Crystal Klug

About Crystal

Columbus, Nebraska

I grew up a farm girl and despite my mother encouraging me to ‘NEVER marry a farmer,’ I met my farmer husband, Beau, in college and we moved back to his family farm following graduation. We are the fourth generation (raising the fifth) to live and work off the land and raise cattle, crops and kids. My husband works alongside his dad and brother every day to ensure livestock are properly fed, watered and cared for. We plant a lot of cover crops to protect and improve soil health, which also provides an additional feed source for our cattle.

We also utilize the manure from our livestock to fertilize the soil, and are always seeking opportunities to improve sustainability on our farm. I play a supportive role on the farm, making meals for hungry farmers and crews during the busy spring planting and fall harvest seasons, manage the books, and keep our young family of five fed, clean, laundered and chauffeured. I volunteer in my kids’ school, am a 10-plus year 4-H leader, and help my oldest son walk, feed, and travel to pig shows with his show pigs during the late spring and summer months.”

News from Crystal

Food Labels Q & A

Food Labels Q & A

My husband, Beau, and I are the fourth generation (raising the fifth) to farm the Klug family’s land in Columbus, Nebraska, where we raise cattle and crops. As a CommonGround volunteer, I’m often asked questions about food and product labeling consumers see in their...

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Meatloaf

Meatloaf

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for Meatloaf with Pure Nebraska viewers.   Meatloaf 2 lbs. ground beef3/4 uncooked quick oats1 small onion (finely diced)1 T Worcestershire sauce1 1/2 - 2 tsp salt1/4 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp onion powder1/2...

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pure Nebraska viewers.   Strawberry Spinach Salad ¾ cup pecans (toasted and roughly chopped)½ small red onion very thinly sliced10 ounces fresh baby spinach1 quart...

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for a Giant Cookie with Pure Nebraska viewers. Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie 1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup packed light brown sugar1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled slightly)1 large...

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Fresh Orange Julius

Fresh Orange Julius

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for Fresh Orange Julius with Pure Nebraska viewers. Fresh Orange Julius 4 fresh (cold oranges, peeled)2 cups ice1/3 cup milk1 –2 tablespoons honey1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Combine ingredients in a blender...

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Warm German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for Warm German Potato Salad with Pure Nebraska viewers. Warm German Potato Salad 5 med. potatoes (cooked and sliced)5 slices bacon (cooked crisp, chopped, drippings saved)1 med. onion (chopped)3 stalks celery (1/2...

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares a recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars with Pure Nebraska viewers. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars SHORTBREAD CRUST1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)1/4 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon salt1...

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Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Crystal Klug shares her recipe for Breakfast Burritos with Pure Nebraska viewers.   Breakfast Burritos 3/4 of a 28 oz package tater tots1 pound breakfast sausage1 large onion (chopped)2 bell peppers (seeded and chopped)12 eggs1 tsp...

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Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug and her daughter share a recipe for Mango Peach Salsa with Pure Nebraska viewers.     Mango Peach Salsa 1 ripe mango chopped2 ripe peaches chopped1 Roma tomato chopped1/2 cup finely chopped red onion1 jalapeño diced2...

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Slow Cooker Beef and Beer

Slow Cooker Beef and Beer

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug shares this recipe from the Nebraska Beef Council for Slow Cooker Beef and Beer with Pure Nebraska viewers.   Slow Cooker Beef and Beer 1 lb stew meat1 can condensed mushroom soup or homemade cream soup (see recipe below)1 16...

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Mom Guilt, and How to Avoid It When Grocery Shopping!

Mom Guilt, and How to Avoid It When Grocery Shopping!

“Mom guilt.” It’s like laundry. No matter how hard you try to wish it away, it’s always there. Now more than ever, this fast-paced, technology-driven world puts pressure on young moms to do what’s right for their family. Is this car seat safe enough? What kind of milk...

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Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos

CommonGround volunteer Crystal Klug and her children share their favorite snack with Pure Nebraska viewers.   Apple Nachos 2 sliced apples2 heaping spoonfuls of peanut butterchocolate chips Arrange sliced apples on a plate.Melt peanut butter in the microwave...

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