Friday, November 25, 2011
Patch editors share their embarrassing holiday fails and invite you to add yours.
The Turkey That Wouldn't Go Away I was a newlywed, cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for extended family. My mother, my sister and myself were crowded into a tiny kitchen at our University City apartment, bumping into each other and generally getting into each other's way. Bags and boxes and pans were stacked in any available inch of space. My husband's grandmother had given us a large covered roaster pan, and for seven months, it had been taking up space in the cabinet. Now, I finally got to use it. Not well, however, as I remember the turkey was rather dry. But we could always count on my mother's dressing being perfect and the sweet potatoes having just the right amount of marshmallow topping. We gave the kitchen "a lick and a …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
... They may sound something like this. Get a quick laugh to share with the family, and let us know if we forgot any classics!
Looking to lighten the mood now that Thanksgiving is over? Consider making a contribution to a long-standing tradition of corny jokes around the holidays, and let Patch help. Take a look at some of our favorite Thanksgiving jokes below, and if we forgot any personal favorites, be sure to tell us in the comments section! Q: What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner? A: Your nose. Q: What sound does a space turkey make? A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble. It was the first time the blonde was eating Thanksgiving dinner without her family. Trying to re-enact the tradition, she prepared a dinner for herself alone. The next day, her mother called to see how everything went. "Oh, mother, I made myself a lovely dinner, but I had so much trouble …
Eagerly awaiting dinner and trying to pass the time? See exactly which Thanksgiving treat is creating the most anticipation.
You know the signs — and so do your nose and stomach: The simmering smell of gravy, the subtle scents of a warm apple pie ... when Thanksgiving Day rolls around, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by sweet-smelling sensation. With that said, Patch readers, we pose this question: Exactly which item en route to your dinner table are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the poll below, then check out the responses so far. Will the tradition of Turkey rule supreme? Will a classic like apple pie usurp the dinner throne? There's only one way to find out:
If cooking isn't your thing, here's a list of restaurants open for dine-in or take-out on Thanksgiving.
A home-cooked meal with turkey, stuffing and cranberry is the Thanksgiving tradition, but there are still plenty of options for the non-traditional among us. For those looking to eat out on Thanksgiving but want something other than fast-food, several local restaurants and chains are staying open for the holiday. The Panera, also known as the St. Louis Bread Company, restaurant at 909 Arnold Commons Drive will be open from 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day, states signs taped to the store's doors. The map above shows the St. Louis County restaurants that will be open on Thursday, Nov. 24. Click on a blue point to see details for Pujols 5, Lemp Mansion, Miss Sheri's Cafeteria, Sunset 44 Bistro, Tony's on Main Street, Yacovelli's, …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
2011 ends a five-year decline for Missouri in turkey kills, but a rough spring has the Missouri Department of Conservation predicting more low numbers in 2012.
You’ll excuse Chris Boyd if he doesn’t fully enjoy his Thanksgiving turkey this year. Blame it on the rain, or actually, the hailstorm that ruined the Tuesday hunting day he scheduled during spring turkey season. Until this year, he annually bagged his November feast. “I sat out in a field on the only day I got to hunt, and all I got was really bad hail damage all over my personal vehicle. It was miserable,” he said. “I’m a little disappointed. I think it’s kind of rewarding when you kill something on your own and cook it up. There’s nothing better than having to pay 12 bucks for a turkey tag and then cook it yourself. Knowing that you killed that turkey is pretty rewarding.” While he now must ask for second and third helpings of one of …
Two more projects remain, in Festus and Arnold, to help two families enjoy Thanksgiving this year.
Hammers of Hope, a nonprofit in the Jefferson County Community Partnership, is conducting its fourth annual A Thanksgiving to Remember. Each year, the organization expects to build 10 accessibility ramps or work on home repair projects. “The people in our program are low-income folks who, in most cases, have some type of disability or is a senior citizen,” said Dennis Murphy, the nonprofit’s coordinator in a email. During the last six weeks, the organization built five ramps, replaced two decks, repaired the floors in two mobile homes and replaced a hot water heater. Volunteers also completed emergency repairs on two furnaces. “This year the volunteer response has been awesome,” Murphy said. The nonprofit has two remaining projects—build…
Most families have tightened their budgets, but many are extending a helping hand to those who are not as fortunate.
The weak economy, lay offs, unexpected medical expenses as well as rising food costs are creating more families in need and stretching the resources available in churches, soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. In addition to those who have been below the poverty level, many middle class families now find themselves hungry. The St. Louis Area Foodbank along with partner agencies strive to provide food for people living in poverty in the St. Louis area, including West County and Jefferson County, among others. The Food Bank holds food fairs, going to various counties in their service area and handing out fresh produce and non-perishable items to people in need. Fresh produce, baked goods and dairy products are delivered by the Food Bank…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Annual race raised $1,000 for the pantry last year.
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- Tim Rowden
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Before the turkey goes into the oven on Thanksgiving Day, the City of Arnold will host its fifth annual Gobble Gobble Fun Run/Walk at Arnold City Park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arnold Food Pantry. Last year’s event raised $1,000 for the pantry. The Arnold Food Pantry serves about 100 families a week, Director Kathy Flanigan said. “Anytime somebody is going to give us $1,000, that is good support for buying turkey and items we don’t have during that time of year,” Flanigan said. “We are looking at turkeys for Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas.” Arnold Director of Administration Greg Hall said the race had more than 1,000 participants last year. “We can’t handle much more than that,” Hall said. “We cut it off at 1,200.” …