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Today's word on journalism

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Career advice:

"Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was stabbed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer -- and if so, why?"

--Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), co-founder of Random House (Thanks to alert WORDster Tom McGuire)

Complete Thanksgiving dinner still possible on a budget

By Riki Richards

November 13, 2007 | Many USU students will be traveling home for Thanksgiving break to visit friends and family. Many other USU students will be traveling home for Thanksgiving so they can enjoy their first decent meal since the last time they were at home.

For the unfortunate few who will be stuck in Logan for the holiday, there is a way to beat the cold and fill your stomach, so grab a friend and prepare yourself for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on a budget. A dinner for two people with lots of leftovers can be made for $20 if you simply downsize.

Buying a package of turkey breasts will be more than enough for two people, and they are about $10 at most grocery stores. Most of the breasts also include a gravy packet that can be heated on the stove. This part of the meal should be purchased in advance because they are frozen and take about a day in the refrigerator to defrost.

Mashed potatoes are cheap and fairly easy to prepare. Potatoes can be purchased at any grocery store and are less than $1 per pound. One large potato is more than enough to feed one person. Boxed mashed potatoes are even easier to prepare, and they are usually about $1.50 per box. Since stuffing cannot be put inside the turkey breasts, Stovetop is a good substitute. It is about $1 a box and is very easy to prepare. Smaller cans of cranberry sauce are available for about $1, and canned vegetables are cheaper than fresh. Canned green beans are about 75 cents.

Pumpkin pie is the cornerstone of any Thanksgiving meal. It can be purchased at the grocery store for as little as $4 up to $10. Whipped cream is also quite inexpensive at $2 per can.

If this is still outside of the budget, Angie's Restaurant is offering free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Optional donations will be accepted and all of the proceeds will go to the Cache County Children’s Justice Center.


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