Marching Towards Planting Season

Marching Towards Planting Season

March is one of my favorite months.  First, March reminds us spring is just around the corner. Second, I get to celebrate another birthday!  With a birthday at the end of the month, I have enjoyed many celebrations with spring-like weather, but I have had...
Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

CommonGround volunteer Joan Ruskamp shares her recipe for Irish Stew with Pure Nebraska viewers. Irish Beef Stew 2 pounds beef chuck roast (cut into 1-inch cubes)2 teaspoons vegetable oil1 cup onion (diced)8 ounces button mushrooms (sliced)2 teaspoons minced...
New Year: Protein Front and Center

New Year: Protein Front and Center

Happy New Year!  A new year can often bring hope for changes in our health, finances and relationships.  I don’t know how many times in my life I’ve made  New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and eat healthier foods.  When I think about eating...
Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet Pan Nachos

CommonGround volunteer Joan Ruskamp and her niece Maria share a recipe for Sheet Pan Nachos with Pure Nebraska viewers. Recipe is from www.thekitchn.com. Sheet Pan Nachos For the ground beef cheese sauce:1 tablespoon olive oil1 pound lean ground beef1/2 teaspoon...
Hot Beef Sundae

Hot Beef Sundae

Ruskamp family recipe Roast beef and mashed potatoes are a generational favorite extending from my childhood to my grandchildren. This recipe originated at the Iowa State Fair. It can be used with leftovers, or you can buy prepared roast beef with gravy and use...
The Positive Impacts of Agriculture

The Positive Impacts of Agriculture

My family: My husband, Steve, and I recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. I am also celebrating over 40 years of life as a woman in agriculture – a farmer. During my childhood years, I yearned to live on a farm with no real understanding of what it meant to be...