Friday, November 23, 2012
The bird's not done yet.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in November 2011, but we're bringing it back by popular demand. Thanksgiving is a favorite foodie holiday for many reasons, one of which is that big turkey. The bird not only feeds a table-full on the actual day, but it keeps on giving in the form of leftovers. What once seemed an afterthought, the leftover menu now is loaded with possibilities. After carving every possible shred of meat of our bird, I always like to make turkey soup. But those chunks of succulent light and dark meat also have the potential for some more creative comfort food, such as pot pies. This year I threw my fear of pastry crusts out the window and resolved to make my first turkey pot pie. When searching for …
If it's deals you want, you'll have to pay the price in traffic delays.
Washington, DC, will have the fifth worst traffic congestion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, according to a Huffington Post report. In the DC region, rush hour will peak Wednesday between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the report. Travel will take 30 percent longer than usual on average. Black Friday shoppers will be clogging the roads as well. On Friday, traffic across the country is expected to peak between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the report. Read the full story on the Huffington Post. Getting ready to head out of town? Check our live traffic map and avoid delays.
The Wednesday night blaze caused an estimated $100,000 of damage.
Authorities say a fire that swept through a Laurel home late Wednesday was sparked by the turkey residents were preparing for their Thanksgiving festivities. Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 500 block of Prince George Street shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department. When they arrived at the scene, they found a fire that had begun on a rear deck of a single-family home before quickly spreading to the interior. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, but not before it caused an estimated $100,000 of damage to the home. Investigators believe the fire was begun by a turkey that family members were attempting to smoke in a propane grill on the deck. No residents of the home …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Let everyone see just how hard you worked!
Putting together a Thanksgiving feast is no simple feat. Between the shopping and the cooking, there’s barely time left to set the table and make everything just right. If you’ve gone above and beyond with your spread this year, Savage-Guilford Patch invites you to show off your hard work! Just upload your Thanksgiving dinner photos to the gallery. Be sure to share tell everyone what the special dishes are you served up, too. And, if your dinner table setting and decorations rival something Martha Stewart might whip up, we invite you to show those off, too! To share your photos, just login to your user account and click on the white and green button at the top of this article. Happy holidays, HoCo!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Acceptance of the holiday dinner underdog has grown steadily since the product's introduction in 1995.
It's not exactly a vegetarian takeover, but still something for Tofurky lovers to celebrate: The three-millionth Tofurky roast was sold last week, according to a Turtle Island Foods statement. Tofurky—invented by Chevy Chase native Seth Tibbott, The Washington Post reported—was first introduced in 1995 by the small Oregon-based food processor. That year, 500 Tofurky Roasts were sold from about 20 natural foods stores in the Pacific Northwest, according to the statement. Since then, Tofurky acceptance has improved every year. The Tofurky Roast is "a savory combination of organic tofu, wheat protein, plant extracts and spices that give it a taste and texture similar to a boneless breast of turkey stuffed with a wild rice, celery and whole …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Need a last-minute item for your Thanksgiving meal? Check our guide before you leave the house.
There's nothing worse than beginning preparation on a Thanksgiving feast for your family, only to discover that you forgot to grab that one key ingredient! Before you head out, we suggest consulting the list below: Giant Food All stores in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are open from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Safeway Many stores are open until 5:00 p.m. - check with your local store. Trader Joe’s Closed Harris Teeter Open until 2:00 p.m. Food Lion Open from 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Kosher Mart Rockville Open from 7:30 a.m. - noon MOM’s Organic Market Closed Whole Foods Market
The mad rush begins, but gas prices are down.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Planes, trains and automobiles—which way will you travel this holiday season? Some 90 percent of travelers or 39.1 million people plan to go by car this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That's a .6 percent increase over last year—not much of a jump but it keeps Thanksgiving as a heavyweight in the league of heavily traveled holidays. The good news for those on the road is an expected drop in gasoline prices to between $3.24-$3.40 a gallon by Thanksgiving Day. But that expected savings needs to be judged in context. Last year's average was $3.32 per gallon, which was the most expensive average ever on Thanksgiving, according to AAA. Despite the historically high prices paid by motorists this year, the national average has declined by …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Help a neighbor in need this Thanksgiving by donating food.
The United Way’s Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will assist serve over 500 meals and deliver 100 baskets in Prince George’s County with the assistance of your donations of: Donations will be accepted from Nov. 1 – Dec. 21 at LAYC's headquarters at 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC, Monday through Friday, from 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Valuable Blessings, located in Capitol Heights will hold its annual Thanksgiving Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and is looking to the community for donations of: To donate, please contact Valuable Blessings at 1-877-575-0018 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Know of another organization collect food donations for the needy this Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments.
A turkey can't just sit alone on the table. Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
What would a turkey be on Thanksgiving without its faithful side companions? Often more popular than the turkey itself, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorites are staples of the food coma-inducing meal. Try one of the recipes below to bring a new taste to your Thanksgiving feast. Roasted Winter Squash Gauge the amount of squash you’ll need by allowing 1 small squash (acorn and butternut are good choices) for every four people. Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Brush sides and inner cavity with olive oil and place flesh-side down on a lightly-oiled baking sheet. Roast for approximately 45 minutes or until flesh is very soft and easy pulls away from the skin. After removing squash from oven, let …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Greek turkey, Cajun turkey, Indian-spiced turkey—any one of these non-traditional recipes can liven up your holiday meal.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
There are countless ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for preparing a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient, or shopping at a certain store that helps make the turkey taste all the better. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, consider of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. (And if you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these!) Greek Traditional Turkey (with Chestnut and Pine Nut Stuffing) Just the name of this recipe sets the mouth watering. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other …