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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 »

Food Friday: Baked Pumpkin

Pumpkins grown in North Alabama

Everyone is fascinated with giant pumpkins that top the scales at more than a thousand pounds.  As interesting as these monster pumpkins are, they just are not that tasty to eat.  If you want to do more than just carve a jack-o-lantern from a pumpkin this year, try baked pumpkin for a different side dish. Pumpkins are full of flavor ... Read More »

Food Friday: Maple Syrup Stir-Fry Apples

Apples for snacks.

It’s apple harvest time across the nation.  Apples are a great snack choice just for eating out of hand.  But if you would like a quick recipe to add fresh apples to an upcoming meal, give our maple syrup stir-fry apples a try. 2 unpeeled tart apples, cored and thinly sliced 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar-free maple or breakfast syrup ... Read More »

Snack Attack: Snack Smarter

You know the feeling – the midmorning craving, afternoon energy slump or late-night munchies. When a snack attack hits, most people head for the nearest vending machine or refrigerator. Studies show that 75 percent of men and women eat at least one snack a day. But while snacks high in fat and sugars, such as candy bars, colas and potato ... Read More »

Food Friday: Easy Dried Beans

Dried beans and peas

Did you know that dried beans and peas are a great source of protein? For those of you looking to reduce your meat consumption but maintain a protein-balanced diet, this is the way to go. Dried beans, peas and other legumes are a hearty choice as fall approaches, and here’s a low-fat way to serve those favorite summertime-stored veggies! This recipe ... Read More »

Food Friday: Lighter Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potatoes are being harvested across the South.  There are many ways to enjoy them–from baked to complex souffles.  But sweet potato pie is a classic. What happens to this old favorite when you take out the butter and use skimmed evaporated milk instead of whole? You get this lower fat, classic pie that your guests are sure to love. Sweet ... Read More »

Food Friday: Banana Loaf

banana loaf

It has happened to everyone. You bought a bunch of beautiful bananas with the plan to snack on them all week. Now, a few days later, they are turning brown and becoming overripe. Don’t toss out overripe bananas. They are perfect for adding to recipes like this banana loaf. This version also has less fat than some traditional recipes. Most ... Read More »