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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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Experience the Benefits of Matcha Tea

A few months ago, I had the privilege of participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and an understanding of diverse cultures, but I must say, I particularly enjoyed the moment of quietude. It was here that I had my first sip (and slurps) of matcha tea. Like all teas, excluding herbal teas, matcha comes from the Camellia...

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Is Keto For You?

As the season for weight loss diets is now in full swing, you may be wondering if the ketogenic, or keto, diet is one to embark on. The ketogenic diet is one of the newest weight-loss strategies to surface the media, but it's actually been around since 1920 as an effective treatment for epilepsy in children. While there's slight variances in the many versions of the keto diet, it's basi...

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Sous Vide Cooking: A Modern Trend

Posted by Jenna Smith - Food Safety

Recent trends in food appliances have people learning how to cook in more than just an oven. Pressure cookers, air fryers and high-powered blenders are just some of the latest machines to hit the market, but it's the sous vide (pronounced sue-veed) cookers that have most people intrigued. Sous vide is a French term meaning "under vacuum." If you read my latest...

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Are Food Vacuum Sealers Safe?

Did Santa bring you a food vacuum sealer for Christmas? While probably not on everyone's wish list, many people love the advantages of a food vacuum sealer. Home vacuum sealers are small appliances that remove oxygen from the package of food before sealing, which can increase storage time, preserve the flavor and color and reduce food waste. However, there are risks with vacuum sealed foods, ma...

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Whole Nuts: A Christmas Tradition

My mother-in-law always put a variety of whole nuts in the bottom of everyone's Christmas stockings. It's a tradition that has been passed down in her family, and I'm sure other families do the same. But why do we serve whole nuts for the holiday season? Many of us think of the old-fashioned wooden solider that cracks nuts with his jaw. The nutcracker is a symbol that depicts the Christ...

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Kicking Bad Food Habits to the Curb

The holiday season tends to bring out traditions, or habits, if you will. While most are fun and harmless, others, while they may have the best intentions, need to retire. Here's my top five food-related habits that need to be broken: Cooking in a paper bag - I'm not sure how this got started, but cooking in a paper bag, whether it's a turkey in the o...

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Getting Fancy with Custard

For some, the holidays are a time to get fancy. You wear your best dress or tuxedo to the corporate holiday party, you set out your grandmother's fine china, and you actually use that dining room table as a place to eat rather than a place to store all of life's daily belongings. It's also a time to serve fancier food. Flan, crème brulee and crème anglaise are three examples of a custard that s...

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