Summer Food Safety Tips

Picnic and barbecue seasons are in full swing, offering families and friends opportunities for outdoor fun and some delicious meals. But, with the CDC (Center for Disease) estimating that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3000 die each year in the US from food-borne illness, it’s especially important this summer to make […]

Grillin’ and Chillin’: Late Summer Salads

As a high school teacher, the end of the summer is both joyous and agonizing. As much as I want to thoroughly enjoy the dog days of summer, thoughts of lesson planning, waking up early, and being back to the daily grind are always on my mind. I had to make a conscious effort to slow […]

Homemade Turkey Burgers

I’ve never made turkey burgers before, I usually just buy frozen. So when my dad invited us over for a barbecue, I decided to give it a try. My sister was visiting from out of town and she tries to eat only organic meat, so when we were wandering around whole foods we decided to […]

Summertime Safety

Summertime triggers an American ritual: the rolling out of the grills, the dusting off of the patio furniture, and the beginning of BBQ season! Unfortunately, each year, many hungry participants end up bent over the porcelain throne, suffering from the ill effects of grill-side grubbing. Why? With most of us grazing our way through lazy […]

Fire Safety this Fourth of July

Fireworks and July 4 go hand in hand, and yet, every year, when consumers use fireworks, problems abound! Here are the statistics: Fires  In 2011 an estimated 17,800 fires were directly caused by fireworks 1200 structure fires 400 vehicle fires 16,800 outside/other fires On July 4, fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 reported […]

Sloppy Joes

Try this recipe at your next family BBQ! Super tasty with a sneaky bit of goodness added in, this is one you won’t be able to keep your hands off of.   Sloppy Joes Ingredients 2 boiled/steamed roma tomatoes (6 oz Mighty Marinara Sauce) 1/2 lb cooked ground beef or turkey* 1 small boiled/steamed carrot (or 2oz […]