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October 31, 1996



By Rosie Flores

It's time to prepare for the holiday season

The holiday season is right around the corner. Just visit any store and
you will see Christmas decorations and gift ideas set up.

What ever happened to Thanksgiving? Are we going straight from
Halloween to Christmas? Maybe it just seems that way, because time is
going by so fast, and everything is approaching much faster.

Not such good news for all middle-aged people!

To children it seems like an eternity until Christmas. I just can't
wait until Thanksgiving, since eating is one of my favorite pass times.
Isn't it everyone's?

Turkey and all the trimmings sounds pretty good right about now. Forget
all that Halloween candy, it'll probably still be around next year.

During spring cleaning, Halloween candy ghosts, pumpkins and goblins
will be found under the sofa cushions. Bubble gum will be stuck to the
carpet behind the television set.

And be careful when you sit down at the dining room table, there's no
telling what those little trick-or-treaters have hidden there!

With the Thanskgiving holidays approaching everyone wants to stay fit
and trim and of course, healthy. But with the strange cold, then hot,
weather its hard to stay healthy.

It seems like everyone is coming down with the flu or stomach virus, or
something worse.

That's why doctors are warning everyone of the dangers of food
poisoning during this time of the year. The time when everyone is into
the baking and cooking mood. Not to mention eating!

They advise that turkey and other poultry defrosted outside the
refrigerator too long are prone to contamination with salmonella

Salmonella poisoning occurs when the bacteria is eaten. They grow in
the intestines, causing stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and

Cooking tips offered to help avoid holiday food poisoning include to
wash hands before preparing foods. Check your turkey's temperature with
a cooking thermometer to determine if the meat has been cooked

Wash countertops, cutting boards and utensils in hot, soapy water and
always refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Another piece of advice would be to avoid over-eating. But of course,
that's impossible!

EDITOR'S NOTE:Rosie Flores is an Enterprise writer and editor of
Lifestyles and Golden Years. Her column appears each Thursday.
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