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…

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…

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…

Safe Holiday Meal Tips and Planning

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Talking Turkey

Get all of the information you need for a safe holiday feast! Download our fun and friendly Thanksgiving Infographic. (Below).  Be prepared! Before purchasing your turkey, make ample space in your refrigerator, moving shelves if necessary. Fresh or frozen? There is no quality difference between a…

Take-Out Sanity

Busy, busy, busy. Multi-tasking Americans have a love affair with take-out foods, heat and eat entrees and other meal items they can pick up at a restaurant or grocery store on their way home. Some foods are hot and some are cold when purchased….

Halloween food safety how-to

You didn’t invite them, but BAC and his germy friends, the 10 Least Wanted Pathogens, might show up at your Halloween bash whether you like it or not. Your best defense against a food fright? Learn how to recognize these invisible fiends and fight them…