Saturday, December 1, 2012
A post-Thanksgiving sinus infection inspires Sally Higginson to play favorites with her food, and it's not the leftovers she's craving, but a box of Lipton's chicken soup.
Face it: everyone has favorites. All those kids who begged to know from their parents if they were the most beloved child? They got answered with the stock parental line, “Your father and I don’t have a favorite. We love all of our children equally.” Lies, lies, lies. There is a preferential order to everything. I thought about this the other day, as I shoved the ninth load of post-Thanksgiving laundry into my front-loading washing machine. “I love you,” I murmured to the white enamel Maytag. “You’re my favorite appliance.” Let the dryer or freezer or dishwasher hear my declaration of love. I don’t care. It’s true. I love my washing machine the most. It’s my favorite appliance, disposal be damned. What caught me off-guard, however, was …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
What’s the ideal game for a group of psychotically competitive people ranging in age from 15 to 81? Read this week's column to find out.
Here’s what Thanksgiving traditionally brings to mind: an appreciation for family, stuffing, turkey, football, pie and Alka-Seltzer. This year, however, my waist and my reference points for the holiday have expanded. This year I’m adding thanks for grilled chestnuts and turkey necks, a balmy walk to Rosewood Beach followed by a rain-soaked dash home, and the introduction into my life of Gresham’s Law, oik, konak, hendeca, Zonda and tierce. That’s right. Three historic things happened at my parents’ house this Thanksgiving. First, sixteen of us sat around the family room after dinner and played a game. Second, nobody cheated. And third, nobody cried. We are growing up. So what’s the ideal game for a group of psychotically competitive people…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Looking for something to do now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over? There's lots going on this weekend in Evanston.
Bah Humbug! at Piccolo Theatre Nov. 16 – Dec. 22, Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St. Piccolo Theatre revives Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as a comedy, complete with dance numbers and three spirits that are more like the three stooges. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $25 adults, $22 seniors, $15 students, $10 kids 9 and under, $65 family; buy tickets online. Winter Arts and Crafts Expo Nov. 17 – Dec. 19, Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Rd. The 10th annual expo opens with a preview party Saturday night, when visitors can check out the handmade arts and crafts by more than 100 artisans, including jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting and photography. Regular hours are Monday …
The answers to Thursday's pop culture quiz may give you some movie suggestions for the holiday weekend.
And the answers to Patch's Thanksgiving Pop Culture Quiz are: Congratulations to Joan Burny for getting all the answers right!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We're reprinting a list of things to be thankful for, written by Patch columnist Christine Wolf, and we want to know what you're thankful for, too.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Last year, Patch columnist Christine Wolf made a list of things she was thankful for on Thanksgiving day. This Thanksgiving, we're reprinting her list and asking readers to chime in. What are you thankful for this year? Here's Christine's list of things she's thankful for, in no particular order: And that's just a start.
Forget the butter for your mashed potatoes? We've got you covered in our handy guide to last-minute Turkey Day shopping.
The Butterball turkey talk-line can help chefs avert Thanksgiving disasters.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's some arts-flavored trivia about famous Thanksgiving movie and television scenes. Can you figure them out?
There are some movies that have holiday dinners you'd be thrilled to be a part of, and some you'd be relieved to never have to see again. Every bit of the "Christmas Vacation" dinner is pretty brutal to watch even before Chevy Chase cuts into a gross, flatulent turkey. But a chance to sit down and eat and drink with the Big T from "The Sopranos" could be interesting as long as you don't make him angry. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Patch has assembled some trivia questions for those of you that like movies and television as much as you like turkey. The answers will be posted on Friday, along with as many Thanksgiving-flavored YouTube clips that can be assembled. Leave your answers in the comments, along with your favorite pop culture …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
One mother writes in frustration about the number of school days District 65 students have off, saying that creates hassle for working parents.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Superintendent Murphy, I am one of many parents that see with GREAT FRUSTRATION that our local school system continuously take extra days off (like the day Before Thanksgiving) and frequent partial school days, with TOTAL DISREGARD for the fact that many of us are hard working parents, and that in many cases both parents need to work full time to make ends meet, and to comply with the increasing local taxes imposed by local entities like the school districts. You could argue that the calendar system is not under your direct control, but I sincerely hope that you could make school administrators aware of this growing concern, specially at times when they make decisions on raising even more our local taxes in order to cover Pension and …
Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara offers suggestions on cutting back on unwanted calories and fat.
It’s no secret that many Americans tend to overindulge on Thanksgiving Day. The average adult will consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving, according to the Caloric Control Council.That’s more than twice the amount of calories and triple the amount of fat most of need in a 24-hour period. There are ways to enjoy a traditional meal without ruining your diet plans. Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Diabetes Care Center has some simple suggestions to trim the fat. Carrara says to stick with white meat turkey instead of dark, and when possible, swap out a healthier version of a traditional side dish. Some suggestions include making baked sweet potatoes instead of sweet …