A host of stage and screen favorites will help bring the off-Broadway hit Hello Again to the big screen. Emmy winner Martha Plimpton, Emmy nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Underwood and Glee alum Jenna Ushkowitz have boarded the cast of the film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical. They join the previously speculated Audra McDonald; the six-time Tony-winner will star as Sally (billed as “The Actress” in the stage show).The film will be directed by Tom Gustafson, with Cory Krueckeberg penning the screenplay. No word yet on a release date. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, Hello Again follows a string of affairs among ten characters through each decade of the 20th century. The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1993 and was revived in 2011 with a cast that included Max von Essen, Elizabeth Stanley and Rachel Bay Jones.Plimpton won an Emmy for her guest performance on The Good Wife. She recently appeared on Broadway in A Delicate Balance and earned Tony nods for Pal Joey, Top Girls and The Coast of Utopia. Knight received an Emmy nomination for his performance on Grey’s Anatomy; he last appeared on Broadway in It’s Only a Play. Willis, winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20, recently made her Broadway debut in Chicago. Funk’s credits include Glee and Awkward on TV and Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway. Underwood has appeared on the small screen in The Following, Dexter and Homeland. Ushkowitz, best known for her role of Tina on Glee, has appeared on stage in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl and Spring Awakening on Broadway.The film is also set to feature Al Calderon and Tyler Blackburn. View Comments
Aaron Tveit & Gavin Creel Are Our PookiesJust when you thought we’ve run out of descriptive words for Aaron Tveit, he gives us one more: Honey Bear. At MCC’s annual Miscast gala, our Broadway boyfriend channeled his inner Maureen and belted “Take Me Or Leave Me” with Gavin Creel. We’ve never seen so much gyrating. Guess we’re leaving (we’re GONE), because nothing’s going to top this. Unless Idina dons a leather jacket and does this. Winnie Foster Is Angelica, Eliza and PeggyForget Betsy Ross. (Don’t actually.) Newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis wants in on Hamilton. The Tuck Everlasting star revealed she can’t get enough of the blockbuster’s cast recording and sings all three parts in “The Schuyler Sisters.” We’ve heard Lin-Manuel Miranda wants women to play all the roles in Hamilton, but what about one woman playing all of them? Hey, if Cher can do it… Jennifer Hudson Benanti & Levi Are Not OKThere are two great ways to express your love: sing about it while Jane Krakowski does the splits…and get matching tattoos. According to She Loves Me star Laura Benanti, if her character and Zachary Levi’s get inked, they’d opt for crying treble and bass clefs. This sounds like what you’d get after listening to too much My Chemical Romance. Dear friend: There’s no reason to be so emo when you can eat ice cream. View Comments Stars Hollow Deserves a Regional TonyWe love watching Sutton Foster sell her panties and promoting Bing on Younger, but we’re still waiting for Liza Miller to sing. Fortunately, she’ll get to show off her vocal chops on the small screen once the Gilmore Girls revival hits Netflix. In one episode, Foster, Christian Borle and Kerry Butler will all star in Stars Hollow: The Musical, written by Jeanine Tesori. Where they belt, we will follow. And binge-watch. Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Even Megan Hilty’s Shoes Are Pop-u-larCarrie St. Louis now rocks some first-class footwear in Wicked on Broadway, but when she was first on the road, she had some Galindafied hand-me-downs. Until her custom shoes came in, St. Louis borrowed Hilty’s old pair. As it turns out, St. Louis saw Hilty—and those shoes, presumably—the first time she ever saw Wicked. Looks like that bubble went full circle! Edward Hibbert Was a Brilliant QueenEdward Hibbert’s serving laughs (and eggs) in Something Rotten!, but we wish could have caught this Shakespearean turn. The Broadway favorite revealed that when he was in grade school, he received “brilliant raves” when he took on the iconic role of Lady Macbeth, swapping his codpiece for a kirtle and petticoat. Move over, Judi Dench. This queen’s got a damned spot to remove. Simard Gave Her One Cent on BernadetteIs there anything more disastrous than Bernadette Peters scrambling for change in front of you in line at CVS? It’s a specific situation, but thankfully, Disaster!’s own Jennifer Simard captures it uncannily. We hoped Simard would do a Bernadette Peters