A linkAges TimeBank Thanksgiving

TimeBank Tales reflect the monthly events where TimeBank members and guests from the community come together to share stories, laugh, learn and have fun. With the generous help of community partners, these diverse events help promote neighborly connections and shared interests.

In November, more than 20 of our linkAges TimeBank members and their family and friends, gathered to share a meal together during the week before Thanksgiving. The engaging conversation, laughter and joy of a shared meal reminded all of us how the TimeBank can bring people together in a meaningful way.

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In the spirit of sharing, below are a few recipes that the group enjoyed during the fall event. On behalf of the linkAges TimeBank, thank you for your support and participation this year, and we wish you happy holidays.


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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish


  • 1 – 12 oz bag of cranberries – rinsed
  • 1 – navel orange, seeded but unpeeled cut in 1/8ths
  • ¾ to 1 cup – sugar


Process ½ of orange in food processor. Add ½ of cranberries . Put in bowl. Add second half of cranberries in food processor. Put in bowl. Stir in the sugar. Let “ripen” in the refrigerator for 3+ days. Taste for sweetness. Add more sugar if you wish.

Pork Stuffing


  • 1/2 to 1 lb. breakfast pork sausage ( I usually by it with sage flavoring)
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 to 2 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Turkey Stuffing Mix
  • celery, onions and carrots finely diced about 1/2 cups each
  • parsley, sage, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper (mostly to taste – maybe start with 1 tsp then work from there until you like it)


Brown sausage in skillet;  remove for later.  In the grease saute celery, white onions and carrots until just tender and remove from grease

Mix and heat grease from above with flour until smooth then begin adding broth, butter, sausage, celery carrots, onions and spices (should have have texture like thick soup. Let cool.  I usually do this before the day I need it and refrigerate or freeze for later use.

Add stuffing mix to above mixture and let sit for 10 minutes.

Cover and heat in oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, then remove cover and continue baking for 15 minutes

Let stand 5 minutes after oven time

Chinese-style Vegetable Fried Noodles


  • 1 pkg spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tbs corn oil
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • chopped garlic
  • 1-2 tsp salt


Bring water to a boil, add spaghetti noodles and salt. Cook noodles for about 10 minutes.

Then, drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Add 1 tbs corn oil and let the noodles dry for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, cook carrots and cabbage.

After 20 minutes, fry noodles with chopped garlic and oil. Mix in carrots and cabbage.

Mochi Dessert

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of short-grain glutinous rice.


Dry ingredients:

  • 16 oz glutinous rice flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 can (13.5 oz ) coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients.

Grease 9×13″ pan and cover with foil. Pour mixture into pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm or chilled.

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