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November 21, 2013

Stroll Around Newfane

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Serve up a side of food trivia at your Thanksgiving dinner. Ninety percent of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and the average American’s Thanksgiving meal has 4,575 calories! Those mashed potatoes were not part of the original Thanksgiving, because potatoes had not been introduced to North America at that time. There is no evidence that stuffing was served at the first feast in 1621, but 50 percent of Americans stuff their bird. Stove Top introduced their famous boxed stuffing in 1972. and they sell more than 60 million boxes a year. If it’s inside the bird it’s stuffing; cooked outside of the bird it’s called dressing. That Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe was developed in 1955 and an estimated 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving. The number of pies purchased this Thanksgiving would stretch more than 12,500 times and pumpkin pie is the favorite, followed by apple (especially in apple growing climates like Western New York).

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In need of a hot meal or some fellowship? Olcott United Methodist Church offers a Community Kitchen open to the public, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays. There is no fee and everyone is welcome. If you know someone who would like some soup, please call the church at 778-8879 and they will deliver some to them. “Everything Christmas” begins from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, and will continue each Sunday and Tuesday until Dec. 21.

Stop and shop for Christmas gifts, decorations and many more items. Baked goods also will be available Saturday. Shopping hours will be the same as the community kitchen after Saturday. For more information, call Olcott United Methodist Church at 778-8879.

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This is Holiday Art Weekend, when Shoppe on Main will offer discounts on fabric, wood and glass, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, jewelry, chocolates and in stock Longaberger are on sale. There will be three local authors signing their books. Ron Mazzarella, author of “There’s A Whale In The Canal,” will sign from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jim Toner, author of two youth murder mysteries,”Under The Blood” and “The Purity Ring” and David Brown, author of “The Elusive Chauffeur,” will sign from 1 to 3 p.m.

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