Iron Skillet Fundraiser Night for NBHS Cheerleaders

Come join us helping to raise funds for the North Baltimore Varsity & JV Cheerleaders by having great food & a good time at our Iron Skillet Fundraiser Night!

Come join us helping to raise funds for the North Baltimore Varsity & JV Cheerleaders by having great food & a good time at our Iron Skillet Fundraiser Night!

When: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Where: Iron Skillet, Petro Stopping Centers – 12906 Deshler Rd, North Baltimore

What Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The cheerleaders will be on hand to help serve during the event.

Iron Skillet will be donating 10% of all sales to the High School Cheerleading fund.

Make sure to bring your family & friends!

Petro Iron Skillet Cheer_Fundraiser flyer

Chow Line: It’s not the turkey that makes you tired

Since turkey provides tryptophan, which makes serotonin, which makes melatonin — it makes some sense to blame the turkey when you feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year at Thanksgiving, my cousin claims that turkey makes you sleepy. But I thought that myth had been debunked years ago. What’s the story?

Well, don’t be too hard on your cousin. The notion that eating turkey will make you sleepy has been around for a long time. And if you look at your family members after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s likely you will see evidence that it’s true. But it’s not.

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The myth started because turkey contains tryptophan. With the help of iron, riboflavin and vitamin B6, the body can convert tryptophan into niacin, also known as vitamin B3. But more to the point, the body can also use tryptophan to make serotonin, a brain chemical that helps make melatonin, a hormone that can control your sleep/wake cycles. Since turkey provides tryptophan, which makes serotonin, which makes melatonin — it makes some sense to blame the turkey when you feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.

The thing is, turkey doesn’t contain a large amount of tryptophan. Pork and cheddar cheese contain even more, and no one complains that they put you to sleep. Other foods that contain tryptophan include eggs, fish, milk, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, soy and tofu.

Also, when you eat turkey or any other protein-rich food, tryptophan has to compete with other amino acids to get to the brain. For a person to become drowsy from tryptophan, it needs to be taken in higher doses and on an empty stomach.

Still, it’s likely that after dinner on Turkey Day, you may see some family members nodding off in front of the television. If it’s not the tryptophan, what’s going on?

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Most scientists believe that the drowsiness is caused by the heavy portions of carbohydrates in the typical Thanksgiving meal: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce — and pumpkin pie to top it off. Those food items alone provide more carbohydrates — and calories — than most people eat in an average day. That kind of over-indulgence diverts the body’s blood supply to the digestive system and away from the brain and other parts of the body, and that’s what makes you feel sleepy.

If you need further proof for your cousin to believe you, check out a two-minute animated video produced last year by the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. It explains the myth and why scientists don’t believe it. It’s online at go.usa.gov/WsDH.

Chow Line is a service of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH, 43210-1043, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

Chowline: Is your turkey thawing yet?

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I’ve been worried about having enough space in the refrigerator to thaw the turkey. My husband suggested thawing it in our attached garage. Good idea or bad idea?

Bad idea. Take the time to clean out the refrigerator.

Even if you shiver when you step into the garage, you simply don’t have complete control over the temperature in that space. And temperature control is what it’s all about when it comes to thawing the turkey safely. You need to keep the bird below 40 degrees, and you can’t guarantee that outside of a refrigerator.

Thawing the turkey in the refrigerator is the simplest method. All you do is take the turkey, still completely wrapped, and put it in a big pan to catch any juices that might leak out during the thawing process.And, just in case, place the turkey on the bottom shelf so any stray juices don’t drip onto other foods.

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Keep the bird refrigerated long enough to thaw. U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines are:

  • One to three days for 4- to 12-pound turkeys.
  • Three to four days for 12- to 16-pound turkeys.
  • Four to five days for 16- to 20-pound turkeys.
  • Five to six days for 20- to 24-pound turkeys.

Luckily, a thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for an additional one to two days before you put it in the oven, so place it in the refrigerator earlier rather than later to be sure it’s completely thawed.

Another way to safely thaw a turkey is to place it in cold water. But this method is more complex than it sounds: You have to be sure the turkey is completely submerged, and you have to replace the cold water every 30 minutes to be sure the water stays below 70 degrees F. It can take up to 12 hours to thaw a turkey using the cold water method, depending on the size of the turkey. That’s a long time to fill and drain (and fill and drain) a container with cold water.

