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When to expect your amaryllis to begin bloom

Posted: November 26, 2016 - 10:33pm
Amaryllises are often sold for Christmas gifts. They provide large vibrant blooms in winter.  SPECIAL
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Amaryllises are often sold for Christmas gifts. They provide large vibrant blooms in winter.

Q: Someone gave me an amaryllis kit. How soon will the amaryllis begin blooming?

A: It should bloom six to eight weeks after you pot it and begin watering it. Keep the potted bulb in a bright, sunny spot.

Q: I hadn't had chicken livers in some time and got a hankering for some when I saw them in the grocery store. I did not want to deep fry them so I tried pan-frying them and they splattered like crazy. Is there a way to bake them?

A: Sautéing or pan-frying them can lead to serious popping with the oil and the moisture in the livers. A splash screen and a large apron (as well as goggles) may be required.

Splattering can be avoided by baking them. Preheat the oven to 325-350 degrees F. Coat the livers with some cooking oil. Dredge them in flour or cracker crumbs if you want a crust. Space the livers on a flat pan or baking dish. Smaller ones cook quicker than larger ones. Bake until your desired doneness. You may want to flip them midway. Experiment with different seasonings and coatings.

Q: Where and when can I enter the next Flavor of Georgia contest?

A: Registration for the 2017 Flavor of Georgia contest, which is conducted each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open. For more information or to register, visit www.flavorofga.com or call 706-583-0347.

The contest is in its second decade and serves as a springboard for food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience and helps new craft brands break into new markets and expand sales.

Finalists and winners participate in a number of high-profile industry showcases throughout the year following each annual contest, including the Georgia Grown Symposium, the Georgia National Fair and showcase days at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. They also receive industry feedback and use of the Flavor of Georgia logo for their products' packaging and promotional materials.

Product categories for the 2017 contest include barbecue sauces, beverages, condiments and salsas, confections, dairy products, dairy-alternative products, honey, jams and jellies, meats and seafood, meat-alternative products, sauces and seasonings, snack foods and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.

Judges evaluate each product based on flavor, texture and market innovation. Consumer appeal and product representation of Georgia are also considered.

Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, but contestants can enter at an early discounted rate before Thursday, Jan. 15, 2017. Contest finalists will participate in the final round of judging and a public tasting Tuesday, March 21, 2017, as part of the governor's statewide Agricultural Awareness Week.

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If you have questions about agriculture, horticulture, food safety or services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, write Arty Schronce (arty.schronce@agr.georgia.gov) or visit the department's website at www.agr.georgia.gov.

 

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