BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — After lugging an Igloo cooler from my minivan into the living room of a two-story home in Bloomington, I nervously watched 10 frozen batches of my family-favorite Zuppa Toscana soup change hands between 10 people whom I had never met.
The backpack is as much of a part of school life as homework. Students use backpacks to carry everything they need. Unfortunately, the weight of everything they need stuffed into an improperly worn backpack may lead to sore joints and muscles.
Dear Abby: I grew up the third of four children. Both my older brothers chose to go into engineering (the field my father is in). I rocked the boat and opted to go into education. All during college and after, my parents continued to tell me I had chosen the wrong career and would never have any money.
Sushi is what comes to mind when you think of Japanese food, right? Makes sense, as sushi has long captured the American imagination, is fun to eat and generates billions of dollars in revenue, according to market studies. But what about Japanese food beyond that iconic dish?
Pizzaiola is Italian for a pizza-style tomato sauce. Sounds straightforward, right? Well, the recipe certainly is. It usually starts with chopped tomatoes cooked with olive oil, a little garlic, a pinch of salt and some dried oregano. That’s it.
It's hard to make it through fall without stumbling over a bright orange pumpkin, but that doesn't mean many end up on your dinner plate. Besides the ubiquity of pumpkin pie, most pumpkins end up as decorative items — carved up as jack o' lanterns or displayed as some colorful harvest scene. This is a shame, because they are extremely versatile in the kitchen, working well in both savory and sweet dishes.
The booming brain game industry appeals to people eager to fight age-related memory loss and otherwise boost their brain power. But can playing brain games on your phone or computer really make you smarter?
Dear Abby: My boyfriend and I are mature adults who enjoy photography. He brings his camera when we go to the beach or sporting events — even to the store. He’s learning all the time about how to use light correctly and his zoom lens.
Ah, nothing like a good fall rain, but don’t get too comfortable now that you’re all done with your garden. With Old Man Winter just around the corner, I’ll make sure your garden tools will be in good condition in the spring when you need them again.
NCW — Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington has begun scheduling evaluation appointments for its energy assistance program. Appointments can be made at the organization’s Moses Lake office, 903 W. 3rd Ave.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee High School Choir plans to recognize local veterans during its upcoming performance of “White Christmas.” The show will be held Dec. 1-3 and 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees.