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Tofu: the other white meat

October is the shoulder season — the High Holidays are over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is when you want easy snacks, quick lunches and no-fuss appetizers for unexpected guests. You want them to be delicious and filling, but you also want them come together quickly without too much effort. It would be nice if they were healthy and economical, too.

Wednesday 10/24/2018
Experimenting with new vegetables
Posted: October 24, 2018

The ‘bottled’ gourd

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Learn the 4 C’s of parent-teacher confidence
Posted: October 17, 2018

Around the same time that the pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks appear in your local coffee shop, another annual event will take place that may send you reeling like a triple shot of espresso. Yes, it’s almost that time of year: parent-teacher conferences. Your child means the world to you, so meeting face to face with the person who spends as many or more waking hours of the day as you do with your student can be daunting.

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Training sessions address #MeToo issues at camps
Posted: October 17, 2018

As a former Jewish summer camper, Moving Traditions CEO Deborah Meyer said camp was a place where she developed long-lasting friendships and an intense connection to Jewish life. But it was also a place where she remembers some inappropriate behavior between counselors.

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How rock-climbing camps can benefit your child
Posted: October 17, 2018

For generations, children have spent their summers climbing trees, escaping on small adventures and meeting new friends. In addition to pure summer fun, these activities provided children with hands-on ways to develop life skills.

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5 simple ways to get (and stay) organized this school year
Posted: October 17, 2018

Follow these easy back-to-school tips and weekly routines to make staying organized this school year feel like a breeze!

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Behavioral plans: worth it or not?
Posted: October 17, 2018

“I’ve tried everything. Nothing works. Sticker charts don’t work. Besides, I don’t think I should have to bribe my child. I don’t want to reward him for something that he should be doing already.”

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Falling in love again with apple cider
Posted: October 10, 2018

Along with pumpkins and hayrides, the best part of autumn is apple cider. Nothing tastes better than the juice of crushed apples.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
On the grill: healthy burger dinner
Posted: October 03, 2018

After the indulgences of summer (ice cream! barbecues! cocktails!) and the High Holidays (matzah ball soup! challah! honey cake!), many of us feel the need to reduce.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Hillel at ASU seeks grant to address student mental health
Posted: October 03, 2018

College is pressure cooker for many young adults, a time when they face isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health and wellness challenges.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Weeknight pasta recipes
Posted: September 26, 2018

As fall arrives and life gets busy, weeknight dinners can be a challenge.

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Pardes student featured on TED-Ed YouTube channel
Posted: September 26, 2018

Nick Enquist | Staff Writer

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Easy-to-make Sephardic dishes for any occasion
Posted: September 20, 2018

Bagels and lox are wildly popular and easily assembled at the last minute for any event, but several years ago, I began adding Sephardi dishes to our buffets. Not only healthy and colorful, this cuisine pairs well with bagels and lox.

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J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together
Posted: September 20, 2018

It’s tough to be a teenager. On top of academic pressure and the usual dose of teen drama, it’s become expected to be part of extracurricular groups. Luckily, the Jewish community has multiple organizations that teens can get involved with, from youth groups to travel programs. But where does one begin to look?

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain
Posted: September 12, 2018

Faith Kessler was the only person from Arizona who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery high school youth group trip this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there. Kessler, a senior at Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center in Phoenix, wrote this travelogue about her Spanish adventure. — Janet Perez

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Simple, elegant break-the-fast meal
Posted: September 12, 2018

Everyone looks forward to breaking the fast, except for maybe the chef, who likely has plenty of other things to do in the days ahead. So with Yom Kippur just a few days away, here in advance are some quick and easy ways to break the fast in style.

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Genetic screenings urged during Tay-Sachs National Awareness Month
Posted: September 12, 2018

Like many Jews, Shari Ungerleider was tested for Tay-Sachs disease while she was pregnant with her first child, Evan. Tragically, the results were misread and Ungerleider was assured she wasn’t a carrier.

