Foods & Nutrition

Cooking Schools and Classes

Food Preservation Workshops: CANNING 101

Grubbs Welcome Center Foster’s Home

Picture-pgErath County Family and Consumer Health Extension Agent Andrea Brooks conducts  nutrition classes at Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) in Dublin, Texas, with the help of volunteer, Mary Howard.

The purpose of CWJC of Erath Co. is to provide life skills development and job stills education classes taught in a Christian context where women mentor women. For more information on classes offered at CWJC, call Deneen Tiemann at 254-445-2228.

For information on nutrition programs contact the Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460.



School Nutrition Programs

General foods and nutrition programs are given to area schools as requested by teachers. Tarleton State University (TSU) senior level nursing students, along with Texas Health registered dietitians, Ellen Wells and Laurie Lively partner with Erath FCH County Extension Agent, Andrea Brooks to give as many nutrition programs as possible.

Topics include

  • MyPlate – (USDA Dietary Guidelines)
  • Think Your Drink
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mindless Eating
  • Moo Moo Milk
  • Portion Distortion
  • Increasing Fruits & Vegetables in the Diet



Food Safety and Food Preservation

Both the state required Certified Food Manager’s course and the Food Handler’s course are offered through Texas AgriLife Extension.

Click the links below to see information on these courses and view a schedule of course and testing dates.

All food service establishments, under the jurisdiction of the DSHS, with some exemptions,
shall employ a Certified Food Manager.

  • Additional information is available HERE.

Certified Food Manager

Food Handlers Training

Info on Starting a New Retail Food Establishment inTexas 

  • The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), saves lives & improves public health through research-based, actionable consumer food safety initiatives that reduce foodborne illness.

National Center for Home Food Preservation

  • The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.


Dinner Tonight!

What are you having for Dinner Tonight?

Need some new ideas? Visit the Dinner Tonight website, which is devoted to helping busy families by providing videos and recipes of main dishes, appetizers, side dishes, and healthy desserts. Click here for recipes, videos, and more!

Every April since 2012, a Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School has been conducted at Tarleton State University.  This is a multi-county event sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension, TSU, Texas Health, Stephenville, The Home Place, STAR Council, HEB, and the Texas Beef Council or Dairy Max.  The event averages an attendance of over 150 people who see live demonstrations of healthy menus by celebrity chefs and local county extension agents, video presentations from dieticians as well as audience participation in such events as “Not Your Momma’s Kitchen Gadget.”  Participants get to sample two dishes, receive a cookbook and a goody bag and a chance to win numerous door prizes including a Kitchen Aid mixer!  Be watching for the next event.



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