impression for her vlog, and in the final episode, she didn’t let us down. Now, what could Bernadette possible want with all that change…? Faith Prince Will Set You Straight, KidsAfter years of gracing the Broadway stage, it’s not the bright lights, awards or adoring fans that bring Faith Prince the most joy. It’s scaring the crap out of children. While revisiting past and present performances during Role Call, the theater legend confessed she gets a thrill out of terrifying kids. Alas, there are no major scares in Disaster!, unless you count tidal waves, piranhas, sinking ships or Bernadette Peters screaming about change. (Photos by Matthew Murphy, Caitlin McNaney, Mike Windle/Getty Images, Bruce Glikas & Jeremy Daniel) It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time to put on your Bernadette Peters wig and sing “There’s No Business Like Show Business” catch up with the Lessons of the Week! Plenty went down on the Great White Way over the past seven days, so here’s your chance to get up to speed. From some Tony-winning new Gilmore Girls guest stars to a Glindahood of the traveling heels, take it all in below. Amy Schumer’s Not Sewing Away Her ShotWhat’s the one thing missing from Hamilton? (Well, aside from Angelica, Eliza and Peggy doing this.) That’s right: Betsy Ross. Fortunately, big spender Amy Schumer felt inspired after her visit to the show and has created a hip-hop musical of her own. There’s a million things she hasn’t sewn, but just you wait, just you wait (because it’ll be just as hard to get tickets). J. Hud Has a Spiritual Interior DesignerWhen you have dozens of awards, you have to figure out where to put them. It’s a good problem to have; ask Audra. For The Color Purple’s Jennifer Hudson, the answer’s simple: a secret wall that Jesus told her to build. Imagine visiting J. Hud’s home, and she pushes a button that causes the wall to turn and reveal every major accolade. It’s like the fiercest and most fabulous episode of Scooby Doo.
Star Files Glenn Close View Comments Andy Karl in ‘Groundhog Day'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Andy Karl and Glenn Close are among the performers on the shortlist for the 2016 London Evening Standard Awards. Karl and Close appear together in the Best Musical Performance category; Karl is confirmed to reprise his role in Groundhog Day on Broadway next year, with talk of Close doing the same in a revival of Sunset Boulevard (although she wouldn’t be eligible for a Tony as she’s already won for Norma Desmond; she’d never previously played her in the U.K.). Rounding out their category is Funny Girl headliner Sheridan Smith. All three of their respective shows are up for Best Musical, along with Guys And Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar and Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour. Additional actors to receive nods include Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer, Ian McKellen for No Man’s Land and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezwni for her earlier (and last-minute) bow in Linda.Winners will be announced at the November 13 ceremony, co-hosted by Elton John and Evgeny Lebedev. The complete shortlist is as follows:Best ActorSir Kenneth Branagh, The EntertainerO-T Fagbenle, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomRalph Fiennes, The Master Builder/Richard IIIJames McArdle, PlatonovSir Ian McKellen, No Man’s LandNatasha Richardson Award for Best ActressNoma Dumezweni, LindaHelen McCrory, The Deep Blue SeaSophie Melville, Iphigenia In SplottBillie Piper, YermaBest Musical PerformanceGlenn Close, Sunset BoulevardAndy Karl, Groundhog DaySheridan Smith, Funny GirlBest Play Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori ParksThe Flick by Annie BakerHarry Potter And The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, J K Rowling and John TiffanyEvening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best MusicalFunny GirlGroundhog DayGuys And DollsJesus Christ SuperstarOur Ladies Of Perpetual SuccourSunset BoulevardMilton Shulman Award for Best DirectorDominic Cooke, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomJohn Malkovich, Good CanaryJohn Tiffany, Harry Potter And The Cursed ChildBest DesignJon Bausor, You For Me For YouGareth Fry with Peter Malkin (sound design), The EncounterRob Howell, The Master Builder/Groundhog DayBest RevivalLes BlancsMa Rainey’s Black BottomNo Man’s LandYoung Chekhov: Platonov, Ivanov and The SeagullCharles Wintour Award for Most Promising PlaywrightCharlene James, Cuttin’ ItJon Brittain, RotterdamDavid Ireland, Cyprus AvenueEmerging Talent AwardJaygann Ayeh, The FlickAnthony Boyle, Harry Potter And The Cursed ChildAoife Duffin, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing/The Taming Of The ShrewTyrone Huntley, Jesus Christ Superstar Andy Karl
