Thursday, November 22, 2012
There is a lot the St. Charles area has for which to be thankful.
For some, the holiday recalls images of pilgrims, turkeys, perhaps maize or a cornucopia. For others, it conjures up images of tables piled high with steaming dishes of the season’s traditional fare. For many of us, however, it is a time we stop to consider how we have been blessed, as noted by some of those who have “liked” St. Charles Patch on Facebook: Lisa Ruud The beautiful weather we are having — was able to ride my bike today. Lisa Ryan A job. Karen McGowan Kowalczyk The health of my family and friends! Certainly, Thanksgiving can be a time when we look back on worse times, or at better times. At times today, I’ll certainly be thinking of the worse times. A year ago, I was grateful for the many ways God has blessed my family and I. …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to LW Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Thirsty Horse cartoon: I don't think going dancing later is such a good idea. I really do have 2 …
ATI Physical Therapy offers tips to stay healthy while cooking that big meal.
This week, it's time to cook the turkey and all the fixins that go with a Thanksgiving feast. All that cooking is hard work. Chefs, even those working in a home kitchen, need to take steps to make sure that all that cooking does not take its toll on his or her body. ATI Physical Therapy have some tips that can help keep you pain-free. “Activities such as standing too long while cooking, meal preparation, and lifting heavy objects like turkeys and boxes can cause back, shoulder and neck pain,” says Tara Smith, physical therapist at ATI. “There are simple things that can be done to help decrease the effects of the added stress on our bodies.” In addition to muscle aches and pains, injuries to the hand are all too common during the holidays. …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
While he gets his fill of Patch, a gobbler gets out of dodge.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Take care to enjoy holiday feasts, follow a few simple food safety tips
A key recipe for holiday cheer is the taste of great food toward the end of the year. But as you prepare to meet, greet and eat, use these food safety steps for your holiday fete. OK, a poet I’m not, but the holiday season is upon us, and already there have been tips on safe shopping to protect against thieves, advice on smart shopping to guard against spending too much, suggestions on sights to see and where to shop. But the holidays also are synonymous with food, so today, the Kane County Health Department offers some safety tips to ward off food-borne illness: Plan your holiday meals days in advance: This is especially important if you must thaw large quantities of frozen food. Thaw safely: The safest way to thaw frozen food is in a …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Canadian Turkeys, carving the lobster and a turkey the size of a dog.
No need to worry about conversation topics around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Let your guests fill up on these Thanksgiving fun facts.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
A Loyola Hospital trauma and burn surgeon gives tips to keep the cook out of the harm's way.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Deep-fry is the only way to cook a turkey that is flavorable and moist, some aficionados say. But accidents can happen, and doctors at Loyola Hospital in Maywood who specialize in trauma and burns warn that caution should be taken when cooking the holiday bird. In the United States, more than 141 serious fires and hot-oil burns have been reported from the use of turkey fryers over the last decade, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Serafino Alfe of suburban Chicago knows. He was deep-frying turkeys for an annual fundraiser dinner recently and ended up at the Loyola Burn Center with third-degree burns—the worst—on his leg. “I tripped and fell right into the deep fryer,” he said in a prepared statement. “Thirty quarts …
Monday, November 28, 2011
This year, Black Friday was marred by violence and crime. Is it time for retailers to dial back the hype and promotion?
Monday, November 28, 2011
Should Black Friday be renamed Bloody Friday? Insane Friday? What-Has-This-Country-Come-To Friday? For some shoppers, Black Friday is all about the hunt for a good deal, and even a fun night, or early morning, out. However, in addition to a good deal on the latest electronics, Black Friday brought incidents involving pepper spray, shootings, looting and beatings. “Instead of a nice sweater, you need a bulletproof vest and goggles," Betty Thomas, 52, told the Associated Press Saturday while shopping with her family at a mall in Raleigh, N.C. Has this sales strategy gone too far? Should retailers be encouraged to dial back Black Friday hype and promotion? In addition to Black Friday, football is part of the Thanksgiving tradition, according …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Food is a big part of the holiday season, but it's no fun when someone gets sick. There are some easy steps to take to ensure a happy and healthy season.
Parties and family get-togethers are great fun until someone gets sick from eating contaminated food. The symptoms aren't pleasant—the usual flu-like symptoms that involve a lot of time in the bathroom. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions that food illnesses can be severe and even life-threatening for older adults, babies and young children, pregnant women, people with immune system illnesses such as cancer or HIV/AIDS, and those who take medications that can suppress the immune system, such as those prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis. The FDA recommends a few easy tips—clean, separate, cook, chill—for a food-poisoning free holiday. Use care when making stuffing. Whether inside or outside the bird, stuffing should be cooked to…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Post a picture of your holiday feast!
Happy Thanksgiving from St. Charles Patch! I know I'm thankful this year for my great family and for my excellent co-workers here at Patch. What about you? Leave a comment and tell everyone what you're thankful for or just wish everyone a good holiday season. And, if you have a minute, post a dinner of your Thanksgiving dinner. Or your best dish. Why? Well, because I love food and I'm sure you're proud of all the hard work you put into your dinner. Why not show it off? Just click the big green and white "Submit Photo & Video" button to add your photos.