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Alaska Grown Day at the Alaska State Fair

Food and DrinkThe Division of Agriculture and the Alaska State Fair in Palmer are pleased to announce that they will again offer an agriculture pavilion to Alaska Grown vendors during the fair on Thursday, August, 28, which is Alaska Grown Day. The pavilion, which will include at least 10 spaces for vendor booths, debuted during the 2013 fair with great success for participants. Historical attendance at the fair that day is upwards of 25,000 people; this is a unique opportunity to showcase Alaska Grown products.

Anyone who is a member of the Alaska Grown certification program and is interested in having a booth at the Fair on Alaska Grown Day should submit an application before the July 18 deadline. Applications are available on the Division of Agriculture website at Look under the “What’s New” tab.

CONTACT: Amy Pettit (907) 761-3864
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Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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(JUNEAU, AK) Olde Thompson Inc. has issued a recall for Kirkland Signature Course Ground Malabar Pepper because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain beginning 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. People exhibiting any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

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Local produce on its way to Alaska farmers markets

Food and Drink(Palmer, AK) – With the growing season well underway, local vegetables, fruit and other specialty crops are making their way to farmers markets throughout Alaska. The Division of Agriculture website provides a variety of resources to help identify how, when and where to find local produce.

Alaska Farmers Market List: A list of all 36 Alaska farmers markets is available at, including their opening dates, operating schedule and contact information.

Seasonal Produce Availability Chart: Many Alaskans ask when they can buy locally-grown broccoli or if carrots are available in July. This chart was put together as an approximate tool to generalize when popular produce items will hit market. Please note that these dates are not exact and that availability depends heavily on weather conditions. This tool can be found at

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KIND Healthy Snacks Recalled for Undeclared Peanut Allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – KIND Healthy Snacks has issued a recall for STRONG & KIND bars as well as KIND Health Grains Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt bars due to possible contamination with peanuts, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Product Package Size Lot Code

STRONG Roasted Jalapeño All Sizes All Lot Codes
STRONG Honey Smoked BBQ All Sizes All Lot Codes
STRONG Thai Sweet Chili All Sizes All Lot Codes
STRONG Honey Mustard All Sizes All Lot Codes
STRONG Hickory Smoked All Sizes All Lot Codes
KIND Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seeds
with Sea Salt bars All Sizes All Lot Codes
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KRAFT Foods Group Recalls 96,000 lbs of Hotdogs

Food and DrinkThe US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the recall is due to products potentially containing Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages. The product labels are incorrect and therefore do not correctly reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs.

The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

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Nutriom LLC Clarifies Dried Egg Products Recall

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – Nutriom LLC has clarified a recall and public health alert to include an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

On February 19, 2014, Nutriom LLC issued a recall for 226,710 lbs of dried egg products potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Due to concerns of further contamination of dried egg products not recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert March 28, 2014 to include additional processed egg products. The total amount of recalled products is now 309,594 pounds.

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Food and DrinkWith St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, and being of Irish descent, I thought I share a simple Irish Soda Bread recipe. I'll be making the bread on the grill.

You'll need:

4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg

For brushing:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
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10 Reasons Why We Should All Be Eating More Hummus

Food and DrinkSubmitted by a reader: "Hummus, the simple dip of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt, has America under a spell. The New York Times reported that the hummus industry has grown from just a $5 million dollar business 15 years ago, to one that totaled $530 million at U.S. food retailers in 2012."
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Grilled Muffins

Food and DrinkEver tried to make muffins on a grill? I just did, and they are fantastic. These are apple-cinnamon whole grain muffins.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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The Scientifically Best Time to Drink Coffee, in One Simple Graphic

Food and DrinkContributed by a reader: "Ever wonder what the best time is to drink your coffee? You probably know it is not a good idea to drink part of your daily dose of caffeine in the afternoon. Especially for those who have problems sleeping. But, do you ever drink your coffee and feel like it just didn’t work?"
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Kettle Recalls Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips for Undeclared Milk Allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – Kettle Brand has issued a recall for Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips because the label does not state that the product contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
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Nestlé USA Announces Voluntary Recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese

Food and DrinkPress Release: Friday, February 14, 2014 – Nestlé USA’s Prepared Foods Division today announced the voluntary recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and HOT POCKETS® brand Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, in the two pack box.
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Kinnikinnick Foods Expands Recall for Products Containing Undeclared Milk Allergen

Food and Drink(JUNEAU, AK) – Kinnikinnick Foods has issued an expanded recall for Original Homestyle Waffles, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Homestyle Waffles, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Kinni-Kwik Bread & Bun Mix, and Panko Style Bread Crumbs because the labels do not state that the product contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to milk run the
risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The expanded recall includes all lots produced up to and including the “Best Before” dates indicated below. The recalled products are packaged in boxes that have a “Best Before” date that is embossed on the top flap of the box and is either printed on the side of the box or applied as a label to the bottom of the box. A complete list of affected “Best Before” dates is available at Lots produced after the listed “Best Before” dates do not use this ingredient and are not a part of this recall.

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50 Supermarket Tricks and Tips

Food and DrinkAn anonymous user submitted these 50 tricks and tips that will save you money: "Food experts, industry analysts, and store employees share their insider strategies on how to save money on groceries, stay healthy, and beat the supermarkets at their own game."
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A bite of luxury: Kirsten and Mandy Dixon's crab cakes Benedict

Food and Drink"Chefs Kirsten and Mandy Dixon prefer to cook in the woods.

The mother-daughter Alaskan duo were recently in Anchorage but are soon headed back to their remote Winterlake Lodge for the winter season. The lakeside property lies at the entrance to Rainy Pass along the Iditarod trail and is accessible only by floatplane or boat. At the lodge, guests can try activities like dog mushing and cross-country skiing and dine on gourmet meals like seafood paella and brioche French toast made by the Dixons themselves. It's a vacation dream come true, though at $1,400 per full day and night stay, you may need to start saving your pennies now.

It was over 30 years ago that Kirsten and her husband Carl decided to take a path less traveled. Today they are the owners of two lodges, a cooking school, a home goods boutique and La Baleine Café on the Homer Spit. The chefs been featured in heavyweight cooking magazines such as Bon Apetit, Food & Wine, and Saveur, as well as the Food Network and Travel Channel."
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