Get ready for barbecue

by Lori Wuellner

Spring has sprung.  It’s time to clean up the grill and get it ready for another season of tasty meals.

In addition to “spring cleaning” the grill, do a double check on your food thermometer.  Make sure first that you have one and next that it is accurate.  Test your thermometer by placing it in a cup of ice and water. If it reads 32 degree F. you are good to go, but if not either adjust it or get yourself a new one.

Using a food thermometer takes the guess work out of determining when grilled meats are cooked properly and safe to eat. Here is what is important to know when grilling:

• Hamburgers and other ground beef, pork, veal and lamb should reach an internal temperature of 160°F
• Hamburgers and other ground beef, pork, veal and lamb should reach an internal temperature of 160°F
• Whole cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F
• Cook all poultry to an internal temperature of 165°F
• Pre-cooked and processed meats like hot dogs to 165°F
• Fish should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F

Color is not a reliable measure of doneness. When checking the internal temperature of grilled meat always check in the thickest part of the product.

Check for proper internal temperatures in at least two locations on the food to ensure even cooking occurred. When removing cooked meat from the grill, make sure to place it on a clean plate, not the same one used for the raw food prior to cooking. The juices from the raw meat can spread bacteria to safely cooked food.
Always use a food thermometer when preparing or grilling food.  Practicing safe food handling helps ensure that you are doing what you can to keep yourself and others healthy while minimizing the risks of a foodborne illness.  More information on food safety can be found at

For more information on nutrition contact the Wyandotte County Extension office at 299-9300 or email at
The following recipe from Fruits and Veggie More Matters would make an excellent, nutrient rich side dish.  Pair it with grilled chicken, pork or fish for a tasty meal.
(Source:  Is It Done Yet?  USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services; Grill Master, Fight BAC; Gayle Price, M.S., RDN, LD, Extension Specialist, KSRE)

Southwestern Coleslaw
• 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
• 2 1/2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. water
• 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
• 1/2 tsp. dry leaf oregano
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
• 4 tsp. vegetable oil
• 2 tsp. sugar
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/2 to 1 medium jalapeno seeded and chopped
• 4 cups finely shredded green cabbage
• 1 cup chopped green onions
• 1 cup thin strips of red bell pepper OR canned roasted red peppers
• 1 cup cooked yellow corn
Combine in a small bowl all salad dressing ingredients and mix well. In a large bowl, mix shredded cabbage, onion, red pepper and corn. Add salad dressing and toss well. Cover and chill for about 1 hour prior to serving.
Each serving provides:  An excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of vitamin A, folate and fiber.
Nutritional Information…Calories 76, carbohydrates 12g, total fat 3.1g, cholesterol 0mg, dietary fiber 3g, sodium 207mg, protein 2g.
(Source: Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.)


Kansas City, Kan., police reports

April 1
Criminal damage, handgun, 1300 block of North 55th Court, vehicle hood, vehicle fender, vehicle windshield, $1,200 value.
Theft, 2300 block of Stateline Road, air compressor, $18,000 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 3100 block of Woodview Ridge Drive, glove box door broken, console broken, $235 value.

March 31
Criminal discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault, handgun, 900 block of Haskell.
Theft, 1400 block of North 69th, four wheels and tires, top for Jeep, $1,100 value.

Faith news

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The 30th annual Polski Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Parish, 8th and Vermont Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., at the St. Joseph Church site. The festival features live music, dancing and ethnic food. A parade starts at 11 a.m. at 12th and Central, proceeding to 8th. Live music by Don Lipovac will be from noon to 7 p.m. indoors. Outside, the Ed Grisnik Band will play from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sheelytown Band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A polka Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

High school graduates will be honored May 4 at Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace. A reception will be held after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit or call 913-680-2342.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans a Mother-Daughter Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Cole Activities Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger available in advance from the church office. A meal and a talent show are planned.

St. Mary – St. Anthony Church, 615 N. 7th St., will sponsor Bloomin’ Bingo, an afternoon of Bingo and fun at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Bishop Forst Hall. A $5 ticket donation will include a bingo card, free desserts, popcorn and coffee. Beer and soda will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Carol Shomin at 913-897-4833 or the Rectory Office at 371-1408. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event.

The Rev. Art Rathburn, the missioner for development for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, will be the guest clergyman at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The Men’s Brotherhood will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Zion United Church of Christ, 2711 N. 72nd St.. The breakfast includes sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and pancakes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12.