Two-Fingers Fawn. Swift runner with Bambi eyes and a white tail. Will eat anythingedible within reach. Forages at night, dawn and dusk. Sometimes leaves two-toed tracks andmedium-size dark pellets.An electric fence is the best way to keep deer out. The “Minnesota Peanut ButterFence” is good. It’s a single strand of electrically charged wire 2.5 feet above theground.Power the fence with a six- or 12-volt car battery to prevent fatal injuries regularcurrent could cause.Place strips of masking tape and/or aluminum-foil flaps smeared with peanut butter atthree-foot intervals.Other deterrents soon wear off. Hanging up bars of soap or nylon stockings filled withhair can help. Spraying plants with a water-and-Tabasco-sauce mixture can, too. Rabbits, raccoons, deer, skunks and even bears often do their shopping in your producedepartment. These bushy burglars eat an estimated 20 percent of home garden vegetables.Over the years, people have used soap, dog hair, Winchester rifles and chain-linkfences to stop these criminal critters.Fencing them out works best. But it takes the right kind of fence. A deer, forinstance, can jump as high as 10 feet. A raccoon may shinny up a nearby tree and sky diveinto produce paradise.Look for tracks or fecal droppings. Find out how and when the animals get into thegarden, too. These “fingerprints” may help you identify the suspect.Build barriers early in the season before the animals taste-test your garden. Thenthey’ll be less likely to attempt a break-in.Here’s a “most wanted” list of major pests, clues to look for, favorite menuitems and ways to protect your vegetables from particular plunderers.Taking these steps won’t protect against all pests, but it might keep these fromstealing you blind. Robber Raccoon. Suspect has dark eyes, a black nose and white markings on face. Hasdefinite “sweet corn tooth” but will eat melons. Works night shift, bending cornstalks to the ground and stripping ears clean or stealing them. Often leaves melons withsmall holes in them, which he scooped clean with his paws. Will also leave characteristicfootprints around the scene.Electric fences are the best way to curtail a ‘coon. It takes two strands. Place onesix inches and the other 12 inches high.Use fiberglass posts, since ‘coons can climb wooden ones. Turn off the power in thedaytime, since they feed only at night.Nothing else works. ‘Coons are hardened criminals with a thirst for sweet corn. Theirwell-honed criminal skills will likely overcome any obstacle but a charged fence. Paw Barker (a.k.a. Mr. Bear). Last seen wearing a brown or black fur coat. Haslarge teeth and is heavyset. Gave up Jenny Craig diet for corn and melons. May bedangerous. Don’t approach. Usually leaves Sasquatch-like footprints and large dung pilesbehind.A four-strand electric fence baited with bacon is the best bear barrier. Place the topstrand about three feet high. Flashing lights, loud music and dirty laundry may also keepBig Ben out of your patch. Burglar Bunny. Generally grayish brown with large, pointed ears. Prowls in earlymorning and late afternoon. Devours plants right to the ground and may leave small roundpellets as calling cards.A fence of one-inch-mesh chicken wire is the best protection. Make it at least two feethigh with another four to six inches turned outward at the top. Bury at least another sixinches belowground.Gardeners have used ground black pepper, chili powder, blood meal, rotten eggs, boneoil and hot pepper sauce around plants to keep rabbits away.Train Rover to patrol the garden and Mr. Rabbit won’t likely show his ears.
UGA CAES File Photo Walter Reeves Without even knowing it, you may be leading insect pests right into your house. On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” University of Georgia scientist Dan Suiter corrects host Walter Reeves’ practice of placing mulch close to his home foundation.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.Now in its third season, the show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site.Chameleon Plant: Friend? Foe?On this week’s show, Reeves looks at the beautiful leaves and the invasive nature of the chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata. He shows how quickly this plant can overwhelm a garden.Reeves also explains the benefits of gardening with raised beds, showing how to build a raised bed using pressure-treated lumber and wood screws.Guest Wayne McLaurin reveals the best varieties of Southern peas to plant in Georgia home gardens. And finally, guest Beverly Sparks describes the life cycle of the azalea lace bug, a major pest of one of the South’s favorite landscape plants.
