Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A key ingredient to a tasty Thanksgiving is cranberries.
This is a great time of year to delve into all things cranberry. You probably already know cranberries are little powerhouses of vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and even fiber. I hope you'll try this recipe. This quick and delicious cranberry sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make and tastes 100 times better than canned sauce. You can leave out the Grand Marnier, but if you do, you'll want more orange flavor in your sauce. You can achieve this by using a bit more of the orange juice concentrate. It's always a sticky matter to finely dice crystallized ginger cubes. If you have a sturdy metal garlic press (not plastic, as it tends to hold odors), try pressing the crystallized ginger cubes through your press. Otherwise, use a…
A look at a fun and time-honored tradition of decorating holiday cookies for family gatherings or holiday parties.
One of my favorite childhood holiday traditions decorating cookies; the possibilities were endless. In the world of holiday cookies, you could have a purple reindeer with an orange Reese's Piece nose to guide Santa's sleigh. You could have a blue Christmas tree with red hots and chocolate chips for lights. In the imaginative world of the holiday cookie, anything is possible. Here are some to remember when decorating holiday cookies either at a party with friends or at home with family. If you choose to decorate your cookies before baking them, use decorations that are able to withstand the heat of baking. This includes nuts, dried fruits, colored/natural sugars and sprinkles. If you choose to decorate your cookies after baking them, first…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
AAA Says 43.6 million travelers expected over the holiday weekend, the fourth consecutive increase.
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner the countdown is on for the most congested roads and crowded airports of the year. AAA is predicting the fourth consecutive increase in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year, albeit on smaller budgets. The travel group expects 43.6 million Americans will hit the highways and airports over the holiday, a 0.7 percent bump over last year, reports USA Today. But whereas travelers spent on average of $544 last year, they will spend only $498 this year. Ninety percent of the holiday’s travel will be done by car and seven percent in the air, The Washington Post reported. Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown responded to the increased traffic by ordering increased patrols …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The key to making the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert.
Pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving desert. In our family, we usually have two different kinds, pumpkin and apple. We usually also have pecan and mincemeat as well, but as bite-sized tarts instead of pie, since not everyone is fond of mincemeat and a big ol' slab of pecan pie can be cloying. I know, it's crazy to offer so many deserts, but Thanksgiving dinner is all about the pies! Get local stories delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here. If you have a phobia about pie-making, or just prefer to focus on other things, you can order your apple pie from Spring Mill Bakery in Gaithersburg. I like my own pumpkin pie better than theirs, but their apple pie is absolutely stellar…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Patch rounds up a list of local races in November around the region.
Are you looking for a way to burn off calories in anticipation of—or after—Thanksgiving? Perhaps you're just looking for a race where you can enjoy a run on a crisp autumn morning. Here is a list of local races in November in Anne Arundel County. Click each race name for more information. Fort Meade Run Series: Turkey Trot 5K When/Where: 8 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 17) at Murphy Field House at Fort Meade Details: $25 cash only; online registration is already closed—register on site the day of the race Girl Scout Turkey Trot 5K: Run for Your Cookies When/Where: 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 17) at Piney Orchard Community Center, Odenton Details: $25 includes T-shirt and gift bag; benefits Girl Scout Troop 5000, which has set a goal of visiting the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. Get local stories delivered right to …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. Do you dare to oil up a Butterball or will you pick up a chicken already roasted in the grocery store (good luck)? If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground …
A turkey can't just sit alone on the table. Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
Tuesday, November 13, 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. Many in Maryland add crabcakes and raw oysters to their "turkey day" smorgasbord–what about you? 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 …
Thursday, November 25, 2010
These recipes offer a variety of ways to keep Thanksgiving leftovers from going to waste.
Sometimes life blesses you with treasured memories of Thanksgiving in a grandparent's home with a fire glowing in the fireplace, faux turkeys on the table that thrill you as a child, sparking crystal, recipes that have been passed down for generations and most importantly, the company of relatives who care about you. If this sounds too good to be true, it isn't. I feel fortunate to have grown up and experienced many Thanksgivings and Christmases in my late great-grandmother's home in Winchester, KY, or my late grandmother's home in Ashland, KY. Today, things have changed a great deal. I'll be heading to Lexington, KY, for Thanksgiving, and the biggest treat will be taking my son to see my mother. We may wind up having our holiday meal in a…