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Celebrating Food Heroes

A couple of weeks ago I was pleased to take part in a celebration of Food Heroes here in …

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Podcast Addresses Allergen Labels

Regular readers of this column know that I frequently write about topics discussed on a food safety podcast called …

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EMFV's Taste Test Pesto

Our Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFV) recently explored the different tastes of basil. The EMFVs partnered with the Extension …

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Reducing Peanut Allergies

I recently attended the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual week-long conference. This association is for …

FoodKeeper App

Food Safety…there’s an app for that, too. There’s a phone app for almost everything these days. It seems like …

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Hurricane Foods

So far, so good this hurricane season. I hope I’m not asking for bad luck by mentioning it, but …

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Hummus

Try hummus. The word hummus is Arabic for chickpeas and it’s believed to be one of the first prepared …

Sweet Spreads Workshop

We’re offering a hands-on Sweets Spread Workshop! If you’ve always wanted to learn to make sweet spreads, but just …

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Keep Those Leftovers Safe

Leftovers. Some people love them. Others not so much. Doggie bags from a restaurant or just extra food from …

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Eat More Veggies

You don’t need me to tell you about the importance of eating vegetables. Everyone knows this, but, we don’t …

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More on Frozen Foods

In last week’s column I wrote about freezing food and discussed what foods don’t freeze well. I’m going to …

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Freezing

Freezing can be a quick and easy way to extend the storage time of many foods. Freezing foods can …

Charcuterie Board. Board with various foods including pretzels, hummus, homeade ranch, turkey, cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds.

Looking Differently at Charcuterie

Serving a charcuterie board is the trendy way to entertain. These carefully arranged displays of food are designed for …

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Blueberry Picking Time

I am so proud of the staff of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardener℠ Volunteers, Extension Master Food …

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Risky or Not: Pets in the Kitchen

Readers of this column know that I frequently write about topics discussed on a podcast called “Risky or Not.” …

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Evaluating Popular Diets

There are so many diets floating around the internet and on social media, it’s really hard to know what …

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