Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Firefighters respond to some 155,000 cooking fires each year.
Frying a turkey this year? It may result in a juicier turkey than traditional preparation methods, but firefighters say don't put your taste for turkey over safety and sensibility. More than 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires are reported each year, causing an average of $21 million in property damage and fire deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Check out the complete Burke Patch Holiday Guide here. Some of those fires start when a turkey fryer is misused or left unattended, firefighters said. Leaving cooking food unattended and falling asleep while cooking is a main cause of kitchen fires. Over the years, turkey fryer manufacturers have improved the devices, but superheated oil and high temperatures still make them risky to …
Brining a turkey takes time and effort, but results in a moist and flavorful bird.
“Brining” has always been the secret method that chefs use to make a moist and flavorful baked turkey. Many years ago I asked a chef why her turkey meat tasted so good, and she led me back to the kitchen’s large, walk-in cooler filled with birds soaking in a fragrant bath. I immediately got her recipe. But what is brining? There are two types: wet and dry. Dry brining is simply rubbing a turkey in a salt and herb mixture and letting it sit (refrigerated of course) for many hours (usually about one hour per pound). It's somewhat easier and more convenient than the alternative wet option, and advocates insist dry brining makes for a bird with a firmer meat texture, and the skin is sensational. Wet brining, which does seem to be the most …
What do you and your family do on a holiday weekend?
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Sure, we all know what the actual holiday has in store, most commonly a feast and some football viewing (the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 p.m. Thursday). But if you have holiday house guests, there is lots more time to fill. What do you suggest? Shopping? A hike at Great Falls National Park? A trip to see the monuments and museums in DC? Help your neighbors out by suggesting some of your favorite day trips or other local outings. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Hollin Hall Pastry Shop in Fort Hunt has already sold hundreds of pies and cakes for the holiday.
Have you ever carved a cake that looks like a turkey? The Hollin Hall Pastry Shop on Fort Hunt Road sure has, and was in the process of cutting one up when Patch caught up with them Tuesday afternoon. The shop, which is closed on Thanksgiving day, has reached its limit for special orders, but they'll still have plenty on Wednesday. They are baking round-the-clock: fruit tarts, cakes, and hundreds of pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. You can still find what you want at the pastry shop on Wednesday, but you'd better get there fast. They're open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. "There's going to be a line going out the door all day long," said manager Nadia Patnode. "We'll probably sell out by 5 p.m." It costs $18-$22 for a 12-inch pie. Get em' while they'…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Try these local restaurants.
Looking for a no-muss way to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without the prep and clean-up? According to opentable.com, there are at least 40 Northern Virginia restaurants ready to serve you a grand meal on the big day. We're highlighting a few of them here or you can peruse the entire list on opentable.com. But act fast though, in some cases, restaurants are completely booked up. We're including some that are, in case you're wondering: Alexandria: Ashburn: Clifton: Fairfax: Mount Vernon: Know of another restaurant in Northern Virginia serving Thanksgiving fare? Add it to the Comments box below.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thanksgiving and 'Black Friday' will be regular solid waste collection days.
Trash will be picked up on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22) and the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 23) in Fairfax County for those receiving Thursday and Friday collection service for trash and recyling and for customers with previously scheduled collections, according to a news release from the county. All materials should be at the curb by 6 a.m. to ensure they are collected. The Recycling and Disposal Centers at the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 West Ox Road) and the I-95 Landfill Complex (9850 Furnace Road) will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, according to the county. Both locations will reopen Friday, Nov. 23. More information about trash and recycling collection can be found on the Fairfax County website. For questions or …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The four days of Black Friday Weekend comprise the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
Up to 152 million shoppers are expected to visit stores and websites during Black Friday Weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The group said last year some 212 million shoppers spent about $45 billion over the four days. Preparations are well underway for what's become known as the start of the holiday shopping season. Lydia Dishmah, writing in Forbes, provides an overview of "apps designed to help consumers shop smarter, faster and cheaper." Shopkick, for example, enables shoppers to earn reward points just by opening the app in entrance area of participating stores. Target is one local retailer taking part. There's an official Black Friday website, TheBlackFriday.com, featuring Black Friday ads, sales information, and …