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The Firehouse Foodie: Halloween Caramel Apples

Halloween caramel apples, October, Firehouse Foodie

By Frank E. Vaerewijck It’s October – Halloween is just around the corner, and this month we firefighters nationally engage in Fire Prevention Education. October is known for other things as well, but these two events can play on each other quite well. Countless kids every year dress up like firefighters and go door to door or to parties. Adults tend …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Pop’s Maple Pancake Syrup

Pops maple syrup the firehouse foodie

By Frank E. Vaerewijck I recently saw a Facebook post from a friend who is a captain with the Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia. The picture was of a group of firefighters all working together to prepare breakfast. White fridge to the left of the room, stainless steel island with pots and pans hanging above, adorned with pancake mix, …

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The Firehouse Foodie: “Do You Know…”

The Firehouse Foodie

By Frank Vaerewyck “Oh, you’re a Firefighter; do you know so-and-so?” Sometimes you do; more often than not, you don’t. For years, I would ask what department they worked for, or I would say, “Yeah I think so, but I know so many people it’s ridiculous.” The truth of the matter is, though we tend to know the people in …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Summer and The Chicago Hot Dog

The Firehouse Foodie, July 2018

By Frank E. Vaerewyck Summer. The word alone conjures up images of the beach, vacations, bright sunny days, and cookouts. You can feel the heat, smell the barbecue and taste the sweet treats of summer like watermelon, lemonade. and one of my favorites (that’s not so sweet) – Hot Dogs! What is a Hot Dog? According to the experts at Wikipedia, …

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The Firehouse Foodie: One Thing, Just One Thing!

Firehouse Foodie brown sugar glazed meatloaf

By Frank E. Vaerewijck “Do a million things right and no one remembers, do one thing wrong and no one forgets.” This ageless statement is not only true on the fire ground, it’s oh so true in the kitchen too. It’s probably more true in the kitchen at the station, due to great efforts in Fire Prevention and the fact …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Show and Tell

By Frank E. Vaerewijck   It’s a beautiful day! The Engine, Tower, and Ambulance bay doors are open. The sunshine illuminates the chrome of the apparatus like something out of a movie or your favorite television show. Cars, trucks, and SUVs pass the front of the station. As one particular SUV passes, the brake lights come on, immediately followed by …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Rude Awakening

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Firefighters coming up in the new fire service will never know what it’s like to wet the ceiling at 2:00 a. m. What in the world is he talking about, you ask. Well, my friends, those of you that have been in the fire service for some time know what it’s like to be abruptly woken up …

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Firehouse Foodie: The Future in Explorers

By Frank E. Vaerewyck It is often said that the future is in our youth, and this statement is particularly true in the Fire Service. Little kids love firefighters, and most want to be one from a young age. As we grow older, other things tend to get in the way, like sports, academics, friends, relationships, and such. Scouting has become …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Greatness! (and Cheesecake)

By Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef Greatness! There is greatness in us all. This was the underlying message last Sunday as the preacher at church spoke positive greatness into us all during his sermon. While his message was more about how there was a king in all of us, I have never considered myself a king. …

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The Firehouse Foodie: ‘Twas the Chaos Before Christmas?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Despite what the department stores try to tell you, the Christmas mad dash doesn’t start until weeks, if not days, before that magical day. Much like Facebook, memories of this day are steeped in grandiose snapshots that have cropped out the chaos that ensued prior to, and directly after, these snippets in time. The shopping centers, malls, …

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