Hill’s Kitchen Open Thanksgiving Day

Local business offers advice for coping with holiday turkey — and family

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Hill's Kitchen owner Leah Daniels offers advice to customers over the phone at her shop on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

 

Hhttp://www.hillskitchen.com/ill’s Kitchen (731 D St SE) is fully stocked and ready to meet your Thanksgiving needs, every day up to and including Thanksgiving Day.

The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the holiday for last minute needs. “Like a roasting pan,” says owner Leah Daniels. “Every year we have someone come in early for one of those.” Daniels also said families like to come in and look around together while the turkey is roasting – a good opportunity to scope out any culinary tools family members might like to find under the Christmas tree or in their stocking.

Hill’s Kitchen is serving Capitol Hill’s Turkey Day needs for the ninth year, providing neighborhood families with kitchen necessities and advice. On Monday morning, Daniels is on the phone counselling a customer not to buy something –in this case, a broiler.

“You’ve got a sheet pan and a cooling rack,” she tells the customer, whom she later clarifies is a regular whose kitchen supplies, largely obtained at Hill’s Kitchen, she is familiar with. “Just line the pan in aluminum foil and broil on the rack.”

Daniels says that she tries to fill the needs of her customers rather than simply filling their shopping bags.

“We live in small houses here on Capitol Hill,” she says, “so we like to find ways to maximum space.”

She says that turkey brining is a great way to ensure the moisture of the Thanksgiving bird. “You essentially make a relaxing salt bath for your turkey,” she says, pointing out the brine spice and the brining bags available near the front of the shop. Brining does, she notes, involve beginning preparations a day in advance.

Hill’s Kitchen has some amazing “Black Friday” specials already available in the shop, including a 4-quart Staub Cocotte or Dutch Oven, available in black and red colors, for $99.99, a tremendous discount from the regular price of $269.99. Or the Emile Henry pie dish, made in France and available in a multitude of colors for $29.99. “These are a beautiful example of oven to table,” says Daniel. “You can just serve it like that, it’s so pretty.”

“A good example of stove to table,” Daniels with colorful French pie plates.

 

In addition to the Thanksgiving cook’s necessities, such as basters, thermometers and potato mashers, the store also carries Thanksgiving entertainment items. These include turkey-shaped candle holders, printed towels and napkins.

“We also have lots of cocktail things if you’re dealing with family as well as the turkey,” she adds.

The store is so stocked for Thanksgiving needs that Daniels will wait until after the store closes on Thanksgiving Day to begin to put out Christmas items, although date-sensitive items such as Advent calendars are currently available.

Holiday season festivities continue at Hill’s Kitchen after Thanksgiving with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (CHAMPS) Holiday Sip and Shop. She invites everyone to turn out on Monday, December 4th at 6 p.m. for the event’s kick off at Realignment Studio (641 Pennsylvania Ave SE) which will feature a toast from Councilmember Charles Allen. Then participants can take their complimentary wine glass, map and shopping tote for a walk to Barrack’s Row shops, including Hill’s Kitchen where you can enter to win a holiday raffle and out the store’s Christmas items.

Hill’s Kitchen is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Holiday hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.