Locally Grown Holidays

first_imgAs you begin planning your holiday meals, be sure to include some of Georgia’s top commodities. Pecans, blueberries, peanuts and chicken liven up your holiday feast and serve as a celebration of Georgia’s unique agricultural heritage.Here are Georgia’s top 12 commodities and helpful hints on how to incorporate some of Georgia’s top commodities into your holiday.Broilers: Substitute your turkey for a chicken this holiday season. Not everyone enjoys eating turkey, let alone cooking it. A whole roasted chicken can be just as showy as its larger, gobbling cousin and much easier to roast.Beef: The holidays are a time for special meals, right? Consider serving steak for holiday dinner.Cotton: Use cotton in your decorations. Incorporate whole cotton bolls into your centerpieces or in place of the fiberfill “snow” in other holiday displays. Do not use cotton on a Christmas tree – it’s flammable!Eggs: This is a given. You are most likely using eggs in your recipes already. If not, scramble some eggs for an easy holiday breakfast.Timber: Much like cotton, wood can be used to decorate the house. You could also use it to make a fire and to roast marshmallows. Use caution when burning wood outdoors this season. Georgia is facing a drought, and one stray ember could cause your bonfire to spread quickly.Peanuts: Serve peanuts as a snack. You and your guests won’t have to break out the nutcracker to enjoy them. You can also make peanut brittle or peanut butter cookies as a dessert or for gifts. Make sure guests don’t have allergies before using nuts in your holiday meals.Dairy: Santa must have milk with his cookies, right? Chances are you are using one or more dairy products in your holiday recipes, and there’s a good chance those products came from a good, old Georgia cow.Blueberries: While blueberries aren’t exactly in season during December, adding frozen blueberries to pies or muffins can bring some of that summer sunshine to the table, even if it gets dark at 6 p.m.Horses: You’re probably thinking, “How can I use a horse in my holiday meals?” Well, you don’t. The days leading up to a holiday can be stressful. Consider taking the family to go horseback riding. Finding a stable that gives guided rides is a great way to spend time together as a family, even if you’re new to riding.Pecans: No matter how you say it, pecans are one of the highlights of holiday food in Georgia. Use them to make a pecan pie, pecan brittle or cookies. Once again, be sure to check for nut allergies among your guests.Pork: Step outside your turkey comfort zone. Try making a pork roast this holiday season. You can make it in the oven or in the crockpot so you can have more time with your guests.Ornamental plants: Be sure to decorate your house with plants and a live Christmas tree this year. Do not place plants near a fireplace or heat vent. Be sure to water plants and trees. Check for bugs before bringing any plant into your home.For more information about Georgia’s top commodities, visit the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at caes.uga.edu/center/caed.last_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal join race for Karim Adeyemi

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool and Arsenal have joined the race with Barcelona for German wonderkid Karim Adeyemi.Liefering striker Adeyemi has scored eight goals in 13 appearances while on loan in Austrian Bundesliga 2 this season, and has also netted three times for parent club RB Salzburg in the UEFA Youth League.It was in the Youth League that Liverpool have had first hand experience of Adeyemi.Barca, or more specifically academy director Patrick Kluivert, have been long term admirers of Adeyemi, but according to Sport, Liverpool and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on him.German giants Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with the teenager.If Barca were to win the race, they plan to build up Adeyemi’s experience in the Barca B side but would promise him a future of La Liga action.Salzburg signed Adeyemi for £2.8 million from SpVgg Unterhaching in July 2018, having previously been a part of the Bayern Munich academy.But he would now likely command a much higher fee, having already reportedly had a £15 million transfer rejected.The 17-year-old has been capped by Germany at under 16s and 17s levels but could still change his nationality to Nigeria or Romania – thanks to his mother and father respectively. Tags: LiverpoolUEFA Youth Leaguelast_img read more

Connacht edge out rivals Leinster

first_img Further defensive grit from the hosts kept their line intact, as Devin Toner was held up short after a Brendan Macken break from deep had set up a frantic 13 phases. Connacht also won a late scrum penalty, five metres from their own whitewash, and Darragh Leader was narrowly wide with a monster penalty attempt on the resumption. The second half remained scoreless until Marmion’s magical score in the 56th minute as he broke past Madigan from a ruck and stepped inside Rob Kearney to touch down to the left of the posts. Carty converted to edge Connacht in front for the first time and Leinster struggled to respond – they leaked possession at a close-in lineout maul and Kearney was unable to control a Reddan chip through near the right corner. Gopperth ran out of space to try a drop goal late on and Connacht – with centre David McSharry putting in hit after hit – forced a final knock-on to seal the deal. Press Association Kieran Marmion’s early contender for try of the season saw the westerners take the spoils and make a bit of history in the process – this is the first time ever that they have begun a league campaign with three successive wins. Connacht fell foul of referee John Lacey’s whistle early on, allowing Leinster to take a 9-3 half-time lead with Ian Madigan successful with three of his four penalty attempts. Jack Carty kicked the hosts’ lone reply and having kept Leinster scoreless while captain John Muldoon was in the sin-bin, a superb solo try from scrum-half Marmion had Connacht leading by the 55th minute. With their scrum turning the tables on Leinster, Pat Lam’s young side showed great fortitude in defence to see out a nail-biting victory and repeat the province’s September 2012 success against the Blues. Madigan kicked the visitors into a third minute lead, rewarding his pack for an encouraging first scrum. Carty’s first attempt at goal – a difficult long range penalty – fell wide. Leinster were eager to take advantage of the wind at their backs and Madigan landed the second of two penalty attempts outside the 10-metre line. An over eager Muldoon then infringed at a ruck for his side’s fifth penalty concession of the opening quarter hour, and Madigan split the posts for a 9-0 scoreline. The home crowd finally had something to shout about when Marmion’s one-handed flick set prop Nathan White free down the left wing. Matt Healy also tested the Leinster defence before a well-struck Carty penalty opened their account in the 21st minute. The loss of Muldoon, who was carded for side-entry at a ruck, allowed Leinster advance into try-scoring range and only a forward pass from Eoin Reddan prevented Madigan from running in the game’s first try. Fourteen-man Connacht stood up to the task though, their efforts typified by man-and-ball tackles by Niyi Adeolokun and Robbie Henshaw as the rain came down from the dark Galway sky. The Sportsground erupted at the finish as Connacht held on to defeat defending Guinness PRO12 champions Leinster 10-9 and end their 11-match losing streak in Irish interprovincial derbies. last_img read more