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Cranberry Salsa

Salsas add spice and intense flavors and colors to meals or snacks. Traditionally, we think of them as a …

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Doing Sushi Safely

“I don’t do sushi” was a response I got to a recent invitation to a meeting of our Extension …

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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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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 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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4-H Chicken Donation: Embryology to Harvesting

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that …

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Food Pantry Produce Markets

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Master Gardener Volunteers and Community / Home Gardens

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Venison Donation Programs

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This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of …

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Direct to Food Bank and Food Pantry Donations

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given …

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Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide for North Carolina Cooperative Extension

This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation …

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Best Practices for Utilizing Local Food in Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes

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