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...

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...

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.

We can all find things to be thankful for

Even if you’re upset now, take stock in all of the good things in life By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times There has been a whole lotta controversy in the past few weeks and not enough love. Just my opinion; but, luckily, this is my article and I can express myself freely because of my constitutional rights and my supportive editor. (Shameless plug for Mike McGann!) As we get closer...

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,...

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...

Chester County heritage turkeys taste like ‘eating sunshine’

Get back to real Thanksgiving roots with the birds that nature built from Wyebrook Farms By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Heritage turkeys including the black birds, Broad Breasted Bronze, the white ones, Royal Palms and the browns, which are Bourbon Reds Chances are if you are like most Americans on Thanksgiving Day you’ll be serving turkey, a native bird that Benjamin Franklin...

I have many things to be thankful for

And so do my kids, nieces and nephews By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times My memories of Thanksgiving as a child are some of my most precious.  Our (not so large) extended family would gather at my Great Aunt’s house for food (including tons of desserts…my grandfather and his brother owned a few bakeries!) laughter and love. We would play touch football with our cousins and then come...