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Female Viagra’: Long overdue help or Big Pharma overkill?

Addyi — better known as “female Viagra” (though it’s not a very accurate comparison) — is either a long-overdue acknowledgment that women’s sexual health matters as much as men’s, or the latest attempt to make women feel broken about sex.

Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas take just a little effort to put together and they’re packed with flavor.

Inexpensive red wines are difficult to make

Our definition of a “best buy” is $15, for red or white. With the cost of doing business, it’s extremely difficult for winemakers in Washington and Oregon to make red wines for much less than that. Quality grapes, oak barrels, bottles, labels, winemaker salaries, marketing costs, wholesale prices and other expenses begin to add up quickly, meaning profit margins become extremely thin for red wines below $20 per bottle.

Regional wineries shining

Washington’s original wine country is proving to be on quite the comeback. The wines of North Central Washington are growing in quality and quantity, as this year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards show.

In the Garden | Dealing with pests

Critters — large and small, welcome in the garden or not — are the topic of WSU/Chelan Master Gardener’s Third Saturday in the Garden event Sept. 19 at the Community Education Garden on Western Avenue.

Dishes that bring out the best in tomatoes

A chef friend once told me that his favorite food is a perfect, ripe tomato. It’s hard to argue with that. A tomato has it all: a startling amount of flavor packed into a drop-dead gorgeous package. Soft, but not too soft. Firm, but not too firm. Just juicy enough. And when cooked, it goes great with spaghetti. For that matter, you don’t have to cook tomatoes for them to go great with spaghetti.

Suggestions for next year’s tomato plantings

More than 100 tomato enthusiasts flocked to the WSU/Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener’s Community Education Garden in Wenatchee on Aug. 15 to compare tomatoes of all stripes and colors.

In the Garden | Put the smoosh on those pesky garden stinkbugs

Stinkbugs! Even the name is repulsive. This insect scourge loves the warm weather, and it seems its favorite treat is tomatoes. It actually can be found on any type of fruit beginning with raspberries in the spring and continuing to pears in the fall.

Don’t forget the change order

It's just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of misunderstanding — or worse, unauthorized work that inflates the price of a project.

Edging adds elegant finish to garden beds

One summer when I couldn’t finish weeding an 80-foot-long border of shrubs and perennials, my mother — an avid English gardener — took a good long look before she sighed and gave me this advice: If you don’t have time to weed, clean up the edge where the soil meets the grass. Creating a nice, crisp outline — making a sharp V- or L-shaped cut with a straight-edge spade to separate lawn from soil — is like tidying up your house for company when you can’t give it a thorough ...

In the Garden | By golly, it’s Tomato Gala time again!

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 15 for the fifth annual Tomato Gala. The tomato-tasting spree takes place at the WSU/Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener’s Community Education Garden at the northwest corner of Springwater and Western avenues in Wenatchee.