Healthy food can taste good
Cheryl Walker

So many times you may think that healthy foods have little or no flavor. Well the Healthy Eating Cooking School set for June and July will change your mind. You will taste a variety of recipes, get information on food select and preparation, and learn about the carbohydrates, fats, salt and fiber in foods.

Healthy meals take some planning to make them quick and easy foods. The Healthy Cooking School will help you become aware of what you are eating and give you hints and recipes to make healthy meals. Each session will address a special concern:

• Session One—June 17, Carbohydrates Foods.

• Session Two—June 27, Fats in our Foods.

• Session Three—July 15, Cutting Salt and Adding Fiber to Your Diet.

• Session Four—July 22, Holiday Recipes and Desserts.

The Healthy Cooking School is a four-part series to help you plan and prepare dishes to improve your food choices. Diabetics and non-diabetics can both gain information to help them make better food choices. The series will be conducted at the Milano United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

An afternoon session will be conducted from 3-5 p.m. with a night session from 6-8 p.m. Each session will offer recipes, nutritional information and tasting of healthy recipes. Participants will gain information on carbohydrates, fats, sodium and fiber in the diet along with ways to deal with holiday eating.

The cost is $10 per person. This includes the handout, recipes for the course. Payment will be collected when you attend the first program. You need to pre-register so handouts and food samples can be prepared for each session. Pre-register by contacting the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron or email

The Healthy Cooking School series is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service- Milam County Office.

GARDEN TIME IS HERE— With gardens starting to produce, we start thinking about ways to cook and preserve the great tastes. If you are going to can, freeze, dry, pickle or preserve the garden produce, make sure you do it safely. A variety of tested recipes are available on the Milam County Extension website, Click on the link to the Georgia Extension Food Preservation site.

You will find recipes to preserve almost everything. If you need additional assistance, contact the Milam County Extension Office, 254-697- 7045, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron or

Tomatoes are one of the favorites in the garden and the Centennial Tomato Club Recipe Book has a variety of ways to use tomatoes. We still have a few copies of the Tomato Cookbook for sale at the Extension Office. The cost is $7.

Here is a squash and tomato recipe in the cookbook from our State Representative, Dr. Marsha Farney. It is very good.

Squash and Tomato Casserole Dr. Marsha Farney, PhD State Representative District 20

3 medium yellow squash, thinly
1 medium zucchini squash, thinly
2 medium tomatoes (may substitute
1 can diced tomatoes)
ยด onion, thinly sliced
grated cheddar cheese
garlic salt

Butter the bottom of an 8x8 dish. Place a layer of thinly sliced squash in the dish. Add a layer of tthinly sliced onion. Add a layer of thinly sliced tomato. Repeat layers. Sprinkle the garlic salt and pepper over the casserole. Top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake covered for approximately 30 minutes in a 350 degree F. oven. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Cheryl’s version: Try some canned tomatoes and chilies along with the tomato sliced for a little kick.

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