When the air temperature lingers just above 90 degrees, it’s tempting to jump in the pool.
Home and Hearth
The annual sunflower has a long history in North America, with evidence of its cultivation for food, ceremonial and medical use by Native Americans dating back to at least 1,000 B.C.
CASA GRANDE – Is there a friendlier and more versatile fruit than strawberries? From strawberry shortcake to ice cream, fruit salad, jelly or just eating them plain out of a bowl, strawberries rank pretty high on most people’s list of favorite fruits.
CASA GRANDE — Peter Piper Pizza of Casa Grande recently dropped off samples of its two new, limited-time pizzas at the PinalCentral newsroom for staffers to try.
CASA GRANDE – In a drive that takes about six hours, Casa Grande-area residents can be in the heart of one of California’s best wine-tasting regions. Not Napa Valley — that would be a 13-hour drive — but Temecula, described by Wine Enthusiast Magazine a few years ago as one of the 10 top win…
In the riot of colors and smells that is Cape Town, South Africa, we found a vibrant one-pot chicken and vegetable dish that turned our idea of what a curry is on its head. From a distance, this Cape Malay curry reads Indian, or maybe Indonesian, but get closer and it distinguishes itself as…
Classic risotto is made with starchy medium-grain Italian rice, such as Arborio or carnaroli. It is toasted then cooked, sometimes slowly, over low heat as broth is ladled into the pan in stages. While the liquid absorbs, the cook stirs, stirs and keeps stirring.
CASA GRANDE — A dog named Alice, a city judge, a homeless man and a former state governor — all with interesting stories — are a few of the real-life characters readers encounter when they read the new book by PinalCentral columnist Bill Coates, “People, Places and Dogs.”
In Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, “Our Town,” heliotrope flowers connect two sets of characters who gather to inhale their intoxicating scent in the moonlight. Heliotropes, then common, are, indeed, wonderfully fragranced. Yet somehow, they’ve fallen out of favor in American gardens.
CASA GRANDE – Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or an in-between snack, quiche is one of those foods that’s versatile, tasty and generally hits the spot. It’s also one of those handy dishes that’s great for using leftovers, including ham, cheese, spinach, chicken or just abou…
There are lots of classic dishes for Easter dinner: rack or leg of lamb, baked ham, Easter Bread, asparagus sides. But no one wants to miss dessert on a holiday, so make it a good one!
My wife Cindy and I sometimes watch shows about old English manors. The TV host shows the viewers around. Huge dining room. Huge library. Huge kitchen. Huge staircases. Huge windows. Forty-three rooms sitting on 5,000 acres.
Mini-split kind of sounds like a small ice cream dessert. Well, a mini-split can keep you cool, but you can’t eat it. A mini-split can also keep you warm.
CASA GRANDE — Hartfield’s Tires fronts Jimmie Kerr Boulevard, just west of Brown Avenue. It’s a tight fit. About the width of a vehicle between the street and the building.
It’s easy to think about the typical ways we prepare for the summer heat in Arizona such as making sure the sprinklers and drip systems are adjusted to water the landscaping more often. Weather-stripping anywhere daylight peeks through around a door. Clearing out the garage to make room for …
CASA GRANDE -- In Arizona, we have plenty of lemons and with the winter crop currently in season, there’s no shortage of the tart, easy-to-juice fruit.
It’s a rainy day. Water is always appreciated. Pinal farmers would like more. Pinal developers would like enough to say they could guarantee 100 years’ worth.
A successful professional-looking paint job is not done with just a paintbrush, roller, and can of paint. Many tools and accessories play their parts in creating vibrant colors with beautiful finishes.
CASA GRANDE -- Sunday was National Italian Food Day and to celebrate the occasion, I made delicious rice balls that are super creamy and cheesy. Best of all, they are easy to make and can be altered to any taste.
My wife joined me on a hike last week. We trekked through a mountain park in Phoenix. Cindy wasn’t much for hiking, up till then. Not since the Grand Canyon.
TUCSON -- Feeling full, or satiated, after a meal is healthy and normal, but what causes that feeling is complicated and not well understood. New University of Arizona-led research published in the journal Molecular Metabolism has identified a brain region and neural circuitry that mediate s…
CASA GRANDE -- I hate throwing things away, especially food, and bread is one of those foods that tends to hang around my kitchen long enough that it’s no longer suitable for sandwiches or toast.
CASA GRANDE — Zarco Guerrero tells stories. Friday before last, at the Casa Grande Main Library, he told stories of the Salt and Gila rivers.
CASA GRANDE -- Creamy and rich homemade pudding is so easy to make that it’s surprising the box pudding mixes ever became so popular.
VolunteerHub reports that one out of four American’s donate their time to organizations with missions they believe in. According to a United States Census Bureau study, 62.6 million people volunteered in 2015 alone.
Another year has come to an end. Too bad COVID-19 didn’t go with it. On the bright side, it can’t get any worse. Oops, I just jinxed it.