November 29, 2014 |
The McBride family from Northeast Philadelphia started their Christmas season with a trip to Christmas Village on Thanksgiving Day. By 5:30 p.m., Dylan, 6, and Danny, 3 - both of whom are on Santa's "nice" list - were with their parents in the Macy's lobby on Juniper Street, waiting for the store to open. "Since we were here walking around, we figured we'd wait since the opening was at 6," said Robert McBride, the boys' father. Their mother, Jamie, had the day off for the first time in years.
November 27, 2014 |
What does it take to make Thanksgiving dinner for 1,000 people? About eight volunteers, and about 700 pounds of turkey, and equal portions of mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato pies and green beans. On Monday evening, a group from the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia began preparing homemade dinners they'll serve this Thanksgiving holiday. By Tuesday afternoon, they were finishing their prep work, which will be presented Thursday at the Salvation Army's Soups On!
November 21, 2014
BACK IN the Norman Rockwell days, Thanksgiving dinner was unified. All eyes at the table hungrily focused on that giant roast turkey that Grandma was placing on the table, everybody with a single thought: Gimme. Nowadays, there's your gluten-free cousin, your soy-allergic aunt, somebody's lactose-intolerant boyfriend, a niece who shuns meat for ethical reasons. Unity is gone - how can you make one meal to satisfy all these requirements? Now imagine you're trying to satisfy not a handful but 300 people.
November 21, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, what kind of red wine should I get for Thanksgiving? Marnie: That depends on what you're serving. Is it the traditional holiday meal? Buzz: Yup. Turkey and ham, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and stuffing - the works. Marnie: OK, Buzz, there's really only one thing to bear in mind, then, when you choose a wine. I know you prefer dry wines, but you should get something that tastes noticeably sweet. Buzz: I quit drinking Bali Hai and Mad Dog 20-20 in college.
November 21, 2013
THANKSGIVING is next week, and already some people are feeling anxious about gaining unwanted weight. If you're not even a little bit nervous, maybe you should be. On average, the typical American Thanksgiving meal is a 3,000-calorie slog, and some experts say we'll consume a whopping 4,500 calories before the day is done. Your body will need 8 to 12 hours just to digest it all. To burn off all the calories would require 8 to 10 hours of moderate cardiovascular exercise. Yikes!
November 20, 2012 |
CECELIA KELLY and Marguerite Dobson met 34 years ago at a senior center in Southwest Philadelphia. Dobson, now 85, was a volunteer. Kelly, now 90, sat alone that day, lonely and sad. Her mother had just died and she wanted company. She'd never been to the center before. She looked around, spotted Dobson's warm smile with crinkles around her eyes, and mustered enough courage to walk over. "Can I sit here?" Kelly asked her. The two Irish women, both born in the Roaring Twenties, a decade of Prohibition, Flappers and the first "talkies," hit it off and became best friends.
November 16, 2012 |
IT MAY BE the Elmer Fudd of poultry, but the turkey can be a downright terrifying bird. As Thanksgiving bears down on home chefs everywhere, mocking images of Norman Rockwell perfection are enough to give even a confident cook a case of the jitters. There's just so much expectation stuffed into that bird, not to mention a table full of armchair quarterbacks eager to critique this most American of repasts. Thankfully, there are turkey-day experts to come to the rescue. We huddled with folks schooled in all things Thanksgiving, wise in the ways of roasting, pie making and sides.
July 13, 2012 |
The last words Officer Brian Lorenzo said to fellow Highway Patrolman Kyle Mallard are something that will always stick with the fallen officer's comrade. "He said, ‘Have a safe ride,' and I said, ‘I will,'" Mallard recalled outside the viewing for Lorenzo at Givnish Funeral Home on Academy Road Thursday night. "That's what I go back to," he said, stopping to shake hands and embrace colleagues leaving the funeral home. Mallard worked with Lorenzo, a 23-year veteran of the force, on Saturday night and last saw him hours before police say a drunk, wrong-way driver plowed into Lorenzo, killing him instantly, as the officer rode his Highway Patrol Harley-Davidson Road King up I-95 on his way home early Sunday.
November 25, 2011
Q: I am a 45-year-old woman. I recently went back to school to start a new career. One of my professors is a wonderful young man. I usually show up in his class a half-hour early to study. He is usually there at that time and we have had many personal conversations. I am anxious about my grades. I told him that and he started emailing me my grades within three hours of taking the test. He never sends anything personal. My husband seems to think this man has a crush on me. What I feel for this man is maternal, not romantic.
November 25, 2011 |
WHEN HE SAID he'd experienced "a little bit of an uh-oh feeling," Eric Medes probably was grossly understating the case. After all, St. Joseph's Prep had blown leads - two even "comfortable" - in its previous three Thanksgiving meetings with Malvern Prep and had been smoked by Roman Catholic, 45-17, in a Catholic AAAA semifinal back on Nov. 5 after building a 17-7 pad. So, what happened yesterday at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High, after Malvern...