A new college student may be a little leery of signing up fora biology or accounting course. But what student wouldn’t warmup to a class called Chocolate Science.At the University of Georgia, food science professor Rob Shewfeltdeveloped the chocolate class to entice students into the worldof food science. Actually a freshman seminar, the class meetsjust one day a week, on Tuesdays, for one hour.”Some freshman classes have as many as 300 students inthem, but freshman seminars are limited to the first 15 to signup,” said Shewfelt, a professor in the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”We intentionally keep the classes small,” he said,”to permit one-on-one interaction with a senior faculty member.”Surprisingly, there’s just one food science major on the classrole. Most of the students are business, biology or journalismmajors.Finding A Topic That Turns Them On”Freshmen are so great to work with, because they aregenuinely interested in learning, particularly when you find atopic, like chocolate, that turns them on,” Shewfelt said.Chris Lady signed up for the class because he loves chocolateand “it looked like an easy class.” Teri Brady wantedto learn about the inner and outer workings of the chocolate worldand get to eat chocolate in class.Both students will get what they expect from the class, andmore. The class is a pass/fail class where students are just requiredto attend and participate in order to pass.And they do eat chocolate. During a recent class, the studentstasted all the current M&M chocolate candies and ranked themaccording to the class’s favorites and least favorites.”Every class, we taste at least three different typesof chocolate,” Shewfelt said.Chocolate motivates the students to sign up. But what’s Shewfelt’smotivation for teaching it?Recruiting for Georgia’s Food Industry”Our state needs more food science graduates,” hesaid. “Virtually every food company in Georgia has one ofour graduates working for them and we need more graduates to meetthe food industry’s demands.”Shewfelthopes the chocolate class will persuade students to consider becomingfood science majors or tell their friends, who might then considerfood science as a major. Either way, the class is beneficial toother majors, especially business students.The class textbook is “Emperors of Chocolate,” byJoel Glenn Brenner. It details the long-standing rival betweenthe M&M Mars and Hershey companies.”Using this book I can teach the students about businessissues such as marketing, corporate culture and consolidation,as well as social issues such as child slavery in cocoa harvesting,”Shewfelt said.”They learn there are many, many steps between harvestingand packaging,” he said. “And they learn about all ofthe many ingredients that go into chocolate.”Shewfelt uses chocolate, too, to teach students the more seriousaspects of food science:* The complex steps required to manufacture food.* The tests necessary to make sure chocolate is safe to eat.* Nutritional problems associated with overconsumption of chocolate.* And how new and unusual chocolate products are developed.”Teaching is a matter of connecting minds,” Shewfeltsaid. “I use chocolate to rouse their curiosity, which thenleads them to ask questions. While answering their questions,I am able to teach them the basic principles.”
Cotton Bolls Provide HomeSometimes plants open themselves up to an invasion by providingfertile campgrounds. This can happen when cotton bolls, the partof the plant that produces the lint, first open. Rain can bringinto the open boll bacteria and fungi that find a wonderfulenvironment to flourish and destroy the boll, he said.Boll rot caused $18.5 million in economic damage to Georgiacotton in 2001 alone.Some attacks take place underground. Plant pathologists andfarmers have been fighting a tiny cotton nemesis, the nematode,for years. The nematode is a flat worm that attacks the plant’sroot system, choking off water and nutrients.”A very small population can build and build and build,” he said.”In a good, wet year, you may not see that dramatic an effect.But a dry year, you can see if the root system is functioningwell or not.”Nematodes are hard to control. The farmers’ best tool is frequently rotating the crops they plant in a field. “But with less and less land and fewer crops out there to make money, rotation becomes difficult,” he said.Diseases in DisguiseSome diseases are masters of disguise. They can look like onedisease but act like something else. One such disease has startedpopping up in Georgia peanut fields in recent years.Funky leaf spot appears to be similar to another leaf spotdisease. But conventional chemicals don’t appear to affect itmuch. It hasn’t caused much damage yet.”But you have to track it down to see if it’s important or not,”Kemerait said.Funky leaf spot acts strangely in another way, too. It seems tohelp another disease in its war on the peanut plant.One Disease Helps AnotherIt causes the plant to drop leaves. The leaves fall to the groundand begin to decompose. And this decomposition releases chemicalsthat spark another fungus, the one that causes white mold, togerminate, become more active and attack the plant.Last year, white mold cost farmers $24 million in damage andtreatment costs. “In combination, (funky leaf) could make whitemold worse each year,” he said.Farmers can’t relax their war on diseases, he said.”But if you take our best