EFNEP’s Twenty Dollar Thanksgiving Guide

We are watching our wallets more than ever this year. However, a leaner budget doesn’t mean that the holiday season should be any less festive. In these trimmed-down recipes, we’ve outlined simple ways to have a memorable meal that hits on all the right traditional notes, without breaking the bank. Serves 4 Herbed Baked Turkey … Read More


Curbing Candy Cravings

During the holidays, especially during Halloween when there is candy around every corner (literally!), it can be hard for kids to manage their candy cravings. Help your kids stay in control by setting some rules. These tips aren’t just for Halloween. They’re great for any holiday that involves lots of sweets, especially sweets your kids … Read More


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:  -1 Cup Skim or 1% Milk (Plus 1 Tablespoon) -4 Teaspoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder -1 Teaspoon Honey -1 Peppermint Tea Bag Directions:  -Heat one cup of milk in a microwave safe container for about one minute -Add 1 tablespoon of milk and the cocoa powder to a mug  -Mix with a fork until it makes … Read More


Healthy Eggnog

Eggnog is a class holiday drink enjoyed by many. However, it has never been known as a healthy choice. If you don’t want to miss out on a flavorful tradition, try this healthy eggnog recipe instead! Ingredients:  ½ Cup Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon  ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg  1 Banana (sliced and frozen)  ½ Cup … Read More


Have Yourself a Food Safe Holiday

Happy Holidays! Whether you’re the head chef at your holiday gatherings or bringing a casserole to share, food safety is always the most important job in creating a holiday meal. Eating food that’s not cooked or refrigerated correctly could make you and your guests sick. Nobody wants to miss out on the fun because of … Read More


Taking Control with Portion Sizes This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Gatherings with family and friends are often filled with laughter, games, happy memories…and casseroles and desserts served with a side of guilt.  Portion Control and Overeating We all overeat from time to time, and during the holidays it can feel more difficult to break the habit. Another piece of … Read More


Herb Dip

Makes about 1 ½  cups Ingredients: 1 cup cottage cheese, low-fat 4 tablespoons yogurt, low-fat plain (1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon onion (chopped, or chives) 1 teaspoon parsley (dried) 1/4 teaspoon dill (dried) Directions Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a clean container. Cover and chill. … Read More


Check your list twice!

As we approach the holiday season, you might be concerned about how to feed holiday guests and add festive foods to your budget without going overboard.  Before you make your grocery list, check twice to make sure you can pay the bill. Fortunately, many grocers offer festive foods at lower prices during this time of … Read More


Holiday Eggnog, Make it Healthy

‘Tis the season for favorite holiday foods and drinks. Eggnog is a classic holiday drink that is quite tasty but can be a bit high in fat and calories. Between the heavy cream, sugar, and eggs, eggnog can quickly become a real calorie buster. There is good news; you don’t have to give up the … Read More


Preparing a Safe Turkey Dinner

If you are preparing for Thanksgiving, or just making a turkey, it is always good to follow food safety procedures and to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing. It is important to always use a food thermometer to make sure that the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit so that bacteria that can cause … Read More


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