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Thursday 08/30/2018
Consider the versatile, nutritious cauliflower
Posted: August 30, 2018

A diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables is generally recommended for optimal health, but that can be a challenge in our region during the dead of winter. The good news is that with some effort, we can find locally grown and stored produce at area markets.

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Outdoor adventure is key at Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day camp
Posted: August 30, 2018

Every summer, Bruce and Barbara Goldberg of Phoenix escape the city’s oppressive heat by retreating to their Flagstaff vacation home. They love having their grandchildren visit for the summer, and are thrilled to give them the special treat of attending Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day camp, Camp Canyon, which emphasizes outdoor adventure.

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Wednesday 08/22/2018
Two insider tricks to make dinner better
Posted: August 22, 2018

I recently discovered two fantastic tricks: One involves the grill, the other a pie.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Checking your own communication behaviors with your children
Posted: August 15, 2018

When my two brothers and I were in elementary school, our family always ate weekday dinners together. Everyone in the family had a chance to talk about problems, successes and minutia of the day. My parents insisted that if we wanted to be listened to, we had to listen to everyone else, including them. My parents created an environment conducive to sincere communication. They knew that if they wanted their children to listen to them, they needed to listen to us.

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Fall is the time for teens to reconnect
Posted: August 15, 2018

It’s back-to-school time for Valley Jewish students, which means it’s also time to reconnect with various Jewish youth groups around the Valley.

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Should schools start later?
Posted: August 15, 2018

Ask a teenager whether they want to sleep a little bit longer, and they’ll happily turn around without a sound and crawl back into their cave of 500 thread count sheets.

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A fiesta of Mexican appetizers
Posted: August 15, 2018

Zesty and delicious, Mexican appetizers are so versatile. Sautéed or roasted vegetables, cilantro, scallions, salsa, avocado, corn kernels and refried beans can be easily added or substituted for a recipe’s suggested ingredients. Because Mexican appetizers are often finger foods, they set an informal tone. Perfect for summer fun.

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Wednesday 08/01/2018
Chicken so good, it’s addictive
Posted: August 01, 2018

R emember the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry David is obsessed with chicken from a Palestinian restaurant, but is wracked by guilt for supporting the establishment? “I know, I know, but this chicken, you can’t believe how good it is!”

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Wednesday 07/25/2018
Keep furry friends safe this summer
Posted: July 25, 2018

Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet. 

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Should you put insulation on the outside of your house?
Posted: July 25, 2018

Most Arizona homeowners know what insulation is and how it helps protect houses from getting too hot in summer or too cold in winter (not something we worry about very much).

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The fresh flavors of Mexico in your kitchen
Posted: July 25, 2018

Since visiting one of my newly discovered favorite restaurants, I have craved Mexican food nonstop.

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Wednesday 07/18/2018
Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer
Posted: July 18, 2018

There is something special about an elaborate dessert. Finishing a meal with a showstopper of a sweet treat makes everyone smile.

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Wednesday 07/11/2018
Peach season blossoms each summer
Posted: July 11, 2018

There is nothing better than biting into a ripe peach, even when the juice rolls down to my chin. With their sweet flavor tinged with a touch of tartness, peaches are my favorite fruit — not just for their taste but for their versatility, too.

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Thursday 07/05/2018
Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps
Posted: July 05, 2018

Pulled chicken is one of my go-to dishes for a crowd.

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
Revamping the Reuben
Posted: June 20, 2018

As a fan of sandwiches in general, I never gave much thought to the Reuben — that traditional deli concoction of corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese grilled on rye bread.

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A Shabbat dinner to serve all summer
Posted: June 20, 2018

I began with the best of intentions. For years, I made rich meals for Shabbat dinners all year-round, but in the summer, even with air conditioning, I became overheated preparing hearty food, which my family and friends didn’t feel like eating on sweltering days.

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Report: Arizona bucks national autism trend
Posted: June 20, 2018

In late April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings showing a 15 percent increase in autism spectrum disorder over previous estimates. But Arizona bucked this trend by reporting a slight decrease.

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