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The Importance of Lunch for Teens

Lunch for teens has become an important issue because with the busy schedules teens face, it’s easy for them to skip lunch during school. What most teens don’t realize is that skipping lunch can impact their health. Recently, school cafeterias have offered healthier food items. Teens can now take advantage of these healthy lunches rather than skipping out on lunch. “Choosing a school lunch instead ... Read More »

Tips for Holiday Season Food Preparation

Multi Generation Family Celebrating With Christmas Meal

It’s that time of year again, where the weather becomes colder, your family gathers to celebrate and delicious food is always around. However, there are times when the food doesn’t turn out so delicious or there may be a bit of a kitchen emergencyTo be sure that doesn’t happen to you, Amelia Mitchell, a regional food safety agent with Alabama ... Read More »

Food Friday: Slow Cooker Food Safety for the Holidays

Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t love a delicious, warm meal during the holidays? Between work and holiday shopping, you may not have the time to prepare and cook a full meal in the evening. A slow cooker or crockpot allows you to prepare a delicious holiday meal while you’re at work, or even asleep! When using a slow cooker, it’s imperative to follow several ... Read More »

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 »

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 »