Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Big Valley Auto Technician Ysidro Gonzales works under the hood of a truck in his shop. Big Valley Service Manager Billy Bagwell said as winter approaches, people need to take their cars in to be winterized. Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have […]

Flower pressing featured on show

Information on pressing flowers, cancer-preventing foods and making bumper pads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, jewelry, candles and even light-switch plates. Chu […]

Prairie points featured on program

Information on using prairie points, making Greek salads and recipes for party foods will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Evelyn Terhune, owner of Ozark Crafts in Gilbert, Ark., will show how traditional prairie points, which are a long-time favorite of quilters, take on a new look […]

Nearly a million chickens killed in fire

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Smoke continued curling skyward Friday after a fire at Cal-Maine Foods egg farm burned down four laying houses and killed an estimated 800,000 hens. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. […]

Merchants see little effect from country of origin labels

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Almost two months into the use of Country of Origin Labeling for a variety of raw foods, producers and stores are seeing small effects. March 16, federally mandated rules went into effect to require that numerous foods must be labeled with country of origin. Included on the list are […]

Odd food preferences run in family

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Foods and the way we eat them may say a lot about us. Lately they’ve been screaming a lot about me from just above my belt. Some recipes, concoctions and combinations are specific to extended families and maybe even certain areas. You know what I’m talking about. Every family […]

Thanksgiving different in New Mexico

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers While Thanksgiving usually brings to mind canned yams, Pilgrim hats and cranberry stains on a white lace tablecloth, things may be celebrated a little differently in Eastern New Mexico. That’s because everything’s done a little differently in Eastern New Mexico. One can start by analyzing the menu, which is sure […]

People have every right to be dumb

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Suppose I decided to eat at a vegetarian restaurant morning, noon and evening, seven days a week, on and on, without a break. Just lettuce, nothing else. I know it’s dumb — or peculiar — but there is nothing difficult about imagining it. Many people are, indeed, dumb or peculiar, […]

New food tax law causes confusion for some retailers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer To some, the new tax law that exempts certain food items is simply confusing. For others, the Jan. 1 legislation — prepared food and hot food still carry sales tax while staple items and cold food are exempt — has been a nightmare. “The biggest problem is the retailers’ […]

Different Tastes

Tracy Simmons The aroma of the dinner roast floats through the air, enticing Patricia Dobson into the kitchen. Her husband, Lou Donofrio, a former gourmet chef, serves himself a slice of the tender meat while Dobson glides past him and reaches for the tofu. She said she’s a vegetarian because simply does not like the […]