Plus: Putting a roof on Iceland Skating Rink.
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Set the table + we’ll bring a dish
Garnishing anything with parsley makes it look extra fancy. | Photo by SACtoday staff
Thanksgiving can be a chaotic + overwhelming holiday. From all the visiting family and friends to cooking dishes everyone will enjoy — it’s a lot to manage. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

City Editors Jordan + Madeline are sharing recipes for their favorite side dishes to ease the stress a bit this holiday season.

Jordan’s Instant Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese

  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pepper (to taste, but if you’re a stickler about measuring, use 1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste, but if you’re a stickler about measuring, use 1 tsp)
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I prefer a blend that includes jack, cheddar, queso, and asadero cheeses)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • Dump the noodles, broth, butter, hot sauce, and seasonings into your Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on + seal the release valve. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes + quick release the pressure.
  • Add the milk + cream cheese, then add the shredded cheese to the pot in 3-4 handfuls, stirring in between each addition until smooth and creamy. Add more seasonings until it’s as tasty as you’d like.

Try something different from pumpkin pie for dessert this year.


Photo by SACtoday staff

Madeline’s Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • Preheat oven to 360°.
  • Combine cream cheese with sugar + cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Place crescent triangles on work surface + add cream cheese filling to short side of each triangle (~1 tbsp each).
  • Roll towards point of triangle. Instead of curving points, leave crescent roll linear (this will help in the baking process).
  • Place equally spaced on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet.
  • Bake ~15 minutes until golden brown.
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side?

A. Mashed potatoes
B. Creamed corn
C. Green bean casserole
D. Other
Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Beer and Geeks StartupSac Happy Hour | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 5-7 p.m. | The Flamingo House Social Club, 2315 K St., Sacramento | $0-$10 | Mix, mingle + have a drink as you chat with other like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • ZZ Ward | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento | $26.50 | This blues and R&B singer brings their “One Hell Of A Night Tour” to Sacramento.
  • The Kaleidoscope Tour | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento | $29-$165+ | Christian music singer Lauren Daigle takes the stage at G1C.
Wednesday, Nov 15
  • Living Smart Farmers Market | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Palladio Mall, 410 Palladio Pkwy., Folsom | Free | Shop for produce, crafts, pet items, and more from 50+ local vendors.
  • Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 58 Degrees & Holding Co., 1217 18th St., Sacramento | $40 | Enjoy an evening of wine, cheese, and chocolate as you learn about the Gateway Community Charters Foundation + its schools.
  • Trivia Night | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | J.J. Pfister Distilling Co., 9819 Business Park Dr., Ste. 3, Sacramento | Free | Put your trivia knowledge to the test while enjoying delicious cocktails and bites.
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News Notes
  • Registration is now open for nonprofits to participate in Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving. More than $13 million was raised by 762 nonprofits during this year’s event. The deadline to register for next year’s Big Day of Giving is Friday, Jan. 19. (FOX40)
  • Sacramento County Public Health is focusing on multiple neighborhoods throughout the county to increase life expectancy for residents. The Blue Zones Approach works to help people make healthier choices in their neighborhoods — and to make those choices more accessible to community members. (KCRA 3)
  • TKTK Kings-Cavs score tonight
  • Community members are coming together to save Del Paso Heights’ Iceland Ice Skating Rink, which first opened in November 1940. While the ice rink has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic, city council will meet next week to discuss contributing to the arena’s $2 million roof reconstruction. (CBS 13)
  • Emo kids rejoice — Sacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance has been named as one of the performers for the 2024 iteration of When We Were Young Music Festival in Las Vegas. The post-hardcore rock group will be performing the 2016 album “Mothership” in its entirety. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m.
  • Beginning Saturday, Dec. 2, guests can take horse-drawn carriage rides through the Fountains at Roseville (1013 Galleria Blvd.). Tickets for the 15-minute experience are available for $5. (Roseville Today)
Plan Ahead
  • Elmo and his friends are coming to town. “Sesame Street Live!” will take center stage at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center on June 5, 2024. Get tickets Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. (FOX40)
Try This
⛸️ Ice, ice, baby
Nothing says winter is on its way like ice skating. | photo by SACtoday staff
Last night, we got to check out the Downtown Sacramento Ice Skating Rink for a special event filled with vendors, food + drink, and — of course — skating.

Located at Ali Youssefi Square — on the corner of K and Seventh streets — the ice rink is open through Monday, Jan. 15. The rink is closed on Mondays, with the exception of holidays.

Some of this season’s special events include:
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 — Princess & Superhero Day
  • Sunday, Nov. 26 — Crafting Kindness
  • Saturday, Dec. 2 + Sunday, Dec. 3 — Calling All Dreamers Holiday Market
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 — Xfinity Free Skate
  • Saturday, Dec. 16 — Silent Disco Ugly Sweater Party
Make sure to visit the rink’s website for hours, pricing, rules, discounts + more.
The Buy
Something to make sure you don’t forget yourself this holiday season. Here’s a little self-care gift just for you.
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I’ve got to give credit where credit is due — a lot of the stuff I make in my Instant Pot is my own twist on recipes I find from The Salty Marshmallow (including today’s recipe).
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