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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Chances are even if you aren’t a huge football fan; you will be watching the big game
this Sunday. Many will watch and cheer for their favorite team, while others will
watch and try to choose their favorite commercial. Whatever the reason you watch,
you will probably have some sort of food during the game.
Whether you are having a party or watching it solo, all you need for a successful
Super Bowl party is plenty of food, drink and a television. Your best bet is to keep
the food simple for this occasion; most of the food is going to be scarfed down while
everyone's eyes are glued to the television and not to your painstakingly prepared
Serve an array of snacks and allow everyone to graze to their heart's content. If
you want to go the extra mile and offer a full-fledged meal to your fellow football
fans, a buffet-style meal is by far the best choice for the occasion. Everyone loves
a "build-your-own" buffet, whether the main attraction is a chili bar, hero sandwiches,
burritos and nachos, baked potatoes or pizzas.
On the buffet, use your slow cooker, or warming plates, to keep the hot food hot on
your buffet table, as well as, trays full of ice to keep cold food cold.
Never hold foods for more than two hours at room temperature. If serving warm or hot
foods such as wings, pizza, hot dips, use your slow cooker, or warming plates, to
keep the hot food hot on your buffet table. Never hold hot foods at room temperature
for longer than 2 hours.
If you are serving cold foods, they need to be kept on trays full of ice to keep cold.
The same rules apply for cold foods as hot foods. If cold food has been sitting out
for more than two hours, do not eat it. When in doubt, throw it out.
Whatever you decide to serve, remember that the best refreshments are those that can
be prepared ahead of time, requiring a minimum of last-minute fuss. You want to watch
the big game too.
It’s essential that cold foods are kept cold and hot foods hot. If you’re serving
take-out foods such as fried chicken, barbecue, pizza, or wings eat within two hours
of purchase or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. In addition, make certain
that luncheon meats, pastas, tuna, chicken and potato salads are kept cold.
If you would like more information on keeping your Super Bowl party safe, contact
us for your free copy of A Quick Consumer Guide to Safe Food Handling at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Miller County Extension
office, Room 215 of the Miller County courthouse. E-mail email@example.com or call
870-779-3609. You can also get great tips on facebook at UAEXMillerCountyFCS/CarlaHaleyHadley,
and twitter at @MillerCountyFCS or visiting us at uaex.uada.edu/miller.
This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa is an easy recipe that is very colorful,
flavorful and nutritious. Make it ahead for better flavor.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
1 (15.5 oz) can unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cup fresh corn
1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, gently stir. Cover and chill for at
least 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information: 35 calories, fat 0 g, protein 1 g, total carbohydrates 8 g,
dietary fiber 1 g, sodium 190 mg.
By Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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