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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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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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Italian Fire Department (funny little story)

By  Frank E. Vaerewijck One dark night in the small town of Roselle Park, New Jersey, a fire started inside the local sausage factory. In a blink, the building was engulfed in flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the first firefighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire …

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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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From the Garden to the Party: Add a Bit of Color and Interest to Salads with Edible Flowers Like Nasturtium

By Melinda Myers Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. Start by growing the ingredients for your favorite recipes and beverages. Consider those, like tomatoes, that taste best fresh from the …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Ghosts

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT, Engineer & Fire House Chef   “How was your shift, honey?” “Same old, same old, it’s all good.” “That’s good Sweetie; glad you’re home,” and she walks away with a smile and a little grin. I’m one of the lucky ones. When I met my wife and we were doing the awkward get-to-know-you interview, she was …

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A Taste of Open Hearth Cooking

Provided by Prince William County ​On Nov. 14, the Historic Preservation Division will offer an open-hearth cooking class where people will learn their way around a cooking fire. The class will be held at the Haislip-Hall house, located at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre at 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow. During the class, which runs between 10 a.m. and 1 …

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The Prize is in the Pie

by Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT Going on vacation is a great way to decompress and get out from under the familiar rat race we find ourselves in from day to day. Many like to go to a new place and experience new things, others just like the more relaxed feel of somewhere more familiar. We are lucky enough to enjoy both …

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The Firehouse Foodie

Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, FF/EMT “Any firefighter should know how, a good firefighter knows why.” This quote from an unknown source rings true not only in the fire service but also in the kitchen. It’s not enough to know the stages of a fire but why these stages occur; this helps us fight the fire fast and effective. The same with cooking; knowing …

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Technological Advancements

By Frank E. Vaerewijck FF/EMT & Firehouse Foodie Swiss playwright and novelist, Max Rudolf Frisch (May 15, 1911 – April 4, 1991) said “Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” As a society, we have evolved into individuals that have become very dependent upon technology, which in some ways has alienated us from each other …

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