Once we install our smoke, security, and carbon monoxide alarms it can be easy to forget they are there. It is critical that these alarms are maintained so they work at their maximum efficienc…
Home and Hearth
Two millennia ago, the Roman writer Columella described the vintoria falx, a six-part, specialized pruning tool for grapes. What a stir that tool must have caused among Roman grape growers when it was first introduced!
CASA GRANDE — A new cookbook pays tribute to the classic 1993 film “Hocus Pocus” and puts a fun Halloween twist on some classic recipes.
The standard house comes complete with a concrete slab for the patio. Most people never do anything beyond sweeping the slab or the occasional power wash to remove barbeque, beverage, and pet stains. Left unprotected, stains, foot traffic, and UV rays can cause the concrete to fade and discolor.
NEW YORK — Clarence the giant schnauzer came into Penny Wagner’s life as a puppy nearly eight years ago, at a traumatic time for her family.
One of the simplest tasks to keep your home and its equipment working properly is to clean the air filters. When we think of air filters, most of us generally think of the HVAC filter. While we will start with that one, there are a few more to add to the maintenance schedule.
SIGNAL PEAK — Adel Diego remembers her early childhood in rural Mexico. She lived on an hacienda. She remembers playing in the river. She remembers the fruit trees.
Hello October. The holiday decorating season is underway. With Halloween just four weeks away and Christmas not far behind, it’s time to pull out and inspect your Halloween and Christmas lights.
PHOENIX -- ‘Boomerangers’… ‘Going Nowhere Generation’… ‘Growing Ups’… ‘Failed Fledglings’… Whichever term you choose to associate with the rise in adult kids moving back in with their parents, it has led to significant changes in living arrangements for everyone involved.
Bread and salt. Wine. A broom or sack of flour. Honey, pineapples, even bluebirds – a symbol of happiness – have been bestowed on people moving into new homes over the centuries.
CASA GRANDE -- What’s better than a gooey, cheesy quesadilla? Quesadilla cake — a six- or seven-layer cheese, meat and tortilla concoction — takes the flat quesadilla to new heights.
Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods found success with realistic plant-based burgers. Now, they’re hoping to replicate that in the fast-growing but crowded market for plant-based chicken nuggets.
Your remodeling project is almost done. The kitchen is rewired. The walls are painted. The countertops and cabinets are installed. All that’s left is installing the appliances. Don’t get ready to fire up that five-burner flattop just yet. You may be ordering take-out for a while. Home applia…
CASA GRANDE -- Wednesday is the first day of fall, and is there any dessert that welcomes the cooler weather better than an apple pie?
How do you know when summer has officially arrived in Arizona? When the water coming out of the cold faucet is hotter than the water coming from the hot faucet. And that’s no joke.
CASA GRANDE -- Few things go better together than eggs and potatoes. And the classic combination is paired together in the traditional tortilla de patatas — a classic Spanish-style potato omelette that’s perfect as a breakfast, snack or even as a light dinner.
COOLIDGE — For more than 70 years, the Shope family have been a fixture in the community, and through their grocery stores, they’ve helped area residents find the food and supplies needed to create delicious meals.
So, you figured you could skate through another monsoon season without having your roof inspected? Didn’t expect the record rainfall and winds we saw this year? Regretting that you didn’t get your roof inspected earlier?
CASA GRANDE -- When it comes to weekday meals, I like easy and versatile recipes that can be thrown together with simple and basic ingredients.
PITTSBURGH — First there was candy macaroni and cheese, unveiled earlier this year for Valentine’s Day, and now, for the summer, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is bringing together two iconic comfort foods — macaroni and cheese and ice cream.
While our long, hot summers have some homeowners wondering if vinyl windows are durable enough to be a smart choice for Arizona homes, they’re one of the most popular choices that DunRite Windows and Doors installs.
The final two weeks in July were wet ones for Arizona. The rain came down hard for hours. The extreme rain and dry soil were the perfect combinations for flash floods to occur — and they did, all over our state.
PHOENIX — Food City and Bashas’ supermarkets, together with Blue Clover Distillery and Mark Tarbell, are turning up the heat in kitchens across the state, a press release from the grocer said.
CASA GRANDE -- During the long, hot months of summer, few desserts hit the spot like ice cream. And when I was recently given a jar of pure maple syrup harvested from my sister and brother-in-law’s backyard trees in Maine, I knew right away what I wanted to make with it: maple syrup ice cream.
Showering has come a long way since the days of the old bucket of water. Today, you’ll find a downpour of options when it comes to shower heads. Styles and prices range from the basic fixed Chatfield Single-Handle 3-Spray Shower to a Hinson Rainfall Shower System to the Graff Ametis Shower S…
CASA GRANDE -- We all grew up eating bowls of creamy oatmeal, usually prepared as a porridge. Oats are one of the oldest grains, and oatmeal one of the oldest warm cereals.
A few years ago, a video showing two teenage boys trying to figure out how to use a rotary phone went viral. On the flip side, many older adults can’t figure out how to use a smartphone, let alone tablets, computers, and other smart devices.
So, a thunderstorm is a-brewin’ and you’re watching the season finale of your favorite TV show. The plot is getting to a pivotal moment when BOOM a crack of thunder and your TV goes out. Ugh! You didn’t DVR this episode and it won’t be available for live streaming until next season. Or … you…
I’ll bet that in some corner of your toolshed or garage, an old hoe is leaning against a wall. A hoe that hasn’t seen use in a long, long time, having been replaced by, perhaps, a gasoline- or electric-powered tiller, chemical weed killers, or mulches.
DEAR DOCTOR: Could you please address erythromelalgia? I’m told I have this condition, and from everything I’ve read, the prognosis isn’t very uplifting. I’ve had mild symptoms for as long as five years, but now, at age 71, it’s become much worse. Any information is greatly appreciated.
When most of us think of household items that use a lot of energy, we generally think about the big boys: the air conditioning unit, refrigerator, washer, dryer or dishwasher.
CASA GRANDE — The creamy, rich dessert known as crème brûlée has been around for centuries, since at least the 1700s, so when we ran across an internet recipe that claimed to simplify the sweet, decadent treat, we had to try it.