Hosting Your First Thanksgiving Dinner

Your First Thanksgiving Dinner:Hosting Your First Thanksgiving Dinner

Thank you for calling the Butterball hotline…. now let’s talk turkey.

At some point, every couple hosts its first big Thanksgiving dinner. There’s no right or wrong way to cook a 20 lb. bird, at least according to the patron Saint of Chefs (ok, there’s no such patron saint, but chances are someone in the extended family of ex-husbands and ex-brothers-in-law plays the role of farm-to-table epicurean, cites the Times restaurant critic Pete Wells instead of arguing whether Detroit should go for it on Fourth and Inches, and deconstructs the trendy resurgence of Watergate Salad, a fact gleaned from the pages of Facebook).

However, cooking a turkey as the host on your first Thanksgiving dinner for a full house while juggling friends and moderating in-laws like a UN peacekeeper is a daunting task, especially if you want to show off and flash some culinary cred in the kitchen. You can’t just toss the turkey on the Weber and walk away. Still, it’s your task; it’s part solo workout, part Shakespearean monologue. Hell, you even made the 20-person table with artisan plywood and sawhorses. When, ten days before the big meal, Uncle Jon Balaya and his girlfriend, Nicole Slaw, suggested that the Thanksgiving menu be a collaborative effort, you freaked out and started ranting and raving about the evils of collective farming.

Thanksgiving features all sorts of Dr. Seuss-like surrealism. Green eggs and ham is replaced by bourbon-glazed turkey and Duchess baked potatoes, Who-Hash swapped for stuffing, and Truffula Fruit traded for pumpkin pie. And chances are someone at the table, perhaps that West Coast liberal who runs a Yoga studio, goes full Lorax and starts speaking for the trees… or if not the trees, then for organic and sustainable farming. “Wait, hold on, is this pasture-raised meat?”

In other words,

You can cook the bird on a grill… braised, deep fried or smoked 

or stuff its wingspan in the stove and hope the thermometer doesn’t choke.

Deep-fried or dehydrated, Tarducken or bacon-wrapped

vacuum sealed, souse vide, and immersed in a water bath,

but doesn’t that leave the turkey pruned, no good for leftover scraps? 

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be America’s national symbol, which means you have freedom of choice when it comes to cooking up that almost national bird on Thanksgiving. If your traditions are untraditional, that’s your right. Feel free to whip up a Butterball using the molecular gastronomy techniques of Ferran Andria.

However you decide to prepare the turkey for hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner don’t stress. Have a nip of of Wild Turkey ready in the carving knife drawer. And while it may lack the elegance of a Zen mantra, remember the entertaining philosophy: “What’s better than good? Good enough.”

That’s something to be thankful for.


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Declutter Your Urban Home In 5 Easy Steps

If you own or lease an urban home, you are probably somewhat cramped for space. Even some of those who live in the suburbs and rural areas find that they have an abundance of possessions and too little space to store them. If you are searching for a way to improve the look and feel of your living space, decluttering is the answer. Here’s how to declutter your urban home.

1. Prioritize

The first step to decluttering your home is to spend some time figuring out which items are worth keeping. Walk through your entire house and pick out items that are worth keeping. If you use certain possessions on a regular basis or intend to use them in the near future, label them as “keepers”. If certain items haven’t been used in years and you probably won’t use them in the short-term, put them in a “discard” pile.

2. Separate the Items That are to be Discarded

Once you have split up your possessions into the two groups described above, it is time to determine how to get rid of items that you would like to discard. Do not make the mistake of trashing everything. Some items can be donated to the needy while others might be of interest to a friend or co-worker. Separate your “discard” pile into three new piles: one for charitable donations, one for trash and one to give away to friends. This alone makes the process to declutter your urban home easier to deal with.

3. The Challenge of Bulky Item Removal and how Power Cleanouts can Help

As you clean out your home, you will inevitably face the challenge of removing bulky items and other unsavory junk. Attempting a full-fledged DIY (do it yourself) removal of these items might prove to be a grave mistake. Do yourself an enormous favor by reaching out to Power Cleanouts for a quick and safe removal of your bulky items. Power Cleanouts removes large items and other junk from homes as well as businesses. This way, you won’t have to worry about lugging those large items to the curb and worrying about whether your local trash service will ever pick them up. You can book online here.

4. Some Items can’t be put out to the Curb

Hazardous materials and certain bulky items should not be thrown in the trash or put out to the curb for removal. Electronics that are improperly discarded will inevitably leak harmful contaminants into our sensitive planet’s soil and water. Certain electronics can be returned to the retailer where they were purchased so they can be properly disposed. Other items like household cleaners, paint, batteries, pesticides, engine fluids and transmission fluids should never be put in a regular trash bin. Reach out to your local fire department for assistance with removing these dangerous items.

5. Space out Your Decluttering Project

Plenty of people fail to declutter their living space simply because a project of this magnitude is intimidating. Some assume that to declutter your urban home will take several days or weeks to complete. Though decluttering might take a while, you can facilitate the process by spacing it out over time. If you are uber-busy, consider devoting one weeknight per week to each room of your home. Eventually, you’ll get the job done and relish the newfound openness of your transformed living space.

If you want more info check out “How Clutter Can Affect Your Brain and What You can do About it”  in this excellent article from lifehacker.
Declutter Your Urban Home

The first and the best of the Power Cleanouts Blog

Twenty Sixteen is halfway through and we have just decided that it was time to start putting ink to paper so to speak and share with our wonderful customers and clients some tips tricks and great ideas on how to make your home life lean, clean, and clutter free. The Power Cleanouts Blog will also keep you updated on any special hours, web specials and any new discounts or products that we will be offering. Stay tuned.

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