Here's your chance to dance your ass off before stuffing your face with turkey all day on Thursday. Chances are that you'll be seeing more of your family this weekend than you want to, so take any excuse to get outta the house when you can. And even if you're not with the fam, use this opportunity t ... More >>
My Minnesota grandma's ubiquitous holiday salad was what was colloquially referred to as an "ambrosia." Your grandma probably had one, too: Jello whipped together with Cool Whip, Maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges, mini-marshmallows, and pecans. As a kid, the nuts made me look at the thing with ... More >>
For those of us who feel overwhelmed by the thought of cooking enough food to feed a football team on Thanksgiving Day, several Twin Cities restaurants offer an essential escape hatch. Whether we need to add a few side dishes into the mix, snag a pie or two, or commission the big bird itself, we can ... More >>
If you agree that Thanksgiving can't some soon enough, Groundswell, the Midway neighborhood coffeeshop-turned-restaurant, is hosting a family-style harvest feast on Friday, November 7. The team is preparing a singular seasonal menu sourced from regional suppliers for this ticketed event. See also: ... More >>
Sure, we can dig on a turkey sandwich, but why not get a little bit more creative with this year's leftovers? We knew no one could transform the mundane into the marvelous better than one of the cocktail champions at Marvel Bar. We reached out to Keith Mrotek, half of the winning team that brought h ... More >>
One of the benefits of the increased public awareness about the horrors of factory farming is that even Grandma is starting to realize that not all Thanksgiving turkeys are created equal. While tasteless, steroid-juiced birds may rule your local supermarket, the good news is that there are plenty of ... More >>
On Thanksgiving, Walmart and Best Buy will open at 6 p.m., with Target opening a couple hours later.RELATED: Will Target match Walmart's great deal for Thanksgiving workers?But in a new commercial, Mills Fleet Farm trumpets the fact that its Black Friday sales won't begin until, you know, Black Frid ... More >>
Today, Walmart made its long-awaited announcement about its "Black Friday" hours. We put that in quotations because these days, major retailers are mostly opening on Thanksgiving itself, and Walmart is no exception -- both it and Best Buy are opening at 6 p.m. that day and staying open all night lon ... More >>
We're getting into the home stretch for Thanksgiving, so this week is stocked with events that will help you expand your stomach in preparation for a major holiday eat-a-thon. 11/12 If you're like us, you need plenty of liquor to make it through the holiday season. Thankfully (ha!) Zipps is having ... More >>
Last Thanksgiving, Target held off on opening its doors until the clock struck midnight and Black Friday began. Nonetheless, more than 200,000 people supported a petition asking Target to remain closed until later in the morning on Black Friday so workers could enjoy Thanksgiving with their families ... More >>
It's November, which means the great food fest of Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It's time to get those knives sharpened and plan those shopping lists. Here is a collection of classes for novices, experienced cooks looking for a twist on tradition, parents wanting to get the kids involved, and ev ... More >>
An exhausted Target worker in Palm Beach, Florida, crashed her car into a canal at 7:46 a.m. after working the midnight shift on Black Friday.The accident is notable because it shows the potential danger for workers forced to work the midnight shift after Target decided to open its doors earlier ... More >>
On a holiday that's all about food, why not let the professionals do the cooking? Whether you're hosting notoriously judgmental family members or looking to start a new lower-key Thanksgiving tradition, choosing one of the many Twin Cities restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Day meals just might be ... More >>
Maybe you've been serving the same boring turkey dressing at Thanksgiving for years and you're ready to break out of your rut. Or maybe you'll just enjoy watching Aunt Martha gag when you tell her, after dinner, what her two helpings of stuffing were made from. Either way, here are five real Thanksg ... More >>
Target: no sight for tired worker's eyes.The rage has come home to roost. On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman, a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the "Save Thanksgiving" petition to the retailer's headquarters on Nicollet Mall. "My choice is stay ... More >>
