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By Judy Konecne

10/23/2013 - 7:46am

After a little more than three years, this is my last “Cook of the Week” column. I have enjoyed writing the column, meeting new people and sharing some very good recipes. With some new demands on my time, including a very cute 2-1/2-year old named Peyton, I have decided that it is time to turn the reins over to someone else. If you are interested in being a “Cook of the Week” or know of...

10/16/2013 - 7:51am

Fall brings with it vivid colors: the red and green of leaves and the orange of pumpkins. Fall also brings with it the peak seasons for many winter squash. The terms winter and summer squash are somewhat misleading, as many are available all year long. The terms date back to a time when winter meant that the vegetables would last until...

10/09/2013 - 8:01am

October is National Pork Month. In 1539, Hernando de Soto brought 13 pigs with him to Tampa Bay, FL. Three years later, the herd had grown to 700 head, not counting those that had been consumed, run away or been given to the Native Americans. (Those that had run away became wild pigs, the ancestors of the feral pigs or razorbacks of today.)...

10/02/2013 - 7:58am

October has been celebrated as National Popcorn Poppin’ month for the last 30 years, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Dan Glickman, who was Secretary of Agriculture at the time, declared it as such. Here are some fun facts about those delicious little kernels:
• Popcorn is one of the lowest calorie snack foods having only 31 calories per...

09/25/2013 - 7:54am

Fall is officially here. With the cooler weather (well maybe) and hectic schedules, it’s still nice, more cost efficient and many times healthier to sit down to a home-cooked meal. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a slow cooker, for example a crockpot. This week’s cook column revisited some of the cooks from the past three-plus...

09/18/2013 - 7:49am

A relative newcomer to America, the zucchini squash has proved itself to be a very versatile vegetable that can be used in side and main dishes as well as in breads and desserts. The zucchini is a member of the melon and cucumber family. Although zucchini has been eaten in South and Central America for years, the variety of summer squash that...

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