• Best Ways to Rinse Produce

              My Sister-in-law texted me:  how do you wash your produce? Me:  Water SIL: Don’t you use soap or something? Me:  No just lots of fresh running water. SIL:  Dr. on YouTube says to use soap in the sink. Me:  That will make you sick. SIL: So how do you kill […] Tags:
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  • Shop from your freezer

    Not wanting to go to the grocery store and have more time at home to cook than usual? Looking for meals you can cook for dinner from what’s already in your house? It’s time to shop from your freezer. Do you really know what’s in there? Take the time to pull things out and make […] Tags:
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  • Food, Fears & COVID-19

    COVID-19 has put us all into uncharted territory. Everyone has their own way of dealing with this uncertain time, but it’s safe to say that at some point we all have fears. And many of these fears involve food. As nutrition and health educators, how can we help? Here are some ideas to get you […] Tags:
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  • Healthy Eating on a Budget with a Twist

    During this busy time of year, people may not be thinking much about healthy eating. And their plan to stick to a budget may have gone out the window on Black Friday. But come January, lots of folks will be resolving to do better in both of these areas, making it a great time to […] Tags:
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  • Cranberries for Next Year

    Since cranberries are a must for most families at Thanksgiving, I bet there are cranberries in your house right now? According to the Ag Marketing Research Center, Americans consume nearly 400 million pounds of cranberries per year (that’s about 2.3 pounds a person) and 20% of this is during Thanksgiving week. Fresh whole cranberries are […] Tags:
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  • Looking for a project? Clean the pantry

          I’m betting that there are many folks like me that put off cleaning the pantry  by saying “someday I’ll have the time”.  Right now some of us have that time unplanned time at home, so…attack the pantry. Goals: Have the most nutritious meals possible from what’s on hand Don’t leave your home […] Tags:
  • Caution: Shopping Excitement

    Everyone’s mind right now if focusing on COVID-19.   If you’re like me, you’re planning fewer trips to the grocery store and “stocking up” a little more while there. Since I hadn’t been to the store in about a month our supply of fresh foods was gone.  When we finally went to the store and I […] Tags:
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  • Consider Pasteurized Eggs

    Eggs are considered potentially risky for some people.  The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food code puts them on the TCS (foods that need time and temperature control for safety) list. The major concern is Salmonella which ranks second (11%) of all foodborne illnesses in the United States. (Note:  Norovirus is first with 58%). For […] Tags:
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  • Reduce Food Waste with Meal Planning

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American family of four loses $1,500 to uneaten food each year. Food waste can impact your budget, but also the environment. One way to reduce food waste is to plan your meals. Of course, meal planning has many more benefits – it can help with eating […] Tags:
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  • Got Chickens?

    Backyard poultry —cute little chicks and ducklings—are becoming popular with both rural and urban families.  This can be an educational opportunity for families as well as a way to have fresh eggs. But, backyard poultry has been recently been linked to illnesses.  Over 1000 people in several states have become infected with different strains of […] Tags:
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