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Food Safety Survey Points to Continued Need for Education

Food Safety Survey Points to Continued Need for Education

Key findings in the report spotlight use of food thermometers, rates of hand-washing and an interesting new measure that looked at hand-washing after smartphone and electronics use in the kitchen.
5 Tips for Safer Slow Cooking

5 Tips for Safer Slow Cooking

No matter the season, slow cookers are a handy kitchen device. But before you plug in, let’s review five tips that will ensure you're using your slow cooker safely.
 Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad: A Sophisticated Slice of Summer

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad: A Sophisticated Slice of Summer

Combine chunks of sweet, crunchy watermelon with dense, salty feta and fresh mint to create an explosion of summer flavors.
Seafood Cooking Guide 101

Seafood Cooking Guide 101

Below are tips on how to properly purchase and prepare the vast array of seafood options at home, and transform you into a seafood connoisseur just in time for summer.
What You Need to Know Before Your Next Summer Cookout

What You Need to Know Before Your Next Summer Cookout

The hot and sunny days of summer mean more meals and gatherings al fresco, which also means an increased risk of food poisoning.
5 Tips To Keep Your Picnic Food Safe

5 Tips To Keep Your Picnic Food Safe

While the warmer weather is a perfect reason to dine outside, it also creates the ideal environment for harmful food bugs. Keep your picnic safe by following these simple tips. Bonus recipe for picnic perfect macaroni salad!
Italian-Style Barramundi

Italian-Style Barramundi

Have dinner ready in a flash when you make this Italian-style barramundi.
Food Safety when Traveling Internationally

Food Safety when Traveling Internationally

Unclean food and water can cause travelers diarrhea and other diseases, plus a very unpleasant trip. But don’t panic, just be prepared. The good news is that there are easy steps you can take to help prevent food poisoning abroad.
Kitchen Hack: Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs

Kitchen Hack: Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs

How do you make hard-cooked eggs? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Herbs and Spice Make Everything Nice

Herbs and Spice Make Everything Nice

Elevating the flavor of your food is as easy as a sprinkle and a shake. And with National Nutrition Month upon us, what better way to tempt your taste buds than to spin that Lazy Susan and add the dried spice of your choice? Just follow these food safety tips.
What to Do Instead of Eating Lunch at Your Desk

What to Do Instead of Eating Lunch at Your Desk

The next time the lunch bell tolls, step away from the screen and take a break. Here are some tips of what to do instead of working through your lunch break.
Practice Mindful Eating, Not Desktop Dining during National Nutrition Month

Practice Mindful Eating, Not Desktop Dining during National Nutrition Month

Only about 17 percent of Americans eat lunch away from their desk, while the rest of us chug along with a fork in one hand and a laptop in the other. Here are five reasons eating lunch at your desk can be bad for your health.

Avoid Botulism in Canned Foods

Celebrate National Canned Food Month by making this easy and colorful bean salad that can be enjoyed as a buffet side dish or as a meatless entrée. Added tips on how to keep it safe.
 5 Food Safety Practices for Your Home

5 Food Safety Practices for Your Home

It’s the simple things we forget to do in the kitchen that can cause food poisoning. Here are five things to do in the kitchen to help you stay healthy.
Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Turn those buffalo wings into a wrap! With pre-game planning, you can serve buffalo chicken wraps that will nourish any hungry fan!
Kitchen Hack: Tastier Tomatoes

Kitchen Hack: Tastier Tomatoes

In general, for food safety and preservation measures, foods should be stored at a cool temperature. But where should tomatoes be stored - in the refrigerator or on the counter top?
How-to Properly Reheat Leftovers

How-to Properly Reheat Leftovers

Even though that leftover pasta or chicken tastes amazing the next day, it can be a source of food poisoning. Leftovers can be enjoyed safely, as long as we store and reheat them properly.
Make Your Own Trail Mix

