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Cooking With Margie!

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Margie Mansure is an Extension Agent, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, and Culinary School graduate who serves Watauga and Caldwell counties.

Margie Mansure cuts veggies

Margie Mansure cuts veggies

Through her personal and professional journey, Margie has realized that food choices should not be complicated or stressful. Food should provide pleasure and nourishment for the body and spirit. That’s why Margie works to:

  1. Promote purchasing from local food producers for fresh, flavorful food and beverage choices and development of community.
  2. Help people develop cooking and food preservation skills by offering hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, instructional videos and tested recipes.

Developing any skill-set requires time and perseverance. But being able to prepare your own fresh, fabulous tasting and nourishing food to share is definitely worth the investment.

Extension Master Food Volunteer 2024 Applications – NOW OPEN!

Extension Master Food Volunteer Application

Please email questions or completed application to Margie Mansure at by April 8th, 2024

Do you enjoy cooking, learning about nutrition and health, or local food system work?

Are you a responsible person who likes to work with others? If so, the Extension Master Food Volunteer program may be a perfect opportunity! The 2024 application for this program is now open to Watauga and Caldwell residents. The application deadline is April 8th.

The Extension Master Food Volunteer program, modeled after the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, is designed to provide volunteers the opportunity to support Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) extension agents with food-related programming. Volunteers will receive a core curriculum of 30 hours of training which includes field trips, and will then shadow/assist the extension agent for 30 hours during their first year.

Food-related programming activities may include assisting with cooking classes, conducting food demonstrations in the community, serving on the Watauga Food Council, volunteering at the donation station at the Watauga farmers’ market, volunteering at the high country food hub, teaching nutrition/gardening lessons at childcare centers, and others.

There will be a fee for the class to cover expenses: food for demonstrations, cooking lunch together and field trips, to be determined.

Training Dates: Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

Cooking with Margie! videos on Caldwell County Government Channel

Meal Planning Tools:

List of Favorite Meals

Weekly Meal Planner

Tips for Meal Prep and Planning

Some Favorite Recipes:

Gumbo recipe New Orleans gumbo

Pan Fired Potatoes with Applesrecipe panfried potatoes,onions and apples

Pasta Primavera recipe pasta primavera

Tomato Herb Bread Saladrecipe tomato herb bread salad

sesame mint slaw recipe sesame mint slaw

Recipe Spring-roll Inspired Salad with Peanut Sauce

Korean-inspired Veggie PancakesRecipe Korean vegetable pancakes

Lemony Spring SaladLemony Spring Salad topped with Feta and Balsamic Glazed Radishes

Recipe Spring Vegetable Pasta with Shrimp

Recipe oyster mushroom over green grits

Oyster Mushroom and Potato SoupRecipe oyster mushroom potato soup

Recipe Braised Winter Greens with and without Sausage

Recipe Apple Slices with Date Spread and Roasted Pecans

Recipe Butternut Squash Bean Soup with Sage Recipe

Recipe Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mexican Style Chicken

Recipe Chipotle Slaw

Winter Citrus Salad Recipe

Summer Squash and Feta Salad Recipe

Chilled Asparagus with Mustard Herb Vinaigrette Recipes

Curry Meatballs over Jasmine Rice with Mango Salsa Recipes

Shrimp Vegetable Moo Shu Recipe

Caldo Verde Recipe

Sweet Potato Chickpea Power bowl with Tahini Sauce Recipe

Savory Pumpkin Sauce and Cheese Tortellini Recipe

Creamy Spinach with Leeks Recipe

Recipe Tacos with Mole Poblano Sauce

Recipe Apple Pico De Gallo

ratatouille hashRatatouille Hash Recipe

Crispy Vegetable Pancakes with Creamy Herb Dip Recipe

Recipe Summer Squash Pasta with Goat Cheese

Recipe Roasted Potatoes and Kale with Tahini Sauce

Recipe Nutty Strawberry Oat Bars

Recipe Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Recipe Mexican Shredded Beef or Venison

Recipe Thai Chicken Peanut Curry Stir fry