Ask Karen: Is food safe if left out overnight? …….

Ask Karen: Is food safe if left out overnight? …….

If a perishable food (such as meat or poultry) has been left out at room temperature overnight (more than 2 hours) it may not be safe. Discard it, even though it may look and smell good. Never taste a food to see if it is spoiled.   Use a food thermometer to verify temperatures.   […]

By August 5, 2015 Read More →
Eat Local: Summer Squash ……

Eat Local: Summer Squash ……

People and their communities can benefit from buying local food—it is often fresher than food that has traveled long distances, and it boosts the local economy. Choosing local foods also protects natural resources, such as wildlife, water, and green space.   Most of Florida’s zucchini are grown in north central Florida, and Florida’s yellow squash […]

By July 18, 2015 Read More →
Choosing Healthy Meals as you get Older ……..

Choosing Healthy Meals as you get Older ……..

10 Healthy Eating Tips for People Age 65+        Eating healthy and being active is important at any age. That’s why MyPlate and the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, are delighted to offer a new resource on healthy eating designed specifically for people ages 65 and older. Choosing Healthy Meals […]

By July 17, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? ……..

Ask Karen: How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? ……..

How long can I keep meat in the refrigerator? Refrigeration slows but does not prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, it’s important to use food in a timely fashion before it spoils or becomes dangerous. For raw ground meats, poultry, seafood and variety meats (liver, tongue, chitterlings, etc.), refrigerate them only 1 to 2 days before either […]

By July 15, 2015 Read More →
Toast To A Better Morning With California Avocados ……..

Toast To A Better Morning With California Avocados ……..

(NAPSI)—There’s no better way to start off your morning than with avocado toast for breakfast. California avocados are your nutrition powerhouse breakfast choice, with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and 50 calories per serving (1/5 of a medium avocado). The sky is the lip-smacking limit for avocado toast, with endless mouthwatering recipes to surprise […]

By July 11, 2015 Read More →
Ask Karen: How long will cooked food stay safe in the refrigerator?

Ask Karen: How long will cooked food stay safe in the refrigerator?

USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days.   Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. There are two completely different families of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria, the kind that cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, the kind of bacteria that cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, tastes, and textures.   […]

By July 7, 2015 Read More →
Celebrate Summer With Mango Salsa …….

Celebrate Summer With Mango Salsa …….

(NAPSI)—Get your summer off to a healthy and delicious start with the ultimate summer snack—Mango Salsa! Mango’s bright flavor and natural sweetness make it the perfect foundation for a versatile fruit salsa that can be paired with other summertime favorites or enjoyed solo as a refreshing snack.   by Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC […]

By July 4, 2015 Read More →
Food Safety: Grocery Shopping ……..

Food Safety: Grocery Shopping ……..

Whether it’s just a 10-minute run to the store or it’s time to stock up for the week, grocery shopping can be a routine chore or an exciting activity. Some shoppers plan their meals for the week and check items off a list, while others frantically push their carts up and down the aisles looking for […]

By June 20, 2015 Read More →
Keep It Clean: Washing Fruits and Vegetables …….

Keep It Clean: Washing Fruits and Vegetables …….

  While fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, they can become contaminated from manure, water, and animals or insects. If the leafy greens and juicy fruits are not cleaned properly, then foodborne illnesses can spread.   Use the following tips as a guide to washing specific produce groups.   Rinse and Rub […]

By June 13, 2015 Read More →
Grilling With Almond Wood: Flavorful And Sustainable ………

Grilling With Almond Wood: Flavorful And Sustainable ………

(NAPSI)—When it comes to grilling food, where there’s smoke, there’s flavor—usually a very specific flavor depending on the type of wood that’s being burned. That’s the word from a number of restaurants, many of which have been stepping up their game by introducing beef lovers to the various flavor profiles offered by different types of […]

By June 12, 2015 Read More →
Food Safety: Grilling …….

Food Safety: Grilling …….

Posted by jmidelis  Information provided by IFAS Solutions     Grilling adds a fun element to picnics and summer evenings. Follow these steps to make sure the meat foods you serve are safe to eat. Preparing Shopping At the grocery store, pick up meat and poultry last. To prevent cross-contamination, separate these items from other […]

By June 6, 2015 Read More →
Five Tips For Incredible Outdoor Cooking …….

Five Tips For Incredible Outdoor Cooking …….

(NAPSI)—You can step up your grilling game this summer with some insider tips and tricks from Chef Kevin Gillespie, BBQ expert, restaurant owner, cookbook author, and fan favorite from Bravo’s “Top Chef.” From temperature tips to unexpected ingredients such as hard cider, Kevin has some great tricks to make your grilling easier and even more […]

By June 3, 2015 Read More →
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Fudge: Fun And Fancy …….

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Fudge: Fun And Fancy …….

(NAPSI)—Here’s sweet news: This delicious dessert can be easy to make and elegant to serve. Chocolate-Covered Cherry Fudge 20 maraschino cherries with stems 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips* 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or bittersweet chocolate chips)* 2 large eggs 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons flour* ½ teaspoon baking […]

By May 28, 2015 Read More →
Expert Advice on Enticing Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables …….

Expert Advice on Enticing Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables …….

(NAPSI)—As many parents know, kids can be picky eaters. And according to a recent study, moms are concerned that their kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. “We found that moms understand the health benefits of fruits and vegetables but struggle to get their family to eat them,” said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., RD, president and […]

By May 21, 2015 Read More →

How Proper Nutrition May Help Vision Problems ……

(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Just as specific foods and nutritional supplements have value in treating specific diseases, some can also encourage eye health.    by Robert Abel, Jr., M.D.   Eating right can help you save your own sight. Here are some suggestions: Ten Foods for Sight 1. Cold water fish (sardines, cod, mackerel, tuna) […]

By May 14, 2015 Read More →
Fuel Your Day With Fresh Pear Smoothies ……

Fuel Your Day With Fresh Pear Smoothies ……

(NAPSI)—Shake up your smoothie routine and add fresh pears to the blender to boost your breakfast or snack. Pears are packed with fiber, making them a sweet and satisfying smoothie ingredient. By pairing pears with other whole-food ingredients, you can fuel your day with fiber and protein. Pears blend well with a variety of smoothie […]