University of Illinois Extension

Archives for December 2016

December 29, 2016

Dru Banks talks with host Richard Hentschel, discusses food safety during the upcoming Super Bowl season and other sports tournaments. some general rules at these kinds of parties are just like our holiday meals, hot food hot, cold food cold, and limit foods to 2 hours out on the table. Foods placed on ice, using a crock pot or cooker to keep those other foods warm. Serve large amounts of food in small amounts over time. Foods with lots of acid or vinegar are going to be safer of the same amount of time. Frequent hand washing and using sanitizer and rinse well and use a fresh clean hand towel.

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December 15, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about how to pick and by a fresh poinsettia and the general care to provide longest lasting blooms possible. You should expect 6-8 weeks of a great show. Keeping them evenly water is critical to keeping leaves and colorful bracts on the plant. Water without the foil on to be sure the plant drains out well and them replace the foil. 6 or more hours of indirect light will help them remain healthy longer. Keep them healthy and grow them outdoors for the summer for an entirely different look.

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December 8, 2016

Richard and Dru discuss the latest in food trends. Interest in fermented foods are increasing for the pro-biotics they contain. Pickled vegetables are things like kimchee, sauerkraut, and pickles. Some food trends get started in the restaurants. Increased usage of herbs and spices. This is reducing our salt and butter. Other foods trending is wood fire cooking and putting bacon on everything.

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December 1, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks more with Dru Banks, Nutrition and Wellness educator on the Dietary Guidelines and our coffee drinking habits. Americans drink lots of coffee. Moderate coffee consumption is ok for healthy adults. That is about 400 milligrams of caffeine in total during the day. Think 3 8 oz cups a day if that is the only source of caffeine. Too much caffeine can mean upset stomachs, nerviness and insomnia. Your heartbeat can be elevated as well. Caffeine may have some positive impact too. Some teas can provide caffeine depending on how long they are brewed.

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