Make Your Own Trail Mix

Packed with dried fruit, nuts and whole grains, trail mix is a filling snack that is good for you, too. Enjoy this recipe for make your own trail mix.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Leeks and Sage

Sweet Potato Latkes with Leeks and Sage

Traditional latkes take a sweeter turn in this version made with sweet potatoes, leeks, sage and allspice.
Teaching Kids Food Safety during the Holidays

Teaching Kids Food Safety during the Holidays

From choosing recipes and going shopping to preparing the food, my kids are involved every step of the way. But during this process, I’m always stressing the importance of food safety.
Safety First When Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

Safety First When Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

Before you dig into that day-old turkey and potatoes, be sure to think about food safety. How you portion and store leftovers can set you up with convenient easy meals for days, or it can cause unwanted food poisoning.
5 Thanksgiving Day Fails

5 Thanksgiving Day Fails

Happy Thanksgiving! Now make sure your day stays happy. Don’t fall prey to any of these common food safety fails.
Oatmeal Bread Dressing with Bacon and Fresh Herbs

Oatmeal Bread Dressing with Bacon and Fresh Herbs

Sturdy oatmeal bread is soaked in a hearty mixture of eggs, sautéed vegetables, turkey bacon and fresh herbs then baked to make an almost soufflé-like stuffing.
Whole Roasted Turkey with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

Whole Roasted Turkey with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

Simplify your turkey making experience with this roasted turkey recipe. Fresh herb butter is spread under the skin to add moisture and flavor and a touch of citrus brightens up every slice.
Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

This simple heirloom tomato salad is a celebration of the simplicity of fresh tomatoes.
Kitchen Hack: Freeze Soon-to-Expire Yogurt in Ice Trays

Kitchen Hack: Freeze Soon-to-Expire Yogurt in Ice Trays

Freeze soon-to-expire yogurt in ice trays to avoid waste. Use the cubes to make smoothies.
Chicken Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomato Mayo & Pesto

Chicken Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomato Mayo & Pesto

Chicken Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomato Mayo & Pesto is a simple, healthy, no-cooking-involved meal that can be on the table in no time.
Kitchen Hack: Quickly Ripen Avocados

Kitchen Hack: Quickly Ripen Avocados

Have you ever needed an avocado for a meal, yet it is not ripe enough to eat? There is a simple solution!
Lemony Arugula Pizza

Lemony Arugula Pizza

This lemony arugula pizza is a flavorful, crisp and fresh version of pizza.
8 Healthy Snacks to Prepare with Kids

8 Healthy Snacks to Prepare with Kids

Encourage healthy eating by letting kids help prepare nutritious snacks.
Whole-Wheat Penne with Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Whole-Wheat Penne with Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This asparagus and sun-dried tomato pasta recipe is light, but amazingly filling.
Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta

Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta

Roasted mushroom bruschetta is the perfect go-to appetizer for when company visits. And there is even a bonus recipe included!
Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh is a delicious side dish! Want to make a complete dinner? Just add grilled chicken.
9 Kitchen Items You Forgot To Clean

9 Kitchen Items You Forgot To Clean

Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around the kitchen and could unintentionally spread bacteria to your food and family. Wash these often-forgotten items to ensure a clean kitchen.
Kitchen Hack: 3 Easy Ways to Sanitize your Sponge

Kitchen Hack: 3 Easy Ways to Sanitize your Sponge

Stay safe with these three easy ways to disinfect your sponges at home.
Citrus Shrimp Tacos

Citrus Shrimp Tacos

This citrus shrimp taco is a lighter, healthier version of the traditional taco.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Horseradish Crema

Pan-Seared Salmon with Horseradish Crema

Salmon is quickly pan-seared and cooked to flaky perfection then garnished with a no-fuss sauce made with horseradish, lemon and Greek yogurt.
5 Foods to Avoid Freezing

5 Foods to Avoid Freezing

From leftover soup to half a pepper, you can freeze almost any food. Freezing is a great way to reduce food waste and lower your grocery bill. However, there are some foods that don’t hold up well after being defrosted.
Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

This Mediterranean salad is packed full of vegetables making it feel more like a hearty side dish than a salad.
Hand Sanitizer vs. Hand Washing: Which Is Really Better?

