Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Make this year's Thanksgiving a little easier. Consider cooking a little less and doing part of, or the entire, Thanksgiving Day feast as a carry-out.
For Thanksgiving next week, the question for many remains. Are you cooking this holiday or not? Perhaps the better question is: How much of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner do you plan on cook yourself? With over-extended schedules, cooking anything, let alone Thanksgiving dinner has become an overwhelming task. Thankfully there's help. If you can’t or don't have time to cook, or just don't want to cook, hire it done. Chefs, caterers and grocers have taken note and are ready to provide the elements of a Turkey Day dinner for the time-crunched, weary and/or culinary challenged. “People don’t have the time to cook like they used to,” said Joe Weinmann, co-owner of Kenrick’s Meats and Catering who explained how he offers his customers a …
Post your family recipes—at least the ones you're willing to share!—in Patch's announcements section. It's free, easy and instant. Don't forget a photo!
If you're like me, you spend the week before Thankgiving scrolling through recipes, looking for tips and tricks on cooking this once-a-year meal. (My sweet potatoes will never be the same after learning this Patcher's famous recipe!) As a Patch reader, you're connected to a network of local news junkies just like you looking for the same thing. So this year, we thought we'd find a way to help each other! We're putting out the call: Share your recipes with us! Post your recipe for your favorite side dish, drink, dessert or family tradition as an announcement on Patch, and let us share it with neighborhoods around St. Louis! You'll be giving other families recipes they can trust while finding new inspirations for your own Thanksgiving table…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Deep-frying a turkey can be delicious but dangerous without the right safety tools.
Each year, families gather around a roasted or baked turkey for the holidays. Some families decide to go outside of the box and deep-fry turkeys for the holidays, which is when things get more serious. I grew up with my dad frying turkeys for the holidays. As newlyweds, my wife and I will fry a turkey for our first Thanksgiving together and may continue the tradition. Several dangers can mount from deep-frying a turkey, though. More than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving across the country, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Therefore, in order to ensure a safe holiday season, we’re showing how to safely deep-fry a turkey. In order to reinforce the safety issues, we teamed up with Florissant Valley Fire Protection District to give …
Monday, November 21, 2011
A look at what we're following here on Creve Coeur Patch this week and where you can find it.
This is one of those weird weeks on the calendar. There is work to be done, but you're lying if you say you're not thinking at least a little bit about Thursday or Friday, or possibly both. Who could blame you, with, Thanksgiving providing opportunity to break bread with those important to you, and Friday with all those "Black Friday" deals and the Small Business Saturday opportunities following on the day after. If you're still looking at options for how to cook your turkey, look here and here for some suggestions. If you're a retailer with special hours this weekend, you'll want to post an announcement to tell your customers. And if you're waiting until this week to officially get into the holiday spirit, may I humbly suggest you take a …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thanksgiving turkey no longer has to be roasted. This year, expand your turkey repertoire and try brining, frying or smoking this Thanksgiving bird.
The Thanksgiving countdown has begun. Time to tackle the turkey. It’s a task many avoid, since the thought of preparing a whole turkey seems to be an unattainable culinary feat. However, cooking turkey isn’t difficult, it just takes a little planning. Begin by deciding on the cooking style: traditionally roasted, brined or fried. For those looking to save time, consider fried turkey. Frying takes about 60–90 minutes as compared to the hours it takes to roast a stuffed whole turkey. If you’ve never deep-fried a turkey, here are the basic rules. Follow the operation directions on the fryer/cooker and check with your local fire department for safety tips. While electric turkey fryers are available and are safer, most gobblers are still fried …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Deep-fried or roasted, these recipes will produce a tasty turkey for your Thanksgiving table.
Southern Deep-Fried Turkey Thaw turkey completely. Clean out cavity, discarding giblets and neck. Cut off wing tips and tail. Rinse under cold running water and pat dry. In a medium bowl, combine vinaigrette, sherry and seasonings. Strain the marinade, then place in an injection syringe. Inject the marinade in the turkey breast, thighs and legs. Place turkey in a food-safe, plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours. Turn the bag over and massage the turkey to work the marinade into the meat. Remove form bag, drain and pat dry. Place fryer/cooker outside, placed on level ground and in an open space away from the house. Never use a turkey fryer indoors, in a garage or under a covered patio due to potential fire hazard. Add oil to a 7 to 10 …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
We're building a community resource for everything holiday-related and need your help.
We can debate if it is too early to be putting up holiday lights or not, but the reality is that Thanksgiving, Advent, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa are only weeks away. With that in mind, we want your help sharing recipes, photos, cool traditions and examples of other rituals that make the season meaningful for you, your family and your neighbors. Add a holiday event to our calendar to spread the word about your congregation candle lighting, or a breakfast with Santa. Tell us how your turkey or stuffing recipes have stood the test of time. You get the picture. Help make this a shared holiday to remember.