The American College of Emergency Physicians has put together the top five tips that you and your family should follow in order to stay safe and healthy over the holiday weekend. (Source: http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Health_Tips_620/5_Safety_Tips_for_Memorial_Day_Weekend_printer.shtml)
Tip 1: Food Safety — To avoid food poisoning, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recommends cooking fresh poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees. Refrigerate all perishable food within 2 hours, 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods.
Tip 2: Grill Safety — Emergency physicians see firsthand the dangers associated with an outdoor grill. Consumers should thoroughly clean a grill of any grease or dust. Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects or food grease that can cause an uncontrolled fire. Replace any connectors which can lead to a gas leak and keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open flames away from a leaking grill. Do not use a grill in a garage, breezeway, carport and porch or near any surface that can catch fire. Also, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany the grill.
Tip 3: Water Safety —To prevent drowning, avoid alcohol when swimming or boating. Wear a lifejacket whenever you are on a boat. Make sure young children are supervised at all times when near the beach, on a boat, or by a pool or hot tub. Don’t swim alone or in bad weather. Learn to swim and teach your children to swim. We also recommend that you learn CPR in case of an emergency.
Tip 4: Sun Safety — Protect against sunburn and heat stroke. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it generously throughout the day. Wear a hat outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Drink plenty of water, especially when in the sun or if you are sweating heavily. If you feel faint or nauseous, get into a cool place immediately.
Tip 5: Travel Safety — Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone who has been drinking. Wear your seatbelt at all times. Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and is in good working shape before a long road trip. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings if you are in an unfamiliar place and know where the nearest emergency room is to you at all times in case of an emergency.
Now that you're prepared to enJOY the great outdoors while remembering those who've given their lives for our country's freedom, plan on trying one of the recipes (below) to bring your family together at the table (indoors or outdoors) this Memorial Day weekend.
Since you probably have a whole host of resources filled with "traditional" picnic foods (grilled, barbequed, or cold salads, etc.), I decided to post non-traditional, potluck type recipes, in case you're gathering at a family reunion or just want a "different" type main dish or dessert to go along with your dinner. I'll save the picnic foods for July 4th. :-). One of these recipes (Chicken Casserole) is in the cookbook on page 63. The other will have to wait for the next cookbook. It's one of my mama's cake recipes, and I've discovered it's also my daughter-in-law's favorite cake. So, now that you know what we're doing, let's get started!
First, let's do the Chicken Casserole, and then, we'll stir up my mama's Fresh Strawberry Cake (YUMMM!). (Don't forget to copy and print the complete recipes at the bottom--after the tutorial, or paste them to files on your word processor and save for future reference.) For those of you who have the cookbook ("A Pinch of This... A Smidgen of That"), you might want to take notes in the margin on p. 63 (BIG GRIN! :-)... because I'm going to give you a lesson in "modification" with the Chicken Casserole recipe today. First of all, I don't have a whole chicken in the freezer, all I have are chicken breasts, and second of all, I like LOTS of stuffing on my casserole, so I'm going to DOUBLE the amount of stuffing I'm using, which means I'll also DOUBLE the amount of broth, and naturally, that means I'll increase the BUTTER... but, I promise it's gonna be GOOOOOD! Here we go...
With my modifications ;-)
Gather your ingredients. Boil chicken and debone, saving at least 2 cups of broth (or use canned broth). (HINTS: For about 2 cups cooked, diced chicken, you can stew two medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts for about 25 minutes and cut or tear them into small bite-sized pieces. For a more flavorful broth, it’s best to use breasts that still have skin and bones attached. The fat from the skin also helps tenderize the meat, making it much better, as well. ALSO, I like to add one or two chicken bullion cubes to the water when I boil the chicken. It makes the chicken and the broth much more flavorful.)
A Quick P.S. ...
I just received an email with the following information:
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All I can say is WOW! I've never won anything in my life. I'm glad the first thing was a cookbook! :-) After it arrives, I'll post a review and maybe some new recipes for you to sample!