Hand Sanitizer vs. Hand Washing: Which Is Really Better?

You’re at a concert or at the zoo with your kids. You need to wash your hands. There is no water around, so you reach for a bottle of hand sanitizer. But how effective is hand sanitizer compared to washing your hands with soap and water?
 How To Keep Food Safe in the Fridge

How To Keep Food Safe in the Fridge

When it comes to keeping your family safe from food poisoning, the refrigerator is an essential kitchen tool. Yet many Americans don’t know much about this appliance.
Kitchen Hack: A Healthy, Safe Way To Sweeten Your Coffee

Kitchen Hack: A Healthy, Safe Way To Sweeten Your Coffee

Avoid throwing out a half-used carton of almond beverage by making your own frozen coffee “creamer.”
Warm Quinoa Pudding with Almonds and Lemongrass

Warm Quinoa Pudding with Almonds and Lemongrass

Not overly sweet, this quinoa dessert gets its flavor from being cooked in almond milk and light coconut milk that are infused with lemongrass.
Should You Be Washing Your Bananas?

Should You Be Washing Your Bananas?

Before you eat an apple and other fruits and vegetables, you know you need to wash them. But what about bananas, oranges, avocados and other produce with peels that you don’t eat? Do you need to wash them, too?
Kitchen Hack: How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Kitchen Hack: How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Are your bananas a bit green, but you prefer them yellow? No more waiting days for them to ripen; just follow a few simple steps and get them where you want them in under an hour.
Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Break out of your comfort zone and try this simple recipe that proves how versatile pork tenderloin can be.
Kitchen Hack: Prevent Food Spoilage, Save Money

Kitchen Hack: Prevent Food Spoilage, Save Money

Forget the urban legends because there is one foolproof way to make food last longer. Can you guess what it is?
Turkey Burger Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Turkey Burger Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

This turkey burger slider is healthier yet equally as delicious take on the traditional burger.
5 Common Grocery Shopping Mistakes

5 Common Grocery Shopping Mistakes

Food safety starts at the store. Are you guilty of any of these common grocery shopping mistakes?:
Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Experiment with homemade hummus because it's simple and the options are truly endless.
Citrus Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

Citrus Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

A homemade angel food cake that is far superior to any store-bought knockoff.
Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Moist pumpkin bread fulfills all your pumpkin cravings.
Surprising Foods to Avoid if Pregnant

Surprising Foods to Avoid if Pregnant

Being more vulnerable to food poisoning, pregnant women should be cautious of the following foods.
Braised Beef Brisket

Braised Beef Brisket

Braised in red wine and rich beef broth, this tender beef brisket gets an even more robust flavor from a rub made with thyme, garlic and mustard powder.
Kitchen Hack: Don’t Waste Tomato Paste

Kitchen Hack: Don’t Waste Tomato Paste

Use this tip to save your tomato paste, save time and avoid waste.
Pork Loin Roast with Peppercorn and Herb Crust

Pork Loin Roast with Peppercorn and Herb Crust

Aromatic ingredients create a sophisticated flavor in this pork loin recipe, and with a simple trussing technique it’s evenly cooked to perfection.
Smoky Tomato Turkey Chili

Smoky Tomato Turkey Chili

A turkey chili recipe that uses plenty of spice to add not only heat, but also flavor. The one cup serving is satisfyingly delicious and nutritious!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon

Brussels sprouts and garlic get a touch of sweetness when roasted in olive oil. A finishing touch of Parmesan and lemon balance out the sweetness.
Curried Coconut Shrimp

Curried Coconut Shrimp

Shrimp and vegetables are lightly sautéed then cooked with toasted curry powder and coconut milk to make this curried coconut shrimp.
Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta Cheese

Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta Cheese

A perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner or a last-minute brunch, this baked egg dish is filled with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach then topped with flavorful feta cheese.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Sage

