Thanksgiving Tag

8 Nov 2018

9 Charlotte restaurants open on Thanksgiving this year

Restaurants in Charlotte NC open on Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you’ve probably started thinking about how you want to celebrate. While this holiday is a great opportunity to share a great meal with family and friends, it can often mean hours of cooking and cleaning. What if there was another option? For those of you who prefer to not spend the holiday working over a stove, we have good news. There are plenty of fantastic Charlotte restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving this year. Most of them will be serving gorgeous prix-fixe menus, so you can sit back and relax and focus on spending time with your loved ones. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites below and no matter which one you choose., they’ll...
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30 Nov 2015

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes Sure to Be Gobbled Up!

The Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, washed and put away, and the fridge is now the only thing that’s stuffed with leftovers. Looking for some fresh ideas on serving up something new and different with all the turkey and side dishes? Here are some recipes we think look yummy—and good enough for any meal of the day! Breakfast Turkey is not just for dinner anymore! Think creatively and turn that turkey into an early bird! Consider putting fresh and leftover vegetables and beaten eggs with chopped turkey to make a breakfast frittata. It’s a great way to disguise yesterday’s dinner. Serve cranberry tartlets alongside the frittata. They’re made right in a mini-muffin tin. Or, enjoy a sweet, spicy and savory take on traditional chicken and waffles...
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26 Nov 2014

The Season’s Most Important Square Footage

Real estate practitioners love to talk about square footage. We expound upon “Living Area” square footage, “Above” and “Below” grade square footage, the mysterious matter of “Other” square footage, and the dreaded “Unpermitted” square footage (which is “Living Area” square footage created without the benefit of a lawful permit). But this time of year, my square footage attention turns to the 675,000 square foot Butterball turkey facility in Mount Olive, North Carolina … home to the world’s largest turkey plant. Mount Olive, named for the Biblical Mount of Olives, is a small town about 80 miles southeast of Raleigh. Not only is Mount Olive North Carolina’s unofficial pickle capital (the Mt. Olive Pickle Company is based there), it may also have...
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27 Nov 2013

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For whatever reason, to me, it seems like the most reflective time – a time with less stress. At Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for our faith, family and friends – the life buoys we are all given to share life’s peaks and valleys.We survived the longest housing recession in history (which took the entire economy with it). While this was unsettling, we gained a much needed correction – and the internal peace that came from it.Looking back, I am so very thankful that:Both Republicans and Democrats recognize that 62-64 percent of our population can and should own a home and that anything higher than that is unrealistic.Housing can only absorb 43 percent of your...
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22 Nov 2011

A Bird By Any Other Name…

When I was growing up, my grandma would always roast the Thanksgiving bird and bring it to the meal at our house. I say “bird” because our holiday fowl wasn’t always the traditional turkey.

One year, at the advice of her butcher, Grammy decided to get a capon (kay-pon). What’s a capon, we asked. The answer? “A really big chicken.” Of course, that began a dialogue between my dad and grandma that went something like “You have a capon? I thought you had a coat on.” And so it continued (more than once).

A capon is actually a neutered young rooster, which results in a larger, more tender and flavorful, and less gamey bird than traditional hens (and is probably more than I want to know about my dinner). As I recall, it was good, but I can’t say that my taste buds were particularly discerning at that age.

It’s been many years since my Thanksgiving holiday including something besides turkey. But I know a few folks who have enjoyed ham, steaks, lasagna and even hot dogs on Thanksgiving.

22 Nov 2011

Thankful For That Music

In this season of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a small moment in time that brought me back to North Carolina and a new beginning. Many years ago, when I lived in Detroit wrapping up a career and a first marriage, I was saved by a wonderful collection of essays by poet Donald Hall. I was perusing books in an Ann Arbor bookstore when I spotted something marvelous. Theoriginal 1985 publication of Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball) had an illustration of the old Durham Athletic Park on its cover, a welcome sight to a Durham Bulls fan trapped in a Michigan winter. 

17 Nov 2011

Black Friday Survival Guide

My earliest Thanksgiving memory actually takes place in foggy ole London town many, many years ago (I think I was still rocking the ‘90s bangs at that point). Anyway, I was enrolled in an American Community School, so come November, we learned about the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving. I was assigned to pilgrim duty that year and can still vividly recall the outfit I was forced to wear, the food I happily devoured and the boy whose attention I tried so desperately to command.

Fast forward a decade or two (technically two and change), get rid of the bangs, and here I sit, counting down the days until I hop on a plane to be reunited with my family in Austin, Texas, to celebrate another Thanksgiving. Being a “foreign” family we don’t have any tried-and-true traditions that have been passed along over the years. Instead, we have adopted our own and are always happy to throw a new one into the mix.

26 Nov 2010

Creating Family Traditions Over the Holidays

My childhood memories of Thanksgiving include family visits to both sets of grandparents, all of whom lived in St. Louis, Mo. which was only a 2 hour drive from our home. Thanksgiving eve, if there is such a thing, was always spent with my dad’s side of the family and Thanksgiving day at my mom’s side of the family.  They say opposites attract and well … that was certainly the case with my parents.

We would have ham at the Johnsons and turkey the next day at the Barrett’s.  We played cards and crammed into the Johnsons bungalow in the evening and dressed in our best with room to roam at the Barrett’s very large home the next day.  Although the atmosphere was like night and day, the core value of family togetherness was the same at both houses. We told stories, shared jokes, gave thanks for things that had happed throughout the year and ate way too much.