Saturday, November 24, 2012
Is the retail encroachment into Thanksgiving day worth fighting?
I’ve been known to be a party pooper, a real Debbie downer (sorry Debbie) when it comes to certain kinds of indulgences. Keep this in mind if you keep reading. Black Friday. Fine. After a day of gastronomic excess, we launch into a season of consumer spending that many of us will regret well into 2013. But a Black Friday that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday is just too much, or is it? The argument was succinctly made by P.C. Richard & Son (on Facebook, of course) that retailers who chose to open their doors on Thanksgiving “show no respect to their employees and families, and are in total disrespect of family values in America.” I’m inclined to agree, though the invocation of “family values” is questionable now that the phrase has been …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
These DIY Thanksgiving crafts will lend festive fun to your holiday decor.
Before the turkey is in the oven, the dining room table is set and your family is on their way, making Thanksgiving and fall crafts is a fun way to pass the time. You probably have most of the materials at home. If you, don't they could be found at the Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Walmart in the Decatur and Avondale Estates areas. Thanksgiving crafts will keep little hands busy and provide family-friendly fall decor to your home. Try any of these crafts to add fun to your Thanksgiving holiday table. OREO TURKEY WHAT YOU NEED: WHAT YOU DO: HANDPRINT TURKEY WHAT YOU NEED: WHAT YOU DO: YUMMY ACORNS WHAT YOU NEED: WHAT YOU DO: TELL US: Do you have any fun Thanksgiving crafts you make with your kids? Share in the comments below.
Canadian Turkeys, carving the lobster and a turkey the size of a dog.
No need to worry about conversation topics around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Let your guests fill up on this Thanksgiving fun facts.
New daily schedule begins Friday
New Jersey Disaster Recovery Centers, opened in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be closed Thanksgiving and begin a set of new hours Friday, state officials announced Wednesday. The change also applies to the Small Business Administration's Business Recovery Centers. Starting Friday, Nov. 23, all except the Bay Head center will go to a daily schedule of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist people who suffered damage during Sandy. The Bay Head center will resume its previous schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. since a curfew is still in effect. Though the centers will be closed, individuals can register for assistance and follow up on previous applications on Thanksgiving Day by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by web-enabled mobile …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it is using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made…
A turkey can't just sit alone on the table. Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
What would a turkey be on Thanksgiving without its faithful companions on the side? Sometimes more popular than the turkey itself, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorites are staples of the food coma-inducing meal. Try one of the recipes below to bring a new — but familiar — taste to your feast. Triple Cranberry Sauce Combine cranberry juice concentrate and sugar in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add fresh and dried cranberries and cook until dried berries begin to soften and fresh berries begin to pop, stirring often, about seven minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange marmalade, orange juice, orange peel and allspice. Cool completely. Cover. Chill until …
Friday, November 25, 2011
A turkey sandwich is just so lame. Try these ideas instead!
So the feast is over and everyone has had a good night's sleep fueled by an excess of food and drink. So what to do with the leftovers? We asked our own staffers and their friends and neighbors and of course, being Patch, scoured the Web, to find out what Jersey does the day after the feast. Of course, there's a turkey sandwich. But why not make it a bit more Jersey-specific, with a turkey Sloppy Joe? First, a bit of history: cooking enthusiast Ben Salmon explains the history of how the sandwich was invented in South Orange and rates three local purveyors. But now on to the recipe, complete with homemade Russian dressing. Ben has lots of other good ideas for leftovers, including what sounds to us like a Thanksgiving Dagwood. Want a more …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
What are your family's go-to holiday dishes?
Every family has a special Thanksgiving recipe – the one everybody looks forward to on the best eating holiday of the year. In my family, it's a pumpkin pie recipe that, according to legend, has been handed down through the generations from Robert E. Lee's household. Who knows if that's true – it involves a lot of lemon, which I doubt was readily available in mid-19th century Virginia, so I'm tempted to think it's been tweaked. But we wouldn't dare let a Thanksgiving go by without dragging out that stained recipe card and baking a few pies. Take a minute today to share the details on your own favorite dish with Patch! Whether it's your own take on cranberry sauce or the best stuffing around, or even tricks to making the best turkey, we …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Share your thankful thoughts with us this holiday season!
The holiday season is always a bustling time of year. Friends and family scurry to make dinner plans work, deadlines must be met early and stores are nearly impossible to navigate through quickly. But in the hustle and bustle, let us not forget why we celebrate: because we're thankful. For some it may be the simple joy of having their friends and family nearby, for others it may be a life changing event, but whatever it may be, we all have something to give thanks for. So tell us here at Patch what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving! Leave a thought or comment below so that we can all share our gracious cheer.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This bird deserves attention beyond its starring role on the holiday table
As Thanksgiving approaches, turkey may be on your mind. The Butterball on your table might seem like a far cry from the wild birds we sometimes spot stalking through the pines, but they actually belong to the same species – one with some interesting characteristics and a long history with humans. What it is: The wild turkeys that roam our forests and farmlands belong to one of several subspecies found all over the U.S. Our eastern wild turkeys are big birds – males can grow to 4 feet and may weigh more than 20 pounds. The females, or hens, are smaller and slimmer, with relatively dull brown and gray feathers. The male’s plumage is bulkier, with feathers that can contain iridescent shades of purple, green and gold. In the spring, his naked…