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!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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
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 …
It's poultry, it cooks like any other bird, but the horror stories of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey vary from mundane inconvenience to danger.
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 also had to do 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. When we awoke to a home filled with smoke and opened the oven, there was a …
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…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Don't let your holiday turn into a disaster; follow these precautions to celebrate safely.
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Plainfield Fire Protection District. More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year, according to statics from the National Fire Protection Association. With that in mind, the Plainfield Fire Protection District would like to offer some kitchen fire safety tips to help prevent a cooking fire from ruining your holiday celebration. If you plan to fry your Thanksgiving turkey in a turkey fryer there are some specific turkey fryer safety precautions to keep in mind: For a video and more tips on turkey fryer safety please visit this UL webpage: http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/consumer/productsafety/turkeys/. For more …
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…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman says work is on schedule and, weather permitting, should be complete by late November.
Ruby Street Bridge work is on schedule to be completed by Thanksgiving, about a week later than originally forecast by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Painting was being completed Sunday, but a good deal of mechanical work for the drawbridge over the Des Plaines River still needs to be completed, IDOT spokesman Mike Klassey said. "Once the painting is done, there is a lot of work to be done on the mechanical parts," he said. "Our goal is to have all that work done by Thanksgiving, weather permitting." The bridge closed in mid-July, and it was expected the work would take four months. It's a difficult project, in part because of the structure's age. "They are just the most complicated projects you can work on as a road engineer…