Press release: Portales MainStreet hosts October fest

Portales, NM- The Portales MainStreet Program will be hosting the October Fest as a fundraiser on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 6:00pm-11:00pm at The Stargazer, 313 South Main Street in downtown Portales. The Fall Festival will feature beer from Santa Fe Brewing Company, food from J-4 BBQ, and live music from the Good Ole Boys. […]

Conquering cravings featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on conquering food cravings, tips for the savvy pet parent and creating a new look for a new career will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Catherine Carrigan knows that many people struggle with sugar cravings and food addictions. She will explain the “4S […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

Food at the speed of life: Don't let excess go to waste

A while back, a friend made plum jelly that wouldn’t gel, so she had a large quantity of plum sauce. I offered to take some off her hands and dreamed up uses for it. (It was tough, but somebody had to do it …) First, I made French toast, and instead of syrup, I poured […]

Food at the speed of life: Watermelon not for me

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Watermelon seems to be one of the best-loved parts of American summers. Which is why it seems odd that I’ve never cared for watermelon. I’ve met few people with a similar opinion. Nonetheless, I have good memories of the summer fruit. When I was a kid, Dad saved seeds from a watermelon he found particularly […]

Church comes together for fiesta

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PNT staff report St. Helen Catholic Church fiesta continues today with live entertainment, games, a bouncy house, food and a auction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The silent auction starts at 3 p.m., and all proceeds go toward the church community, different organizations and special church needs. All events are held on church grounds […]

Food at the speed of life: Cooking mishap makes good column

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Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid. I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion. Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my finger and […]

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you met your spouse. The Rust Tractor General Service Manager was conducting a meeting for his out of town managers at […]

Longtime Roosevelt County residents honored

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Jared Tucker Bluegrass music and an array of food followed the presentation of this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer Awards at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lifelong Roosevelt County residents Joe Blair and Melvin and Marie Littlejohn were all chosen as this year’s award recipients. Blair, a WWII veteran and recipient of the 2008 Portales citizen of […]

Food at the speed of life: Kitchen crises can’t always be avoided

My Jeff Davis pie escapade proves cooking isn’t an exact science. Joe Blair of Portales wanted me to make the pie, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I chose a recipe from allrecipes.com. The pie is mainly sugar, butter, milk and eggs flavored with vanilla, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It has a definite egg […]

Best of show selected at fair

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Jared Tucker On day two of the Roosevelt County Fair, area residents entered their best arts, crafts, food and other items in 16 categories to be judged for awards, but only the best got the title, “Best of Show.” Portales Police Detective Kirk Wilson was surprised to learn he took best of show in photography. […]

Food at the speed of life: Hobo stew feeds soul

I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce to fruit […]

Rats rescued from food chain

Sharna Johnson “18 cats?” The young officer asked me. “No, 18 rats,” I said, watching the predictable change in his expression while he tried his best to not laugh, instead focusing on his notepad as he scribbled. That’s right, I was filing a police report for 18 stolen rats. Time warp back to the beginning […]

Food at the speed of life: Try variations of usual grilled cheese sandwich

Warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple pleasure. Another pleasure is a good twist on them. I’ve discovered: • Muenster cheese and basil pesto • Muenster, sliced apple, a sprinkle of ground ginger Others suggested: • Adding green chile (Felisha Miller) • Adding mayonnaise (Amanda Rogers) • Salsa between two cheese slices (Clara Garcia) […]

Not many food items on ban list

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband. My grandmother once called me her little beet-eater because I liked the red root vegetable that I really only ever got at her table. I don’t think they were fresh beets too often but their sweetness seemed to me a little like […]

Food at the speed of life: Cupcakes contain hint of rose petals

Rose petal cupcakes? Yep. Portales recipe collector Raychel Randle shared the recipe she said she found in a 1913 Crisco cookbook:

God’s mercy is everlasting

My husband has really contributed to the health of cats. One time he had 23 cats in his barn. He fussed about so many cats, but I noticed he kept buying cat food. A car hit one mother cat. Emmitt tried desperately to feed her baby kittens with a doll bottle, but they were too […]

Food at the speed of life: Friends step in, offer pointers for cooking

In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. • Substitute […]

Food at the speed of life: Bread keeps on giving

Amish Friendship Bread is good stuff. I’ve encountered the sweet bread more than once. Most recently, Iris Johnson of Portales gave me a starter. Iris said she doesn’t think you can make an inedible mistake with the bread. Amish Friendship Bread works this way: Somebody gives you a starter, light brown goo in a sealed […]

Short supply plagues food bank

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Jared Tucker Local distributors of food for the needy said Wednesday there is just not enough to go around this month and there are serious questions about availability in August. [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Nancy Taylor, director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis, said her organization did not receive enough food […]