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Shipping Holiday Food Treats

The holidays are often  spent with friends and family, thriving on traditions, new celebrations and good food. A frequently enjoyed surprise is receiving edible goodies in the mail. Mailing or shipping holiday food is an easy way to share  cheer with friends near and far. There is a proper way to package food. Goods should be packaged in insulated containers to maintain an appropriate ... Read More »

Video Highlights Proper Use of Food Thermometer

Placing a Meat Thermometer in a Turkey

Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Janet Johnson, an Alabama Extension Regional Food Safety Agent, demonstrates several different types of food thermometers and how to use them correctly. Janet also explains proper food cooking temperatures and the variances between the FDA and USDA. For more information,  visit  Alabama Extension’s Food Safety webpage. Read More »

Holiday Cooking Safety

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many people that means long hours in the kitchen. However, sickness can be easily contracted and spread through food preparation. To avoid the unwanted holiday bug, it is very important to be safe and clean while in the kitchen. Kristin Woods, an Alabama Extension agent in Southwest Alabama is an expert in food ... Read More »

Food Friday: Fried Turkey-Worth the risk?

Meat thermometer and turkey

Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to celebrate their lives and give thanks for the blessings that they have been given throughout the year. One of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions is cooking and carving a Thanksgiving bird, the turkey. One of the most popular ways to prepare a turkey is deep frying it. This method of cooking a ... Read More »

Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines and Websites During Holiday Season

Many food companies have opened their hotlines, offering help with holiday cooking and baking. “If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call,” said Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Many also offer ... Read More »

Healthy Eating Habits Start at Home

Healthy eating habits

Obesity is a national issue that continues to affect millions of Americans, specifically children and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. To address this issue, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently mandated higher nutrition standards for ... Read More »

Satsuma Season: Enjoying the Christmas Orange


AUBURN, Ala. – Satsumas are hitting the grocery shelves, and people are in for  a tasty treat. Satsuma mandarins have been harvested in Alabama for more than a century. “The quality of the crop this season is very good, but there will be a bit of a shortage because of the weather problems,” said James Miles, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture regional ... Read More »

Food Friday: Cornbread to Complete Your Next Meal


With cooler weather, many people are enjoying hearty stews, soups and chilis at meal time. Cornbread is a great choice to accompany any of these. Cornbread can be made in a baking pan or an iron skillet or on the griddle. It can be a little sweet or made with a hint of hot pepper heat. If you don’t have ... Read More »

Food Friday: Pecan Crispies


Fall is harvest season for pecans–a favorite ingredient for many cooks.  Try our Pecan Crispies for an easy drop cookie bursting with pecan flavor. Pecan Crispies 3/4 cup corn-oil margarine 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons skim milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 60 pecan halves (optional) Cream margarine and confectioners’ sugar by ... Read More »

Know Your Eggs: Fresh vs. Store-Bought

Hens in commercial operation

Raising chickens in the backyard is increasingly popular. Multiple factors are motivating people to put in the work to raise their own chickens.  Some want the freshest eggs possible while others want to know where the eggs are coming from.  At the same time, consumers also have more questions about eggs purchased in grocery stores and other retail outlets. Dr. Joseph ... Read More »