This is a reprint of my 2010 Thanksgiving column. It's just as applicable today (though I'm bringing some food this year.) Tell us here - what are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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. 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 bottom off to make it stable so that it's flat. I've then taken my knife and cut around the …
Public health officials offer safety tips to properly prepare and store food.
The Cook County Department of Public Health officials remind residents to take basic steps to avoid food poisoning this Thanksgiving. Basic steps to preventing most food poisonings: Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold: Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Using a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria: 145°F for fresh pork and ham, 160°F for ground meats, and 165°F for all poultry. Eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm. Maintain hot cooked food at 140 degrees F or above. When reheating cooked food, reheat to 165 degrees F. When preparing a turkey: Avoid foods such as raw oysters, egg drinks, mousse or bread pudding, unless made…
Saturday, November 17, 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. 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 table. OREO TURKEY WHAT YOU NEED: 2 Oreo cookies 1 miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cup 6 candy corns 1 Whopper Yellow, red and black small tubes of frosting 1 container chocolate frosting (optional) WHAT YOU DO: 1. Take a small amount of frosting (I used chocolate frosting) and place it on one of the Oreos, where the tail feathers will go. 2. Put five candy corn tail feathers on top of the frosting - the frosting will help …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A cheesy potato casserole and delicious cranberry sauce are sure to light up your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Community members of all religions are invited to attend.
The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council will sponsor its 22nd annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Congregation Beth Am. The gathering of clergy and community members from a number of area houses of worship will feature thoughts and prayers of Thanksgiving, blessings and peace. Last year's service at St. Mary Parish drew more than 800 attendees. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food or paper goods to benefit local food pantries.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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.