What We Miss When Vacation Rentals Become Contactless

Shared lodging like bed and breakfasts, boarding houses, and room rentals are falling out of favor, replaced by contactless, host-less vacation rentals. But at what cost?

As planes take off from Mohammed V International Airport just outside Casablanca, there are usually a few common souvenir items bouncing around the cargo hold: colorful Berber rugs, freshly dyed leather jackets, delicately patterned lanterns, tightly woven baskets, and other purchases from the souks. I, however, came back with boiled eggs. They weren’t packed away in the cargo hold; they were plastered in my memory. Okay, yes, I got a few rugs and a jacket too, but three years after my trip, my affection for boiled eggs is my most enduring souvenir.

I learned to love them in a creaky, overflowing Tangier riad, the home of my Airbnb host. The doting septuagenarian welcomed me and my partner after a long train ride from Madrid … Read more

Cranberry Salsa (The Best Holiday Appetizer!)

Cranberry salsa is a fresh cranberry mixture of sweet and savory that is laid over the top of cream cheese. This makes for the BEST holiday appetizer!

If you love holiday appetizers as much as I do then for your next holiday party you must try these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts, these Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites, or this Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball!

Cranberry salsa with cream cheese and crackers

Cranberry Salsa

Ok, I know that there are a million and one holiday appetizers out there for you to try. But believe me when I tell you that this one is seriously the best! I have never had so many people ask me for a recipe more! It’s the perfect combo of sweet and savory and on top of that… It’s SO simple to make! I bring it to every holiday party that I can and if I’m being honest… I make this long after Christmastime is over. It’s … Read more

EU changes rate of controls for nuts from United States

Checks on peanuts from the United States are to be increased but controls on pistachios have been relaxed in Europe.

The European Commission has updated regulation on the temporary increase of official controls and emergency measures covering the entry into the EU of certain goods from some non-EU countries.

Because of non-compliances with EU requirements for contamination by aflatoxins, the frequency of identity and physical checks on groundnuts from the United States has been increased from 10 percent to 20 percent beginning this past week.

Information on pistachios indicates a satisfactory degree of compliance with the relevant EU rules for aflatoxin so the higher level of official controls is no longer justified. The rate of checks had been at 10 percent.

Informed by RASFF and national authorities
Changes are based on the occurrence and relevance of food incidents reported through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal … Read more

Delicious Taco Pie

This taco pie is the ultimate Mexican casserole! It’s a seasoned homemade crust filled with taco meat, cheese, beans, and tomatoes. It’s a MUST TRY recipe for sure! 

I love a good Mexican recipe and if you do too then you have to try out this Shrimp Skillet, these Mexican Shells, or these amazing Street Tacos!

A taco pie garnished with toppings.

What’s a Taco Pie?

A taco pie is taking your favorite tacos to the next level! It’s a delicious combination of meat, cheese, and beans in a pie crust! And this one is not just any pie crust. It’s made with Mexican corn flour and flavored with spices! And once you add that to some taco meat and toppings then you are for sure going to have a meal to remember. I love tacos and I love pie so this taco pie meal is so much fun! Plus, I love that you don’t see … Read more

Faces of Food Safety: Meet David Vasquez of the FSIS


David Vasquez, supervisory consumer safety inspector (SCSI) at Establishment (Est.) M675 in Hereford, Texas, has been with FSIS for 28 years. He supervises 20 food inspectors (FI), 4 consumer safety inspectors (CSI) and 2 intermittent FIs. He also juggles a variety of tasks.

He supervises 20 food inspectors (FI), 4 consumer safety inspectors (CSI) and 2 intermittent FIs. He also juggles a variety of tasks. In addition to ensuring regulatory compliance, he mentors, manages training and resolves staffing issues, and then there’s administrative items such as time and attendance sheets, workers compensation forms and travel vouchers. He also spends time recruiting new FIs and CSIs. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he attended community and university job fairs to recruit new hires; now, he participates in virtual job fairs.

Vasquez’s supervisor, Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Jonathan Klemme, said, “Mr. Vasquez’s dedication to the mission is evident in his willingness to … Read more