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Update: Pickling
Demonstration Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pickling Demonstration that was scheduled for Saturday July 23rd, 2016 has been cancelled. The website will be updated if the class is able to be rescheduled. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at  kirsten_dillman@ncsu.edu, or by calling our office at 828-264-3061.

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Update: Pickling
Demonstration Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pickling Demonstration that was scheduled for Saturday July 23rd, 2016 has been cancelled. The website will be updated if the class is able to be rescheduled. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at  kirsten_dillman@ncsu.edu, or by calling our office at 828-264-3061.

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NC Safe Plates course
offered

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative to ServSafe. This course will prepare food service managers to complete the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Safety Manager Certification Examination. NC establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)- accredited program or face a two-point violation from the health department. Managers will receive a certificate to display in their operation which will verify with local Environmental Health Departments that they are in compliance. Upcoming Class – Monday through Wednesday, September 19 – 21, 2016, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. The two-hour exam will be on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00am – 11:30am. Please register and pay by Thursday, September 8th at Watauga County NC Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St., Boone, NC 28607. The cost of the class is $120.00 which covers the book, exam, handouts and refreshments. The class will be held at the Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone. For more information call Margie Mansure or Kirsten Dillman at 264-3061, Margie_mansure@ncsu.edu or  Kirsten_dillman@ncsu.edu

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Get Creative with
Spring Salads

Spring is the time of year to eat more salad, and not just to help you shape up. Salads can be delicious, extremely refreshing, and an art form.  Begin your creation with ultra-fresh ingredients from local farmers, or from your own garden. Use a salad spinner to dry the leaves after washing. Then put together a variety of greens and add whatever flavors suit you. Fresh herbs, like basil, parsley, chives and most any vegetable will add interest. Add crunchiness with nuts, seeds, or croutons, and more flavor with cheese. No salad is complete without an easy to make, homemade dressing. Just find a jar with a lid and combine three parts olive oil with one part acid. Acid could be lemon juice or any type of vinegar.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and shake the jar. Many variations may be made from this basic recipe by adding various herbs, garlic, mustard, or even honey. Lightly dress your salad to enjoy your sensational creation! This recipe is a jazzed-up version of the three parts oil to one part acid classic. Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground pepper ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced In mixing bowl measure honey, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic. Stir with fork to combine. Add balsamic vinegar and stir. Gradually add oil, whisking with fork to incorporate. Stir until fully emulsified. Store in a jar with lid. Makes one cup. Taken from http://chinesegrandma.com/ This Caesar dressing has a tanginess that will make your tongue tingle. Caesar Salads are so delicious, but the traditional recipe contains raw eggs, posing a risk of foodborne illness. While I’m not an anchovy fan, the ingredient is essential. You’ll never realize it’s in the dressing. Eggless Caesar Dressing 5 anchovy filets 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I used brown spicy) ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until emulsified. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to one week. Toss liberally with romaine lettuce, croutons and additional Parmesan for an authentic eggless Caesar salad. Makes one cup. Taken from http://www.thekitchn.com  Margie Mansure, M.S., R.D. is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and extension agent with NC Cooperative Extension. She offers personalized classes to improve the health of citizens in Watauga County through worksites, schools and community groups. margie_mansure@ncsu.edu. (828)264-3061

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Teen Cooking Class

Teen Cooking Class at
Watauga Extension

Watauga's NC Cooperative Extension Service is now taking registrations for our summer Teen Cooking Class. This week-long class series runs from Monday, July 25th through Friday, July 29 from 9:30am to 1:00pm each day, and is open to 13-18 year olds. Learn practical skills you need to feed yourself and others and enjoy a delicious lunch each day!  Recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less featuring various ethnic styles, pizza making, fish cookery, sauce making, stir-frying, grilling, vegetarian ideas, interesting side dishes, knife skills, napkin folding, and much more.  Wow your friends and their palates! Classes will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone.  Class size is limited!  Register in advance at the NC Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King St, Boone.  Fee is $90 for the week.  Contact our office for more information: 828-264-3061 or email Margie_Mansure@nscu.edu.

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Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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green beans in a jar

Update: Pickling Demonstration Cancelled popular

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pickling Demonstration that was scheduled for Saturday July 23rd has been cancelled.  The website will be updated if the class is able to be rescheduled.    If you MORE »

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NC Safe Plates course offered

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative to ServSafe. This course will prepare food service managers to complete the National Registry MORE »

Teen Cooking Class

Extension Offers Teen Cooking Class

Watauga’s NC Cooperative Extension Service is now taking registrations for our summer Teen Cooking Class. This week-long class series runs from Monday, July 25th through Friday, July 29 from 9:30am to 1:00pm each MORE »

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Get Creative with Spring Salads

Spring is the time of year to eat more salad, and not just to help you shape up. Salads can be delicious, extremely refreshing, and an art form.  Begin your creation with ultra-fresh MORE »

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Teen Cooking CampThu Jul 28, 2016 Today
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Conference Center, Boone
— 3 hours away
Teen Cooking CampFri Jul 29, 2016
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Conference Center, Boone
— Tomorrow
Watauga County BeekeepersTue Aug 2, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 5 days away
Webinar - Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban ForestsThu Aug 11, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
forestrywebinars.net
— 2 weeks away
Hands-on canning classSat Aug 20, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Conference Center, Boone
— 3 weeks away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue Sep 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 month away
NC Safe PlatesMon Sep 19, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 2 months away
NC Safe PlatesTue Sep 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Agricutural Conference Center, Boone
— 2 months away
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