Last week, we asked y’all to send in your favorite holiday recipes so that we could compile a COLAtoday cookbook. From appetizers, to sides and desserts, we’re getting a taste of your favorite traditions.
So, whether you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving Day meal, just need a dinner idea for tonight, or want to indulge in a neighbor’s concoction, check out these holidayrecipes from our local master and at-home chefs in Cola. ⬇️
🍴 Winter greens with marinated mushrooms + walnuts Submitted by Ann E.
Ingredients • 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • Pinch of sea salt • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil • 3-5 button mushrooms, brushed clean and quartered • 3-4 tablespoons walnut pieces • 1 bunch hearty greens (kale, collards, broccoli rapini) with large stems removed
Instructions 1. Whisk together vinegar, salt, garlic and olive oil in a bowl. Add mushrooms and stir to coat. Allow to marinate 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, lightly pan-toast the walnuts over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Finely mince and set aside to cool. 3. Leaving the greens whole, quickly steam them until they are a dark, rich green, about 5 minutes. 4. Slice the greens into bite-size pieces. 5. Just before serving, toss the greens, walnuts, mushrooms and remaining marinade together. Serve immediately.
🍴 Spiced Cranberries Submitted by Henriette H.
These make especially pretty gifts if put in an airtight glass container and ribboned with cinnamon stick.
Ingredients • 1 bag fresh cranberries • 1 cup white sugar • ¼ cup coconut water • ¼ tea. cinnamon • ¼ tea. ground ginger • ⅛ tea. clove • ½ tea. vanilla extract • 1 cinnamon stick
Instructions 1. Put everything in a saucepan except the cinnamon stick and turn to low, stirring until sugars are dissolved and spices are incorporated. 2. Once the berries “pop” cut off, add cinnamon stick and allow to cool completely. 3. Put in air-tight container and keep in fridge until ready to use (1-3 weeks) *This recipe can easily be doubled.
Send this recipe book to a friend or family member who may need a little assistance in the kitchen this holiday season.
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Coronavirus ○ In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster announced all South Carolina public schools will receive COVID-19 rapid testing kits for students, faculty and staff who are symptomatic. Students will need permission from guardians to be tested + officials expect to deliver kits the week following Thanksgiving. (WIS) ○ Local pharmaceutical company The Ritedose Corporationhas partnered with ApiJect Systems Corp to assist the federal government in Operation Warp Speed – the project focused on filling COVID-19 vaccines. The company will produce prefilled syringes and, following the repurposing and upgrading of equipment, has the capacity to fill approx. 45 million vaccines a month. (WLTX) ○ Yesterday, Gov. Henry McMasterencouraged South Carolinians to “get tested before turkey” – an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 around Thanksgiving celebrations. He also suggested outdoor celebrations(if the weather permits) + spacing tables and seats farther apart than typical. (The State)
Biz ○ A year after its opening, the Juul production plant in Lexington has closed. The e-cigarette company was required by the federal government to stop selling its flavored vapor pods shortly after the plant opened, which caused the company to have to scale back its production. When announced, the $125 million investment promised 500 jobs. (The State)
Community ○ Richland Libraryis currently accepting applications for its next entrepreneur-in-residence. The residency will run January to April + provides community members an opportunity to connect and interact with a local expert. The resident will host one-on-one mentoring sessions and work with the library to offer online programs. Applications are due Dec. 4 + can be found here.
Number ○ $426,600. The amount the One SC Fund has granted to 11 South Carolina organizations for hurricane relief efforts this fall. The grants will provide relief, recovery and rebuilding assistance from damage caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018.
Closing ○ Earlier this week, World of Beer, a craft beer bar in the Vista, closedfollowing difficulties brought on by the pandemic. This is the first closing in the Vista in a few months. (Free Times) ○ Lexington restaurant Nooch and Lalo, which opened in November 2019,has officially closed its doors due to “devastating family issues,” according to their Facebook post. In the announcement, the owners also offered to guide and coach anyone interesting in continuing the business. (Cola Daily)
Announced ○ Yesterday, Columbia Fashion Weekannounced its 10th annual event will take place June 19-26. Registration for the 2021 event is now open. Stay up to date with Columbia Fashion week here.
