Foodborne Illness in the United States is Increasing

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Foodborne Illness in the United States is Increasing

Recent food recalls include moon pies, peanut butter, cookies and other foods linked to potential Salmonella contamination. Popcorn and some cheese products have been recalled due to possible contamination by Listeria. And in early October, a beef recall tied to potential E. coli contamination affected 30 states and Canada.

To avoid getting sick from foodborne illness outbreaks, click through for essential tips for keeping food fresh.

Tomatoes--Don't Keep Them in the Fridge

If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, then you know that they love the heat and hate the cold. Turns out even after they’re plucked from the vine, they still hold their aversion to cold.

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Fresh Tomato Basil Bisque

This version of tomato basil bisque is special because it is super healthy and very low calorie.

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Sweet Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Cheese with Balsamic Glaze

Try this twist on a cucumber and tomato salad by adding goat cheese and a balsamic dressing.

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Whole Wheat Cous Cous Salad

Whole wheat cous cous is actually a very easy ingredient to use - it cooks in only 5 minutes. The same as regular cous cous. The only difference is the healthy whole grains.

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Eggplant Tomato Gratin

Use your fresh tomatoes to make this outstanding gratin.

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Basil--Don't Keep This in the Fridge

Like tomatoes, basil loves the heat, so extended periods of time in a cold environment like a refrigerator causes it to wilt prematurely.

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Almond Pesto

This pesto is great on tomato/mayo sandwiches for lunch and with mozzarella and more tomatoes for a “grown up grilled cheese."

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Farfalle with Pesto Rosso, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata

Try this twist on pasta alla Norma, a classic Italian dish made with pasta, tomato sauce, fried eggplant and ricotta salata. To up the nutrition factor, this dish uses a multigrain pasta.

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Fresh Herb and Tomato Salsa with Smoked Cheese

Inspired by an Italian Caprese salad, this tomato salsa is full of calcium-rich cheese. It's so chunky it could be eaten on its own with a fork, but it?s also wonderful with shredded chicken.

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Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto

"Anything herby or vegetabley is usually great with Sauvignon Blanc ," says F&W's Marcia Kiesel, since the wine often has an herbal, grassy edge. She adds grilled zucchini and a smoked-paprika pesto to her grilled cheese sandwiches to enhance the toasty flavors.

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Potatoes--Don't Keep Them in the Fridge

Storing potatoes at cold temperatures converts their starch to sugar more quickly, which can affect the flavor, texture and the way they cook.

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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Traditional homemade gnocchi (little Italian dumplings) are made with just potato, flour, egg and salt. Be sure not to work the dough too much or the gnocchi will be tough. Toss them with your favorite sauce and dinner is served!

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Crisp Mashed Potato Fish Cakes

With these fish cakes, you get dinner and a pleased family in less than 30 minutes.

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Dirty Potatoes

To make this super-simple side dish , Mehmet Gürs roasts new potatoes until they're tender then tosses them with a black-olive puree that coats them nicely and looks a lot like dirt. Recipe Tips from F&W Editors

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Blue Cheese Potato Soup with Olive Tapenade

Potato soups can sometimes be a bit bland, but not this one. This soup flavors the potatoes with blue cheese and balsamic vinegar, and a dollop of olive tapenade. Plus, it's ready to serve in just an hour.

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Onions--Don't Keep Them in the Fridge

Store onions in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated place. (Light can cause the onions to become bitter.)

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Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites--hummus and baba ganouj--in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve with tabbouleh or a green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette.

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Grilled Skirt Steak With Seared Onion Ponzu

This dish is a great example of the Japanese less-is-more approach to cooking. The ponzu is all the steak needs. The flavors are perfectly balanced and they get love-stoned when combined. I make this dish for parties and serve it sliced, family-style, with the ponzu cascading off the sliced steak.

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Colorful Vegetable Tian

If you're got too many vegetables on your hands, try this delicious recipe for a colorful vegetable tian!

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Stuffed Italian-Style Cubanelle Peppers

A delicious approach to cubanelle peppers.

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Avocados--Don't Keep Them in the Fridge

The bottom line on storing avocados is store hard, unripe avocados on your counter and store ripe avocados in your refrigerator if you’re not going to eat them right away.

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Colombian Chicken Soup

Chicken breast adds plenty of protein but not much fat to this version of ajiaco, a cilantro-scented chicken soup that's virtually Colombia's national dish. Stirring in fiber-rich brown rice turns the soup into a satisfying one-dish meal.

Get the recipe: Colombian Chicken Soup

Mock Ceviche

Traditionally, ceviche is raw fish that's "cooked" by marinating it in acidic citrus juice. Here we quickly poach the tilapia then marinate it with fresh herbs, lime juice and crunchy vegetables for an easy summer dinner. Make it a meal: Serve with warm corn tortillas.

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Chipotle - Rubbed Salmon Tacos

These tacos are a great way to eat heart-healthy salmon; Deborah Schneider, a huge advocate of cooking with sustainable fish, prefers wild Alaskan salmon. She tops the fish with crunchy cabbage - a traditional taco garnish that has all kinds of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C and calcium. The tangy apple-cucumber salsa is juicy, crisp and full of fiber.

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Skinny Guacamole

This guacamole recipe replaces half the amount of avocado with zucchini to cut 100 calories and 6 grams of fat.

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The number of Americans suffering from contaminated food illness is increasing. According to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, tainted food outbreaks sicken approximately 48 million people every year.

As CNN reported, the group's report highlights a growing concern among food safety advocates. Despite the signing of the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act, which aimed to hold food suppliers responsible for foodborne illness, outbreaks are getting worse. According to the report, the FDA has not been able to keep up with the increased demands for food inspections because of budget cuts for the Food and Drug Administration.

Recent food recalls include moon pies, peanut butter, cookies and other foods linked to potential Salmonella contamination. Popcorn and some cheese products have been recalled due to possible contamination by Listeria. And in early October, a beef recall tied to potential E. coli contamination affected 30 states and Canada.

To avoid getting sick from foodborne illness outbreaks, be sure to check out our guide to keeping leftovers and view the essential tips for keeping food fresh in the slideshow above.

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