Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Firefighters respond to some 155,000 cooking fires each year.
Frying a turkey may result in a jucier 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 five deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 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. See Patch's complete holiday guide to cooking, traveling and shopping here. Over the years, turkey fryer manufactures have improved the devices, but superheated oil and high temperatures still make them risky to …
Monday, November 19, 2012
If you're traveling by car this Thanksgiving in Northern Virginia, try to drive very early in the morning.
About 43.6 million people are planning to travel 50 miles or more for their Thanksgiving meal this year, according to AAA—and 90 percent of those people are traveling by car. While Northern Virginia is traffic-heavy throughout the holiday period, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day. To help you plan your travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation created this set of maps showing Thanksgiving traffic congestion from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Unlike last year, the Beltway Express Lanes will be open for Thanksgiving, which may alleviate some of the Thanksgiving travel congestion on Wednesday. The 2011 maps show the heaviest travel in Northern Virginia last year, particularly around the Beltway…
Thursday, November 25, 2010
A few eateries still open this holiday weekend.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Looking out to eat this Thanksgiving holiday? Here are a few places that might tickle you fancy. Options range from the traditional to the experimental to the just plain different. Christ Chapel on Smoketown Road will provide the perfect buffet for those wanting to stuff themselves silly. Everybody has to contribute, however; bringing a part to contribute to the whole. If you prefer the large group gathering, you'd be hard pressed to find a more populated place. For hibachi lovers, the Tokyo Japanese Steak House right by the mall has the miniature meat you've been craving. Never before has Thanksgiving cooking been so fun to watch. But pay attention! The cook might just chuck a piece your way. Located on Furnace Road and Route 1, The …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thanksgiving is a great time, but it can also be a source of stress. Read on for tips to cut down on stress, so you can enjoy the holiday--hassle free.
The holidays are a time for relaxing and enjoying good times with close friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, many people get stressed out from the pressure to cook a great meal and wind up not enjoying Thanksgiving as much as they should. This is due to the pressure to cook a meal filled with all the frills and delightful aroma of a great Thanksgiving feast and also the pressure to multitask. The good news is that you do not have to be stressed out this Thanksgiving because you have many options to help cut down on stress. Many grocery stores take orders for Thanksgiving meals and will prepare your food ahead of time. You can pick up the food and simply reheat it on Thanksgiving Day. Chains such as Harris Teeter make their own gravy and …