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Word of the Week: Gastronomy


Gastronomy is the practice or art of cooking and eating good food.

The Devil's in the Details: How to Hard Boil an Egg


Hard-boiled eggs can be used in many delicious dishes like deviled eggs or egg salad, or they can be eaten by themselves for a quick source of protein. 

2015: The Year in Review


Is it just us, or was 2015 the year of food knowledge? From how to properly clean produce to using leftover produce to hormones and antibiotics in animal protein to the cost of food, consumers wanted to know everything about what they were eating. Let’s take a look back at Best Food Facts' hottest food stories of 2015…

Word of the Week: Mincemeat


Mincemeat is a mixture of fruits, nuts, spices and sometimes meat, and is usually used as pie filling.

Food Packaging 101


Brown paper packages tied up with strings…. They may be some of our favorite things, but when it comes to food, there are many options for keeping food fresh and safe. As many of us are opening packages today, here is some background on food packages.

Word of the Week: Fruitcake


The fruitcake has become somewhat of a joke in these modern times, but this dessert is often served at weddings and on other special occasions.

Farm-Raised Chickens: Answers on Antibiotics, Hormones and More


Consumers have a lot of questions about how chickens are raised these days. Are chickens fed additional hormones? How about antibiotics? And what does the label farm-raised chickens really mean?

Desert Safe Foods


The holiday season is upon us and that means the post office bins will soon be full of boxes and boxes of gifts and care packages headed for loved ones near and far. Some may be headed just over the state line to your favorite college student while some may be headed overseas to servicemen and women looking forward to a piece of home. There’s no doubt that some packages will include delicious holiday treats homemade with love, so how can you make sure they'll still be enjoyable when they reach their final destination?

Word of the Week: Gingerbread


Gingerbread is a tasty treat, especially around the holidays. From houses to men, baking with gingerbread can be lots of fun!

12 Days of Food Safety


Whether you’re serving three French hens, two turtle cheesecakes or a partridge and a pear cobbler, it’s important to pay attention to food safety. Holidays are a time for family gatherings and special meals, which means it also presents risk of cross-contamination or foodborne illness. But if you follow best food safety practices, like the 12 tips below, your holiday meals should remain safe and delicious!

411 on Sprouted Potatoes


We had some potatoes at home that sprouted, which made some questions pop up in our minds. A few experts were glad to provide the answers.


Holiday Gifts for a Healthy Lifestyle


Originally posted December 3, 2014.

Do you need some gift ideas? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD and Sarah Downs, MBA, RDN, share some gift ideas to support a healthy lifestyle.

Word of the Week: Sugarplums


Sugarplums are thought of around the holiday season -- children have visions of them running through their heads, and who can forget the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?


Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

The Freeze is On!


Properly storing foods can help maintain their quality and safety. Freezing items can keep food safe for quite a while, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those foods will still have the same great taste. The handout below will help you decide which items in your freezer should stay and which should go!

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