Happy Thanksgiving eve, everyone!
As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, November 23rd) and Friday (November 24th) in celebration of Thanksgiving. Before we head out for the long weekend, I want remind everyone that Small Business Saturday is coming up but also, I wanted to share some information from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about how to reduce waste this holiday season.
Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash
"Holiday season panic, we all experience it. How much food do I buy? Is this turkey big enough? Are you sure we have enough food? Where am I going to put all of these leftovers? Who is going to eat all of these leftovers?!
Millions of pounds of leftover food is thrown away every year. In fact, it is estimated that Americans throw away 204 million pounds of turkey meat during the Thanksgiving holiday (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016). What if there was a way to plan more accordingly and load off some of those leftovers? To reduce wasted food this holiday season:
- Plan ahead: Have an accurate head count to plan portions accordingly. Use Save the Food's new calculator to help estimate how much food you will need based on the head count and number of desired leftovers.
- Cook with imperfections: Purchase imperfect produce to use in cooked dishes, such as bruised apples for apple pie.
- Share: Encourage your guests to bring a container they can take leftovers home in.
- Make creative leftovers: Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches.
- Freeze: Be realistic about the leftovers you can eat; freeze the extra that won't last in the fridge.
From our family to yours, be grateful and not wasteful this holiday season and help us reduce wasted food in New York State."
And don't forget to bring your family and out of town guests to see the WCT production of "Fractured Family Tales" on Friday, Saturday or Sunday-- I went to a show last weekend and loved it! Click here to get your tickets.
Finally, if you or someone you know has no one with which to spend the holiday, please consider Ossining's Thanksgiving Dinner Party tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 noon, which will be hosted by the Ossining Presbyterian Church for the 32nd year running. A traditional menu is provided (turkey, sides and pie) and there is no charge for the meal. If you wish to help serve meals tomorrow, or if you are homebound and would like a meal delivered to you, call the Church Office at 941-0540 and leave a message. Special thanks to the volunteers from the Ossining Presbyterian, Scarborough Presbyterian and Briarcliff Congregational Churches for their selfless efforts to make this a special day for everyone, regardless of circumstance.
If you have access to transportation, Bonnie Saran of "The Littles" chain of restaurants will be continuing her annual Thanksgiving tradition of serving a free meal to all those who are alone for the holiday, or those who are suffering from financial or emotional hardships. Between 11AM and 2PM tomorrow (Thursday), the Little Drunken Chef restaurant at 36 Main Street in Mount Kisco will be open for all those looking for camaraderie and a meal to celebrate Thanksgiving-- all are welcome for a brunch buffet including turkey, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, chicken tikka masala, mimosas, rice pudding, pie and more (they will even have dog and cat food to take home for your four-legged friends, we're thankful for them too!) Bonnie's attitude is that everyone deserves to be pampered this time of year "no matter what," and I couldn't agree with her more.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and restful Thanksgiving (again)!