On Your Table: For Thanksgiving, don’t stress, but plan ahead

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Turkey is central to Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving is coming and the best advice I’ve heard about this is, “Take it all in stride.   Everything is going to be ok.” Executive Chef Tim Baker of The Whip Tavern in Unionville agrees.  He declares Thanksgiving to be his favorite holiday for eating with family and friends.  And it needn’t...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: What is your contribution to the season of Thanksgiving?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Autumn in Chester County, this year, is one of the most brilliant displays of color that I’ve seen in recent years. This month of November is packed with so many thoughts and emotions, as we enter the season of giving thanks and being grateful for what we have. All of that spills out into the holiday festivities leading to the New Year. So, here we go!...

Have a happy — and safe — Thanksgiving

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Whether you’re hitting the road to be home with family, or hosting the brood at your place, there’s a few simple tips from local and state experts to make your travel and holiday safer and happier. First, of course, I’ll throw in one of my own: don’t talk about politics. No, seriously. Don’t. I’d suggest other, less explosive topics such as “how about...

Give extra ‘thanks’ for safety this holiday

With the Thanksgiving holiday, folks around the Chester County area will be indulging in two activities: travel to be with friends and family and, of course cooking. While both are cornerstones of the holiday season, both can offer hazards if folks don’t exercise appropriate caution.

Caln Elementary faculty, Girl Scouts donate dinners for Thanksgiving

BethAnn Hackmeister and Marcy Knecht seated in front of donated items for one family. CALN — As folks around the area prepare for the holiday season, the Girl Scout Troops and faculty from Caln Elementary School continued their traditions of supplying Thanksgiving dinners for some local families on Monday. In the spirit of giving, all items were donated in order to ensure that Caln families felt...

On Your Table: Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey

You have to go beyond giving them the bird for a great meal By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Thanksgiving is as much about the side dishes as the star of the dish. Everybody frets about cooking the family turkey for Thanksgiving. Butterball even has a hotline (800-288-8372) so that folks can call and ask questions from experts who are on call throughout the holiday. Mind you, turkey...

What To Do: Holiday season kicks off this week

Also: Cat, reptile shows, wines at first blush and more this weekend By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Cat lovers can get their fill of thrills at the Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter Cat Fanciers Association 2015 World Championship Cat Show this weekend. Thanksgiving is getting ready to knock on the door and that means a slew of Christmas-related events will be filling the event calendar...

Friendship Elementary 2nd-graders learn spirit of giving

Teachers Emily Vogt (top row from left), Megan McConaghy, and Nadine Borton show off the blankets with some of their creators: Yair Millan-Flores (bottom, from left), Ariyanah Alford, Darla Copeland, Adrian Romero, Russell Boyle, and Hailey Helton. Thanksgiving lesson generates blankets for Hurricane Sandy victims A  two-day Thanksgiving lesson evolved into an outreach project for Hurricane Sandy...

Cultivating gratitude

Remembering the things you are thankful for can make you healthier and happier By Dr. Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times During this season of Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to pause and recognize all that we can be grateful for. In just a few weeks, many families will sit down around a Thanksgiving day feast and count their blessings one by one. In doing so, each person has an opportunity...