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California wine producers are looking forward to increased sales to Costa Rica starting January 1. That nation's legislature has approved the free trade agreement with the United States signed in 2004. As a result tariffs on bottled table wines will be reduced from 15 percent to zero. Other wine categories will receive a five-year tariff phase-out. U.S. wine exports to Costa Rica last year totaled $683,000.
Cooks who need help preparing their Thanksgiving turkey have some new options this year. California-based Foster Farms provides help at 800-255-7227, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be reached at 800-535-4555. For tech-savvy consumers, Butterball has supplemented its Turkey Talk-Line (800-288-8372) with text messages, blogs and live web chats.
California potato growers are always harvesting somewhere in the state and say their potatoes are always fresh. Farmers are able to do that because of the many climate zones in the Golden State. Consumers will find good supplies of California-grown potatoes for Thanksgiving. It is difficult to store potatoes in California without refrigeration, and energy is expensive, so growers sell potatoes fresh from the field all year. So far water availability hasn't been a problem, but availability is uncertain as growers look to next year.
Holiday meals don't have to be high in fat or calories to be tasty, according to nutritionists. They suggest altering favorite recipes, like using two-thirds cup of sugar when it calls for a cup. Or using a third cup of oil instead of half a cup. Nonfat dairy products can be substituted for higher fat counterparts. They suggest cooking the turkey with the skin on, then removing it after cooking to reduce fat. The breast of the turkey provides the lowest fat and highest protein.Top