AlcoHOLidays | Repeal Day | Good Clean Fun

From 1920 to 1933, the United States was technically dry, minus a few loopholes and a helluva lot of bootleggers. See, the temperance movement thought that many of society’s ills would be cured if drinking were just outlawed. And even though President Wilson tried to veto it, Congress used their 2/3 vote to overrule him and they signed the 18th Amendment into existence, banning the sale, importation, or exportation of intoxicating spirits throughout the country. For the curious the intoxicating spirit threshold was .5% alcohol. Now, the funny thing about number 18 was that it didn’t make consuming alcohol illegal,
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Giving Thanks for Resourcefulness

Our oven quit 3 hours before dinner on Thanksgiving day. Oh, yes, friends, it was one of those holidays. Strange thing is, the oven worked fine that morning. I’d gotten up in time to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as I prepped the sweet potato pie, cornbread for dressing, and chicken stock (also for the dressing). About noon I was done with my prep (dinner wasn’t until 5:30, so we had plenty of time) and shut off the oven. I kinda wish I’d kept it on for those 3 hours, maybe then Todd wouldn’t have had to “bake” the corn casserole
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Thanksgiving Food Memories

Thanksgiving is a celebration of all things we have to be thankful for. My parents survived The Great Depression so while we struggled financially at times as a family, there was always plenty of food on the table and in the refrigerator. My mother’s hobby was to go grocery shopping and to cook and bake. There were always grandparents, aunts & uncles, and cousins for Thanksgiving. Looking back it must have been hard work or perhaps a labor of love. Although other family members brought food, my mother did the bulk of the work. I remember roast turkey and stuffing.
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10 quick ideas for leftover turkey

  Solutions for leftover turkey   No matter how much turkey you eat on Thanksgiving, there are always leftovers. Nothing tastes as good as turkey sandwiches with a smear of cranberry sauce and mayo on pumpernickel bread for maybe Black Friday, but beyond that here are 10 delicious ideas to rev up leftover turkey appeal: Turkey Soup Pile in leftover turkey, the carcass, leftover veggies, some noodles or diced raw potatoes, and a carton of chicken or turkey broth. Simmer for an hour. Turkey Salad Dice cold turkey; make candied walnuts or spicy pecans, perhaps some goat cheese sprinkles over
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Recipe | Apple Mallow Sweet Potato Bake

Among other things, November is Better Nutrition Month and sweet potatoes are one of the easiest–and tastiest!–ways to get some solid nutrition on your plate. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, vitamins A & C, and Potassium. They’re also a complex carb–the “good” kind of carbohytrate–that your body takes its time breaking down so you feel full longer. And I think they take a lot less work to taste good compared to a russet potato. But just because I can eat a baked sweet potato with absolutely nothing on it and be perfectly happy with its natural sweetness,
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Smashburger Tucson Debuts November 20

I went to the media preview of Smashburger and I think they will do well in Tucson. The franchise owner expects to open 4 stores here by the end of 2014 so it’s just a matter of time. The first location is in the former Buddy’s Grill at 4821 E. Grant Road in the Crossroads Festival shopping center. The building is also shared by a third Paradise Bakery & Cafe but there’s a wall and it’s not intrusive. The burning question is: Why is it called Smashburger? Aha, that is the technique of how the burger, and ditto for the
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AlcoHOLidays | Thanksgiving | Berry-Cran Cobbler

Growing up, Mom made no bones about Thanksgiving being her favorite holiday. Trips home to see family were in November, not December, and featured large gatherings of family and friends, food served buffet-style on every flat surface available, and (one memorable year) plates that were actually Chinet platters, because a normal plate wouldn’t come close to holding a little bit of everything available. These days Thanksgiving is often relegated to the back-burner for many. Merely a carbo-load before Black Friday shopping begins (this year some stores are starting Thursday night, even). Despite some of the more inauspicious beginnings of Thanksgiving (similar to
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Tucson: Interactive beer, 4-course BBQ pairing dinner

Sounds like a fabulous fun event with good brews and BBQ. The hospitality at Loews is always top-notch. from the press release Loews Ventana Canyon has partnered with the local craft beer aficionados of Dragoon Brewing Company to offer its first Beer Garden Dinner November 16 at 6:30 p.m. Building on the resort’s popular Blues, Brews and Barbeque Brunch, the dinner event offers an intimate interaction between guest and chef with Executive Chef Ken Harvey and Dragoon Brewing Company brewmaster Eric Greene leading a lively, interactive chef demonstration. Guests will enjoy four courses of barbeque dinner fare featuring fresh herbs
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Tucson: RA Sushi Customer Appreciation Day – Nov. 15

Tucson, Ariz. (November 8, 2012) – Arizona-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant opened their first restaurant in 1997 in Old Town Scottsdale, founded on the premise of great sushi and good times. Fifteen years later, the company has grown to 25 locations nationwide, including RA Sushi at La Encantada. To celebrate 15 years of successfully combining fresh sushi, Japanese fusion cuisine, and a “RA”ckin’ vibe, RA Sushi is hosting a customer appreciation day and throwing the mother of all parties on Thursday, November 15. RA’s anniversary celebration will be all about good food, good times and good deeds! As a way
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Take a Bite of: Buca di Beppo

Last weekend, for our 5th anniversary, Todd and I planned to go out for dinner but without any sort of cravings one way or another. The destination up in the air, I remembered some discounts we received at the office for the newly opened Buca di Beppo so decided to give it a try. Well, after first looking up the menu to make sure there were ample non-tomato sauced dishes for me to choose from (always a peril at Italian restaurants). Thankfully, Buca di Beppo has quite an extensive menu and I had plenty of choices. Also a plus was with family-style
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