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The Firehouse Foodie: Turkey Again? Why Turkey Anyway?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Turkey is a staple for Thanksgiving, as we all know, but why? As a kid, we have images of Pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread, much like we do at the Firehouse, around a big table filled with all sorts of food, and a huge turkey right there in the middle. Everyone dressed up in their …

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant INGREDIENTS 1½ lbs (700 g) asparagus (about 18 stalks), washed, patted dry and trimmed 3 oz (90 g) sliced prosciutto (about 8 slices) Black pepper, to taste Prepared balsamic glaze (optional) Fresh Parmesan cheese (optional) DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) Cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise. Wrap each asparagus with one piece …

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled potatoes 5 garlic cloves, peeled 1/3 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons fresh snipped parsely 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes; place in (2-qt.) Saucepan. Add garlic and enough water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce …

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Thanksgiving Pie Crust Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant Make your pies the talk of the Thanksgiving dessert table. These creative crust designs only look complicated, but putting a personal stamp on store-bought pie creust is easy as, well, pie! All it takes is ready-made dough and a little creativity with your favorite Pampered Chef ® tool. DIRECTIONS Give your pie a …

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Savory Smashed Root Vegetables

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant A tasty and healthier version of mashed potatoes will be a hit at your next party! INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp (mL) butter 1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil 4 green onions, sliced 4 lbs (1.8 kg) assorted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, rutabaga or turnips, peeled and coarsely chopped ¾ cup (175 mL) …

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Baking Mason Jar Pies with Your Children

Story and Photos by Amanda Causey Baity During the holiday season, our house is full of activity. Since it is usually too cold for long outside play time, like most families with small children, we do more indoor activities. Baking and crafting are always at the top of the list. My children are picky, so to make them all happy, there are times that I …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Morning! (and a wave of the hand)

 By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef One of my favorite things about life in the Firehouse is sitting out front watching life go by. We usually drag the comfy chairs out to the apron in the evening after the dinner dishes are done, the training is complete, and our evening chores are done. We sit around out …

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Ice Cream Summer Dreams

Story and Photos By Amanda Causey Baity Nothing says summer like the sound of an ice cream freezer whirring as it turns cream into frozen goodness. As a child, hearing that sound meant something good was on its way. My mom always made the best homemade vanilla ice cream, and as an adult I have followed in her footsteps, perfecting my vanilla and experimenting with a lot of different flavors along …

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Small Galley, Big Taste!

By Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef When not at the station, I enjoy spending time with my wife on our sailboat. The Galley of a Catalina 30 isn’t very conducive to the preparation of a big meal, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have big taste. As human beings, we are inherently ingenuitive, and advancements in technologies …

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Unleash the Power of Dairy

If you’re trying to boost the nutrition of your meals and snacks, look no further than your refrigerator. Dairy products provide a powerful nutrition package that can help you meet your nutrient needs and achieve better health. The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans affirm dairy’s important place in the diet with a recommendation that people ages 9 and older …

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