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International luncheon offers a taste of China Feb. 22

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The Carroll County Extension Homemakers have selected China as their country of interest for the annual International Luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 22. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Service office, 500 Floyd Drive in Carrollton.

Guest speaker will be Caroline Reisner, who recently returned from teaching English in Jiujiang, China.

Reisner will share her experiences living in the country. In her presentation she will cover women’s role and the empowerment of women in current Chinese culture.

 Members are asked to bring a favorite or Chinese dish. Table service and beverage will be provided. A packet of traditional Chinese recipes have been compiled and are available at the Extension office for those needing a recipe to prepare.

Guests may be invited. Members should call the Extension office by Feb. 21 with number attending so seating can be arranged. For information, call the Extension office, or Martha Moorman or Patty Kost, International co-chairmen. 

Diabetes self
management series 

A six-week series in understanding and managing diabetes will be taught in March and April by the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service in collaboration with Three Rivers Health Department and Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

Carroll County is above the national average in diabetes and high in the risk for diabetes in adults and children. Some of the most prevalent risk factors for diabetes are overweight, sedentary life style, unhealthy eating habits, and family history of diabetes – all of which Carroll County ranks high.

The series will be held Monday evenings beginning March 7 and running through April 11.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn to better manage their disease and the risk of getting diabetes. There will be a nominal fee for program materials. To receive registration information about the program call the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030.

FOG

Fats, oils and greases, commonly referred to as “FOG,” are produced when cooking. Typical items that result in FOG are meat fats, sauces, dressings, cooking oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baked goods, lard and dairy products.

Pouring fats, oils, and greases down the kitchen drain can be costly. When poured down the drain, fats, oils and greases stick to the inside of pipes. Over time, they build up and cause pipes to clog. Clogged pipes can result in septic system failure and untreated wastewater backing up in homes and businesses. Cleanup and repair can be expensive.

Homeowners can properly dispose of fats, oils and greases by storing them in a sealed container, such as an old coffee can, and throwing the container into the trash when it becomes full. In addition, homeowners should wipe skillets, pots and pans, and other dishes with a dry paper towel before washing. Then the paper towel should be thrown away in the garbage.

Using a cloth towel to wipe greasy or oily dishes clean defeats the purpose. When you wash the cloth towel, the grease and oil still washes down the drain and makes its way to pipes and sewer systems.

These facts were referenced from www.bgpride.org/FOGs.htm, the Bluegrass PRIDE FOGs Information website.

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.