Thursday, November 22, 2012
Dozens of Valley View students and staff were at the DuPage Township Food Pantry Tuesday distributing meals to more than 1,300 families in need.
Several dozen Valley View School District 365U students and staff were among the scores of volunteers helping the DuPage Township Food Pantry hand out free Thanksgiving meals to more than 1,300 families in need Tuesday. “We want to help as many people as we can,” said DuPage Township Supervisor Bill Mayer. “With the way the economy is right now, we have more and more people in DuPage Township coming to us.” Everyone received enough food to serve 8 to 10 people on Thanksgiving Day with volunteers separating, packing and distributing everything. “It makes me feel good because I get to help people at Thanksgiving,” said Brooks Middle School sixth-grader Elisha Armstrong, who was there with his 7th grade sister, Autumna, collecting …
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!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
It's poultry, it cooks like any other bird, but the traumatic tales of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey vary from the inconveniently mundane to the downright dangerous.
I was 20 when I attempted to cook my first Thanksgiving turkey. A newly-married Army wife, I not only had no idea what I was doing, but was doing so in a foreign country. I suppose everything could have gone well. I called my mom and asked her how long to cook it. But I did not consider the fatal flaw that is common in many a turkey disaster story - defrosting the turkey. It's the night before the big day, every single soldier within a mile (it seemed) was coming to our house and the bird was frozen solid. Two starry-eyed 20-somethings decided to defrost the turkey in the oven. Which would have been fine ... had we not fallen asleep before turning that oven off. We awoke to a home filled with smoke and when we opened the oven, there sat a …
Did you know, for example, that Israelis eat more turkey than any other nationality?
In honor of Thanksgiving, we present five things you may not have known about the holiday we're celebrating today: Source: The University of Illinois Extension
Charter One Bank, with branches in the Wal-Mart on Route 59, offers the following tips.
This year, if you want to take advantage of the Black Friday deals, you don't even have to get up early on Friday morning. You can just have one or two extra slices of pumkin pie and head out to area retailers just after midnight. Heck, Wal-Mart is opening its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday for the shoppers who just can't take another minute of Aunt Martha. For a list of more stores opening early, click here. But, all those great deals can still have a terrible effect on household budgets. So, the folks at Charter One Bank, with a local branch in the Speedway at 701 Independance Blvd, put together the following tips: Build a budget – To manage your holiday spending, an important first step is to create a realistic budget that will help you …
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to LW Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Thirsty Horse cartoon: I don't think going dancing later is such a good idea. I really do have 2 …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
ATI Physical Therapy offers tips to stay healthy while cooking that big meal
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Next week, it's time to cook the turkey and all the fixins that go with a Thanksgiving feast. All that cooking is hard work. Chefs, even those working in a home kitchen, need to take steps to make sure that all that cooking does not take its toll on his or her body. ATI Physical Therapy have some tips that can help keep you pain-free. “Activities such as standing too long while cooking, meal preparation, and lifting heavy objects like turkeys and boxes can cause back, shoulder and neck pain,” says Tara Smith, physical therapist at ATI. “There are simple things that can be done to help decrease the effects of the added stress on our bodies.” In addition to muscle aches and pains, injuries to the hand are all too common during the holidays. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Drivers advised to buckle up, watch their drinking over the holiday.
Editor's note: The following is from press releases issued by the Plainfield Police Department and Will County Sheriff's Department: Thanksgiving can be a dangerous time for motorists, especially unbelted ones — during the day or at night. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Plainfield police are reminding everyone who will be out on the roadways this holiday season to drive carefully and defensively, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up. To lose a loved one is a terrible thing to experience, especially during the holidays. But to lose one’s life, when it might have been saved by taking two seconds to buckle a seat belt, is truly senseless, Plainfield Traffic Sgt. Eric Munson said in a press release…
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 these Thanksgiving fun facts.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Every week leading up to Thanksgiving Patch will share tips and ideas to help you plan for the perfect holiday.
If the food website Epicurious is to be believed, if you didn't start planning for Thanksgiving six weeks before the Nov. 22 feast, you are already behind. (I must be doomed) Not to fret: We're here to share some planning tips leading up to Thanksgiving Day to help you pull off the perfect meal for friends and or family. Thanksgiving is about the food, but it’s also about the kind of meal you hope to serve. Will it be a casual event or more formal? This is decision No. 1, according to Epicurious. Once you’ve nailed down the feel for your Thanksgiving meal, you need to create your invite list and send out invitations. You need to know how big that turkey needs to be, right? In Plainfield, you can find invitations and stationery for all your…