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Thanksgiving holiday cooking safety tips

Thanksgiving is all about food and family – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster with the kitchen being the starting point of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking being the leading cause of fires in the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Turkey: It’s all about the leftovers

Your Thanksgiving turkey has maximum appeal at precisely two moments: when the bird first comes out of the oven in all of its golden, glistening splendor, and at the end of the meal, when the bird’s remains — carved into many odd shapes — trigger delicious ideas for using leftovers.

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Speakers visit Honokaa High and demonstrate drones

Speakers from the Big Island Invasive Committee, Jimmy Parker, botanical survey technician, and Bryson Baring, field technician, recently spoke to several agriculture classes at Honokaa High School. The speakers explained what the committee does and demonstrated how drones are used in the conservation field.

Sweet sea scallops go well over colorful rice

Fresh sea scallops served with a colorful Vegetable Rice Medley make a quick dinner that only takes 20 minutes to complete. Scallops, which need very little cooking, should be cooked so that the inside remains creamy. Prolonged cooking will shrink and toughen them.

Get a head start on big dinner

Even though the turkey will probably wait until the big day to occupy the oven, here are three other traditional components of the holiday meal that can be made several days ahead without sacrificing one bit of flavor or freshness. This way you’ll actually have time to relax and give thanks.