Danielle Gordon

					Danielle Gordon
Family and Consumer Sciences
615 Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-606-5203


                             FOOD FACTS


Are you aware that mangoes can be used at any stage of maturity

or that edamame (soybeans) are a complete protein source

providing fiber, essential fatty acids and isoflavones? Did you

know that cooking raw poultry to a minimum internal temperature

of 165 degrees will eliminate pathogens and viruses, such as

salmonella?    Did you have any idea that eggs should never be

boiled?   They should be cooked gently at no more than a low

simmer so that they are hard-cooked rather than hard-boiled.



This kind of information about Florida agricultural products can

be found along with a variety of delicious, kitchen-tested

recipes in the new cookbook, Simply Florida:    A Taste of Flavors

from the Sunshine State.    Learn to make flavorful herb shakers

for meat dishes.    Find out how easy it is to broil grapefruit and

when to serve this dish.    Get tips for selecting fresh garlic on

your next shopping trip.   And receive nutritional profiles on

each recipe.



This colorful coffee-table style cookbook is divided into

chapters on flavorful beef; tasty pork, poultry & more; a taste
of the seas; delicious dairy dishes; a bountiful harvest of nuts,

beans and grains; sun-ripened fruits; and farm-fresh vegetables.

Simply Florida offers recipes savoring the unique flavors from

Florida’s seashore to panhandle—a cuisine that truly exemplifies

American regional cooking.



Simply Florida is a tribute to a woman who dedicated her life to

educating people about the practical skills needed to improve

their lives.   Proceeds from cookbook sales will be used to endow

the Mary Harrison Distinguished Extension Professional and

Enhancement Award in the Family, Youth and Community Sciences

Department at the University of Florida.   This award allows

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents to participate in

professional development opportunities enabling them to enhance

professional skills to better serve local citizens.



Simply Florida began with a 4-H project in 1930.   At that time,

Mary Frances Nall (later Harrison) completed a 4-H record book

when school classes were eliminated because of county budget

shortfalls.    Years later, she reflected, “That 4-H project

started my understanding of the value of practical skills.”



Throughout her four-decade career as a County Extension Agent

and, later, State Specialist, Professor Harrison gained national

recognition for her educational programs targeting critical
issues in consumer education and housing.    She was a tireless

advocate for child passenger safety and seat belt use,

development of consumer decision-making skills, and consumer

fraud prevention.



The impact Mary Harrison made on Extension programming will

continue for many years.   To honor and remember her, colleagues

and friends have gathered a collection of recipes highlighting

unique Florida fare that have been captured in Simply Florida.



For more information or to purchase Simply Florida, contact the

Leon County Extension Service at 850-606-5203 or order online at

www.SimplyFlorida.org.



Fish Chowder

1 1/2 pounds fish fillets, fresh or frozen

1 cup water

2 (10 ounce) cans cream of potato soup

1 quart low-fat milk

1 (14 to 16 ounce) can whole kernel corn

1 to 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons margarine

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 small bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Thaw fish if frozen.   Skin fillets and cut into 1-inch cubes.

Bring the water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan and add the fish.

Simmer 8 to 10 minutes until fish flakes easily when tested with

a fork.



Add soup, milk, undrained corn, peppers, margarine, onion, bay

leaf, salt and pepper and cook just until heated through,

stirring occasionally.    Remove bay leaf.   Garnish with paprika.

Serves 6.



Nutritional information per serving:    calories 380, calories from

fat 130, fat 14g, cholesterol 70mg, sodium 970mg, carbohydrates

32g, fiber 2g, protein 30g



Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves

1 pound medium cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic juice

1 cup strawberry preserves

Mix the first six ingredients together.      Form cheese mixture into

a ring on a platter.   Put strawberry preserves in a small bowl
and set inside the ring.    Serves 16.



Nutritional information per serving:     calories 290, calories from

fat 210, fat 23g, cholesterol 40mg, sodium 240mg, carbohydrates

16g, fiber 1g, protein 8g



If you have questions, write to Danielle Gordon, Family and

Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, University of Florida/IFAS

Extension -- Leon County, 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL

32301; or call the Extension office weekdays at 606-5203 between

8 a.m. and 5 p.m.



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