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Sage

Oven-roasted butternut squash and apple pureed into a velvety smooth soup finished with a touch of fresh sage.
Slow Cooker Beef with Red Wine

Slow Cooker Beef with Red Wine

This delicious slow cooker beef with red wine sauce will warm you up on the coldest days.
Sautéed Bell Peppers and Onions with Cumin and Cilantro

Sautéed Bell Peppers and Onions with Cumin and Cilantro

Fresh bell peppers and onions cooked quickly over medium-high heat, then seasoned with cumin, fresh lime juice and cilantro.
Pan-Seared Turbot Filets with Romesco Sauce

Pan-Seared Turbot Filets with Romesco Sauce

Tender fish lightly sautéed in olive oil and topped with a rustic sauce made of roasted tomatoes, red bell peppers and almonds makes the perfect, homemade dinner.
Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Oil

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Oil

Canned tomatoes are roasted and transformed into a rich, flavorful soup then garnished with a simple homemade basil-infused olive oil.
Apple Crostata with Walnut Streusel

Apple Crostata with Walnut Streusel

Like apple pie, but with a rustic touch. Apples are tossed with cinnamon and sugar, topped with walnut streusel then baked in a free-form pie crust until golden.
5 Surprising Causes of Food Poisoning

5 Surprising Causes of Food Poisoning

Did you know 1 in 6 get sick with food poisoning per year? That’s around 48 million people! Here are some things that you may not realize can cause food poisoning.
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Chicken is cooked low and slow in tomatoes and a blend of Mexican spices, then shredded. It’s a perfect topping for tostadas and salads or filling for tacos and burritos.
Whole-Grain Power Muffins

Whole-Grain Power Muffins

A muffin strong enough to fill the bellies of even the hungriest child or adult. A delightful start to the day or snack loaded with whole grains, flax and hemp seeds, shredded carrot and fresh orange zest.
Baba Ghanoush with Cumin & Coriander Spiced Sesame Seeds

Baba Ghanoush with Cumin & Coriander Spiced Sesame Seeds

Baba ghanoush is a delicious dip made with roasted eggplant and topped with spiced, toasted sesame seeds
Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Oatmeal cookies bursting with tart dried cherries and delicious dark chocolate…because sometimes you just need a cookie!
Bacon, Lettuce and Turkey Wrap with Chive Aioli

Bacon, Lettuce and Turkey Wrap with Chive Aioli

A perfect sandwich to take to parties or picnics. The classic BLT is turned into a wrap with the addition of turkey and garlic and chive dressing.
French Bread Pizza with Herbed Ricotta, Spinach & Tomatoes

French Bread Pizza with Herbed Ricotta, Spinach & Tomatoes

Whole-wheat baguette brushed with garlic-infused olive oil then topped with ricotta cheese, herbs, baby spinach, sliced tomatoes and shredded Italian cheese make this tasty French Bread Pizza.
Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Crisp-tender broccoli salad that is better than the ones you’ll find on any salad bar.
Freekeh with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing

Freekeh with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing

This Freekeh with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing is a whole-grain meal loaded with vegetables and pumpkins seeds then topped with a bright dressing made with fresh avocado, lime and cilantro.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Chipotle

Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Chipotle

Sweet and spicy baked sweet potato chips with chipotle are the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich, wrap or burger!
Green Bean and Corn Salad

Green Bean and Corn Salad

This recipe uses delicious fresh green beans and corn. Cook until crisp-tender then toss with fresh tarragon and sherry vinaigrette.
Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pork is rubbed with spices, slow cooked in ale until tender and tossed with a tangy sauce to make delicious spicy slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches.
Cast-Iron Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce

Cast-Iron Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce

This filet mignon recipe will rival any steak house dish.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Toss

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Toss

A taste of summer, this recipe for grilled vegetable pasta is a refreshing and satisfying main course or side dish.
Thai Salad Bowl with Curried Peanut Dressing

