Thursday, November 22, 2012
Just hit the “Upload Photos and Videos” button.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kris Janisch
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Got a great centerpiece at your Thanksgiving gathering? Does your chuch have a neat program going on? Or do you just want to share your holiday celebration with Woodbury? It's easy—just hit the “Upload Photos and Videos” button here. Or feel free to add them to our Oakdale Pics & Clips page. And you’re clearly not alone in your Thanksgiving festivities. Check out these statistics—and a bit of history—from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Locally there are a number of great hikes, including the Arcola Trail, the Boom Site, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Pine Point Regional Park, Point Douglas Park and Square Lake. Please add your favorite local hikes in the comment section below.
From trails along through hardwood forests and over prairie knolls to those along the St. Croix River, Minnesota offers abundant hiking opportunities for all ages and abilities. This fall, Minnesota State Parks Director Courtland Nelson encourages families to get outdoors after gorging on Thanksgiving feasts to enjoy a hike along the state’s parks and trails. “There are a number of benefits to hiking this Thanksgiving,” Nelson said. “It’s less expensive and not as crowded as going shopping and you can walk off Thanksgiving dinner alongside friends and family. Plus, now that the leaves have fallen from the trees it’s easier to see wildlife like birds and deer.” Ranked the “Best Trails State” by the American Trails group, Minnesota has 25 …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Let our Patch Pro answer your cooking questions.
The holidays are almost upon us! With Thanksgiving next week and then a month of parties and celebrations to follow, many of us are about to spend some serious time in the kitchen. Whether you've made a turkey for the past 50 years or it's your first attempt at stuffing, there's always something that can turn a normal dish into an award-wining crowd pleaser. So, go ahead and ask away. What would make your cooking better? Here to help with our Thanksgiving preparations is a "Patch Pro"— a local chef who has agreed to answer your questions about cooking in the comments section below. Meet our expert: • Executive Chef Kevin Petroske has been with Redstone American Grill for eight years, specializing in upscale American fare. He takes …
Monday, December 26, 2011
We revisit some of the year's most memorable stories and fill you in on what happened next.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Patty Busse
Monday, December 26, 2011
For the eighth year this year, Oakdale's Bierstube restaurant offered a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need of food, fellowship or both. Before this year, 100 or fewer people typically showed up for the dinner, said restaurant owner Jim Yanz and his wife Jodi. But this November, that number doubled, Jodi Yanz said, with about 200 attendees. Thankfully, they had plenty of extra food to go around, she said, just fewer leftovers than usual. “It all worked out great,” she said. “People were very thankful. It was just a great experience.” Yanz said she isn’t sure whether the bigger turnout is a signal that more people are in need, or just that more people are finding out about the meal. Either way, the more the merrier, she said, and …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Have a dish that's to die for? Let other Patch readers know your secret.
The holiday season is upon us, which for many means a time of great meals with the ones we love. And great meals start with great recipes, passed down from generation to generation. These family cooking traditions bring people together during the holidays. Patch editors and readers from across Minnesota have rounded up a few of their favorite family recipes, which we are sharing with you. If you have a great holiday recipe of your own to share, please post it in the comments section below. You can also add a photo of your delicious dish by clicking on the "submit photo" button below. Happy holidays, from all of us at Patch. *** Pumpkin Pie Dip Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in Cool Whip …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Food ideas for people whose Turkey Day involves zero turkeys.
In three days all of us will be scrambling to the in-law's, the store for some last minute cranberry sauce or to the kitchen to check on the bird every five minutes. The best meal of the year, fit for kings and gluttons, is centered around meat. Not all of us, for varying reasons, choose to eat meat, though. What is one supposed to prepare for those who don't eat turkey on Turkey Day? The answer is easy, and the options are unlimited. Whether you're cooking for a vegetarian guest, or are a vegetarian yourself, Patch helps you out this week with five tasty recipes for a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving. 1. Tofurky: Funny sounding name, seriously tasty substitute. What you need: 1 Tofurky Roast (can be frozen), 1 can cranberry sauce (chunky or …