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Halloween candy overload? Sweet!

Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:48:15 PM America/New_York

If you're wondering what you're going to do with all of that Halloween candy, you're not the only one! Here are some sweet ideas...
 
  • Make candy bark or candy-loaded rice krispies treats for fun holiday gifts for friends and teachers.
  • Chop up chocolately treats and freeze to use as chocolate chips throughout the year. Cookies, pancakes, ice cream toppers, smores... yum!
  • Invite friends (and their leftover candy) over for these fun wine-candy pairings... Reeses Peanut Butter Cups & Gamay; Twix & ....
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Posted in Tips By Audra Nasser

Back-to-School Lunchbox Tips!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 3:20:38 PM America/New_York

It's back to school time, and for many of us that means it's lunchbox time! Read on for how to get that insulated food thermos ready, tips on packing lunches that are safe to eat, and 10 creative lunchbox ideas.

Insulated Food Jars

An insulated food jar opens the door to all kinds of lunch possibilities. Healthy, homemade pasta dishes, hearty soups and even last night's leftovers can all be kept hot and at a safe temperature with these! Here are a few tips that may come in handy:

  • Not all thermoses are created equal. Use a good quality vacuum insulated food jar.
  • Make sure your child can open the thermos by themselves. This goes for any foods being packed in a lunchbox!
  • How you put foods in the jar is important. Before adding food, fill the jar with boiling water and let stand a few minutes. Empty the water and fill with steaming hot food.
  • Try this at home before sending to school (or taking to work!) to make sure the food stays at a safe temperature:  Test the temperature of the food with an instant read food thermometer 4-6 hours after packing. For optimal safety, hot items should be above...
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Grill Like a Pro!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:35:38 PM America/New_York

Firing up the grill is easy, but grilling to juicy, tender perfection requires attention to detail. Read on for 10 of our favorite summer grilling tips, a pro trick to tell just how hot your grill is, and our take on direct vs. indirect heat.
 
10 Simple Tips for Great Grilling
 
  1. Always start with a clean grill, and grease the grilling surface before heating.
  2. Grill veggies separate from meats when doing kabobs. Veggies do well over indirect heat, while meats are usually best grilled over direct heat.
  3. Marinate meats in the refrigerator and never...
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