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Preventing Household Germs

Where germs live and how to stop them in their tracks

Let’s face it, germs are everywhere. While many microorganisms are harmless or even helpful, there are a vast array of others that can make us very sick. To help you identify where these little guys live and help you prevent their ill effects, we’ve prepared this handy infographic full of germs. Full of germ info, that is.

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10 Items You Shouldn’t Store in Your Pantry

Not all foods store well in the pantry, even if it says it doesn’t require refrigeration. Some can go stale, others grow bacteria, and a few develop mold. Here are 10 items that are better off stored in your fridge.

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

Homemade garlic-infused olive oil can contain botulinum spores, which grow into the bacteria that cause botulism. Any oil infused with garlic should be kept in the refrigerator to prevent bacteria growth. Throw it away after seven days.

Pure Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup can go moldy, so it’s best stored in the fridge. If you store your syrup in the pantry and the container is opaque, you may not see the mold until you’ve started to pour syrup on your pancakes.

Sunflower and Truffle Oil

Cold-pressed oils like sunflower and truffle oil have a short shelf life if they’re not refrigerated. As they’re pricier than some of their counterparts, it’s definitely worth keeping them cold to extend their usefulness.

Nuts

When stored in the pantry, nuts are more likely to go stale. If you frequently reach for the nuts, you may be leaving bacteria behind, and if you grab a few nuts while your hands are wet, the chance that bacteria will grow increases. Over time, you could end up with nuts that are both stale and covered in bacteria.

Salami and Other Cured Meats

Cured meats are prone to drying out if opened and stored in the pantry. Wrap the meat in butcher paper and refrigerate it to preserve its flavor and texture, and to protect you from potential illness.

Chocolate

You can extend the life of chocolate by storing it in the refrigerator. Before you stick it in the fridge, wrap chocolate tightly. Once the chocolate is wrapped, put it in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat it.

Tortillas

Though tortillas are rarely served cold, it’s best to store them in the fridge. Whether you use flour or corn tortillas, they’ll stay fresher longer if kept at a regulated cold temperature after you open the package.

Whole-Grain Flours

Whole-grain flours retain the bran and germ that gets removed from all-purpose flours. Both bran and germ contain oils that can go rancid if they’re not refrigerated or frozen, so keep your all-purpose flour in the pantry, but move the whole-grain to the fridge.

Natural Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter, the kind that separates in the jar, needs to be kept cool. Like the oils in whole-grain flours, the oils in natural peanut butter can go rancid if left in the pantry.

Mustard

Most mustard containers indicate that refrigeration isn’t necessary after opening. But mustard loses its flavor and vibrant color fairly quickly. To keep it tasting and looking its best, keep mustard in the refrigerator.

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Back East Bar & Grill

Back East Bar & Grill

www.backeastbarandgrill.com

HOURS: Sunday – Tuesday 10:30AM – Midnight, Wednesday – Saturday 10:30AM – 1AM.

Back East Bar and Grill is locally owned and operated with a focus on fantastic staff and family friendly atmosphere. Here you will find great New York style pizza, delicious burgers, an awesome kids menu, and a full bar. Besides great food and drink here you will also find trivia night on Wednesdays, karaoke on Fridays, live music from local bands on every other Saturday, and happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7pm with deals on select drafts, house wine, and well drinks.

Review: Hands down the best cob salad, wings (with blue cheese dressing) and pizza around the town of Monument.  The location off of Hwy. 105 is set back behind the Kum & Go so it can be hard to find. The restaurant can be very loud on busy nights so we usually try to sit outside and the mountain views are just beautiful.  This place can be pretty busy on the weekends with locals and families after sporting events. 3-Rocks

Shari M.

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THE BISTRO ON 2ND

THE BISTRO ON 2ND

https://www.thebistro2nd.com/

The Bistro on 2nd is the true definition of an American Bistro. The contemporary cuisine is sophisticated home cooking that stops short of fancy. The relaxed ambiance is a balance between formality and intimacy. Discover “The Bistro” today.

Review: Bistro on 2nd:  Set in the heart of the historic town of Monument, this little gem of a restaurant offers an upscale dining experience at a reasonable price.  The service is excellent, only to be outdone by the delicious menu items. My experience was during dinner hours, but I have heard excellent feedback from the lunch crowd as well.  3 Rocks.

Joan C.

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LA CASA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

LA CASA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

http://lacasafiesta.net/

Celebrating twenty years in Monument, and thirty-three years in El Paso County. Featuring southern New Mexico style Mexican food in a colorful, friendly family atmosphere. Awesome margaritas, Mexican beer and a full bar. Open every day at 11 am for lunch and dinner. Orders to go.

La Casa

 

Review: My husband and I had the privilege of dining at La Casa Fiesta on a chilly Friday evening. We were sat in the extended space that had this gorgeous fireplace that added all the ambiance we needed. It was also nice that he didn’t have to miss the game! The food was delicious and the service was personal and attentive. Thanks for an awesome time! We now have our go-to Mexican restaurant on the North end.  

Christine M.

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O’Malley’s Steak Pub

Visit O’Malley’s

 

Location: 104 HIGHWAY 105

PALMER LAKE, COLORADO 80133

Hours: Open every day of the year serving full menu from 11am-2am

O’Malley’s is an independent, family owned restaurant that was started in 1986. This spot has become the ‘pub’ where everybody knows your name, and they are open every day of the year, so people can always have friends to be with and a place to go. Their bar has 12 beers on tap and have a good mix of domestic and micro brews as well as a large bottled selection, in addition they have a full bar and can mix up just about anything you want. When you get hungry they have steaks, chili, soup, salads, burgers, wings and hand cut Idaho potatoe fries to satisfy any craving you may have. Everything is homemade and prepared in O’Malley’s kitchen. Cooking your own meat on a big grill with your friends over conversation is what their known for.

Review: I’ve lived in Monument for 30 years and our go to place to meet our friends and have a great time is O’Malleys in Palmer Lake.  The steaks are great and my friends enjoy their giant baskets of fries. Good times, good food, in an Irish Pub setting. In the summer it’s nice to sit outside on the deck and eat and enjoy the beautiful Mountain views.  It’s where the locals go!! 3-Rocks!

Dawn H.

Review: What an awesome place! It’s great to get on our bike and go for a drive and meet up with all our buddies at one of our favorite spots in the Tri-Lakes area. At any given time you can find 30 bikes outside this steak pub in the little town of Palmer Lake. Sitting on the outdoor deck looking at the lake and the mountains is such a great relaxing feeling. 

Terry J.

Review: Coming from the small town of Monument its so much fun to come back home to visit and meet up with friends at O’Malley’s! Christmas Eve is the best at O’Malley’s where you will find many Lewis Palmer alumni hanging out reminiscing about old times. One of my favorite places over the holidays!

Lee W.

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The Ice Cave Cider House

The Ice Cave Cider House creates small batch hard cider in a variety of flavors including oak aged, classic dry, Belgian, raspberry, peach, currant, cherry, ginger and hops. Here you will find a small friendly atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating with games available for entertainment and a couple of small bites to go with your ciders. If you cannot decide on just one flavor, they have the perfect option of a flight of cider, so you may sample a variety so you can find your favorite. Julie and David Troudt opened their cider house in September of 2015 and are keeping their cider true to Old World form. Most hard cider is very sweet while British hard cider is drier, which they are use to. You will find that many of the cider names are named after places you will find in the Monument area.  Cider making is similar to craft brewing, the longer the fermentation process the better the batch. 

174 Washington Street. Monument, CO 80132

Phone: 719-510-1636

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