Asked ○ Because once the turkey’s gone… the holiday shopping is on. If you’re a local biz, we want to know: What deals are you offering this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Let us know here for a chance to be included in an upcoming newsletter. ○ What businesses do you think would be a good fit for 1310 Lady St.? Learn more about the spaces + let us know. Ⓟ
TryThis ○ We recently got to live a day in the life of a Brookland resident – enjoying everything from its swank amenities to its vibrant surroundings. Here’s how it went+ how you can #TryThis. Ⓟ 🏙️
Travel ○ Roadtrip, anyone? Fill your bellies with turkey this Thanksgiving, and then sleep it off in Greenville, SC – they have a ton of socially-distant outdoor activities to offer, plus great rates on downtown hotels. 🧳Ⓟ
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Columbia-based company Van Robotics and CEO Laura Boccanfuso were recognized by Time for ABii – the robot they developed to tutor elementary-aged students in math and reading. ABii is one of only 100 inventions recognized across the world. Talk about a city full of movers and shakers.
Congratulations, Laura. 👏
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Film ○ Free Times Drive-In Movie: Ghostbusters| Fri., Nov. 20 | 8-10 p.m. | South Carolina State Fair | $25 per car | Join Free Times to watch a family favorite, Ghostbusters while enjoying food from vendors Cromer’s, Betty Jean’s Bakery + Brain Freeze.
Holiday ○ A Holiday to Remember| Fri., Nov. 20- Sun., Nov. 22 | 3-8 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Free | Make this holiday season memorable with visits to Santa, a biergarten and a holiday market. 🎄
TryThis ○ Evening Arts: Chef David Grillo| Fri., Nov. 20 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Cook alongside chef David Grillo from Cantina 76 and his wife as they lead this sizzling cooking class. 🌮
Show ○ Colaroo | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6 p.m. | The Senate | $10 advance, $15 DOS | Columbia’s first micro music festival created by UofSC students. 🎇 ○ Comedy Zone Night| Fri., Nov. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Segra Park | $70+ | On tour after his first Netflix special, laugh with Emmy award winner, Rob Schneider. 🍿
Saturday ○ Lights Before Christmas| Sat., Nov. 21- Wed., Dec. 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo | $10+ | Nearly one million twinkling lights, an animated story tree, visits with Santa, carousel rides + more. 🎅 ○ The Allman Betts Band | Sat., Nov. 21 | 8 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $24+ | A show featuring music that honors the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. 🎸 ○ Rock The Block: A FUN(d)RAISER For Trustus Theater| Sat., Nov. 21 | 3:30-7 p.m. | Trustus Theatre | $10 | A parking lot turned into an outdoor rock club for the night to support Columbia’s contemporary professional nonprofit theatre. 🎭 ○ Disney Trivia| Sat., Nov. 21 | 11 a.m. | The GRAND | Free | Enjoy brunch, speciality drinks + come in your costume for a chance to win best dressed. 🧜♀️Ⓟ
Sunday ○ 54th Annual Governor’s Carolighting| Sun., Nov. 22 | 5:30 p.m. | South Carolina State House | Free | A perfect way to celebrate the start of the holidays, watch as this year’s 30-foot-tall Concolor Fir is lit with thousands of lights. 🎄 ○ Ranky Tanky | Sun., Nov. 22 | 6 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $44+ | Listen to this Grammy Award winning quintet as they perform timeless music throughout the night. 🎤
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Holiday shopping is upon us, and you’re probably working through your holiday budget, checking items off your gifting list + scouting out holiday sales. Since we can now buy anything and everything online, it’s a good idea to be aware of ways to protect yourself (and your hard-earned money)while shopping online this season.
1. Stay with the brands you know. If you don’t have a particular merchant in mind, Google can be a great place to start. But simply having a website does not mean a company is reputable. When using search engines, look at the spelling and grammar on the merchant’s website. Common misspellings and poor grammar are all red flags. Also, avoid websites with country-specific domains unless you are specifically shopping for overseas goods. Online reviews can be a great resource, but keep in mind not all positive “testimonials” may be legitimate. Be cautious of a large number of overly positive reviews which occur within a short time frame and then suddenly stop.
2. Look for the lock to indicate a security enabled site. Protecting yourself online is all about knowing what to look for. Never buy anything online from a site that doesn’t have Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. You will know if the site has SSL because the URL begins with ‘https’, rather than ‘http’. The ‘s’ at the end indicates the site is secure. If you see a padlock symbol displayed in the website address bar, it also indicates that the site is encrypted. Ⓟ