HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Combat Drunk Driving
The holidays are almost here, meaning there’s plenty of celebrations to enjoy. But before you decide which side dish you’re bringing to the feast or who you’ll meet under the mistletoe, there’s a far more important step you should plan: how you’ll make it home safely. Car crashes involving one or more drivers under the influence skyrocket this time of year as holiday merrymakers make the mistake of getting behind the wheel. During a season of love and togetherness, it is beyond tragic that so many families lose loved ones to completely preventable accidents. Thankfully, each of us can be part of the solution. Guests If you attend a party, have a plan to get home at the end of the evening. If you want to drive home, then avoid drinking or wait an hour for each standard drink (one shot, 12 ounces of beer, or one glass of wine) before getting behind the wheel. So, if you have five beers, that’s a five-hour wait time before you’re safe to drive — better ask to spend the night or get a ride home.
Hosts If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, take precautions to help all of your guests have a safe night. Collect keys at the door and don’t give them back to anyone who’s had too much. Toward the latter half of the evening, put away hard eggnog and other spirits to help give everyone a chance to sober up. Be prepared to arrange ride-share pickups for guests, or if you have the room, give people a place to spend the night. Drivers Sadly, even if you stay sober, other drivers on the road with you could be intoxicated. The best way you can defend yourself and your passengers is to buckle up and drive defensively. Use caution when approaching and going through intersections, and maintain a generous follow distance from other vehicles. If possible, try not to drive at late hours.
Burnished Potato Nuggets
1/4 cup vegetable oil
5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
8 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sprigs rosemary
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4. Meanwhile, combine both oils in a large pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and add potatoes, turning to coat thoroughly. Return to oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. 6. Toss in garlic and rosemary
1. Heat oven to 425°F. 2. In a large pot, pour water over potatoes to cover by 2 inches. Salt water and bring to a boil over medium- high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Thoroughly drain potatoes and let stand uncovered a few minutes to allow steam to escape and potatoes to dry slightly. Toss gently and season with salt.
and cook 8-10 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown.
7. Drain and serve.
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