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handwritten thank you

Write “thank you” on every paycheck. This era tends to text thank-yous, but a handwritten note goes a long way. You can’t just preach it; it’s an active thing.

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This year we’ve really changed our focus to be on customer service. So we implemented some aspects of the FISH! Philosophy, based on Pike Place Fish Market.

At Pennsylvania-based health-insurance provider Highmark Pittsburgh, staff use plastic wrap to cover and keep tables sanitized during food prep.

Last year, Oshkosh Area School District partnered with two small school districts in the area to make a ratatouille sauce to get students to eat vegetables.

JPS Health Network recently initiated a schedule of on-site food trucks for the night shift to enhance dining options. They run between midnight and 2 a.m.

Lakota Local School District uses carts to take meals down the hallways, so students don’t have to come to the cafeteria to get breakfast or lunch.

Use fresh, seasonal fruits to create a base for agua fresca, smoothies and raspados [Mexican shaved ice]. You can choose in-season, local fruit.

A pasta machine can make the dough rolling process more efficient and the end product more consistent than if rolling hors d'oeuvres or desserts by hand...

The University of Montana started playing with fermenting things that people used to throw out—the stems of mushrooms, the gills of portabella mushrooms.

When you open a can of oil, make a hole in the corner diagonally across from the open end using the heel of a knife. This tiny opening helps air flow.

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