Denver chef, volunteers cook all night, deliver Thanksgiving food all day

Denver chef Tajahi Cooke was busy cooking, packing and distributing thousands of charitable Thanksgiving meals Thursday morning, but when he saw a young man in need outside one of his headquarters, he paused to take the person a plate of hot food.

Cooke set up shop at Denver food halls Zeppelin Station and Avanti Food and Beverage, with a rotating cast of volunteers who started cooking Wednesday night and hadn’t stopped Thursday morning.

Cooke took a timeout with the man in need — who sat outside Zeppelin Station on Thanksgiving morning wrapped in a blanket and without shoes — to talk with him and give him a warm meal.

This was the generous spirit Cooke and his team were all about.

“I just want to inject some good into the world,” Cooke said.

Volunteers prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving meals for the needy on Thursday at Zeppelin Station in Denver. (Kathryn
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If you’re shopping for an air fryer, I’ve owned four. This is the one I recommend

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My search for the perfect air fryer has come to an end.


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 Black Friday is within view, and air fryers deals are popping up left and right. I can help you decide which one to get, because I have a long and at times bumpy history with them. I love the idea of a kitchen appliance that circulates hot air to cook food nice and crisp without all the oil you need for deep frying — and in a matter of minutes. But I had one problem. While most of the countertop appliances work the same, every air fryer I bought somehow managed to let me down — except for one: the Ninja Foodi 8-quart 4-in-1 Dual Zone

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No, grease from holiday cooking can’t go down your drains

Properly disposing of any leftover grease from your holiday cooking can help save you a headache.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When holiday cooking kicks into high gear, it’s not just the dishes that start to pile up. By the time you’re done cooking that juicy, tender turkey you’ll probably have a good amount of leftover fat and grease to deal with.

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District is reminding everyone to properly dispose of any leftover fats to avoid any unnecessary stress this Holiday season.

MSD said to avoid dumping grease down the kitchen drain as it could cause home sewer backups.

“When greasy wastes wash into the plumbing system through your sink or garbage disposal, they can stick to the pipes,” MSD said.

They said to avoid using the garbage disposal as they don’t prevent fats and oils from flowing down the drain. And grease dissolving detergents won’t help either.

“The grease

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