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Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

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

Peach season blossoms each summer

Peach season blossoms each summer

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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.

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

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

Revamping the Reuben

Revamping the Reuben

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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.

Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

Posted:

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

Peach season blossoms each summer

Peach season blossoms each summer

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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 …

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

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

Revamping the Reuben

Revamping the Reuben

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As a fan of sandwiches in general, I never gave much thought to the Reuben — that traditional deli concoction of corned beef, sauerkraut, Russ…

A Shabbat dinner to serve all summer

A Shabbat dinner to serve all summer

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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 conditi…

Report: Arizona bucks national autism trend

Report: Arizona bucks national autism trend

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In late April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings showing a 15 percent increase in autism spectrum disorder over…

New website centralizes Jewish volunteer opportunities

New website centralizes Jewish volunteer opportunities

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When the new website Mitzvah Hub, a partnership between Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Jewish Family and Children’s Service, launche…

Local woman puts creative energy into citywide fitness initiative

Local woman puts creative energy into citywide fitness initiative

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Lauren Saks barely breaks a sweat as she jumps and squats while cheering on a panting crowd via her headset. You’d never know the leader of Fa…

Dog tales explored in young author’s newest book

Dog tales explored in young author’s newest book

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Rachel Kaplan dreamed of having a fur baby since she was in preschool at Temple Kol Ami. In her second book, “The Adventures of Smokey,” she r…

New photography exhibit highlights Israel’s diversity

New photography exhibit highlights Israel’s diversity

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On Monday, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society held the public opening for “Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel,” a solo exhibit of ph…

Jewish educational administrator vies for GOP nomination as state superintendent

Jewish educational administrator vies for GOP nomination as state superintendent

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A Valley native and product of the Arizona public school system, Republican Jonathan Gelbart is one of two Jewish candidates vying to become A…

New home for Yeshiva High School  of Arizona nears completion

New home for Yeshiva High School of Arizona nears completion

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The roofers’ hammers boomed overhead on a recent Wednesday as Rabbi Gavriel Goetz, head of school for Yeshiva High School of Arizona, explaine…

Jewish day school fights food insecurity

Jewish day school fights food insecurity

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access …

Valley groups cater to caregivers during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Valley groups cater to caregivers during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association designated June Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in order to support those with Alzheimer’s and th…

A trip to the Roman Jewish ghetto

A trip to the Roman Jewish ghetto

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I had the good fortune to spend a week in Italy recently. I also had the good fortune to tour Il Ghetto, as it is still called.

Valley breast cancer survivor starts support group with Jewish focus

Valley breast cancer survivor starts support group with Jewish focus

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Jessica Knight was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in September 2013. Married to a marine, Knight and her family moved around every coupl…

Harissa: spice paste extraordinaire

Harissa: spice paste extraordinaire

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Harissa, the North African spice paste that blends dried chilis, garlic, paprika and some other aromatic spices, is becoming my newest kitchen…

What to expect from an event photographer

What to expect from an event photographer

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A yad skimming over the black letters of the Torah during a bar mitzvah is an image you probably want to always treasure.

Speeches present learning opportunity for bar and bat mitzvahs

Speeches present learning opportunity for bar and bat mitzvahs

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Your palms are sweaty.