growers, the ones who do everythingthey can right, they generally have the upper hand on thediseases,” he said.However, some growers aren’t able to rotate crops. Others arelate applying chemicals or other preventive measures.”Those are the ones the diseases get the best of,” he said. “Andonce (the diseases) get ahead, it can be difficult to bring themback in.” By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSecond only to actually buying the seed for a crop, fightingdiseases is the most essential thing a farmer has to do to grow asuccessful crop in Georgia, said Bob Kemerait, a plantpathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Georgia peanut farmers, for example, spent $65 million fightingdiseases last year and still lost $50 million of their crop todisease damage. Tomato spotted wilt virus began attacking several Georgia crops,including vegetables, tobacco and peanuts, in the mid-1980s. Thisdisease preferred an aerial assault. Carried inside tiny insectscalled thrips, it has swept over much of the state. It continuesto terrorize farmers, especially peanut farmers.This year, Kemerait said, TSWV has damaged as much as 70 percentof some peanut fields. “Some growers had forgotten how bad itcould be,” he said.Some diseases, like an infantry invasion, prefer to attack headon. Soreshin, a cotton disease, cuts plants off at the “knees,”he said.”The fungus nibbles at the plant at the soil line,” Kemeraitsaid. “It weakens the plant. The plant tends to topple over, likethe knees have been cut from beneath it.” TSWV Terrorizes Farmers
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaWow. It’s been really cold this winter.I’m surprised the creeping gardenias at my house have made it through the cold. Truly frigid weather (12 degrees at my house) is supposed to severely injure them. I knew that when I planted them, but it’s been so long since we’ve had a real winter I just didn’t think we’d see temperatures like that.Years ago — OK, many years ago, back when we had “real” winters and I was a kid at home in north Georgia, and back when it seemed to snow every year, and we saved water in big pots because the water pipes froze all the time, and I slept in an unheated room and no electric blanket — now, that was cold.At night, even with so many blankets and quilts I could hardly turn over in the bed, the only way to stay warm was to sleep rolled up in a ball. I didn’t dare stretch out, because those sheets at the foot of the bed were ice cold.We didn’t worryBack then, we didn’t worry about outdoor plants freezing. We worried about the water freezing and pipes bursting. And we didn’t worry too much about Spot and Butch, our old “sooner” dogs freezing. You do know what a “sooner” is, don’t you? You know –“sooner one breed or another.”Now we worry about our plants freezing.So if you’re worried that cold weather may cause the demise of your plants, here’s what you can do.Bring in your containerized plants. But remember, even an unheated garage can get below freezing. And I can tell you from experience that an unheated bedroom can, too.Add an extra layer of pine straw or mulch over perennials and annuals. Tender shrubs can be covered with cardboard boxes or thick blankets. Cover them all the way to the ground and leave the covering open to the ground so the heat radiating from the soil can rise up under the covering.No plasticDon’t cover the plants with plastic. That will encourage moisture lost from the foliage to condense on the leaves and flowers, causing ice crystals that may damage plant parts and cause more damage.And don’t try to spray the plants with water to form a layer of ice on the foliage. You just can’t apply the volume of water needed to make this type of freeze protection effective.Pansies can be frozen solid and still come back.How can they do that? I called horticulturist Paul Thomas at the university to find out.”When it gets cold,” Paul explained, “most plants die because the ice freezes within the cells and ruptures the cell membranes. This damage either kills the plant outright or allows in disease that quickly finishes off the plant.”Making antifreezePansies and many other perennials, he said, can sense the cold and move water from the cells into the between-cell spaces. They relocate water into the roots, too, where it is less likely to freeze underground.”When the water is removed, the cell contents inside are concentrated,” he said, “and all the sugars from photosynthesis form a simple antifreeze. The pansy may turn a dull, gray green, but it’s perfectly happy.”When things warm up, he said, the plants move water back into the cells and come back strong.I don’t know if “sooner” dogs can be frozen solid, but they always come back.