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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: 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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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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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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Patch Pride

by Frank E. Vaerewyck FF/EMT As Firefighters we are a very proud people. We take pride in our departments, our training, our uniforms, and most of all the companies we are assigned to. Just as the department has a patch that we wear with pride to identify who we work for, a lot of stations will also have a patch that …

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