'Family Traditions'


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Lots of wonderful ways to celebrate the December holidays at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. You need not be a guest of the hotel as the local public is always invited. Last year I took my dog sitter to one of the 12 days of Christmas festivities and then we sat at the bar enjoying snacks …


Turkey Sandwich

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Recipes submitted by KRUPS.com

Turkey Pot Pie

•         2 small red potatoes, cubed
•         16 ounces frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, peas, green beans)
•         1 cup frozen chopped onions
•         1 teaspoon salt-free chicken seasoning
•         3 cups leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces
•         2 (10-ounce) cans cream of chicken …


A small plate with a serving of mashed potatoes.

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As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, consider helping people who are in transition trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Consider donating food to one of three of the Primavera Foundations’s venues.  (You don’t need to live in Tucson to look around you and find out who can benefit by some food donations …


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Turkey tips are from Chef Annette Gallardo, South Bay School of Cooking

To brine or not to brine?

That is a question often asked. I have several opinions on this.

First of all, most supermarket turkeys are already soaked in a horrible salt solution–from 4 to 15% of “solution”, just read the package. This makes for a …


A roast turkey prepared for a traditional U.S....

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from the USDA press release

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2011- It is the time of year again when celebrity chefs and cooking magazines are advocating the newest trends in cooking a turkey. Whether you use a tried-and-true recipe or a creative new method, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to help you …


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Tucson dining: Feast of San Gennaro at Tavolino

This menu sounds awesome. I have not had this kind of Italian food in ages. Mama Mia!

Check it out: (served family style)

  • Pizza Napoletana
  • Grilled sausage & peppers
  • Antipasti Misti
  • Grilled seafood salad
  • Variety of homemade pasta dishes like baked maccheroni and spaghetti with “gravy”
  • Wood-oven roasted pork

Scrambled eggs

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On Sunday for Father’s Day, my brother and I decided to make my dad a huge breakfast. Since he is always so busy, we thought it would be a nice treat to have all of his favorite foods and enjoy a nice meal. For this breakfast, we tried to go to the store and get every type …


Memorial Day Weekend flag raising, Central Square

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I love Memorial Day Weekend!

First of all, it means the weather is getting nicer. Secondly, it means its right around my birthday. Third, it usually means a longer weekend off of work and last but most importantly it is a time to honor those who fought for our country and who brought honor to …


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