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Welcome to the News & Events page, where you can get the latest news about Open Arms, read our most recent blog posts and learn about upcoming events.


Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is a very special time at Open Arms. We give all our clients the option of receiving either a frozen turkey with all the fixings the week before Thanksgiving or receiving a freshly-made meal on Thanksgiving day. To help make these … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #190: Chef Asei’s Cranberry Sauce

In addition to sending ready-to-eat holiday feasts to our clients on Thanksgiving morning, we also equip our clients who want to prepare their own holiday feast with everything they need. Last week, with the help of our terrific delivery volunteers, we … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #189: Grandma H’s Traditional Stuffing

by Elise Adair, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] It is my favorite time of year! With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, I look forward to the large family meals with delicious food, great company, and happy hearts. This year, I’ll … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #188: White Chicken Chili

by John Stingle, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] This recipe takes me back to my childhood days. My old house had a massive yard, and during the fall the trees would rain leaves for about a week. My entire family … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #187: Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters

by Christina Ellis, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Emily Program] Carving pumpkins with friends and family creates wonderful fall memories. My favorite part about carving pumpkins is pulling out the “guts.” My preferred way to eat these seeds is in bite-size … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #186: Butternut Squash and Pear Harvest Soup

by Bryanna Rossmiller, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] Autumn is here – hallelujah! From squash, to apple cider, to almost anything pumpkin-spice flavored, it is easy to get caught up in fall flavors. This soup is one of my all-time favorites, … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #185: Asei’s Cornbread Stuffing

This week we’re bringing you a signature dish from our head chef Asei Tendle: a buttery cornbread stuffing with dried cranberries. It’s a Southern take on the Thanksgiving classic that’s a tradition in the Tendle family. Want to learn more … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #184: Roma Tomato Basil Salad

by John Stingle, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] It’s the time of year when tomato plants are on their last limb. Every fall my parents harvest tomatoes from their garden before the frost starts setting in. By the time … Continue reading

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New! Cooking Classes for Volunteers

We’re starting a brand-new cooking class series for our volunteers! Bring a friend and learn from our talented chefs in the Open Arms kitchen. HOLIDAY COOKING FOR A CROWD For our first event, Chef Asei Tendle will teach a hands-on … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #183: Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins

by Alison Swenson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota] Looking for another use for over-ripe bananas? Instead of banana bread, try these fun muffins that bake in half the time. I adapted this recipe to be gluten-free because I have celiac disease, … Continue reading

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