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November 4, 2013

VUKCEVICH: Celebrate Americana with Thanksgiving recipes

Tonawanda News — Daylight saving time ends today so “fall back” is the theme on my November calendar.

And what a month awaits us. Tuesday is Election Day, and “don’t forget to vote” is the reminder while we plan remembrances of Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11.

I am a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post in Hazleton, Pa., and recently the annual European tour honoring American soldiers, past and present, took place thanking Europeans who honor our soldiers. 

The fact that our fallen troops are honored and held in such high esteem abroad, brings us to the present happenings in Washington and the shutdown that disrupted funerals for military personnel killed overseas.

Someone asked, “Can you remember a greater political disaster in your lifetime” than the recent near-default on government obligations, and a debt averted for now, which was amplified by the economic costs wrought by the 16-day shutdown? With the Dec. 13 deadline in time for Congress to act by Jan. 15 is the hope that the two parties will work to avoid a repeat crisis.

Seems there is a little bit of Hollywood in Washington presently, and with the grim events dominating our lives recently, I recall my parents admiration of the patrician president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in the 1930s. FDR took to the radio waves with a series of “fireside chats” that riveted the nation and helped hold it together during difficult times.

As the architect of the New Deal — a series of wide-ranging government programs designed to combat the Great Depression — Roosevelt was a giant of this period.

Despite the odds, America will forge ahead despite this time of uncertainty.

Remembering those days as we again wriggle out of the worries ahead, I share with you three recipes that showcase the best America has to offer, as we continue our consumer confidence for the coming holidays.

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