Food safety certification course set Aug. 5
Cheryl Walker

I f you are a commercial food handler in need of a certification course and Serve- Safe testing, sign- up for the Aug. 5 Food Safety Certification Training. Registration materials are available on the Milam County website http://milam. or you can contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron or email

The training will be conducted Monday, Aug. 5 at the Yoe High School Distance Learning Room , 303 E. 12th St. in Cameron. Training will start at 8 a.m. and will fi nish about 4 p.m. Testing will be conducted right after the training. The cost of the one-day training is $115 per person. This includes your course book, handouts and ServeSafe examination.

During the course, you will gain knowledge and skills to reduce the risks of food borne illness in your commercial food facilities. You will gain skills to train employees and work with t he h ealth o fficials. F ood safety, sanitation, food f low, HACCP and managing the operation are major teaching points for the training. To make sure you have a space reserved for the training, contact the Milam County Extension Office by July 31. Only a limited number of registrations will be available on Aug. 5. The food safety course is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Milam County office.

DINNER TONIGHT— Grab your friends and join us for food and fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Four dates and locations are available to attend:

• July 30 in Huntsville, Walker County Extension Office.

• Aug. 1 in Conroe, Thomas R. LeRoy Education Center.

• Aug. 6 in College Station, Lincoln Center.

• Aug. 8 in Giddings, Lee County Extension Office.

Doors wi ll open for each school at 5:30 p. m. w ith the school beginning at 6 p.m.

“While there are many groups who conduct cooking schools, we believe the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School has a unique niche,” said Dr. Susan Ballabina, Regional Program Director for Family and Consumer Sciences of the Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service.

“During the cooking school, everyone will see demonstrations of quick and easy-to-make recipes from the Dinner Tonight Cookbook. The unique cookbook contains 12 meal plans and all the recipes, including entrĂ©es, sides, and desserts perfect for busy families. We are targeting busy people who still want to make time for meal preparation and feel good about what they are feeding themselves and their family. Our goals are to promote family mealtime, teach families healthy meal planning and food preparation techniques, and promote Texas agriculture,” she said.

This event is brought to you by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and will feature a dynamic team of local county Extension agents from Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Milam, Montgomery and Walker counties. Meals to be demonstrated include herb- crusted pork chops, f lavorful green beans, macaroni and cheese and dark chocolate meringue drops; quick tilapia, spinach salad, veggie couscous and pineapple cake; chicken quesadillas, nopalitos with tomatoes and onions, “no-guilt” guacamole and make-ahead caramel flan.

Special guest chefs will make appearances. All participants will receive a cookbook, a gift bag, and a chance to win door prizes. The cost of the cooking school is $20. Pre-registration is required to attend and closes one week prior to the event.

To register, go online to, search Dinner Tonight and select the location you would like to attend. You can also register at the Milam County ExtensionOffice. Aninformational flier is available with location details at the Extension Office and on the county website

At the Dinner Tonight program, you will have tasting of all the demonstrated recipes along with lots of cooking tips. Signup and spread the word to your friends. It will be an interesting and fun evening of food.

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