The first-ever CommonGround CookSmart Series in partnership with Nebraska Extension was held in Grand Island on Feb. 11, 2021.  The CookSmart Series is a sequence of cooking events that highlights family friendly recipes and includes information from CommonGround farm women about the food used in the recipes.

Joan Ruskamp is a farmer and cattle feeder from Dodge, Nebraska and was one of our chefs at the event. “We want to show how to make a healthy, family friendly meal as well as share with consumers about how food is grown and raised. Many consumers have questions about their food and the issues they hear about or read on labels, and we want to be a resource for them.”

The event was offered for both in person and virtual participation. The Family Friendly meal included Beef Wontons, Potato Stir Fry and Fruit Jarcuteris. The recipes and photos are shared below.

Beef Wontons

Joan Ruskamp, Farmer, Cattle Feeder


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded angel hair cabbage
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 14 ounce package wonton wrappers


  • In a large bowl, mix together beef, cabbage, carrot and onion. Stir in the egg, sugar, salt, soy sauce and vegetable oil.
  • Place a large teaspoonful of filling in the center of a wonton. Moisten the edges of a wonton with a few drops of water. Then fold the wonton in half and pinch the edges together to seal. Create a ripple pattern along the pinched edge by pinching and gently pushing together small segments of it. Repeat with remaining wontons.
  • Brush each wonton with melted butter.
  • Fry in air fryer at 400 for 4 minutes.
  • Optional: serve with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.
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Fruit Jarcuteris

Cami Wells, RD, Nebraska Extension


  • Fruit: Strawberries blueberries, mango, orange slices
  • Vegetables: Cucumber slices carrot sticks, bell peppers
  • Grains: Angel food cake squares pretzel sticks, whole grain crackers
  • Dairy: Cheese cubes
  • Protein: Lean lunch meat slices nuts


  • Mix and match your fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy and arrange in your jar.
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