Thursday, November 22, 2012
Happy Turkey Day, everyone!
Besides stuff yourself silly with turkey, what can you do on Thanksgiving in Dearborn? Not much in the way of city services. Dearborn City Hall, the 19th District Court, and all branches of the Dearborn library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of the holiday. The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Senior Center and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center will be closed as well. This includes the Festival of Trees, which will reopen on Friday. All U.S. Postal Service office locations will be closed, as will the Driver's License Bureau at the Dearborn Police Department. Trash pickup will also be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Cash and food donations from employees went to St. Sebastian's Parish in Dearborn.
More than 70 local families had Severstal Dearborn to be thankful for last week as they celebrated the holiday. Employees of Severstal donated food and more than $1,800 in cash to St. Sebastian Parish of Dearborn Heights to feed struggling families in southeast Michigan. St. Sebastian works with St. Vincent de Paul to distribute the goods each year. Severstal Dearborn Vice President and General Manager Bruce Black thanked employees for their contributions. "Between the generous contributions of cash and food and the volunteering of time to organize the drive, over 70 families will have food during this season of Thanksgiving," Black said in a statement. "Truly the best way to celebrate and appreciate all we have is to give something back …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tips for creating an enchanting tablescape that’s also comfortable.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first 11 steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. There are dozens of torn-out magazine pages in my recipe files that don’t have recipes on them. Instead, the worn sheets showcase beautiful images and tips for the second (food is No. 1) most important key to a good meal: dining table ambiance. I come from the land of linger. My family sits at the table long after dessert is served, for coffee, after-dinner drinks, chitchat and big laughs. So the table décor, seating, etc. need to be as inviting as if we were sitting in front of the fireplace in the living room (which usually follows the table talk, before card games begin). I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving pretty regularly for the past …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Quirky, heartwarming traditions and thoughtful additions create a treasured holiday.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first 10 steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. Thanksgiving is turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s pulling on warm sweaters and indulging on warm pies. It’s Jell-O, football, wine toasts, good china and whipped cream. But it’s also rutabagas and Neil Diamond music. Yep. On Nov. 24 the Chisholms of Huntington Woods tuck their forks into a not-exactly-popular-but-totally-traditional rutabaga dish, while the Cherry family of Macomb Township taps their toes to a special Neil Diamond tune. It’s those quirky traditions and absolute must-dos that make Thanksgiving our own. My own “it’s-not-Thanksgiving-until-we-do-this” tradition involves a couple of wax figurines. Every year in my…
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Detroit Lions face a big task when the 10-0 Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field on Thanksgiving.
Can the Lions defeat the unbeaten Packers? That’s the question heading into Thanksgiving, when the defending Super Bowl champion and 10-0 Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field to take on the hometown Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and the game will be televised on Fox. While locals sports fans long have viewed the Thanksgiving game with pride, even when the Lions have struggled, this year’s Turkey Day matchup figures to draw national attention because both teams are surging. The Lions and the Packers enter the game with a combined record of 17-3, and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says this is the best Detroit Thanksgiving game since 1962. In addition, the Lions are one of the few remaining challenges as the Packers look …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Stock up now on bread, mayo, pickles, mustard and more to create a healthy or not-so-healthy sandwich.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first eight steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. A lot of people enjoy turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t wait that long. Growing up, we indulged in turkey sandwiches around 10 Thanksgiving night. It was our family tradition to clear the big round table (used as a buffet for dinner), gather some chairs, pour some beverages, get out the poker chips, shuffle up the cards and ante up! My mom loves poker, and the poker chips didn’t fall far from the tree. We’d even play for money. These games would go on until well past midnight. But we’d always take a sandwich break, after maybe seven or so hands, and haul out the leftover turkey, white bread, mayo, etc. As a kid, I…
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Traveling down the bumpy (er, lumpy) road of whipping up perfect mashed potatoes.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first seven steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. “Megan said she’s doing the potatoes.” That’s what I heard upon entering my parents’ house one Thanksgiving a couple decades ago. There was a whirlwind of activity in the kitchen as I carried in a few sticks of butter and a bagful of potatoes, plopping them on the counter. “I’m here, no fear!” I told my mom and siblings as I took off my coat and got right to the task of potato peeling. No one paid much attention to me, until … I pulled out my huge, beat-up Betty Crocker Cookbook. “What’s that for?” Mom asked. “I know, weird," I said. "But, I want to be sure I do them right.” “Do what right? The mashed potatoes?” she asked. The …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Local markets, hotels and caterers serve up a cornucopia of pick-up options for the big feast.
Follow along with Megan Swoyer as she prepares for Thanksgiving, with daily tips to keep you on track. Day 7 offers tips for takeout, from sides to the whole meal. One of my friends is a bit freaked about hosting Thanksgiving at her boyfriend’s home. “I’m a little crazed,” she told me. “His kids will be there and all of that (he’s divorced and has children who live out East). While she was sharing this with me, I was simultaneously reading email and had serendipitously received a note from the owners of Canapé Cart in Ferndale. “Hey,” I told my friend. “You can order all of your sides from this great place. It won’t be like you’re not cooking; you’re just making it easier and you can get to know his family better, etc. by not being a …