Thai Salad Bowl with Curried Peanut Dressing

This thai salad bowl is a fresh and filling salad loaded with crunchy vegetables and hearty quinoa, tossed with a spicy green curry and peanut salad dressing.
Kitchen Hack: Magically Extend Shelf-Life of Leafy Greens

Kitchen Hack: Magically Extend Shelf-Life of Leafy Greens

A quick trick to extend the shelf-life of your leafy greens.
Easter Egg Safety: Tips by the Dozen

Easter Egg Safety: Tips by the Dozen

Easter is a holiday full of traditions such as collecting and decorating eggs. Are you keeping your eggs safe as you hunt and enjoy them?
Tuna Steak Sandwiches with Honey and Sriracha Glaze & Cilantro Mayo

Tuna Steak Sandwiches with Honey and Sriracha Glaze & Cilantro Mayo

Pan-seared tuna topped with a sweet and spicy glaze made from honey and sriracha hot sauce then topped with a refreshing cilantro mayonnaise.
Baked Chicken Breasts with Spinach Pesto and Parmesan

Baked Chicken Breasts with Spinach Pesto and Parmesan

Chicken breast is covered with a homemade spinach pesto sauce then baked and finished with Parmesan cheese.
Oatmeal and Amaranth Snack Cake

Oatmeal and Amaranth Snack Cake

Not a granola bar and not really a cake, this oatmeal and amaranth snack cake is a hearty, satisfying treat for kids and adults alike.
5 Foods to Pack in a Summer Camp Lunchbox

5 Foods to Pack in a Summer Camp Lunchbox

A child heading off to summer camp is a rite of passage — both for kids and their parents. What a parent packs in a lunchbox for their camp-goers can affect their behavior and energy level. Here are five items that should be included in your camper's lunch.
Take Your Meal Outside with Picnic Food Safety Tips

Take Your Meal Outside with Picnic Food Safety Tips

Last year my husband and I started a tradition of taking weekly picnics. He plans the destination; I'm in charge of the food. It's hard to imagine a dining space that's more inviting than a scenic picnic area!
7 Food Safety Tips for Seniors

7 Food Safety Tips for Seniors

I recently gave a talk to a group of senior citizens at an assisted living center near me. My topic was updated food safety recommendations — I highlighted the latest news in food science and emphasized the need to be vigilant about food safety practices.
Herbs, Spices and Medication Interactions

Herbs, Spices and Medication Interactions

A teaspoon here, a dash there… For people who regularly take medications, could drugs interact with the spices and herbs used in recipes? To paraphrase the 16th-century physician Paracelsus, it may be a case of "the dose makes the poison."
Liver: It’s What’s for Dinner

Liver: It’s What’s for Dinner

Internal animal organs, known as offal, can be found in many dishes closely identified with a worldly region.
No Yolks About This Gadget

No Yolks About This Gadget

To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the Tovolo Silicone Yolk Out egg yolk extractor. As an experienced baker, I thought I was getting by just fine without one. That changed once I experimented with it.
Viva Sous Vide!

Viva Sous Vide!

Precision cooking offers a world of culinary possibilities.
Too Much Food Is Wasted Because of Confusing Labeling

Too Much Food Is Wasted Because of Confusing Labeling

Surprisingly, the U.S. government has never established a national standard for expiration date labeling.
Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria: Are They in Our Meat Supply?

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria: Are They in Our Meat Supply?

Humans' overuse of antibiotics for illness is typically the first thought that comes to consumers' minds, but what about the use of antibiotics in your meat?
Au Naturel: The Dirt on Homemade Cleaners

Au Naturel: The Dirt on Homemade Cleaners

Homemade cleaners use everyday products to tackle household dirt, but are these natural solutions safe and effective?
Frozen Food Tips for Foodies

Frozen Food Tips for Foodies

Frugal foodies, this one's for you. Freezing foods is a great way to stretch your grocery dollar and prepare great meals on the fly.