Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pumpkin season is upon us.
Halloween may have passed, but autumn's favorite orange orb is still going strong as an item worthy of the plate, bowl and belly. From soup, to main course to dessert, pumpkin is a colorful and versatile ingredient... especially when you want to go the quick-and-easy route (read: canned pumpkin). Here are some picks for favorite pumpkin recipes: 1. Pumpkin soup. Perfect for the cold weather, and a little lighter without using cream. This is from allrecipes.com. 4 Macintosh apples - peeled, cored and chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup water 1 teaspoon white sugar Melt butter in a large …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Don't want to give out candy? Check out some other ideas.
Tired of giving out the same fun-sized bags of candy on Halloween? Looking for a perhaps healthier or non-food idea to hand out on the upcoming holiday? Patch Picks today provides some ideas, a week ahead of the Oct. 31 holiday. I'll start with a disclaimer that I'm not to be blamed if your house gets egged or toilet papered by little ghouls or goblins whose sweet tooth you angered by handing out pencils or raisins. That said, you might be looking for some Halloween candy alternatives. Here's some inspiration: Most of these items can be found at Sudbury Farms, Shaws, Rite Aid or other local stores. Plus, your kids can stock up on eggs and toilet paper while you're forgoing the candy aisle. Do you have other non-candy Halloween hand-out …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Several local travel agents take the work out of planning a vacation.
While the snow hasn't started to fly, it's never too soon to start planning your next vacation, whether you're getting away for the holidays or taking a break next spring. While the Internet has made do-it-yourself vacation planning easy, there's something to be said for passing the legwork on to someone else. Travel agents know which hotels are the nicest, tour groups to trust and secret getaway spots. Here are a few local companies that could help plan your next retreat:
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Choose from classic American fare, Japanese and British-style restaurants.
70 Worcester Road, Framingham When to go: Tuesdays The great news ... kids eat free all day. Order pizza, pasta, grilled chicken, pasta, and more. 1138 Worcester Road, Framingham. When to go: Sundays Kids 10 years old and younger eat for free while also receiving free cotton candy and a show presented by Magic by George between 5-8 p.m. 18 Commonwealth Ave, Concord When to go: The day after the Red Sox bring home a victory. Parents with kids 10 years old and younger will be able to celebrate a Sox win this year without breaking the bank. Kids can order hot dogs, burgers, grilled cheese sandwichs and more, all for free. They can even order a free ice cream sandwich. have something extra to smile about when the Red Sox win this baseball …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Make an appointment now so you don't have to wait long to get your yard looking sharp.
The first two weeks of March have felt more like the last two weeks of May. Temperatures have hit 70 in the region a few times, and some landscaping companies have already begun their spring cleaning schedule. So before you have to wait long, it might be wise to call one of the many landscapers in the area and schedule your service now. Here's a short list of some in the area. And if you'd like to recommend one that's not on this list, leave a comment below and tell us why you use that company's service. If you see your landscaping company listed, don't forget to check out your free business listing on Patch and claim it. Click here for steps on how to claim it and how it can benefit your business. Perfection Landscaping 978-635-9339 …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Patch.com has published numerous recipes geared toward the Irish holiday. Here are some worth trying.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x9 square pan or pie plate well and place a piece of parchment paper fitted to its base. Grease over the parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add about half the measured flour. Add the butter pieces and with a pastry knife, mix in the butter until it is incorporated and in tiny pieces. Add the remaining flour, baking soda, salt and sugar and mix well. Add the buttermilk and egg and with a big spoon, combine well. The dough will be very sticky. Stir in the currants or raisins, orange rind and caraway seeds. Pour the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a baking rack. Serve warm or toasted with …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Proper preparation will ensure they have plenty of fun in the sun.
If you have a son or daughter in college, you know March means it's Spring Break time. So, to ensure they enjoy their break from reality, here are some tips for you to share with them before they head out. You have spent months planning for this week, so make sure you have enough funds while you're away. Do some research to figure out how much things cost where you are going, then add a little more to that in case of an emergency. This way you can enjoy nights out for dinner or take a special tour. Don't leave without at least one person back home knowing your travel plans. Prepare your itinerary and leave it with someone at home, and make sure that person has your cell number. This way you can be contacted in case of an emergency. If your…
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Bud Bowl, Mean Joe Greene, the Bud frogs ... what do you think is the best ad ever to air during the NFL title game?
It's been the game within the game. The hottest topic other than what team won and why. And this year should be no different. Commercials during the Super Bowl tend to keep football-crazed fans glued to their TVs during timeouts. Not so much for the product, but for the genius writing and creativity. The hype really started with Coco-Cola's ad featuring Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Mean Joe Greene tossing his grimy game shirt to a young fan in 1980. Since then, we've been enthralled with talking frogs, animated beer bottles, the Big Brother-type ad when Apple announced the release of the Macintosh, and others. So I started to think about which commercials I thought were the most memorable. Here are my choices for all-time greatest …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Don't wait until the last minute to make sure your trusty snowblower is in working order.
Address: 418 Maple St., Marlborough Phone: 508-485-0090 Fax: 508-787-0048 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday closed. Pickup and delivery charges: Sudbury $65; Wayland $70; Acton $75; Any other town a minimum of $80. Address: 1 Nicholas Road, Framingham Phone: 508-877-1888 Email: Framingham@Robinsons1874.com Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Delivery and pickup service: Delivery and pickup of equipment is available, starting at $40. Price will vary based on location as well as the size of the equipment. Call for a quote. All …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The beginning of the new year means it's awards season for Hollywood. So here's a brief list of what to see before the Academy Awards.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill Philip and Seymour Hoffman Why watch: A must-see for any baseball fan. The true story Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Starring: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Ryan Gossling and Philip Seymour Hoffman Why watch: The Year of Clooney begins with this Golden Globe nomination. An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller Why watch: George lands another hit as a land baron who tries to reconnect with his two daughters …