You might think that thawing a turkey properly isn’t as important as cooking it thoroughly: After all, thorough cooking kills bacteria, right?

That’s true, but there’s a major flaw in that argument: Some foodborne pathogens produce toxins that remain in the food even after bacteria are destroyed. You simply don’t want to take the chance.

For more information on keeping your Thanksgiving dinner a safe one, check out Turkey Tips from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service at www.fsis.usda.gov.

Chow Line is a service of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH, 43210-1043, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

Legion Fish Fry Friday – Nov. 21

North Baltimore American Legion Post 539 will be holding an All You Can Eat Fish Dinner on Friday (Nov.21).

North Baltimore American Legion Post 539 will be holding an All You Can Eat Fish Dinner on Friday (Nov.21).

For just $7.99 your meal includes: Fish and a dinner roll; Choice of Baked Potato or French Fries and Choice of Cole Slaw or Applesauce.

Serving starts at 5:30 and goes ’til it’s gone (or 7:30 – whichever comes first)

The Public is Welcome

Carry out available.

Legion Fish Fry Nov 20

Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser for NBHS Music Boosters

Order a FRESH Homemade Pumpkin Pie • Apple Walnut Caramel Pie • Pecan Pie from the Briar Hill Health Campus Kitchen, save yourself some work and help the North Baltimore Music Boosters, Hope for the Holidays Fund.

Order a FRESH Homemade Pumpkin Pie • Apple Walnut Caramel Pie • Pecan Pie from the Briar Hill Health Campus Kitchen, save yourself some work and help the North Baltimore Music Boosters, Hope for the Holidays Fund.

To place your order, call 419-257-2421, fax completed sheet to 419-257-2515 or email valerie.wallen@briarhillhc.com no later than Monday, November 24th.

Pies will be available for pick-up between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., November 25th & 26th. Local orders can be delivered.

All proceeds will benefit the Hope for the Holidays fund that will be supporting the North Baltimore Band Boosters.

NBHS Band Briar Hill Pie Fundraiser flyer
419-257-2421
600 Sterling Drive
N. Baltimore, OH 45872
www.briarhillhc.com

 

Legion Specials this week – Nov. 17 – 22

Here are the Specials at the North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill for next week.

Here are the Specials at the North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill for next week.

Monday – Big T and Tomato Soup

Tuesday – Smoked Sausage  – – – BINGO (doors open at 5:30)

Wednesday – Shrimp and Fries

Thursday – Beef Stew

Friday – Chicken and Noodles

Saturday – Sausage Gravy and Bisquits

Legion Bar & Grill Weekly Specials – Nov. 10 – 14

North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill Specials for Nov. 10 – 14

North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill Specials for Nov. 10 – 14

Monday – Fish Sandwich and Fries

Tuesday – Baked Steak (BINGO!)

Wednesday – Grilled Ham and Cheese

Thursday – Beef and Noodles

Friday – Meat Loaf Dinner

Legion Lunch Specials Menu – Nov. 3 – 8

The North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill is OPEN to the Public. Stop on by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Full grill and these Daily Specials (11/3 – 7):

The North Baltimore American Legion Post #539 Bar & Grill is OPEN to the Public. Stop on by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Full grill and these Daily Specials (11/3 – 7):

Monday – Breaded Veal & Potato Chowder

Tuesday – Tuna Salad (BINGO Night)

Wednesday – 3 piece Chicken and fries

Thursday – Ham and Scalloped Potatoes – Taco Night

Friday – Open Faced Turkey & Mashed Potatos

Saturday – Sausage Gravy & Biscuits (every other week)

Saturdays is also the Veteran’s Dinner

UPDATE on the conversion of NBXpress

Now the work begins… A new NBXpress.com is being born.

Now the work begins… A new NBXpress.com is being born. After 5 years we are finally making a move to new software and servers! We will now be using WordPress. Please bear with us as we try to get the site re-populated and properly archived. We have plans and hopes for a much improved viewing experience!

We will have much greater flexibility in organizing our postings for your viewing pleasure!

At this time we are not sure what will happen with all of the content that existed on the previous incarnation of NBXpress. We hope to be able to present that content as an archive in the near future.