Anoldent/flickrWarm wishes from the Hot DishThe holiday season is upon us, and here at the Hot Dish we have pies baking in the oven, turkeys brining, wine decanting, and good cheer shining on all mankind. We also have lots of great stories that we wouldn't want you to miss. Here are a few of the ... More >>
This is not the super Thanksgiving employees had in mind.Target is facing a backlash from its own employees as the clock ticks down to the craziest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. In the escalating arms race to get as many crazed shoppers in the door as possible, Target announced it wou ... More >>
Kowalski's is one of several places offering pre-made Thanksgiving dinners.Who hasn't ever entertained the thought of hiring a chef to prepare an entire Thanksgiving meal for the family? Since that option is fairly inaccessible, here's the next best thing: Pre-order your turkey and side dishe ... More >>
All this could be yours. It's officially two weeks until Thanksgiving day, and if you're in the position of hosting but lack the culinary skills to pull it off, you might call this gut-check time. Luckily the Twin Cities have an array of classes that can get any novice up to speed on practica ... More >>
Photo by Dave Eckblad for City PagesDance nights are big on Thanksgiving Eve. Everyone has the next day off, and there's probably more than a few people who anticipate a massive caloric freefall and want to get their bodies moving before the tryptophan coma. This year, there's a fantastic option ... More >>
We've got all your Thanksgiving resources right here.D-I-Y Thanksgiving Already complaining about how much meal prep you have to do? Then read about how Florence and Dave Minar of Cedar Summit Dairy have churned butter, killed a turkey, and grown their own wheat in preparation for Thursday's ... More >>
Screen shot from YouTubeIt's a happy-ish tale, just in time for Thanksgiving: a poor swan with an injured left wing got some help from her non-feathered friends. Trumpeter swans, if you recall from E.B.White's children's masterpiece, The Trumpet of the Swan, are supposed to fly to places lik ... More >>
Photo: Dear Miss MermaidLight meat or dark?Are you starting to tire of the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations--the predictable turkey and mashed potatoes, the same boring compliments about the food? Here are a few of the strangest ideas we've found for serving a turkey--guaranteed to spice ... More >>
Mo PerryA $35 cookbook shrunk to a $4.99 app that fits in the palm of your hand With most of us gearing up to spend Thursday in the kitchen juggling pots, pans, baking sheets, and kitchen timers, we thought this was the perfect time to introduce you to five of our favorite technological Chef ... More >>
An image to keep with you on Thanksgiving.Back in the day, the Puritans had to hunt down their turkeys for Thanksgiving. And we have no doubt that, along with a helping hand from Indians, our forefathers came up with some ingenious ways of luring the big birds to within musket range. We are ... More >>
Tastes great? Or tastes grease?Thanksgiving seems like a holiday that needs little improvement: It's centered around gorging, there's football on television, and it has no religious associations to bog you down with extra guilt. Yet the folks at J&D Foods still think something is missing, and ... More >>
Kowalski'sCooking not your cup of tea? Get some takeout for Turkey DayTurkey. Stuffing. Gravy. Sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pie. If the thought of making all your Thanksgiving favorites sends you into a quivering mass to match the canned cranberry sauce, don't fret: You still have a few more days ... More >>
Many charities are feeding folks at Thanksgiving.While many of us enjoy the warmth of family and overindulging in a huge meal on Thanksgiving, some other folks are not as fortunate. However, there are ways you can help to make the holiday better for those in need -- by volunteering, collecting fo ... More >>
Andrew 94/ FlickrAll the food, none of the hassleYes, you could spend all day on Thanksgiving preparing an elaborate meal, fighting with the turkey, pouring over recipes, slaving over side dishes, and stressing about when the turkey will be done and whether the green beans are overcooked. O ... More >>
Sit back and let the professionals worry about pleasing Aunt Mabel's picky palateBalmy temperatures notwithstanding, the holidays are nearly upon us. Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks and change away, and it's decision time. Who will host? What will you make? And for god's sake, whose ide ... More >>
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Compared with other holidays, Thanksgiving hasn't inspired bards overmuch. There are no traditional hymns, no instantly identifiable music associated with the day save possibly various football broadcast bumpers. Nevertheless, here and there we find certain songs that -- in lyric or in spirit -- f ... More >>