Food For Thought: Fire Safety

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Every October, we celebrate Fire Prevention Safety Month. In fact, there will be a Fire Safety Day at Lowes next Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be fire trucks on hand, informational booths, fun, and games. In order to help provide information on fire safety, the Granville County office is focusing on cooking fires. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. You should always stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain inside the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. If you experience a small grease fire on the stovetop, you can smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completed cooled. If you lose power while in the middle of cooking, remember to turn off the stove or oven because it will come back on whenever your power is restored and could cause a fire. But when in doubt, just get out and call 9-1-1.

Here is a recipe is from University of Alaska Extension to make a healthier version of a meal that so many of us enjoy while eating away from home For more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @persongranvillefcs

Chinese Chicken Salad

Recipe  – Serves 8


  • 1 pkg ramen noodles (oriental flavored)
  • 16 oz cabbage, shredded (or cabbage salad mix)
  • ¼ cup scallions, minced
  • ½ cup bell pepper, red or green
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked, chilled and cut into cubes
  • ½ cup peanuts (dry roasted, unsalted)
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar (rice or white wine)
  • 1 ramen noodle flavor packet


Rinse coleslaw and drain; set aside. Break up noodles; set aside. In a small bowl, make dressing with sugar, vinegar, olive oil, and flavor packet. Stir well. In a large bowl, mix peppers, scallions, unsalted peanuts, and other vegetables if you like. Add cooked chicken and coleslaw. Pour on the dressing and combine. Sprinkle noodles on top. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information: 190 calories, 10g fat, 360mg sodium, 3g fiber, 11g protein