Originally created 12/16/03

Dish up safety at bake sales



Remembered happiness can never be recovered, even at Christmas.

- Russell Baker

Holidays mean many things - a boost in baking is one of them.

Cookies, cakes and pies have long held a special place in our seasonal memories. In fact, I suspect my mother had me and my sisters and brother rolling dough, sprinkling colored sugar and spreading icing to keep us both busy and within view and out of the closets and attics where other items were hidden.

You might think such warm thoughts if you pass a holiday bake sale table in the days ahead, but health experts suggest caution. If you are sponsoring such a bake sale, you might consider these guidelines of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  • Limit items to "safe" foods: cakes, cookies, brownies, popcorn, etc.
  • Avoid cream-filled pies, custard pies, egg and salad dishes and meat dishes.
  • Keep a list of the names of the people who prepared or donated food.
  • Prepare all items no more than 24 hours in advance of the sale.
  • Wrap all items completely in clear plastic wrap, aluminum foil or other clean, single-service wraps.
  • Don't allow "sampling" at your table. "If you eat it, you bought it," might be a good motto.
  • MERGING TRAFFIC: Billy Cooper, of North Augusta, sends along this investment warning: Look out for these potential mergers.

  • Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace Co. will merge and become Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.
  • 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as MMMGood.
  • FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and become FedUP.
  • TODAY'S JOKE: A Sunday-school teacher asked her youngsters if they knew who was the father of Jesus.

    There was hesitation at first, but finally a little boy raised his hand and said, "Verge."

    Surprised for a moment, the teacher finally asked him, "Why do you say that?"

    "Well," the little fellow said, "they're always talking in the Bible about Verge and Mary."

    Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.