I used to get a little nervous in the kitchen. Not from the actual cooking part of meal preparation, but I would worry about food safety. Can I cut the mold off a block of cheese and still eat the rest? Is it safe to let my son lick the spoon while we are making cookies? How many days do leftovers keep? Fear was holding me back, and causing me to throw out a whole lot of good food. Of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry—I live by the “If you don’t know, throw” rule. That said, by arming myself with a few guidelines to food safety and sanitation, I was able to save a lot of food and restore calm to my time in the kitchen. Continue Reading


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