Mama G.’s onion ring recipe

Onion Rings Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) offers up an indulgent onion ring recipe. With lazy summer days, Labor Day, and barbecue top of mind, it’s the perfect time to fry up some savory onion rings, or as I fondly refer to them, vegetable doughnuts. My thick-cut onion rings are made from beautiful whole white onions and battered with a subtle blend of spices that allow the onion’s natural sweetness to shin ...

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Meet Valley artist Monica Aissa Martinez

Monica Aissa Martinez: Body Awareness in a New Light By Nicole Royse Photos courtesy of Monica Aissa Martinez A fascination with the human body, animals, and technology and its effects on us as a society are the inspiration for the intricate paintings and drawings by talented local artist Monica Aissa Martinez. Martinez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in metals and ceramics from the University of Texas ...

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A Total Eclipse of the Moon

Get set for one of the most dramatic and beautiful of all astronomical events. By Steve Kates A scorching August leads us to September and hopefully cooler weather. As the heat slowly retreats, the night skies of August and September offer up some celestial gems. Get set for one of the best meteor showers of the entire year as the annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on the night of Aug. 12. With the special ...

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Campus Chic

THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL WARDROBE GETS REINTERPRETED WITH SOPHISTICATED NEUTRALS Photographer: Sylvia Hardt, sylviahardt.com Wardrobe Stylist: Shannon Campbell, shannoncampbellstylist.com Hair/Make-Up Lillian Fogel, lillianfogel.com Models: Laura & Lo, from Ford Robert Black, fordrba.com; Hannah, independent   Clothing: Studio Joy Li, (480) 970-1043, joyli.net BCBG Dillard's Fashion Square, (480) 949-586 ...

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Casino Arizona hosts inaugural Comic Bingo

It’s time for bingo players and comic book fans to summon their superpowers and embark on a journey to Casino Arizona! Sept. 12 marks the casino’s inaugural Comic Bingo event, which will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. This special night will be full of fun, games and prizes––including a free trip to New York City that includes two four-day passes to New York Comic Con. Casino guests can present their P ...

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Meet polo star Kareen Rosser

Meet and Mingle with Kareem Rosser, the Greatest African-American Polo Player of All Time He’s been featured on 60 Minutes and ESPN and is undoubtedly the best African-American to ever play the sport of polo. And on Thursday, September 10th Arizona polo fans will get a chance to meet and mingle with Kareem Rosser when the Fifth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower invites yo ...

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Should accurate labeling be mandatory for the sale of all gems?

Origins? Should accurate labeling be mandatory for the sale of all gems? Jewelry expert Scott Bohall weighs in—perhaps literally. By Scott Bohall The lobbyists in Washington, D.C., just won a decision saying that U.S. residents don’t need to know which country the meat we’re purchasing is coming from. Of course, the reason not to divulge its origins boils down to cost cutting and profits. No doubt there wil ...

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North Valley Symphony Orchestra names Craig Triplett as new concertmaster

North Valley Symphony Orchestra recently named Craig Triplett as the new concertmaster for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Triplett began playing the violin at the age of 9 in St. Louis, Missouri. At 17, he won the CASA Concerto Competition and performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the CASA Symphonic Orchestra. Triplett studied violin and viola at Southern Illinois University for two years, during which he ...

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What to do with your free time now that the kids are back in school

Newfound Freedom M.D. Thalmann revels in all his free time after his kids head back to school.   It’s about that time, when the sun starts to become a little more forgiving and you don’t have to listen to a cacophony of “I’m bored” because the kids are back in school after a long summer. I have a few things to say about all the fun activities that parents can do with the “extra” free time they’ll gain ...

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Relationships––Ask Dirk

A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and home Dear Dirk, My wife is dying to have another baby, and it’s not working out for us. We’ve been trying for about four months now, and no dice. This is concerning her because we’ve never had to try this hard in the past (we have three boys). The truth is that I only half want another kid and have second thoughts all the time. I am worried that my inability t ...

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Lose fat and build muscle

Ladder Down Use repetition to your advantage to lose the fat and build muscle using this simple, effective workout.   By Shannon Dougherty and Kim Miller Photos by Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com Moving your body daily can make a big difference in your long-term health. Workouts don’t have to be complex to be effective. This ladder-down workout repeats the same move several times on ...

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Confessions of North Valley Moms

Local mommies dish about their secret feelings about motherhood––and it’s not all cuddles and kisses.   By Kristin Caliendo Motherhood can be so many things. Motherhood is messy. Motherhood is loud. Motherhood is amazing! At the end of the day, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, a ray of hope, a silver lining. So hang in there and try not to take yourself too seriously. Here are some ligh ...

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Personal-injury lawyers Mark and Alexis Breyer are at the top of their profession

By Sondra Barr Photos by Chadwick Fowler Styling by Shannon Campbell Hair & Makeup by Lillian Fogel Alexis’s clothing provided by Saks Fifth Avenue   Serious-injury and wrongful-death law are about justice and accountability, according to Mark and Alexis Breyer. As the husband-and-wife law team behind Breyer Law Offices, they’ve each distinguished themselves as among the best attorneys in these cat ...

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Meet Scottsdale indie pop duo 76th Street

76th Street Writer Lynette Carrington gets to know a local young indie pop duo.   Haley Gold and Spencer Bryant know each other so well that they can finish each other’s sentences. What has been a nearly lifelong friendship has grown into the dynamic indie pop duo known as 76th Street. The two 18-year-olds are studying business communications at ASU and manage to keep up with their burgeoning music car ...

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Writer Julie Carlson checks in at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Centennial Anniversary: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records  By Julie Carlson Libraries are a haven for avid readers and researchers. Throughout the changing times, libraries have remained strong and diligent by keeping up with progress by preserving information, artifacts, and reading materials for the general public and for generations to come. Such is the case with the Arizona State Librar ...

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