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Avoiding Food Waste at Home

Over one-third of all available food in the United States goes uneaten due to loss or waste. It’s estimated that …

Avery Ashley explaining why don't we eat more fruits and vegetables.

More Veggies

Avery Ashley our Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent along with our Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) recently conducted a …

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Make It Soup-er

It’s a rainy day as I write this. I’m thinking about making a big pot of soup. Soup can be …

healthy homemade chickpea hummus with olive oil and smoked paprika, wooden background, top view

Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans...

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Just different names for the same food. But no matter what you call them these …

DASH Easting Plan

Do the DASH

I’ve written a lot about the Mediterranean Diet and our Family and Consumer Science staff and volunteers teach about …

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Just for Peanut Butter Lovers

What do you like best smooth or crunchy peanut butter? I’m asking this question because I’m thinking about peanut butter. …

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Safety of Leftover Rice

Leftover rice. There are several articles making their way around the internet and some columns in national newspapers on …

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Oatmeal Day

I bet you missed it. Last Monday (February 12) was Oatmeal Day. But don’t fret, you can “celebrate” this any …

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Super Choices for Super Bowl Eating

According to the US Department to Agriculture, “Super Bowl Sunday is American’s second largest food consumption day—right after Thanksgiving.” It’s …

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Food Bank Tour and Lots of Turnips

Our Extension Master Food Volunteers recently toured the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This food bank is located …

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Vacuum Packing

Vacuum sealers or vacuum packing machines are popular and frequently found in home kitchens. Their main purpose is to remove …

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Microwave Mythbusters

It’s time for some more MythBusters from the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PSFE). This is a group of …

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