Oh baby! Food safety tips when putting out a spread.

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We had such fun with this “Tea for Two” baby shower theme!

Who doesn’t love a little party? We were thrilled to host a baby shower at our place last weekend. (Can that be my excuse for a delayed post?) A few foodie facts to remember when putting out a spread:

  • Pay attention to food temperatures. Hot foods should be served hot, cold foods cold. Food left between the temperatures of 40F – 140F is at risk of fastest bacterial growth. That’s why the temp range 40-140F is often referred to as “The Danger Zone.”
  • Be mindful of how long food is left out.  Refrigerated food shouldn’t be left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Leaving food at room temperature for too long can cause bacteria to grow at dangerous levels.
  • Any leftovers? Consume all properly-stored leftovers within 3-4 days.

Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service http://www.fsis.usda.gov

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Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Loved playing with the color on these – more food science secrets on food coloring in another post.
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Almond Orange Biscotti. How could we serve tea without biscotti? ;)
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Marshmallow pops for our little ladies. Had I been more ambitious, I would have taken the time to make a proper cake pop. However, if you’re lacking time, these chocolate dipped marshmallow pops couldn’t be easier.

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