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.
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
Sunday, November 27, 2011
How well do you know turkeys?
Chances are you ate some turkey on Thursday, and you'll continue eating turkey leftovers for a week. But just how much about the traditional Thanksgiving meal do you really know? Take this quiz about the gobbling fowl, and we'll reveal the answers next week.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Join columnist Ann Brennan and other Patch readers in a quest to maintain your fitness and weight during the holiday season.
This morning I found myself wanting to kick my scale under the bed, hoping that if I hide it, I might be able to avoid the anxiety that comes with weight gain over the holiday season. Unfortunately, tighter waistbands will reveal the same news if I am not careful. But I have a new plan. This year, I’m organizing a Prince George’s County Fitness Challenge, and I’m inviting the Patch community to participate. The challenge is meant to be motivating. It is meant to offer support and encouragement throughout the holiday season, as we try to maintain our current fitness and weight. Most importantly it is meant to be fun. Starting on Thanksgiving Day and ending on Jan. 3, the challenge is open to any Patch readers who are interested in …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Mom and daughter bond over book reading.
Many of my columns are written about the triumphs and challenges I face being a mom. But it's comforting to know that I’m always in good company. Some time ago, my own mom was a new mom enjoying a baby of her own—me. Well, at least she says she enjoyed it. I'm an only child and I'm close with both of my parents. We talk about raising kids a lot now that I have entered the prestigious parenting club. But sometimes, it's fun to step outside the box and do grown-up things together. My mom and I had just the opportunity. She came into town for a special visit that included a night out on the town—just me, her and a few of my friends. We went to the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to hear Diane Keaton speak about her new book, Then Again. Keaton …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Life might be a highway, but who wants to drive all night long to get home for Thanksgiving?
The 411 for travel this Thanksgiving is safety — and if you want to have smooth sailing along the byways this weekend, be sure to plug into 511, the state’s database for Maryland roads information. You can call 511 or visit www.md511.org to find out about major incidents, delays, estimated travel times and weather conditions. The State Highway Administration also is suspending all non-emergency roadwork on SHA-maintained roadways between 9 a.m. on Nov. 23 and the morning of Nov. 28. Emergency response units will patrol metropolitan interstates in case any motorists are stranded and need help. More than 90 percent of all fatal traffic crashes are preventable, the SHA reported in a press release. Here are some of their tips for holiday …
Check out these ... different ... Thanksgiving day experiences.
Hoping for an offbeat Thanksgiving this year? Check out these five ideas for how to make your day unique: 1. Italian style—Bibiana in Washington, D.C. has a four-course Italian meal for $48 a person. 2. Two if by sea—Spirit of Washington is offering lunch and dinner cruises, a three-course meal and dancing with beautiful views of Washington, D.C. sites. Cost is $57.90 per person and $24.95 ages 4-12. 3. French food—Le Ferme in Chevy Chase is offering a spread of French country faire. $46 per adult; $23 per person. 4. Fireside comfort—The Old Anglers Inn in Potomac is having a three-course meal by a crackling fire for $49.50 a piece. 5. Do it deep-fried—Carolina Kitchen is offering four different Thanksgiving take-away meals prepared just …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
It's getting down to crunch time. Help a cook out.
Last year I had to overcome what most hope they never have to face: making a Thanksgiving meal. That's a little dramatic. I was actually excited for my first experience hosting family for a holiday, and cooking a turkey and some side dishes. Because it was my first Thanksgiving meal, I wanted it to be a little out of the ordinary. I scoured the Williams-Sonoma website for ideas, but I would have greatly appreciated any direction from fellow community members for unique recipes. You see where this is going. In the comment section, share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Type up the ingredients and instructions, or paste a link. I'll get the ball rolling... For the stuffing, I selected this chestnut and cranberry dressing, out of a Williams…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The market may be closing for the season, but it's not the last market of the year.
Last week the Greenbelt Farmers Market welcomed its first wine vendor, Elk Run Vineyards. Now, as we approach the close of its 2011 season on Sunday, the market has announced another first — it will offer a holiday market this year. On Sunday, December 18, the farmers market plans to host a holiday market in Greenbelt. Nancy Solomon, market master said the hours may run a little shorter than the normal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule, but that decision hasn't been finalized yet. So she encouraged Greenbelters to check the Greenbelt Farmers Market website closer to the date to get the hours. Solomon is pleased with the results of its other first. She reported seeing a lot of people dropping by Elk Run Vineyards last Sunday. Although Greenbelt …