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(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable to personalize a gift basket or other holiday treat – just look to the bakery department in your local grocery store. From bagels and muffins paired with orange juice, to an assortment of cookies accompanied by hot cocoa, personalized creations are a welcome alternative to traditional gifts – ensuring the hostess has a gift worth waking up to!
(StatePoint) A holiday feast is one meal you’ll want to ensure includes flavorful, thoughtful dishes. Unfortunately, it’s one of the busiest times of year, and sorting through recipes, especially for dessert, may get pushed down the to-do list.
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can simplify your day-to-day tasks to focus on spending time with family and friends.
Heirloom Farmers Markets celebrates Heritage Foods Festival with their First Annual Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner, RIPE: Regionally Inspired Plates for the Evening. This inaugural Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner is presented in conjunction with Edible Baja Arizona and Zona 78, and will be held Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening at Zona 78 on River Road.
(NAPSI)—It may sound like a scientific breakthrough, but something that can help prevent heart disease, obesity and possibly cancer can easily be found in many of the foods already in your grocery store. It’s dietary fiber; certain substances that are not digested by the body.
(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it's easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.
(NAPSI)—Nationwide, shoppers are asking questions and becoming more connected to the sources of their food. They browse farmers markets, choose farm-to-table dining and spend their time and money visiting farms. Adventurous consumers even tend backyard chicken coops, providing themselves with their own source of fresh eggs and poultry; others weigh the advantages of buying organic foods. Whatever specific habits they may have stem from a popular demand for fresh, locally grown agricultural products.
Ask Susan Fulton and Mary (Gibson) Steiger how they feel about their gluten free bakery/bistro business six years after they began their concept at Tucson area farmer’s markets and prepare to be swept away by their enthusiasm. The pair have more passion than ever for continuing their quest to bring gourmet gluten free dining to Tucson in their dedicated, certified GF restaurant where diners have no fear of cross-contamination. The “girls” have grown their business from a small market vendor stall to their bustling retail location and employ 15 people. Dinner service on Friday and Saturday nights is now offered, in addition to their breakfast and lunch hours.
Senate Bill 1062 suddenly became a hot issue with emotional rants on both sides. An article in The Arizona Republic quoted Felecia Rotellini, Democrat, stating that, “SB 1062 is not about the free expression of religion. It is about discrimination. As a result, it undermines the heritage and values of our country and state – the preservation of liberty, justice and equality under law. . .”
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More than $30,000 in funds to benefit the Tucson staple, Rialto Theater, were collected on Feb. 15 during the second-annual Rialto Theater gala.
Mary Steiger and Susan Fulton met in a business networking group and soon discovered they were kindred spirits who love creating (and eating) delicious, healthy foods, and who shared an interest in alternative forms of wellness care. They formed a catering company after encountering a client who requested a gluten free cake. The pair began researching available products and were challenged to create something better. Thus began an exciting and ongoing journey of experimentation and education for the “girls” as they started creating their own repertoire of recipes while adopting the gluten free lifestyle themselves.
A new report detailing findings of a national survey of heritage food recovery has revealed that despite high numbers of endangered plants and animals, thousands of unique fruits, vegetables and other food items are returning to American markets and tables.
I haven’t seen the original Despicable Me film, but even though I’m a newbie to the super-villainous animated franchise, and was just a little lost with the initial set-up for this sequel, Despicable Me 2 is fiendishly funny and a fantastic film for the whole family. I enjoyed this movie so much that I’m definitely going to be seeking out the first one on video and I’m also already looking forward to next year’s prequel, Minions (which is currently slated for December, 2014.)
Mary Gibson and Susan Fulton met in a business networking group and soon discovered they were kindred spirits who love creating (and eating) delicious, healthy foods, and who shared an interest in alternative forms of wellness care. They formed a catering company after encountering a client who requested a gluten free cake. The pair began researching available products and were challenged to create something better. Thus began an exciting and ongoing journey of experimentation and education for the “girls” as they started creating their own repertoire of recipes while adopting the gluten free lifestyle themselves.
Women in business is tough enough, women opening small businesses have plenty of places to turn for help.
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Mary Gibson started cooking as a child and by the time she was seven years old she knew she wanted to be a baker when she grew up. Susan Fulton came from a family with a passion for food and always fantasized about owning her own restaurant. The two traveled very different roads until their paths met in Tucson six year ago.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is known in many households as an ornery man with a sharp tongue and a quick temper, poking and prodding at every instance of dissatisfaction he can find in a kitchen. Ramsay is best known for his shows, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Hell's Kitchen places contestants in a team based competition in which the greatest chefs rise to the top while the cooks fall by the wayside. Kitchen Nightmares places Chef Ramsay, who has an astonishing fifteen Michelin Stars, in failing restaurants with the mission to turn the establishments around. Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares have been runaway successes in both The United States and The U.K.
CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar will partner with The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain to offer a memorable Mother’s Day Brunch experience on Sunday, May 12. All moms attending this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch at CORE will be offered a luxurious aromatherapy hand massage while visiting the restaurant, compliments of the resort.
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For several years, as our nation struggled through a downturned economy, the Town of Oro Valley also experienced a sharp decrease in development activity. Although we are still on the mend, a quick look back to fiscal year 2011-12 shows that development is on the rise, and there are some very exciting projects in the pipeline.
Coinciding with the retirement of former Parks and Recreation Director Ainsley Legner, the Town of Oro Valley has officially hired Kristy Diaz-Trahan to take over the position. The former Recreation Services Division Manager in the City of Albuquerque, Diaz-Trahan began work on Feb. 4.
New business startups in Oro Valley have continued to populate the town during the past year, opening a number of specialized services businesses despite a slow economy that’s blanketed the country.
The “Taste of Paradise” rewards program has recently been launched at all Tucson locations of Paradise Bakery and Cafe. Paradise “regulars” will now be rewarded for their loyalty in several delicious ways: