Friday, November 25, 2011
Email Alma Schneider with your questions
Stressed about cooking for Thanksgiving or haven't confirmed what you're bringing to your friend's or family's house? Well, stress no more! Your hand-holding kitchen coach, Alma Schneider of Take Back The Kitchen (http://www.takebackthekitchen.com), is here to help. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, you can email her last-minute questions and concerns regarding your Thanksgiving dishes. She will assist you in preparing your dishes, will help you know when your turkey is done, assure you that you CAN keep your stuffing moist all day, figure out what you can make with what you already have in the kitchen, and any other last-minute food issue that may be causing you panic. Consider her free valium without a prescription the day …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A turkey sandwich is just so lame. Try these ideas from around the state.
So the feast is over and everyone has had a good night's sleep fueled by an excess of food and drink. So what to do with the leftovers? We asked our own staffers and their friends and neighbors and of course, being Patch, scoured the Web, to find out what Jersey does the day after the feast. Of course, there's a turkey sandwich. But why not make it a bit more Jersey-specific, with a turkey Sloppy Joe? First, a bit of history: cooking enthusiast Ben Salmon explains the history of how the sandwich was invented in South Orange and rates three local purveyors. But now on to the recipe, complete with homemade Russian dressing. Ben has lots of other good ideas for leftovers, including what sounds to us like a Thanksgiving Dagwood. Want a more …
Check out what your neighbors are doing to mark the day and share your own traditions and plans
Montclair Patch asked area residents what they planned to do to celebrate Thanksgiving—and we received a wide variety of responses. Mayor Jerry Fried: I'll be joining Bike/Walk Montclair for the ride on Thursday. [My son] Lukas will be back from Uganda in June ... he's been there for almost two years and hasn't been back in the states. Bev Meaux: I put the focus on spending real time with the kids. We are have a spade (card game) competition marathon, girls vs boys. Our tradition keeps changing too. We are doing the card game because my kids love it and it’s such a bonding experience. Another thing we do is cook together. All of us are cooking something. We use to go house to house and have big events but as they got older we really like …
Exhausted from your culinary efforts on the big day? Here’s a slow cooker recipe so you can use up those turkey leftovers AND take it easy!
This recipe is based on a Chicken and Stuffing recipe from "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook," and is a huge favorite in our house. We always travel on Thanksgiving, so I rarely get to cook a turkey dinner, let alone get to enjoy the leftovers, but even if you’re in the same boat as me, this slow cooker recipe is worth running out and buying a turkey breast to roast just so you can make it. In fact, I tend to get a turkey breast, cook it in my slow cooker one day, and then put this recipe together in my slow cooker the next day, so I’ll add on my recipe for slow cooking turkey breast at the end of this column in case you’d like to do the same. Warning: This recipe is NOT low-fat. In fact, with a (ahem) cup of butter in it, just consider it …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Follow these tips and tricks and have a blast braving the crowds for a fun morning with marching bands, massive balloon characters — and millions of other enthusiasts.
For some, it's a chance to get away from peeling potatoes or running to the grocery store for last-minute provisions. For others, it's a chance to avoid Aunt Millie telling everyone — for the 20th year — about the time you Krazy-glued your hand to your head on prom night. Or maybe you just love a parade.... Regardless of your motivation, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the New York spectacle celebrating its 85th anniversary, is something that everyone living in the shadow of Manhattan has to do at least once in their lifetime. The Thanksgiving-day forecast for New York Cityreveals clear skies and a manageable high of 50 degrees. That said, anyone hoping to get close to Woodstock, the Smurfs, Garfield, Underdog, Sonic the Hedgehog, …
Warning: “Porkographic” Food Content
I love the warm familiarity of Thanksgiving—turkey, yams, creamed mushrooms, gelatinous cranberry sauce, and Grandma’s stuffing with liver—a menu for olfactory nirvana! This year, my grandmother is passing the Thanksgiving torch to me. According to Grandma, this “will be a most interesting Thanksgiving,” because I’ve elected to transform Turkey Day into “Porkey” Day. The gratuitous, free turkey will still be in the oven (which is why the “e” is retained in “Porkey”), but something else will be cooking outside. My well-documented love for all things pork has worked its way into our most traditional holiday, and I will be roasting a pig! It’s a fact—pork fat rules. Over the summer I attended a Cuban pig roast and fell swooning over crisp, …
Here's 3 recipes from Jaindl's turkey farm for Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Ultimate Brine for Turkey Brining a turkey results in an incredibly moist and juicy (not "watery") bird every time. Note: *Be sure that the container for the turkey in brine is non-reactive: use enamel, glass, crockery, stainless steel, even a plastic bucket - never cast iron or aluminum. The pot should be large enough to contain the turkey (so the brine will be sufficient to cover the bird.) Dip for Smoked Turkey Turkey BBQ Ready To Roast Jaindl Turkey
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A roundup of some fabulous dishes to accompany your turkey (or other main dish)
When planning the annual Thanksgiving menu, Montclairians almost unanimously embrace the turkey as a main dish. But when it comes to deciding on sides, opinions are widely varied and just about everyone seems to have a favorite that it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without. Aunt Martha’s cranberry relish with granny smith apples and oranges is my personal favorite. She mixes fresh cranberries, cut up oranges (including the rind), granny smith apples (skin on), sugar, and lemon juice together. It’s light and tart and sweet and cold and a great counterpoint to the many heavier, doughier side dishes. Jessica Troupe has two favorites, both courtesy of her mom. A cranberry relish similar to Aunt Martha’s is an annual favorite, as is her Mom’s …
NJ TRANSIT offering early getaway rail and bus service.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Whether you’re traveling over the river or through the woods, NJ TRANSIT is gearing up to provide gridlock relief during the approaching holiday season. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23 and continuing through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, scores of NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives and volunteers will be deployed at major facilities to assist customers, with rail and bus service adjusted to match Thanksgiving travel patterns. This year, NJ TRANSIT will once again offer “early getaway” rail and bus service on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the benefit of customers leaving work early, and to provide additional capacity for customers traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically the …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Transform your day with a morning class or bike ride on Thanksgiving Day
A few years ago, I came across the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving. Exercise. Whether you are traveling for dinner or entertaining a house full of family, I can assure you, you probably won’t have time for this indulgence. Which is why you need to make time. Chop and assemble what you must beforehand, and give yourself an hour or so Thanksgiving morning to clear your head and make your body tingle. Exercising on Thanksgiving, especially with like-minded people, can move your day headlong into sheer bliss. Whether you’re a yogi or a cardio nut, or even if you just want to try something new, there are a lot of Thanksgiving options close by to be thankful for: First, there is a Bike& Walk-sponsored bike ride at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to …