Saturday, December 1, 2012
A post-Thanksgiving sinus infection inspires Sally Higginson to play favorites with her food, and it's not the leftovers she's craving, but a box of Lipton's chicken soup.
Face it: everyone has favorites. All those kids who begged to know from their parents if they were the most beloved child? They got answered with the stock parental line, “Your father and I don’t have a favorite. We love all of our children equally.” Lies, lies, lies. There is a preferential order to everything. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. I thought about this the other day, as I shoved the ninth load of post-Thanksgiving laundry into my front-loading washing machine. “I love you,” I murmured to the white enamel Maytag. “You’re my favorite appliance.” Let the dryer or freezer or dishwasher hear my declaration of love. I don’t care. It’s true. I love my washing machine the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
What’s the ideal game for a group of psychotically competitive people ranging in age from 15 to 81? Read this week's column to find out.
Here’s what Thanksgiving traditionally brings to mind: an appreciation for family, stuffing, turkey, football, pie and Alka-Seltzer. This year, however, my waist and my reference points for the holiday have expanded. This year I’m adding thanks for grilled chestnuts and turkey necks, a balmy walk to Rosewood Beach followed by a rain-soaked dash home, and the introduction into my life of Gresham’s Law, oik, konak, hendeca, Zonda and tierce. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. That’s right. Three historic things happened at my parents’ house this Thanksgiving. First, sixteen of us sat around the family room after dinner and played a game. Second, nobody cheated. And third, nobody cried…
Friday, November 23, 2012
The answers to Thursday's pop culture quiz may give you some movie suggestions for the holiday weekend.
And the answers to Patch's Thanksgiving Pop Culture Quiz are: Congratulations to Joan Burny for getting all the answers right!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving Day is upon us. What is your favorite food on the dinner table?
Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated for centuries here in America. The holiday dates back to 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast that has long been acknowledged as the first Thanksgiving. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. The first Thanksgiving meal included wild turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash. Some of those foods continue to be Thanksgiving staples, but over time, the meal has evolved. So tell us, Patch readers, what is your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Cast your vote in the poll below!
Forget the butter for your mashed potatoes? We got you covered.
Erin Bailey shows us a creative and delicious way to make a unique side dish for Thanksgiving.
With the abundance of squash that we'll have throughout the season, I thought we'd do something a little bit different this week and actually demo a recipe. You're probably noticing all of the pretty little squash you're finding in the market or in your CSA box, but you might not be exactly sure how to use them. Something I like to do is to roast them whole, stuff them, and serve them as a side dish. It makes a really pretty presentation, and it's actually elegant enough to serve at your Thanksgiving meal. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. For this recipe, you can really use any kind of squash. What I have here are two little acorn squash, and what I've done is I've cut the …
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's some arts-flavored trivia about famous Thanksgiving movie and television scenes. Can you figure them out?
There are some movies that have holiday dinners you'd be thrilled to be a part of, and some you'd be relieved to never have to see again. Every bit of the "Christmas Vacation" dinner is pretty brutal to watch even before Chevy Chase cuts into a gross, flatulent turkey. But a chance to sit down and eat and drink with the Big T from "The Sopranos" could be interesting as long as you don't make him angry. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Patch has assembled some trivia questions for those of you that like movies and television as much as you like turkey. The answers will be posted on Friday, along with as many Thanksgiving-flavored YouTube clips that can be assembled. Leave your answers in the comments, along with your favorite pop culture …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Townships in Highland Park, Deerfield, and Lake Forest and beyond help feed those less fortunate.
A variety of opportunities are available for clients of food pantries in West Deerfield, Moraine and Shields Townships as Thanksgiving approaches Thursday. People who usually go to the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry will find a pumpkin pie and other “seasonal favorites,” in their bags, according to West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison. “The people in Deerfield and West Deerfield Township are extremely generous,” Morrison said. “It is a wonderful time between now and Christmas. Those who have less are able to rely on the generosity.” The Pantry feeds those in need all year. In Moraine Township, there is more emphasis on Christmas than Thanksgiving, according to Moraine Township Supervisor Mari Barnes. People will find …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Do you bake a mean apple pie? Have you invented a new and delicious twist on stuffing? Give a recipe and share one with your neighbors around Chicagoland.
It's that time of year again — time to give thanks, celebrate the season in good company and bring out those tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes. Patch wants to know about those dishes that always have a place on your Thanksgiving table and those that are making their debut this year. Have a creative spin on cranberry sauce? Are you known for famous stuffing that friends and relatives talk about long after all the Turkey Day leftovers have been gobbled up? This is your opportunity to find out what your neighbors are cooking. Give a recipe and get one from your neighbors. If you have a recipe you would like to share, post it in the comments below or upload a PDF to this story. Feel free to include a short history of how the recipe came to …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Keep the kids amused and Mom and Dad sane while traveling this Thanksgiving
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Heading out to see the relatives this Thanksgiving? Before you travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, check out these sanity-saving tips to make your ROADTRIP stress-free and even fun. (If you are flying instead of driving, check out my tips on How to Have Fun at the Airport with Kids in Tow.) Tip: Make a List Make a list of everything you'll need on the trip for everyone in the family. If it's on the list, you won't forget it. To make it easier, download a free Family Vacation Packing List and then add your unique items. Tip: Plan the route ahead of time. By taking a little time up front to plan the route including places to stop for bathroom breaks or energy stops, you might feel a little more in control …