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My favorite reference librarian sent me a marvelous poem by Alberto Rios on Thanksgiving, saying it speaks directly to her feelings about the holiday.   I found it so profound that I forwarded it to friends and family and read it aloud at the O’Nelio family gathering on the farm in Dunkirk.  more
Despite less than a month of planning, Pittsburg’s Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot was a huge success, exceeding all expectations.  Renato Pinto, organizer of the event, said they only expected about 20 to 30 participants. Instead, over 100 people braved the light rain Thursday morning. Pinto said he lost count after 110.  more
The French cookie is a tradition around the holidays in southeast Kansas and memories of French cookie traditions and recipes were shared at the Crawford County Historical Museums event on Monday. more
This is not a leftover turkey recipe, but do not fret. While this recipe focuses on pork, the beauty of a chile verde is that you can use the recipe as a template and substitute in your favorite meat for the pork. more
Tradition has it that a Thanksgiving turkey dinner is not complete without cranberry sauce. Tradition also has it that every November, I find myself scratching my head, trying to reimagine cranberry sauce.  more
Julia Robertson always thought her future career would involve working with children.  A class that meets every Friday morning at the Pittsburg Family YMCA has changed her thinking: now she’s planning to work with older adults.   more
This dish is inspired by two rice dishes: pilaf and maqluba. In a pilaf, the rice is sauteed to lightly toast the grains and then steamed in a flavorful broth, along with aromatics such as onion, garlic and spices such as cumin and coriander. more
A new Pittsburg tradition is in the making with a 5K Turkey Trot through downtown that begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.  more
The holidays are approaching, and cheese and charcuterie boards are a great way to entertain. Look to France for inspiration and add duck rillettes to your charcuterie board.  more
As the saying goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it. I agree with this philosophy, but with one caveat: You can always add more cheese — especially when making a potato gratin. more
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