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By Peter Buffa | November 21, 2009
Seriously? Thursday is Thanksgiving? I don’t see how that’s possible. But it is, apparently, and you and I and just about everyone will have to deal with it. Checking the T-Day folder, we find that in years past we have done the history of Thanksgiving; how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; how not to; how to prepare a traditional Italian Thanksgiving dinner; and what to do with T-Day leftovers. This year, given everything that’s going on in the nation and the world, it is time to examine what Thanksgiving really means, why it matters, and what we need to keep in mind as we approach another annual day of thanks.
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By Michael Miller | November 21, 2006
When students in Scott Smith's science class sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this week, chances are they'll know exactly what they're eating. On Thursday, Smith's freshman class at Newport Harbor High School did a lab in which they took three holiday meal staples — turkey, peas and carrots — and tested their chemical contents. With the rations coming out of baby food jars, the students poured them into test tubes and mixed in chemicals to check for starch, sugar and protein.
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By Matt Brown | November 20, 2008
Do you love all the home cooking for Thanksgiving, but don’t want to go through all of the hassle of cooking in a hot kitchen? Don’t worry, there are restaurants open on Turkey Day. So this week we thought we’d check in with Chef Vartan Abgaryan at A Restaurant at 3334 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach.   We all know you’ve got to have turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and some pumpkin pie, but what do you have on the menu that’s new this year?
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November 27, 2003
Alicia Robinson Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition for many, but it's not necessarily a must. Area food service businesses have been bustling with holiday business this week, but they're not just purveying drumsticks and wings. The Honey Baked Ham Co. in Corona del Mar has been doing a booming business and, contrary to what the name suggests, it does sell turkey. "[But] the majority of what goes out of here is ham," store supervisor Colleen Skalla said.
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By By Lindsay Sandham | November 26, 2005
High school students donate their time, and owner of Angel's Car Spa donates the turkey and trimmings for early Thanksgiving dinner at Costa Mesa Senior Center. Thanksgiving dinner came a day early at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. More than 160 people feasted on turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie Wednesday afternoon at the center. "Some of the people, this is it. This is their Thanksgiving," said the center's executive director, Aviva Goelman. Surat Singh, owner of Angel's Car Spa in Costa Mesa, provided all the food for the gourmet spread.
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By By Lindsay Sandham | November 23, 2005
As the holidays approach, efforts to reach out to people in need become more visible, but many programs offer year-round support. End-of-the-year holidays tend to tickle people's benevolent bones, and many local churches do their part to give back to the less fortunate. For the past 18 years Bunny Richards, who lives in Fountain Valley and is a member of a Costa Mesa church, has been collecting items and assembling bags for various charitable organizations. She began storing items in her garage and attic, but after 10 years, the annual project outgrew her home.
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By Joseph Serna | November 26, 2009
While most folks Thursday were sitting around a table, scarfing down turkey and gravy or crowded around a TV watching football, a small number of people had to keep the Newport-Mesa running. “Somebody’s got to work the holidays. Nobody likes to but these guys are out there doing what they do,” said Jamie Hooker, 24, a jailer at the Costa Mesa Police Department. So Hooker’s family, which is chock full of Costa Mesa police officers — her mother, father, brother, grandfather, among others — open up their home every Thanksgiving to their co-workers.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Greer Wylder Thanksgiving dinner at home is a lovely tradition. But for those short on time and energy, here are four local restaurants offering myriad dining possibilities. The choices range from a traditional buffet to elegant four- and five-star dinners and even a French bistro dinner. Those gathering in the spirit of thanks can relax while enjoying turkey dinners out. The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza will serve a grand buffet from 1 to 6 p.m. The grand bar will serve cocktails from noon to 7 p.m. The buffet offers a carving station with roasted turkey, prime rib and baked ham. There's also a seasonal fresh fruit and domestic and imported cheese display.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | November 21, 2011
My neighbor has a huge plastic blow-up turkey on his front lawn. Good for him! Alas, he's an anachronism. You rarely see Thanksgiving displays anymore. During my lifetime, enthusiasm for the holiday has diminished markedly. That's sad. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was America's No. 2 holiday, behind Christmas and a notch ahead of Fourth of July. Now it's an afterthought, lost between Halloween's sugar bender and the commercial extravaganza that is Christmas. If Thanksgiving were once the American holiday equivalent of Manchester United of the English Premier League, sadly, it's now in jeopardy of being relegated to Division 2. Arbor Day elicits more passion.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
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By Jim Carnett | November 21, 2011
My neighbor has a huge plastic blow-up turkey on his front lawn. Good for him! Alas, he's an anachronism. You rarely see Thanksgiving displays anymore. During my lifetime, enthusiasm for the holiday has diminished markedly. That's sad. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was America's No. 2 holiday, behind Christmas and a notch ahead of Fourth of July. Now it's an afterthought, lost between Halloween's sugar bender and the commercial extravaganza that is Christmas. If Thanksgiving were once the American holiday equivalent of Manchester United of the English Premier League, sadly, it's now in jeopardy of being relegated to Division 2. Arbor Day elicits more passion.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | November 26, 2009
While most folks Thursday were sitting around a table, scarfing down turkey and gravy or crowded around a TV watching football, a small number of people had to keep the Newport-Mesa running. “Somebody’s got to work the holidays. Nobody likes to but these guys are out there doing what they do,” said Jamie Hooker, 24, a jailer at the Costa Mesa Police Department. So Hooker’s family, which is chock full of Costa Mesa police officers — her mother, father, brother, grandfather, among others — open up their home every Thanksgiving to their co-workers.
