Recipes

We want to make sure you have a clean and safe Thanksgiving this year! So, check out these recipes, courtesy of Sandria L. Godwin and Richard W. Stone of Tennessee State University, with special tips on maintaining a food-safe kitchen. Simple Starters Apple Onion…

Shareable Brochures, Flyers and Labels

Click the icons to download free printable resources to help consumers and retailers stay food safe this holiday season.    

Shopping Tips

Once you’ve selected your menu and collected all the recipes, purchase all non-perishables ahead of time (Check the local newspaper and web sites for holiday food coupons and grocery store bargains!) Shop for fresh items (perishables) on your final shopping trip. Remember to order…

Glorious Goodies to Send and Receive

You eagerly rip open the shiny, gift-wrapped box you received in the mail. As you peer into the present, you gasp! The sticker says, “Keep Refrigerated” — but the delicacy inside feels like it’s at room temperature! Oh, no! How can you be sure…

The Countdown

4-3 Weeks ahead: Invite guests, asking everyone to RSVP at least two weeks before Thanksgiving. Find out if your guests have special dietary requirements. Make sure you have enough tables, chairs, glassware and dinnerware or make arrangements to borrow or purchase 2 Weeks ahead: …

Planning Tips

Invite guests, asking everyone to RSVP before the event so you know how much Find out if your guests have special dietary requirements. Make sure you have enough tables, chairs, glassware and dinnerware or make arrangements to borrow or purchase Decide on the menu…

Brilliant Buffets and Party Platters

Download a Healthy Guests: Happy Holidays flyer  A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service, where foods may be out for long periods leaves the door open…

The More the Merrier: Lots of People, Lots of Leftovers

When preparing for your special event, remember that there may be an invisible enemy ready to strike. It’s called BAC (foodborne bacteria), and it can make you sick. Lots of people and little time can create opportunities for mishandling and contamination.  After the big…

The Kitchen

Use hot water and soap to clean the sink, counters, cutting boards, pans, knives, thermometer and other utensils and serving pieces. You might want to sanitize the countertop and your cutting boards. To do this use a diluted bleach solution of 1T unscented liquid bleach (not…

Handling Ingredients

Our Holiday meal favorites are foods made from scratch! Here are guidelines for the safe handling of a few of the ingredients that go into your holiday dishes. Foodborne illness can strike anyone. But If you are preparing foods for people who are at a higher…