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If you love Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, there is no doubt that you will love Memphis, the home of Graceland and the Sun Recording Studio where he was discovered and made famous.

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Arizona State University’s Hillel chapter was nominated for several categories at the college’s 2018 Pitchfork Awards. ASU Hillel took home the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization award, which recognizes the achievements and successes of a registered ASU student organization that …

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Meatloaf is often-maligned: It has a reputation as a bland way to stretch a pound of ground meat to feed an entire family. But the meatloaf of our childhoods need not be the meatloaf of today.

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We had a mini-reunion of my husband’s college roommates a few weeks back — it was great fun to reconnect and, of course, none of us has changed a bit.

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Several years ago, my granddaughter gave me a picture frame for Mother’s Day. She’d decorated it with sequins, pompoms and stars.

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Do you like pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise blue water and gorgeous ocean sunsets? Do you dream about unwinding and experiencing a laid-back “island time” vacation? Do you enjoy good food with a water view?

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Yesterday, while I was shopping in one of my favorite department stores, Dorothy the cashier and I began talking about simple things that make people happy. Her eyes lit up and she said, “I bought myself a wonderful gift when I was on my lunch break today. I stopped at one of the mall access…

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Josh Frank, author of the forthcoming graphic novel Giraffes on Horseback Salad — an adaptation of a lost collaboration between the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dalí — has spent his life preparing for such a project. This consisted of watching every Marx Brothers movie so that the nitty-gritty…

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The 761 mile-long Rhine River has played a huge role in European history as it flows from the Swiss mountains to the North Sea. It is simultaneously a major water and rail corridor, tourist attraction and home to medieval castles, battlefields, vineyards and commerce.

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I’m having a love affair with grapefruits. This time of year, when so much produce is in hibernation, citrus fruits are at their peak. My current obsession honors this juicy orb, long marginalized as a diet food for women to eat daintily for breakfast with a serrated spoon. No longer.

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On a recent foray to the fishmonger, some ahi tuna called my name. The bright red steaks were screaming with freshness, and I simply had to have them for dinner.

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On a recent trip to Argentina, I had the good fortune to visit Mishiguene. The restaurant’s philosophy is based on the fact that Jews have established roots all over the world and had to adapt ancestral recipes to locally available ingredients. The menu of Mishiguene reflects that tradition,…

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If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend, be prepared to have a lot of beer left over as guests bring six-pack after six-pack. Unless you have a prodigious liver, chances are you will never drink all that leftover beer.

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The Super Bowl is just more than a week away on Feb. 3. If your house is like mine, Super Bowl parties are a place where great quantities of food are consumed.

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I was invited to a Chanukah luncheon in early December. The hostess prefaced the invite with, “We are serving latkes, bagels, lox, deli, bread, sandwiches. A total carb fest, nothing healthy.”

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Clementines, those darling little oranges, have become wildly popular in recent years — and with good reason.

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I recently hosted a casual weeknight dinner for six neighbors who wanted to discuss the political climate and how to change it. Overnight, it mushroomed into a dinner for 20, which was good news in terms of the level of engagement we were generating, but challenging news for the cook.

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A few years ago, on the back shelf of a dusty thrift store, I found a plain wooden box with reassuringly familiar dimensions. I pulled it down, opened it up, and there they were: the smooth cream-colored tiles with brightly colored numbers on them.

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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 with…

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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 …

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

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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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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 doe…

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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 Agri…

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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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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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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 cam…

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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, incl…

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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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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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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…

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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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