FEATURES
By Peter Buffa | November 21, 2009
Seriously? Thursday is Thanksgiving? I don’t see how that’s possible. But it is, apparently, and you and I and just about everyone will have to deal with it. Checking the T-Day folder, we find that in years past we have done the history of Thanksgiving; how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; how not to; how to prepare a traditional Italian Thanksgiving dinner; and what to do with T-Day leftovers. This year, given everything that’s going on in the nation and the world, it is time to examine what Thanksgiving really means, why it matters, and what we need to keep in mind as we approach another annual day of thanks.
LOCAL
By Matt Brown | November 20, 2008
Do you love all the home cooking for Thanksgiving, but don’t want to go through all of the hassle of cooking in a hot kitchen? Don’t worry, there are restaurants open on Turkey Day. So this week we thought we’d check in with Chef Vartan Abgaryan at A Restaurant at 3334 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach.   We all know you’ve got to have turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato and some pumpkin pie, but what do you have on the menu that’s new this year?
LOCAL
By JIM DE BOOM | November 18, 2007
The 11th Annual Interfaith Celebration of Thanksgiving sponsored by the Newport-Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. today at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. “The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Celebrating our Diversity and Shared Values at America’s Table,’” according to Rev. Julie Elkins, the event’s chairwoman. Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church Choir, Bahai Children Choir and Newport Harbor Lutheran Choir will participate.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 21, 2006
When students in Scott Smith's science class sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this week, chances are they'll know exactly what they're eating. On Thursday, Smith's freshman class at Newport Harbor High School did a lab in which they took three holiday meal staples — turkey, peas and carrots — and tested their chemical contents. With the rations coming out of baby food jars, the students poured them into test tubes and mixed in chemicals to check for starch, sugar and protein.
FEATURES
By By Lindsay Sandham | November 26, 2005
High school students donate their time, and owner of Angel's Car Spa donates the turkey and trimmings for early Thanksgiving dinner at Costa Mesa Senior Center. Thanksgiving dinner came a day early at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. More than 160 people feasted on turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie Wednesday afternoon at the center. "Some of the people, this is it. This is their Thanksgiving," said the center's executive director, Aviva Goelman. Surat Singh, owner of Angel's Car Spa in Costa Mesa, provided all the food for the gourmet spread.
FEATURES
By By Lindsay Sandham | November 23, 2005
As the holidays approach, efforts to reach out to people in need become more visible, but many programs offer year-round support. End-of-the-year holidays tend to tickle people's benevolent bones, and many local churches do their part to give back to the less fortunate. For the past 18 years Bunny Richards, who lives in Fountain Valley and is a member of a Costa Mesa church, has been collecting items and assembling bags for various charitable organizations. She began storing items in her garage and attic, but after 10 years, the annual project outgrew her home.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Greer Wylder Thanksgiving dinner at home is a lovely tradition. But for those short on time and energy, here are four local restaurants offering myriad dining possibilities. The choices range from a traditional buffet to elegant four- and five-star dinners and even a French bistro dinner. Those gathering in the spirit of thanks can relax while enjoying turkey dinners out. The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza will serve a grand buffet from 1 to 6 p.m. The grand bar will serve cocktails from noon to 7 p.m. The buffet offers a carving station with roasted turkey, prime rib and baked ham. There's also a seasonal fresh fruit and domestic and imported cheese display.
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