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March is National Nutrition Month

AUBURN, Alabama—National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Go Further With Food “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018. Its importance is timely for many ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Salad

AUBURN, Alabama—Many homeowners grow their own foods at home. Some grow their own because they question what is in or on the products available at the grocery store or curb market. Others grow their own because they have the time and enjoy gardening. What can I grow? According to Bethany O’Rear, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and ... Read More »

February is National Snack Food Month

AUBURN, Alabama—Each person’s taste buds are different, so how you snack may differ from your peers. Many people have traditional go-to snacks that they grab when they get hungry. This month, ask yourself if what you are snacking on is the best option for your body. Below are a few snack options as well as some healthy, guilt-free alternatives to junk food snacks. It’s always a good rule ... Read More »

Food for Your 2018 Super Bowl Party

super bowl recipes

AUBURN, Alabama—The biggest party of the year is upon us. Try these three recipes for your Super Bowl party. Whether you are cheering for the Patriots or the Eagles, these recipes are sure to make your party a huge hit. Cocktail Weiners 10-ounce jar grape jelly 1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce 1 pound cocktail-size beef weiners Directions Combine jelly and ... Read More »

‘Orange’ You Glad Alabama Grows Satsumas

satsumas

 AUBURN, Alabama —The holiday season is a reminder to Alabama residents that Satsumas are ripe for the picking. Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent James Miles said producers in south Alabama have been harvesting Satsumas for nearly four weeks. Peak harvest season comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making Satsumas a yummy gift or an easy grab in the grocery store. ... Read More »

Final Produce Safety Training Set for Dec. 5

produce safety training

AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct the final Produce Safety training workshop of 2017 on Dec. 5 in Mobile. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department ... Read More »

Importance of Food Preparation and Meal Planning

Auburn, Alabama — It’s 6 p.m. and you just got off work. You are too tired to go to the grocery store or make dinner, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to eat out. What can you do to change this habit? In today’s fast-paced life, this happens quite often for many individuals.  How does a person curb ... Read More »

The Foods of Thanksgiving

Auburn, Ala.—In 2016, Americans carved more than 46 million turkeys at their Thanksgiving meals.  Turkey usually shares the table with many other dishes including dressing, stuffing, and vegetable side dishes as well as salads, gravy and sauces and desserts.  However, no meal is the same in every household. Families have their own holiday dinner traditions that make it special. Some families ... Read More »

Lettuce Varieties: What Are You Adding to Your Plate?

lettuce varieties

Auburn, Alabama — Lettuce is a staple food item for many people.  However, beyond the typical Iceberg and Romaine, many people don’t realize there are numerous lettuce varieties. With more than 100 different hybrids of lettuce, is one deemed more nutritional than others? “The darker the lettuce, the more nutrients are packed in it,” says Karen E. Softley, an Alabama Extension regional agent in ... Read More »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. —The 2017 hurricane season has struck the southern United States with full force. Storms have left many without power and shelter. Taking some simple precautions when dealing with food during power outages is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hands Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees ... Read More »