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Our FCS Column features weekly articles focused on food safety, tips and tricks, seasonal recipes, and local produce.

Click on the links below to visit previous columns written by Cheryle Syracuse for our Extension FCS Column!

June 2024

The Dreaded Question

Hurricane Meal Kits: Nutrition and Food Safety

Care Fair at Cedar Grove

May 2024

Label Dates Waste Food

Sorting Out Prediabetes

Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen

Hurricane Meal Kits

Healthy Harvest Billboards

April 2024

More Veggies

Avoiding Food Waste at Home

Golden ‘A’ Awards

Recycle That Rotisserie Chicken

March 2024


Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans

Make It Soup-er

February 2024

Food Bank Tour and Lots of Turnips

Super Choices for Super Bowl Eating

Safe Plates Food Safety Manager Certification Class

Oatmeal Day

Safety of Leftover Rice

Just for Peanut Butter Lovers

January 2024

Start off with a Med Salad

More On The Med

Microwave Mythbusters

Vacuum Packing

December 2023

Mindful Eating

Holiday Food Myths Busted 

How and Why to Use Your Kitchen Exhaust Fan

Something Good To Eat

Try to Be More Active Next Year

November 2023

Pears featured at Food Heroes Event

Put It In a Bowl

Ferment That!

Safe Plates Food Safety Manager Certification Class

Pumpkin the Med Way

Holiday Survival Tips

Cranberries: Not just for Thanksgiving

October 2023

Jamming at the Extension Kitchen

Make Homemade Salads As Good As Restaurants

Acorn Squash, Kale and Cranberry Salad

Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

September 2023

Food Safety Education Month

Food Safety Education Month – Baking & Flour Safety

Food Safety Education Month – Don’t Wash Your Chicken

Food Safety Education Month – Food Labeling

Marinating and Preparing Food Ahead of Time

August 2023

Crazy Corn? 

Pickling Basics

February 2023

Fascination with Toilets 

Banana Peels

Healthier Pasta

Soup-er Bowl 

January 2023

Looking at Frozen Fruits and Veggies

African American Quilter

EMFVs Tour the Food Bank 

Food and Working Out

Cheryle Syracuse wrote these articles and similar ones for the Family and Consumer Sciences Column in the Brunswick Beacon. Syracuse is an FCS team member and can be reached at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center, 910-253-2610. or by email at