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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 »

Have a Healthy Halloween

Halloween has turned into a celebration of refined sugar. It can be difficult to help children make healthy decisions, especially when they don’t want to miss out on the fun of trick-or-treating with friends. Two Alabama Extension nutrition professionals have tips to make Halloween a fun and healthy celebration that children will love. “Treasures, not treats” is the rule that Teresa Forehand ... Read More »

Food Friday: Ideas for Beef Round Steak

Round steak

Round steak is a lower cost option than other steak choices, but it also less tender than T-bone or ribeye steaks. While it can certainly be cooked on the grill, there are other ways to bring out round steak’s flavor. Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry 1 pound boneless lean round steak Vegetable cooking spray 4 teaspoons olive oil ½ cup thinly ... Read More »

Food Friday: Celebrate Fall with a Pot of Chili


The temperatures are dropping, and fall is settling in. What better way to celebrate autumn and National Chili Month than by stirring up a pot of your favorite chili recipe. Chili’s amazing versatility makes it a great meal choice. Meat. No meat. Beans. No beans. Ground beef. Cubed beef. Ground vension. There is a recipe that will tempt everyone’s taste ... Read More »