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My grandmother always set a beautiful Passover table. The linen was crisp and the glasses sparkled. A plate of matzoh, unleavened bread, covered with an embroidered cloth, graced the table. So did a tray of vegetables reserved for young stomachs. My grandfather presided over the service from the head of the table, with Gramma at the other end, close to the kitchen. In the center of the table sat the seder plate with its crimson and gold border, and in its centre, at the heart of all the finery, sat the shank bone.
Research has shown that sugar is addictive … in fact, eight times addictive as cocaine. In 1821, each person consumed approximately 10 pounds of sugar annually. Today, that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually. On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.
Whether you’re an elite cyclist or simply like to tool around the neighborhood on your beach cruiser, CycloMesa is for you.
For Chef Stephanie Petersen, or Chef Tess as she is known in the Valley, bread isn’t just a food. It’s an art form.
New York • When Amy Kritzer was growing up in Connecticut, her mother made lasagna from matzo each Passover.
Chef Stephanie Petersen has a new book coming out in April that will teach readers how to turn bread into a work of art.
This could start in a “way-back-when” manner by comparing how much a gallon of milk or loaf of bread cost in 1944 compared to 2014 — it’s not even a fair comparison without adjusting for inflation. This could begin with a brief waxing about the nature of time and particularly relativity — how 10 or 20 or 70 years go by with little regard until the days end — but that doesn’t feel quite right either.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire
My incredible day at the Renaissance Festival began as my family and I walked through the gates and smelled fresh baked goods. We met several costumed people and enjoyed catching bubbles blown from a woman with a beautifully painted face. Later, we met some gentle greyhounds, which were fun to pet.
The East Valley Recycling Alliance, Trex, Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets, as well as the City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department, will host the “Bench the Bag” Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge now through March 31.
Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
Kneaders Bakery and Café knows how to make a first impression.
Allison is the owner of Allison’s Texas Barbecue, 6750 E. Main St., Mesa
Chicago • Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.
Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too?
If your daily route takes you through Tempe, there’s a fresh, new choice for healthful morning and afternoon pick-me-ups.
If you thought the hot dog couldn’t be improved upon, enter the pretzel bun.
Chandler’s 24 Carrots Natural Café and Urban Juicery has closed its original location and planted new roots in Tempe at 1701 E. Guadalupe Road.
It’s estimated that 30 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Half of those are silent sufferers who go undiagnosed. If you’re a woman over 35, your odds of a thyroid disorder are high, more than 30 percent by some estimates.
What you want on Christmas morning — a house that effortlessly fills itself with joyous sounds and delicious aromas. What you usually get on Christmas morning — towers of wrapping paper, hermetically sealed toys that can be opened by no human, and a kitchen that demands way too much of your attention.
The city of Phoenix passed a somewhat controversial new ordinance Wednesday that bans all pet stores in the city of Phoenix from selling animals from inhumane sources.
As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?
HERE: Ahwatukee Sunday Farmer’s Market