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It’s time to talk turkey

Thanksgiving will be here in two weeks and most of you will be roasting a turkey for the dinner table. Preparing a holiday bird can cause a major challenge in some households because we only prepare a turkey once or twice a year, and it is so much larger than anything else we put into the oven. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established food safety guidelines for preparing your holiday bird; so once again, I’m sharing those recommendations in advance. Hopefully, it will assist with making your Thanksgiving feast…

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Recall Update: Athens Foods, Inc. recalls beef products

Athens Foods, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 168 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The product contains soy, known allergens which are not declared on the finished product label. The steak fiesta, beef filled dough, items were produced on Sept. 23, 2015 and have a best by code of 11/23/16. The following products are subject to recall: Four count trays of “Athens Steak Fiesta Blossoms.” The products subject to recall bear…

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Christian Concepts: A bad day at the ballot box

With 95 percent of precincts reporting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down by 61 percent to 39 percent last Tuesday. Known by the acronym HERO, the crux of the controversy was the ordinance would have allowed a transgender person to use a public restroom of their choice. Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker who introduced and supported the ordinance lamented the loss. She attributed its rejection to “a calculated campaign by a small, very determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religious right and they only know how to…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Veterans Day – In honor of those who have served

We celebrate Veterans Day today, November 11. With it comes a holiday for some, special family gatherings for others or just another day at work (depending on what your job is.) Veterans Day often just means another holiday to many people; a day to get off work, play and have fun. But I sometimes wonder how many people keep in the back of their mind WHY we have this national holiday. Veterans Day is a special day, set aside, for all of us to honor all veterans, past and present,…

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