Thursday, November 24, 2011
A tom and hen visit a Rochester Hills home – for dinner?
Wild turkeys are common sight throughout Michigan, one that Rochester Hills resident Ruthann Bajorek welcomes. "One of the joys of living in Rochester Hills is the easy access to wildlife – though not always a blessing," Bajorek said. "These turkeys apparently misunderstood when we said we were having turkey for Thanksgiving. They showed up in our yard a little early for Thanksgiving dinner. What kind of wildlife have you spotted in your yard or neighborhood? To email this photo, just look for the EMAIL button above the headline. To print this photo, see PRINT above. To add a photo, click on "add your photos" under the photo. Do you have a nominee for Michigan Postcard? Nominate it here or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Whether you're into a traditional Thanksgiving feast, or just not that into the typical food, here are five alternatives to cooking on Thanksgiving.
If you find yourself looking for an open restaurant on Thanksgiving, here are five places that will welcome you with open arms. 1. Buca di Beppo, the famous Italian restaurant is going American on Thanksgiving with its offering of a large or small feast consisting of turkey, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. The Thanksgiving feast comes in small or large, depending on the family size. Buca di Beppo will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 2. J. Baldwin's Restaurant in Clinton Township is offering a meal that will please the finer palate on Thanksgiving. The restaurant is offering a buffet consisting of smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, calamari, turkey, stuffing and all the fixings for $24.99 for adults…
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
These handy tips from the turkey trenches will help you with the last few crucial days of preparation.
Chef Jim Bologna of The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham could be considered a kitchen boy scout: He’s always prepared, especially when hosting a feast at home with family and friends. Here are some of his tips: Keep appetizers frozen until the big day: Bologna also is big on having cheese and crackers with some cured meats on hand — that’s “always a win and they will hold for quite some time, and go great with wine.” Plan, plan, plan: “Write your menu so that most of your items can be done ahead,” he said. “Most if not all of the sides can be done a day or two beforehand.” Plan the oven space: This is important so that everything that needs to be reheated will fit, along with the main entreé — the bird! “Casseroles, veggies like carrots …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
From Hall Road to Twelve Oaks, and Laurel Place to Somerset, stores are opening earlier than ever this day after Thanksgiving, if not on Thanksgiving. What do you think is appropriate?
Early birds are getting even earlier this year. Target is opening at midnight on Black Friday this year. You can shop at Toys R Us after tucking into your turkey–it opens at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Patch readers are already talking about their feelings on Black Friday's early openings on Facebook. In Macomb, reader Heather Misiewicz said she usually shops Cyber Monday, "but I'm going to brave it this year and do Black Friday." In Dearborn, reader Andrea V. Haag took the salesperson's perspective: "HATE IT! For us sales people who have to work, these retail store keep pushing up the time of opening....it's no longer Black Friday, it's THANKSGIVING!!!!" What do you think?
Monday, November 14, 2011
You can serve anything from a Riesling to a Rose with the big bird, say area wine experts.
Day 1 was The List; Day 2 was Delegation Day. Here's Day 3 of the Turkey Day planning process: If anyone knows about wine it’s Linda Jones of the Lansing-based Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. Come Turkey time, Jones starts contemplating her favorite pairings with a Thanksgiving feast. “For a Pure Michigan Thanksgiving dinner, I’d suggest with turkey a dry or semi-dry Riesling, perhaps by St. Julian, Chateau Grand Traverse, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor or other Michigan producers,” she said. Michigan wines are available at a variety of different stores in the area, including Meijer, Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market and Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak. “Michigan wineries make a variety of Rieslings of varying sweetness levels," …