Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them.
The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008–2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital.
These tragic, inexcusable events to which no one is immune are but a symptom of a broader food system malaise.
In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years, and where government agencies lack the necessary resources to act on early warning signs.
The most dangerous aspect of our food system isn’t just its potential to make us acutely ill, but the ever expanding distance between us and our sources of nourishment.
Making Supper Safe explains why we should worry, but it is also a quest to understand how we can learn to trust our food again.
Making Supper Safe:
One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety
(Family Features) What government agency is open on Thanksgiving?
The United States Department of Agriculture, on the job to protect public health through food safety.
Thanksgiving Recipes and Information
Information about Thanksgiving and Recipes for Thanksgiving
Back to More Thanksgiving Recipes
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Thanksgiving Coloring Page for Kids
Fun Pilgrim and Turkey for Kids to Color
Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips from the USDA
Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving
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What Government Agency is Open on Thanksgiving?
For 25 years, the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has helped Turkey Day cooks weather a variety of culinary storms and travails.
In recent years, the Hotline has developed the innovative "Ask Karen" feature (AskKaren.gov)on the Web that allows consumers to type questions online and receive an immediate reply from USDA's virtual representative 24 hours a day.
And from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, users can "chat" with a food safety expert.
These efforts are just part of a long-running campaign by
food safety educators to teach Americans about the dangers of foodborne
illness and the importance of adopting safe cooking and food handling
Thanksgiving dinner is an ideal time to put food safety tips
practice because it is the most challenging for average American
consumers to cook.
"Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenging meal to prepare
is so time-consuming and complex," said Van.
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Fun with Food
Fun with Food ,Fun Facts and Food Games
Great Fun with Food Trivia and Food Trivia Games
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Old Time Herbal Remedies for Home Use
Herbs and Spices
Information on how to use herbs and spices
Must Have Household Hints and Cleaning Tips for the Entire Family
Kids Crafts and Recipes
Easy Children's Crafts for Kids
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Information about Memorial Day-What does Memorial Day Mean?
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Information, Recipes, Household Hints, and Books about 19th Century American Women and Families
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This lively account draws young readers into the Pilgrims' daily life as it explores the food, customs, and manners of these early American settlers.
Written in a straightforward and down-to-earth style, the book includes historical line drawings, savory descriptions of food preparations, and quotations from writers of the era. For ages 7 and up.
Eating the Plates:
A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners
5 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Meal
Experience the true story from American history about the spiritual roots and historical beginnings of Thanksgiving.
This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian but God.
In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a twelve-year-old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery.
He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God.
Ten years later he was sent home to America.
Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village.
But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims landed in a strange new world.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
In Cold Water
Allow approximately 30 minutes per pound.
Wrap your turkey securely, making sure the water is not able to leak through the wrapping. Submerge your wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed. Do not refreeze.
Cook It Your Way!
No matter which method you use to cook your turkey, use a food
thermometer to insure that your turkey and stuffing are cooked to a
safe minimum internal temperature of 165 deg F.
These times are approximate and should always be used in
conjunction with a properly placed thermometer.
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Army Air Corp Photos WWII
World War 2 Photos of B17's and Information about the Army Air Corp
Tips and Hints on Baking, Candy Making and Cooking
Recipes for all types of drinks
Include Old Remedy for curing drinking too much alcohol
Book Care and Repair
Learn how to clean and repair books
Easy Kids Recipes to Make with your Kids
Chinese New Year
Information about Chinese New Year and Chinese New Year Recipes
Christmas Entertaining Recipes
Christmas Recipes, Menu's for Christmas and Information for Entertaining at Christmas
Read reviews on Cookbooks published in the past ten years
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Cooking for a Large Group
Recipes and Information on Cooking for groups of 25-100 People
More Cooking and Baking Tips and Hints from Food Fun and Facts
Creative Holiday Cooking
Learn how to entertain and cook for fancy holiday affairs
History of Food and Food History Time Line
Easter Information and Recipes
Easter Fun-Easter Recipes,Information and Entertaining on Easter for Kids and Adults
Economical and Easy Tried and True Recipes
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Food Fun and Facts has over 900 pages of Recipes, Household Hints and Homemaking Information|
Use the Menu, or for a quick search of Food Fun and Facts, use the Site Search Bar Below. Enjoy!
This Thanksgiving Be Food Safe
Top 5 Turkey Day Tips
Web site where you can type and receive answers to your food safety questions 24 hours a day.
Thanksgiving is a book of fact that all but breathes with the human drama of life, death, birth, hope, prayer, work, desperation, and thanks.
Though these few dozen people were hardly the first Europeans to settle in North America, their values and beliefs grew into the American culture. We are what they were.
Every American should read this book before bowing for grace on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America
From Start to Finish
Thawing Your Turkey
It is unsafe to thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature. Two
safe ways to thaw your turkey are in the refrigerator or in cold water. See
the chart below for estimated thawing times.
In the Refrigerator (40 deg F or below)
Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds.
4 to 12 pounds - 1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pounds - 3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pounds - 4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pounds - 5 to 6 days
Keep the turkey in its original wrapper.
Place it on a tray or in a pan to catch any juices that may leak.
A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. If necessary, a turkey that has been properly thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen.
Electric Roaster Oven
Generally, the cooking time and oven temperature setting are
same as for conventional cooking. Preheat the oven to at least 325
Grilling a Turkey
Outdoor cooking of a big bird for the holiday meal is becoming a
popular cooking method.
Turkeys that are 16 pounds or less are the recommended size
for safe grilling. A larger turkey remains in the "Danger Zone" - between 40 and
140 degF - too long. Do not stuff the turkey.
More Ways to Cook a Turkey
Deep fat frying, smoking, using an oven cooking bag, roasting inaluminum foil, microwaving, using a pressure cooker, and cooking a frozen turkey without thawing it first are other ways to get the big bird done.
For information about these methods, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline or read the publication "Turkey: Alternate Routes to the Table"
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Recipes from the 1800's
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Thanksgiving recipes and Menus plus Thanksgiving Information and Entertaining
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