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Thanksgiving is a no-pressure holiday

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

One week closer to Turkey Day! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No pressure–just eating, so get those elastic waist pants on.

I don’t get all the anxiety about cooking a turkey. I have never made a bad one. I’ve done them in cooking bags and not in a bag, stuffed and unstuffed. Get over the frustration and just do it. All it is a big chicken. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m eating it with people I love that makes it taste so darn good.

As I write this column, the temperature is great, but it’s raining cats and dogs. That phrase comes from the Greek expression cata doxa, which means contrary to experience or belief. If it’s raining cats and dogs, it is usually coming down unbelievably hard. The dog represents the wind and the rain is the cat.

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I made an angel food cake. She is a beauty. I haven’t made one in years, and I have a taste for one. I might even get brave and try to make cooked icing like my mom use to make. I looked for the recipe for years and finally was able to get it from Gwen Canfield’s mom, Esther!

I’m giving you all fair warning: get those recipes from your family. There are so many I did not write down, and I’m very sad about that. There is one recipe from my Auntie Bernice Bartusiak for a Polish cheese bread that my cousins are looking for, and we just can’t find anything close to it. Listen to all the family stories and history and get the recipes before it’s too late and they are gone forever. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to do that.

The current location of the Gage Park Branch Library is 2807 W. 55th St., in a small two story storefront that was once home to Pixie’s. That has been its home for the past 30 years. Before that it was located in a small storefront on the corner of 55th and Mozart. My kids loved going there for story time. Miss Laura always made it fun.

The lease on the current library space expires in December 2022. The rent is $3,580 a month. There is a petition circulating for a new library; and so far, there are 2,646 signatures. For the petition to get picked up, they need 5,000 signatures. If you would like to find and sign the petition go to change.org.

I know all longtime Gage Park residents will definitely remember Pixie’s! My mom would take my kids there all the time. She would buy her lottery tickets, and they were always excited for some penny candy or other treasures sold there.

Thanks for all the birthday cards and good wishes. I felt the love! Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

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