Bagels are back
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Frutcake Bakery, 1599 Washington St. E., has added freshly baked bagels to its menu. Bagels are available in three flavors, onion, multi-seeded and plain.
5 Corners Café, 423 Virginia St. W., has expanded its dining area to accommodate additional diners.
Beer & Brats
Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E., will hold a Bridge Brew Beer Sampling & Nosh Pairing from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20. Four-ounce beer samples will be paired with Germanic style foods such as local bratwurst, devilled eggs and sweet potato/smoked Gouda pierogis. Tickets are $18. Call 304-346-2871.
Turkey thaw times
Thanksgiving is more than a week away, but it's not too soon to plan the turkey thawing so the bird is ready for safe roasting.
Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during the big thaw. While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. As soon as it begins to thaw, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again. A package of frozen meat or poultry left thawing on the counter more than two hours is not at a safe temperature.
Refrigerator thawing requires planning. Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees or below. Place the turkey in a container to prevent the juices from dripping on other foods.