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIn a country clouded by a deep suspicion of foods from clonedanimals, a little Sunshine may help soften consumers’ fears.Born on the coldest night of the year in mid-December, Sunshineis a female calf that’s just like countless other calves bornaround the country.The only thing special about Sunshine is her mama, KC, the firstcow ever cloned from cells collected from a dead cow. KC wasnamed after the kidney cell from which she was cloned after itwas taken from a side of beef in the freezer.”She’s a beautiful calf,” said Steve Stice, the University ofGeorgia scientist who directed the team of scientists who clonedKC. “This is not a great scientific feat. It’s just anotherindication that cloned animals can reproduce and have normaloffspring.”Perfectly normalSunshine’s birth was so perfectly unremarkable that mostAmericans’ disapproval of animals like her seems hard to justify.She got her start when KC was artificially inseminated with semenfrom an Angus bull. She was born naturally in the middle of thenight without human help. She’s alert, lively and the right sizefor a calf born to a first-calf heifer — 72 pounds.”KC is a great mother,” said Allison Adams, a former UGA graduateassistant who worked with Stice on the project, along with KateHodges, another former UGA graduate assistant.Polls over the past few years have shown that nearly 60 percentof U.S. consumers oppose cloning animals, even livestock. Peoplecite many reasons for their fears. The single biggest is theirreligious beliefs.”I don’t know what people are afraid of,” said Stice, a GeorgiaResearch Alliance Eminent Scholar and one of the world’s topexperts on cloning.Stice clearly believes in the benefits of cloning that Sunshine’smama makes obvious.Farmers have been improving the genetics of their herds since thefirst cattle were domesticated. But it’s a painfully slowprocess. Carefully culling the worst and breeding the best mayproduce noticeable improvements over a lifetime.BenefitsCloning, though, can greatly speed that process by producingexact genetic copies of the best animals. The technology Sticeused to clone KC now makes it possible to evaluate even carcasstraits such as marbling and tenderness before making the copies.Like KC, the cloned cattle themselves won’t go into the foodchain. “They’re too valuable,” said Stice, who conducted theresearch with the biotechnology firm ProLinia Inc. ProLinia waslater bought by ViaGen, Inc.The offspring of cloned cattle, though, will be valued mostly bypeople who prize tender, juicy steaks and roasts. That’s whatmakes Sunshine newsworthy.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering the safetyof food products from the offspring of cloned animals. “Data fromcloned animals’ offspring will be helpful to them,” Stice said.The curious, lively Sunshine confirms what Stice already knewabout cloned animals. “Their offspring are normal,” he said.”They do all the things any other calf or piglet does.”(And yes, the calf was named after KC and the Sunshine Band, thegroup with hit songs like “That’s the Way (I Like It).” The namewasn’t his idea, Stice said.)(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Homemade ice cream, Bryant said, allows people to add fruits to the creamy base. She suggests peaches and strawberries, but says the choice of fruit depends on the individual. “I like strawberries, like peaches,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve had it any other way before.”Andress said she likes “a good vanilla ice cream with the actual vanilla bean used to flavor it. I do also like a good homemade strawberry or a fresh peach ice cream.”In general, a half-cup serving of ice cream has about 100 milligrams of calcium, or 10 percent of a person’s daily value. This serving size has the calcium of a third of a cup of milk, Bryant said.Ice cream tends to be higher in saturated fat, which isn’t a heart-healthy fat. To lower the saturated fat and calories, she suggests using low-fat or fat-free milk instead of the usual whole milk or cream. But on a holiday, it may be time for a treat.“I think that on Memorial Day, homemade ice cream is just a traditional part of picnics and get-togethers,” she said. “Instead of passing on the treat, I think they should let themselves eat it, but just watch the amount.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWith its constant whining grind, the electric ice cream churn does its job, turning a sweet liquid into a scoop-ready solid.As Memorial Day rolls past and summer hits the South full force, many people are pulling out or buying an ice cream maker. University of Georgia expert Elizabeth Andress has tips to keep the treat sweet instead of turning it into a bacterial disaster.“Our biggest concern is Salmonella bacteria,” Andress said. “So many ice cream recipes have called for raw eggs in past, and that has been a problem. Salmonellosis can make many people very sick, and it can be life-threatening for the very old and very young.”Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist, said the easiest way to avoid the bacterial problem is to use a recipe that requires a mixture with raw eggs to be cooked or by substituting a pasteurized egg product such as Egg Beaters.“People can pasteurize their own eggs, but it’s not an easy task,” she said.Another way to avoid salmonella is to find a recipe that doesn’t call for eggs. But for some people, the egg-less ice cream loses some of its appeal.“Ice creams that have eggs in them tend to be the ones that are more custard-like,” Andress said. “They have a richer body and mouth-feel. With eggs, you get a richer, thicker taste to it.“You can also get that richer mouth-feel by using a higher-fat dairy product.”But that gets into the nutrition side of homemade ice cream, Andress said, and falls more into UGA Extension nutrition specialist Kelly Bryant’s expertise.“Ice cream fits within the milk group,” Bryant said, “but it is higher in fat and added sugar, which makes it higher in calories, so we want to limit the amount that we eat.”