Tips to Keep Food Safe at Home or When Traveling

December 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — Regardless of the time of year, it's always important to ensure the food you prepare is safe and won't be remembered for the wrong reason — food poisoning.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service offers the following food safety tips.

Clean your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water. Always ...

Double the Cookies, Double the Fun for These Holiday Favorites

JACKSON, NJ — As the mother of 2-year-old twin boys, Melinda Goetz has to manage her time wisely. She’s found two cookie recipes that not only are quick and easy to whip up — about 30 minutes for each batch — but they fly off the plate as soon as they’re cool enough for young Nicholas and Jonathan to enjoy. And, of course, each has a favorite.

Nicholas’ ...

French Silk Fudge: Easy Recipe to Impress Holiday Guests

CLARK, NJ — Need a homemade treat for a holiday gathering in a hurry? French silk fudge might be your new go-to recipe. Fudge is a welcome change from the usual yuletide dessert parade of gingerbread, sugar cookie cutouts and fruitcake. And this microwaveable recipe is an easy way to whip up an impressive dessert with minimal fuss.

2 cups superfine sugar*
1 ...

Pecan Fingers: Smothered in Sugary Sweetness

WARREN, NJ — Pecan fingers are made by our family only at Christmastime. Be sure to dip them in confectioners' sugar once while they are hot, and then sift more sugar over them again when they are cool.


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Additional ...

Bite-Size Monster Cookies: These Tiny Treats Are Big in Taste

BELMAR, NJ — Tara Morton of Belmar is a mom, active member of the Belmar Elementary School PTO and a Tastefully Simple consultant. So she knows her cookies and offers this recipe for a holiday treat that’s small in size and big in taste — and is a favorite in her home.


1 package Nana's Apple Cake Mix (available from Tastefully Simple)
½ cup ...

Pizzelles: A Ukrainian Twist to an Italian Holiday Treat

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Ukrainians do not tend to follow recipes exactly, preferring to uniquely customize recipes based on personal taste, preference and mood.

Here is Christine Morgan's “interpretation” of Ukrainian pizzelles:

1½ cups flour
2-3 tsp. baking powder
3 large eggs
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup purified sweet butter, softened
1½ tsp.

Molasses Cookies: A Melt-in-Your Mouth, Festive Favorite

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — A little crispy around the edges, soft and chewy in the middle, sweet and spicy molasses cookies are a holiday classic.

¾ cup margarine, softened
​​​½ tsp. salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​
½ tsp. ground ginger
2¼ cups ...

Butter Pecan Cookies: A Decadent Holiday Treat Grandma Would Love

CEDAR GROVE, NJ —  My grandmother loved butter. She cooked in nothing but it, she was fond of melba toast lathered in the stuff, her favorite candy was butter crunch, her favorite cookie was a pecan sandy and her favorite ice cream was butter pecan.

So this year, I went in search of a cookie that reminded me of my Grandma who passed away just a month shy of her 98th birthday.  ...

Peanut Butter Snowballs: A Family Favorite for the Holidays

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Peanut butter snowballs are fun and easy to make. This delicious treat has become a holiday favorite in our house. Our little one loves to help make them for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

We like to use creamy peanut butter, but if you prefer more texture, use chunky peanut butter.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 3 to 4 ...

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