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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Serving Turkey
Safely

With the holidays just around the corner, the one thing we can count on being on the menu is turkey. The tips below will help you create a safe and delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. Perfect Portions- Prior to selecting your turkey, you must know how much turkey you will need for your guests. The rule of thumb is that you will buy about 1 pound per person or a pound and a half per person if you have hearty eaters or want ample leftovers. Butterball has a site to assist you with figuring potions – http://www.butterball.com/calculators-and-conversions  Use a meat thermometer- A whole turkey and turkey parts are safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F, measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.  Allow an adequate number of days to refrigerator-defrost a frozen turkey. There are only two other recommended thawing options: cold water and microwave. Do not thaw on the counter. Thawing at room temperature increases bacteria growth.  Wash hands, sinks, counters, utensils, and platters thoroughly with soap and hot water before and after working with raw turkey. Stuff just before roasting, or cook stuffing separate from the turkey Allow the cooked turkey to sit for at least 20 minutes before carving. This makes the turkey easier to carve.  After the meal, cover, and store leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible.  Leftover turkey will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.  For any additional questions, please contact Hannah Nichols, Family and Consumer Science Agent at 828-688-4811 or email hmnichol@ncsu.edu.  Hannah Nichols, FCS Agent Mitchell, Yancey Counties NCCES Food Safety Department  Looking for a creative way to use your leftover turkey?  Try this quick and easy recipe.  Quick Turkey Casserole Taste of Home  4 Servings Prep/Total Time: 30 min. Ingredients 2 cups sliced onions 1/2 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons butter 2 teaspoons canola oil 3 ounces low-fat cream cheese 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed reduced-fat reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 2 cups cooked long grain rice 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup fine cornflake crumbs 1/8 teaspoon paprika  Directions In a nonstick skillet, cook onions and sugar in butter and oil over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, place cream cheese in a shallow microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until softened. Add soup; stir until blended. Add the rice, turkey, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Toss onions with cornflake crumbs; arrange over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until topping is heated through. Yield: 4 servings  Nutritional Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 375 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starches, 1 vegetable.

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Bakersville Farmers'
Market

The Bakersville Farmers' Market will be at the Bakersville Medical Clinic parking lot on Saturday from 8 am until Noon, rain or shine.  We will have herb and vegetable starter plants, gourmet popsicles, potato bags, mung bean sprouts, canned goods, goat cheese, jams and jellies.  We will also have chutney, jewelry, breads, aprons, bags, mixed wild greens, purses, baked goods, duck eggs, chicken eggs, and more.  Look for us at the Bakersville Medical Clinic every Saturday from 8 am-Noon through the end of October.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Providing Solutions
for another Century: Extension Strategic Vision & Planning Initiative 2013-2014

N.C. Cooperative Extension has launched a Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative that will take place over the next several months. This process will support and sustain Our Vision and promise to the citizens of North Carolina. For more information click

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Ag Options Grants

WNC Agricultural Options’ 11th annual grant cycle is underway. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions will award grants to diversify farms in western North Carolina in 2015. Farmers MORE »

Dial Pressure Canner Testing

Now that summer is officially here, many are enjoying the seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available this time of year. If you are planning to take advantage of these summer favorites by MORE »

Affordable Health Care Help in Mitchell County

Are you confused about the Affordable Care Act? Not sure if you qualify for health insurance? Need help filling out the online application? Overwhelmed by all the requirements and available options? Here is MORE »

Thanksgiving Meal Last Minute Ideas

As you prepare for Thanksgiving meals, here are some quick ideas that help us toward the USDA MyPlate goal, vegetables and fruit covering ½ of our plate.   Vegetables and fruits can usually be MORE »

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Mitchell County ESMMWLThu Dec 25, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Spruce Pine Fire Department, Spruce Pine, NC, United States
— 4 days away
Mitchell County ESMMWLThu Jan 1, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Spruce Pine Fire Department, Spruce Pine, NC, United States
— 2 weeks away
Mitchell County ESMMWLThu Jan 8, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Spruce Pine Fire Department, Spruce Pine, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away
NCFGC MWCThu Jan 29, 2015
12:30 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Western North Carolina Regional Livestock Center, Stock Dr., Canton, NC
— 1 month away
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