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Cookie tips: 10 secrets for baking the tastiest cookies

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Posted on Jul 01, 2016 in General

Read your recipe carefully before you begin. Baking demands accuracy. Unlike with other types of cooking, be careful when substituting ingredients. Not all ingredients bake the same way! Use fresh ingredients. Check expiration dates of ingredients and test, if necessary, before using. For example, baking soda should bubble when added to vinegar, and baking powder… Continue reading.

Meet the Candidates

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Posted on Jun 09, 2016 in General

  District 1 Candidate Chris Birky and his wife, Melissa, reside in Pleasant Township with their children. The couple have been Kankakee Valley REMC members for 22 years. The Birkys own Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet in Kouts, where they operate a country market and bakery. They also run two seasonal restaurants called Piggies &… Continue reading.

Operation Round Up

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Posted on Jun 09, 2016 in General

Operation Round Up provided over $13,000 in support to local non-profit organizations.  With your help, these organizations are able to offer programs to support the needs in the community.  LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department will be purchasing a new automated external defibrillator with a recent $3,000 grant.  With LaCrosse VFD being a first responder in the… Continue reading.

Join us at your annual meeting

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Posted on Jun 09, 2016 in General

Story contributed by Dennis Weiss. It’s that time of year, again. Kankakee Valley REMC is gearing up for the 2016 annual meeting which will be held April 12 at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. Doors open at 5 p.m. The annual meeting is a special time for co-op members to gather, share experiences,… Continue reading.

Waxing poetic in the firefly glow

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General

Purdue University entomologist Tom Turpin tells a sweet tale of the allure of fireflies and the memories they can instill for a lifetime. He said he received a phone call at his campus office in West Lafayette one day, maybe 10-15 years ago. It was from an elderly couple of expatriated Hoosiers living in California. They… Continue reading.

Well … for pet’s sake!

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General, Product Picks

By Ron Aiken Humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the latest in technology. Check out these gadgets designed to make your pet cuter, your house cleaner and your life easier. HEALTHY CHOICES ENCOURAGING HYDRATION Dogs and cats need plenty of water, especially during these coming summer days. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain… Continue reading.

Lofty eavesdropping

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General, Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding A show of companionship and survival is available to view live from an Indiana Department of Natural Resources webcam. The camera offers a glimpse into the lives of a barn owl pair raising chicks. Barn owls are a rarity and a state-endangered species. The pair on the webcam has been living in a… Continue reading.

12-year-old from Evansville wins Food Network competition

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General

While most kids can prepare only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 12-year-old Haley Mattes of Evansville won the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” TV show, and the $10,000 prize, by cooking chickpea-crusted camel hamburger, seared filet mignon with watercress salad, and cookie dough vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate cake. Haley had to come up with… Continue reading.

Carrying a Torch

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Features, General

How far would you go chasing a firefly? Across town? Across the state? To the ends of the Earth? In the cool of the evening this time of year, these little bioluminescent beetles emerge and begin beckoning both their mates and us with their tiny flashing greenish gold beacons. It’s easy to fall under their… Continue reading.

Traditional Mexican food preparation brings out flavor

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Posted on May 01, 2016 in General

Despite advancements in technology, the basic tools and techniques for preparing Mexican food, especially the staple corn tortillas, have stayed relatively constant. Have you used these traditional Mexican cooking tools? Cazuela: an earthenware pot used for boiling corn, moles and beans Metate: a small, sloped, stone table used to grind corn Prensa: a wooden or… Continue reading.

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