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Allergen-Free Halloween Treats

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Check out these ideas for allergen-free options for the little ghouls and goblins this Halloween! For trick-or-treating: Look for allergen-free Halloween candy varieties in grocery stores. Store allergen-free treats away from other items to reduce the risk of cross-contact. Provide prepackaged cut fruit or applesauce. Give out nonfood treats, such as stickers, pencils, or small games. Let everyone know you have allergen-free items by participating in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project. For celebrating at home or at parties: Ask in advance...


Food Additives from A-Z: D

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about food additives! We’ve already reviewed common additives starting with A, B, and C. Now, let’s look at the D list. Dextrose monohydrate Dextrose monohydrate is a commonly used sweetener that’s found naturally in honey and fruit. It’s typically sourced from the starch of plants, like corn, and can be used to add sweetness to a food item. Dextrose monohydrate is a simple sugar compound, which means it can be broken down quickly for...


International Cuisine – Africa

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To describe Africa's flavors and staple dishes in a sweeping statement is like trying to explain the culinary traditions of the entirety of North America. Because Africa is made up of many countries – each with distinct food staples and outside culinary influences – it's easier to introduce the cuisine regionally. North Africa North Africa's climate is as varied as its terrain, encompassing the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and the Nile River. Because of its geographical location, many of...


Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is a dedicated time to celebrate the culture, contributions, and influence of Hispanic Americans on the history and culture of the United States. While it may seem strange to begin and end a celebration mid-month, that monthlong period is purposeful because it's all-encompassing. Independence and Día de la Raza The United States begins its celebration on September 15 because it's the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate...


Celebrating September Jewish Holidays

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This September is unique because Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot fall within the same month. Determined by the Hebrew calendar, these holidays fall on different dates each year, typically between September and October. Let’s take a closer look at each of these religious holidays and their culinary traditions. Rosh Hashana Rosh Hashana, meaning “head of the year,” celebrates the Jewish New Year and commemorates the birth of the universe. A time to celebrate new beginnings, Rosh Hashana is...


International Cuisine: India

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Dating back 5,000 years, India is an amalgamation of diverse cultural, religious, and culinary influences. You might be surprised to learn that many foods that seem to embody Indian cuisine – rich, tomato-based curries and the piping-hot potato and pea samosa stuffing – include ingredients that aren’t native to the country. Portuguese and Dutch colonization brought items such as tomatoes, potatoes, vinegar, and grilled bread to India. A reflection of the diverse nature of this Southeast Asian country, India...


The Icing on the Cake: Homemade Buttercream

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To treat communities at the end of the school year, our teams competed in the SAGE Cupcake Challenge. Check out their creations on Instagram! Here are the most popular ones, which we’re adding to our Recipe Collection: Toasted S’mores Cupcake: St. George’s School. Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcake: River Oaks Baptist School. Devil’s Kettle Corn Caramel Cupcake: Moses Brown School. Cherry Coconut Macaroon Cupcake: Mount Aloysius College. Mac Daddy Oreo Delight Cupcake: Moses Brown School. Now it’s your turn — make...


(Not) On the Road with a SAGE Chef: Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit

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Greetings! Welcome back to the blog series “On the Road with RDs,” where we invite you to follow along with our Registered Dietitians as they visit venues, teach communities, and continue their education in the wide world of nutrition. This entry is from Executive Chef Rob Coutu. He may not be an RD, but he’s a key part of the Nutrition Team and is responsible for keeping our recipes and menus in tip-top shape and on trend. The Culinary...


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