or balance isn't what it used to be you may want to consider signing up for a strength training program I will be offering this spring.
You can feel it in the air. The days are getting longer. The ice is gone. The mink at the Bottoms are back in the thick brush and cover. I found this little fellow last week on the last bit of ice. I am always happy and surprised to see them out and about. I casually wonder if Karl and Charlie have ever done a mink count at the Bottoms. You would be amazed at the info and statistics they do keep on our marsh. They can tell you when the first of most species are seen each year. I ...
Food is a great way to bring people together, and selling food is often a key way for nonprofit groups to raise funds for their activities. However, cooking the large quantities of food required for events such as fundraiser dinners, concession stands, community meals, family reunions, or funeral dinners is different than cooking for a family.
Three of my friends kill BIG deer almost every year. They are all bow hunters. It is amazing to me that they consistently kill deer 170 inches or better. Sometimes LOTS better-- and do it every year. Modest and quiet-- they seldom discuss or reveal what they do and how they do it. I know some of the places they hunt, and they are always in good spots. I know other skilled hunters in similar spots that haven't killed a big deer in 20 years. I personally am somewhere in between. I have tried to find the common denominator ...
Eleven women will compete in the International Pancake Day Race in Liberal this year, facing off against 25 runners in Olney, England. Last year's winner, Hannah Belton of Liberal, is hanging up her apron after claiming the 2015 title with a time of 1:09. The Olney winner from last year, Emma Maitland, is also sitting this year out.