My turn: Kindle not as comforting

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This is my next to the last column before saying goodbye to you, my Portales readers. Before my ode to peanut butter milkshakes and minus one grouch, let’s talk about Kindle. Uncle Manny and Aunt Matilda gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I love my handheld library. However, I miss highlighting things with real highlighters. […]

Searching for a cure for life’s screwups

While sitting next to a 20-something young woman on the airplane, I shook a handful of peanut butter M&M’s into my palm. She said, “I wish I’d bought some of those, too.” I offered her one but she declined, “Oh, no.” she sighed, “I’ve got these.” She indicated a plastic baggie with enough pills and […]

Peanut Valley Festival boasts food, crafts

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Jillian Holbert The 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival held something for all who attended Saturday. The festival was held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Upstairs in the Ballroom, vendors sold fudge, holiday decorations, toys, sports memorabilia and Hispanic jewelry and clothes. Downstairs in the main lobby of the CUB, patrons purchased peanuts, […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, which begins today at 9 a.m. With all this nuttiness in the air, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share their favorite nutty recipes:

My turn: Partial to annual peanut festival

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I’m not a nut case. Well, maybe a Valencia peanut case. I proudly admit I was born and raised in Portales, despite the fact that I didn’t taste a peanut butter milkshake until only a few years ago. I’ve spent my entire life here in Goober Gulch, if you don’t count the two years I […]

Food at the speed of life: S’mores have peanut butter twist

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Peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookies and roasted marshmallows rolled into one dessert. I had to try it. This twist on s’mores is a Taste of Home recipe used with permission.

My turn: Smores have peanut butter twist

Peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookies and roasted marshmallows rolled into one dessert. I had to try it. This twist on s’mores is a Taste of Home recipe used with permission. Peanut Butter S’mores • 8 large chocolate chip cookies • 4 teaspoons hot fudge ice cream topping • 4 large marshmallows • 4 peanut […]

Peanut prices remain high despite lower acreage

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PNT staff report Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]

Peanut researchers focus on hardier crop

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Argen Duncan Area peanut researchers are focusing on developing varieties with disease resistance, drought tolerance, early maturity and peanuts with a long shelf life. Peanut breeder Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis and Soumailia Sanogo of NMSU’s Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department discussed their work at […]

Researchers working on disease-resistant peanuts

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Argen Duncan Work by a local peanut breeder to develop disease-resistant Valencia peanuts could benefit both farmers and consumers. Naveen Puppala, peanut breeder at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, is collaborating with a researcher in Uganda to cross New Mexico Valencia peanuts with Ugandan Spanish and Virginia peanuts to find […]

Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

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Clarence Plank The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday was a busy day for vendors, local shoppers and some who attend the festival every year. Vendors came from North Carolina, Florida, west Texas and New Mexico. Cheri Quinn, owner of Kountry Klutter in Roswell, is a regular at the […]

Peanut butter food from heaven

Grant McGee: Local columnist I was chatting with some folks the other day when one of our area’s unique food specialties came up: The Peanut Butter Milkshake. Well, I think it’s unique anyway. Have you heard of a peanut butter milkshake anywhere else in these United States? Well maybe you have, but with all the […]

Peanut harvest up, early

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Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields and good-quality nuts, farmers and processors are saying. The recent lack of rain has also put the harvest on track to finish early. Roosevelt County farmer Craig Breshears estimated he was harvesting 10 percent to 15 percent more peanuts this year. He said […]

Peanut Valley festival may feature petting zoo

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PNT Staff Fifty craft booths. Eight food vendors. Maybe even a petting zoo and kiddy train. The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is featuring all those things, plus a few information tables and fundraisers, during its two-day run this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University, said Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant working with the […]

Peanut Valley Festival upcoming

The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day in Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. The festival will feature more than 50 craft booths and a variety of food vendors, according to a news release from ENMU. A […]

Peanut prices up

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Retail costs for peanut products from this area are going up this year, due to processors paying more for the nuts. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the company’s contracts with farmers for Valencia peanuts set the price about $50 higher per ton than last year, one of the […]

My Turn: The non-confrontational taste of peanut butter

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I’ll eat (almost) any food once. So, when I collected interesting suggestions for “beyond jelly” peanut butter sandwiches, I tried most. And took notes. (I know you’re laughing at me.) I concluded that peanut butter has a non-confrontational taste, so to speak. With other flavors, its taste either disappears […]

Day trip: Peanut factory offers guided tours

Courtesy photo At Sunland Inc. visitors take a 20-minute guided tour through the factory and see how peanut butter is created and packaged from start to finish. Place: Sunland Inc. Location: The factory is located at 42593 U.S. 70, just northeast of Portales. It is 16.5 miles or a 24-minute drive from Cannon Air Force […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

Hand crafts featured at peanut festival

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University celebrated a little legume that has a large impact on Roosevelt County and much of eastern New Mexico. The 36th Peanut Valley Festival Saturday featured arts and craft vendors from across the region and west Texas. Sandy Anthony-Beaty of Portales has been coming out to […]