University of Illinois Extension

Archives for November 2012

November 29, 2012

Drusilla Banks, Nutrition and Family Wellness Educator talks with Host Richard Hentschel about holiday food myths and food safety. It is not the turkey that makes you tired, it is the 3,500 to 10,000 calories we consume at those big family holiday meals. It takes a lot of energy to digest that much food when our bodies are used to much smaller meals.

Fresh pumpkin pie filling is a double edged sword. You may be able to taste the difference, but getting the firmness and consistency for a pie will be harder. Color is also something to consider fresh pumpkin will not have that darker color compared to fresh. Do those pop up thermometers really work or are they a good guide? We should confirm with a thermometer. Is a hen better than tom turkey? It is really about the amount of meat on the bird and second is the age of the bird.

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November 15, 2012

Host Richard Hentschel talks about feeding birds this winter, covering a general discussion of bird feeders and the kinds of bird seed used in those feeders. Besides the birds, other wildlife will be there to eat what ends up on the ground. Rabbits, Squirrels, are common as are Voles. Ground feeding birds will also be attracted to the seed thrown out by the birds at the feeder. Once you start to feed the birds, keep at it all winter into late spring.

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November 8, 2012

Richard Hentschel talks about late season yard activities. Watering your trees, shrubs and evergreens is very important, especially after this seasons drought. Richard covers proper water methods during the program.

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November 1, 2012

Host Richard Hentschel talks about monitoring for insects on our houseplants. Typical ones are spider mites, aphids and scale insects. Management differes depending on the insects found. Control can be as simple as a stream of water up to having to use an organic or inorganic insecticide labeled for houseplants.

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