Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fruitcake 101

Photo credit: Jonathunder, via Wikimedia Commons
As we approach the holidays, fruitcake may be on the menu.  Can you keep a fruitcake for extended time and it still be safe to eat?  Find the answer below.  

More on fruitcake safety here:

By: Matt Shipman
NC State News

The Art of Making Cheese

wedge of cheeseInterested in learning more about making cheese?  Visit the links below to learn more.  Great information and lessons for kids and adults.

 The age level each resource is geared towards is included as well as a content overview:

Compiled by: Zandra Alford
Extension Associate, Foods and Nutrition
Youth, Family, and Community Sciences 
NC State University

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gluten Free & Sugar Free Baking Options

Looking for some Gluten Free and Sugar Free Options?  Visit the links below

One resource that focuses on gluten-free baking and provides a suggested substitute for sugar is They offer gluten-free baking videos, tips & tricks, and recipes ( For sugar substitution they suggest, "3/4 cup honey can be substituted for 1 cup of granulated or brown sugar, if liquid in the recipe is reduced by 1/4 cup.  Maple syrup, brown rice syrup and agave can also be used instead of honey." (from

In regards to gluten-free baking in general, this resource out of Oregon Coop Ext. provides some helpful tips (
grandmother and child baking