Acton Fire Dept. Offers Tips For Fire Prevention Week

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ACTON, MA — As part of National Fire Prevention Week, Chief Robert Hart and the Acton Fire Department are offering cooking safety tips, and encouraging everyone to create a home escape plan in the event of a fire.

National Fire Prevention Week began this year on Oct. 4 and ends on Saturday. The annual campaign educates and provides the public with valuable safety recommendations and steps they can take to prevent possible fires and react properly in the event of a fire.

The theme of the 2020 National Fire Prevention Week is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unattended cooking is the main cause of kitchen fires and almost two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

The NFPA estimates that from

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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity launches campaign, cooking videos | Local News

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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity launched an awareness and fundraising campaign on Monday, which was also World Habitat Day.

Building Hope Together is a multi-month campaign focusing on inspiring hope in the community by sharing the Habitat story and on raising operational funds to fill the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a written statement from the organization.

“As COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of live fundraising events that have been so very valuable to us in the past, it has also presented our three-county service area with greatly increased need for Habitat services,” Northeast Texas Habitat CEO LaJuan Gordon said in the statement.

Due to the pandemic, Habitat changed the fundraising to a mixture of online events, programs and contests.

For the next six Tuesdays a series of virtual cooking classes will be offered on Facebook. Each episode of Serving Up Hope will feature a local chef

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Celebrity chef Adam Liaw shares cooking secrets for perfecting meals

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Celebrity chef Adam Liaw has shared his cooking secrets to help you perfect any meal – from scrambled eggs to the perfect steak.

The Masterchef Australia 2010 winner said there are plenty of dishes home cooks struggle to make perfectly at home, but cooking needn’t be a struggle.

‘These are the common dishes that people struggle to cook well,’ Adam wrote for Good Food.

Adam Liaw standing in front of a building: Celebrity chef Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his cooking secrets to help you perfect any meal - from scrambled eggs to the perfect steak

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Celebrity chef Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his cooking secrets to help you perfect any meal – from scrambled eggs to the perfect steak

a person sitting at a table with a plate of food with a knife: Adam said that the common issue with scrambled eggs is that they are overcooked, and to combat this they need to be taken out of the pan before they are done (stock image)

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Adam said that the common issue with scrambled eggs is that they are overcooked, and to combat this they need to be taken out of the pan before they are done (stock image)


Scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple across many households, but

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Elevate your outdoor meals with these camp cooking tips

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A good meal will enhance any camping trip.
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There is something about eating dinner outside and watching the sunset that makes food just taste so much better. After a long day of hiking, fishing, rafting or just playing around the campground, there is nothing like cooking a meal by the campfire.

Camping has its traditional meals, such as hot dogs, hamburgers and s’mores. But roughing it in the great outdoors does not mean leaving all the creativity of the kitchen behind. With thoughtful preparation and storage of ingredients, almost any desired meal can be cooked in a campground. These tips can provide the recipe for successful camping cooking.

Use zip-close freezer bags

Freezer bags might not be the first thing that comes to mind for cooking meals, but they are an invaluable tool for preparing meals and protecting ingredients from spoilage.

Austin Dreher, assistant manager of

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A Better Way to Cook Beans: Tips From a Chef’s Playbook

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I OWE MY love of beans largely to Sara Kramer. Now chef/partner at Kismet, in Los Angeles, Sara was the chef at Glasserie, in Brooklyn, when I worked with her there. Before that, I had tried cooking beans every which way, from wood-fired ovens to pressure cookers, all of which failed to render them exciting. Sara taught me it only takes a couple smart moves to give beans some depth and even a dash of drama.


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Her first lesson: Char the aromatics. The recipe at right, for beans and greens served on toast, calls for laying a halved onion, garlic head and lemon into a hot skillet. Let the cut sides sit on the hot pan and sear to a deep brown before flipping. It will lend a remarkable depth and intensity of flavor to the finished dish.

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Indian Cooking Tips: Spruce Up Your Meal With This Garlic-Coriander Chaas (Recipe Inside)

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  • Chaas instantly cools down our mind and body
  • One must not mistake chaas with lassi
  • Here’s the garlic-coriander chaas recipe for you

Think of a cooling desi drink and the first name that pops up in our mind is a glass of spiced buttermilk, or as we call it chaas in Hindi. Made with curd, this icy beverage instantly cools down our mind and body, anytime of the day. Alongside, it works as an ideal palate cleanser, when paired with meal. However, one must not mistake chaas with lassi as both the drinks are distinctly different in terms of texture. While chaas has a liquid-y consistency, lassi contains more amount of yogurt than water making it wholesome. Hence, chaas can be consumed as a light and refreshing drink, without the worries of getting full.

Regular buttermilk includes yogurt, salt and spices. But if you look around, you will find

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Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Pazham Pori – Keralas Sweet And Crispy Banana Fritters

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  • Bananas are a source of good carbs
  • Bananas are immensely versatile
  • You can use bananas to make a range of snacks

Kerala’s rich culinary legacy continues to inspire many a foodies and chefs. Kerala’s food is popular for making use of local fruits and vegetables like banana and jackfruit, and ingredients such as coconut oil; and the  varied cooking techniques that truly sets this cuisine apart. You can find a range of hearty and wholesome mains in the God’s own country, but if you ask us, we certainly have a soft-corner for the snacks coming from this region. Crispy, soft, savoury, sweet – you can find snacks of all kinds in Kerala and never be bored. Pazham Pori is one such unique snack that always wins us over for its simplicity, burst of flavours.  

For the uninitiated, Kerala is renowned for its banana plantation, which explains the prominence of

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Fire safety tips |

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Fire officials say cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — National Fire Prevention Week runs from October 4th to October 10th. This year’s campaign is titled “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” It’s geared towards educating everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. During the

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Grandma’s Molasses recipe delivers on its crinkle top promise for these molasses cookies

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A reader email asked: “How do I get a nice fluffy, cracked top molasses cookie?”

a bunch of food on a table: I suspect using shortening instead of butter creates fluffier molasses cookies with more cracked tops.

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I suspect using shortening instead of butter creates fluffier molasses cookies with more cracked tops.

Frustrated with molasses cookies that “come out very flat” even after adding a teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe, the reader wants “a nice cracked top molasses cookie. Like my grandma used to make.”

Well dear reader, while I’ve never tasted your grandma’s molasses cookies, you’ve asked the right home-cook hack with a weekly cooking column. I love molasses cookies and was waiting for the right time to give the No Budget Cooking Series treatment to Grandma’s Molasses recipe for Molasses Crinkle Cookies. 

The company has grandma in its name. While crinkle doesn’t pop up in a thesaurus search of cracked, I think we’re after the same top-of-the-cookie esthetic. With those two factors

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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

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It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner

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