Merry Christmas to all of you!
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Merry Christmas to all of you!
Enjoy cooking with your family together. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids to enjoy cooking and to strengthen your relationship as a family.
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We often think of winter as the season of no fresh fruits and vegetables. But there are still plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter. Check out this link for a list of fresh fruits and vegetables: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide
You must use or freeze all leftovers within 4 days. This means that Monday is the last day to use or freeze your Thanksgiving leftovers. Any left in the fridge on Tuesday needs to be thrown out.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at University of Idaho Extension!
As winter and the holiday season approaches, for many this may simply mean additional stress on top of this already stressful Covid year. Take a look at these tips to lower your stress.
Great information when planning for your Thanksgiving dinner!
Let’s get ready to roast a turkey. Use our handy chart to find the right times for your turkey. Then get some pointers to enjoy a safe and tasty Thanksgiving turkey dinner. https://eatsmartidahointhekitchen.com/?p=3107
Remember, you cannot tell if your turkey (or any meat) is done simply by using time or looking at the color of the meat or juices. Instead you need to use a thermometer. Turkey needs to reach 165 degrees to be safe.
We can't come together and cook - but we can cook together in our own homes. Come join me in this cooking demonstration to learn how to use spices to flavor your meals. Register in advance to receive zoom link, as well as a list of ingredients if you want to 'cook along' with me. Email [email protected] to register.
Oranges are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way. Check out these ways to help reduce waste and use oranges even when they are past their prime.
If we make extra for dinner, then we can have leftovers. While this makes for great, easy meals, sometimes we need ideas to spice up those leftovers. Check out these ideas!
As we start into apple season, check out these great ways to use and store apples!
This labor day weekend, try something new on the grill - grilled greens! Also a great way to use lettuce that has begun to wilt.
This simple soup is a great way to use up wilted greens.
Grapes are a great snack - check out these ideas for using and storing your grapes!
Growing up this was our favorite way to use leftover spaghetti. It wasn't until I was older that I learned this has an actual name 'Spaghetti Carbonara', but I still love the name we called it growing up 'Spaghetti Eggs'.
Lettuce and other greens often go bad quickly. But they can still have many uses - check out these ideas!
When vegetables begin to wilt in your fridge that could be a great time to throw together a 'clean out your fridge soup'. Check out this recipe for a simple soup that can use any vegetables you currently have.
So often we buy fruits and vegetables with the best of intentions to use them - but then they go bad sitting on our counter or in the back of the fridge. Check out these great ideas for using bananas or helping them stay good for longer.
We have so many great wild berries in this area. Find more information about wild berries in this booklet: https://www.uidaho.edu/-/media/UIdaho-Responsive/Files/Extension/county/Bannock/Edible-Wild-Berries.pdf?la=en&hash=0D7F19CDFA9A27D45B846E7D33D74BAE54721EE2
Pesto is traditionally made with basil and pine nuts, but you can use any mixture of greens and nuts - check out this recipe to create your own pesto using ingredients you have on hand.
Are you often in a hurry for dinner? By bulk cooking foods you often use, you can save time when making dinner. Rice is a great food to bulk cook since it freezes and re-heats easily.
Happy Independence Day! I hope you are finding safe ways to gather together with loved ones to celebrate our freedom. While we are out grilling all sorts of great foods, don't forget the vegetables - there are so many great choices that you can grill up today!
I love all of the berries we currently have! You can often find some great sales on berries, but then it can be hard to know how to use and store all of those berries. Check out these ideas!
For storage, strawberries are the exception to storing in the container you bought them in. Strawberries should be stored between layers of damp paper towels to keep them from drying out.
We often think of using leafy greens only for salads. But there are many other uses for leafy greens. Check out this stir fry recipe that uses leafy greens.
There are a lot of great ways to use up old vegetables. This vegetable pie can use any vegetables you currently have that needs used.
Casseroles are a great way to throw together a meal using whatever you have available. Check out this formula for creating your own casseroles.
A great way to save time in meal preparation is by cooking foods in bulk. Dry beans are a cheap protein, but they take a long time to cook. Cook a lot in advance, and then refrigerate or freeze, using as needed.
How often do you buy vegetables, and before you know it they are looking sad and wilted in your fridge? As long as they haven't gone moldy, and you can still wash them, then you can still use them! Here are a few ideas to use up those sad looking vegetables. What are your favorite recipes to use up old vegetables?
Check out this fun way to get your kids to eat more vegetables, they can create faces. Use any type of bread - bagels, bread, etc. Spread on cream cheese, peanut butter, or any other spread. And use a variety of fruits and vegetables to let your kids create a face on their bread. Take a look at these fun examples!
As it may feel like everything around us is getting cancelled, there is still plenty we can now take time to enjoy. Be sure to find the time to slow down, stress less, and enjoy these things that haven't been cancelled.
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