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Keep the Holidays Happy with Safe Food Handling

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gather your elves, deck the halls, make your lists, check them twice and you will be ready to ring in the holiday season with good cheer. The key to preparing for this festive time of the year is planning. Children are busily writing lists to Santa in anticipation of receiving treasured gifts. You can make the season bright by following their lead and create guest, gift and grocery lists, too.

One of the most important lists that is often forgotten is a food safety list. Taste of Home Cooking School has suggestions for making sure your guests leave with good cheer and not buffet blues. The Cooking School will be coming to Washington High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to present a "Homemade for the Holidays" program. "You want your guests to have happy memories of a good time spent together, being cautious about food safety is just one way you can help make that happen," shares Culinary Specialist, Mary Janice Reisdorf from the Cooking School staff. "I'm always surprised when talking about food preparation with friends, how few use a thermometer when cooking," continues (Ms. Culinary Reisdorf. "It's an inexpensive kitchen tool, but is so valuable for insuring proper cooking and cooling of foods."

Buffets and potlucks abound during the holidays. They often include traditional foods such as cheeses, pasta salads, deviled eggs and dips and dressings. These foods can grow harmful bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours. If Aunt Betty and Cousin Jim volunteer to bring a dish to pass, remember the clock starts ticking when they leave the house. So keep an eye out and chill or reheat the dish as needed.

Party-goers can think safe food handling when choosing a special hostess gift, too. Instead of giving the traditional bottle of wine, how about giving a pretty soap dispenser with a seasonal fragrance? This thoughtful gift makes hand washing fun and keeps the germs from spreading. Cutting boards in red and green can be a welcomed gift and meat or refrigerator thermometers make great stocking stuffers.

Food that's safe to eat and tasty is the key to success. "Homemade for the Holidays" will feature nine great-to-take-or-make recipes that will shine with holiday goodness on any buffet table. Start your holiday preparations by joining Taste of Home and The Chronicle Times for a fun-filled cooking presentation. You will receive a gift bag with the Taste of Home Holiday Recipe Card Collection 2008 magazine featuring the starring recipes along with valuable coupons and cooking tips. The Chronicle Times is setting up local vendor exhibits plus door prizes will be awarded to several lucky winners during the demonstration. Tickets are available at The Chronicle Times and Hy-Vee Food Store in Cherokee also by mail for $10.

For more details about the event check out the Taste of Home Web site at www.tasteofhome.com. Taste of Home is the world's largest cooking magazine. Like Santa's sleigh, the Web site is loaded with goodies for fun, fast and safe food preparation. You can search for a special recipe, join a community and browse the Shop Taste of Home store to purchase cookbooks. Checkout the new edition of the Taste of Home Cookbook; a 3-ring binder book that presents selected recipes in 4 versions; classic, timer-saver, light and serves 2. It's a terrific gift that you know will be used for years to come. Be sure to visit the Cooking Schools section to learn about the presentation coming to Washington High School Gymnasiun in Cherokee on Nov. 11. Hope to see you there!

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