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. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension -- Leon County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, gender, or national origin.
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