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Scare up some fun

Be the ghostess with the mostess this Halloween, and throw a wickedly wonderful celebration.

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Deliciously healthy Norwegian salmon

Whether you’re trying to control your weight or embrace a healthier lifestyle, the food choices you make have to be enjoyable. And deliciously healthy recipes are the key.

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A special weekend meal; then eat with ease the rest of the week

One of these cooler autumn weekends, put together a special weekend meal featuring a ham.

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The flavors of fall

Fall officially arrives Saturday, Sept. 22. Recently there have even been a few evenings and mornings when the feel of autumn was in the air in Rim Country.

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Secret to stress-free weeknights

The busy school year means that dinner planning often gets pushed aside

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Bountiful Harvest

Time for Rim Country gardeners to reap rewards

August comes to a close this week and Rim gardens are going great thanks to the moisture-heavy air of monsoon season.

Fire up the flavor

Love cooking on the grill, but want to do more than basic burgers and the same-old barbecue chicken? Try cooking up some delicious grilled dishes with great tasting, all-natural Mrs. Dash® — you might be surprised how easy it is to add big flavor, without adding salt to your grilling favorites.

Mangos and kid-friendly meals

Is your family tired of eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Not sure if trying a new recipe fits into your busy schedule? It’s easier than you think to break out of the usual routine, especially when you have these quick, kid-friendly recipes that bring a taste of the tropics to your meals.

Fuel for school

School day mornings are typically busy mornings. Getting the kids out of bed is one thing, but managing to whip up breakfast, pack lunches and get everyone out the door on time requires planning and preparation.

A new take on picnic favorites

Picnics are a perfect way to enjoy getting together with friends and family this summer. No matter what your destination — beach, park or just your backyard — there’s no need to settle for standard fare.

Take the stress out of backyard entertaining

Warm weather provides the perfect excuse to gather all your loved ones together for good food and fun. And while people relish the idea of catching up with family and friends, planning and preparing for these festivities may be daunting, as well as time-consuming. A few tips, however, can help make sure you aren’t tied to your kitchen — and help turn your traditional recipes into fabulous fare

Fireflies Can Cook

The Hellsgate Fireflies group — the auxiliary organization of the Hellsgate Fire Department — has just published a cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” The recipes are from members of the auxiliary, their families and friends. There are more than 370 recipes included, with everything from soup to a few nutty entries.

Blue ribbon desserts

Preserve your favorite fruits to enjoy year-round

There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh berries and crisp, juicy apples. And when those mouthwatering flavors get paired with just the right spices in some delicious dessert favorites, it’s even better. You can enjoy fresh fruit flavors any time when you preserve your favorite fruits. With the perfect blend of all-natural spices from Mrs. Wages mixes (available at Walmart, according to the brand’s Web site, and online at or a similar product, you can cook, then freeze or can your favorite fruits and they’ll be ready for baking any time you’re ready — it’s like having a dessert in a jar.

Extraordinary sides for a red-hot BBQ

When it’s time for a backyard barbecue, you want the side dishes to get just as many raves as what’s hot off the grill. You can make your side dishes sizzle, too, with a few simple ideas and the perfect pasta salad. • Grill more than meat. Grilled fruits and veggies showcase the flavors of the season. Try grilling peppers, onions, corn on the cob, or summer squash for a fresh veggie platter. Skewer peaches, pineapple, mangos and watermelon for some sweet and smoky fruit kebabs.

Learn about metal content of vegetables

Interested in learning about the metal content of vegetables grown in soils with elevated metals, such as arsenic and lead?   Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD candidate from the University of Arizona, will discuss “Gardenroots: The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project” designed to determine the uptake of arsenic in commonly grown vegetables in Arizona and the possible health risks to the local populations.