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NMSU's Luna County extension office moves, launches recipe-testing program

New Mexico State University's Luna County Extension Office has a new home - 210 B Poplar St. in Deming. The new location not only offers more space for offices, a conference room and storage, it also provides space for a test kitchen.

"We are all very excited about our new space," said Barbara Brokaw, Luna County's extension home economist.

Because of the additional space and test kitchen, she and Sandra Saenz, the Luna County ICAN nutrition educator, are launching a monthly recipe-testing program at the office.

ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition) provides hands-on, needs-based education in the areas of healthy food choices, food preparation, food safety and food resource management. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program. In keeping with the ICAN mission, the office plans to test mostly healthy, nutritious recipes.

Saenz regularly teaches classes covering topics that include food safety, quick and easy recipes, feeding infants and children, and preparing quick and nutritious meals. Hands-on learning experiences are offered for children in the areas of nutrition, food budgeting and food preparation.

"The USDA provides many recommended recipes including nutritional and cost-per-serving information. But, just like any other cookbook, some recipes are good and some not so good, hence, The Luna County Test Kitchen," Brokaw said.

They plan to test other recipes outside of the USDA plan.

For more information about the Luna County Extension Office or its programs, call (575) 546-8806.