Friday Photo 9/26

Kiva ladder, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. Photo by Kerrick James, www.kjphotosafaris.com.

Friday Photo 9/26

Kiva ladder, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. Photo by Kerrick James, www.kjphotosafaris.com.

Cactus Honey Sherbet

2CactusHoneyBerryGelatofinal105newBoth peaches and prickly pears ripen from mid-summer to early fall, depending on where you live. What better time to make this rosy ice cream that combines the mellow flavors of both fruits? From The Prickly Pear Cookbook, by Carolyn Niethammer.

Cactus Honey Sherbet

Makes about 1 quart

3 medium very ripe peaches
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
2 1/2 cups prickly pear purée or…

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Friday Photo 9/19

Government Prairie in Parks, Arizona. San Francisco Peaks (with Wild Bill Hill in front of them) and Mt.

Friday Photo 9/19

Government Prairie in Parks, Arizona. San Francisco Peaks (with Wild Bill Hill in front of them) and Mt.

Calabacitas

CalabacitasThis is a great dish for late summer, when corn, squash, and chiles are all found at farmers markets and roadside stands. You can use one kind of squash or a combination, and you can also wrap these calabacitas up into vegetarian burritos. From The Essential Southwest Cookbook.

Calabacitas

Serves 4–6

4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 small zucchini (about 1/2 pound), diced
2 small…

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Mike Ward — Rock star, Surfer, Ranger, and Author of Ghost Riders in the Sky

Mike Ward — Rock star, Surfer, Ranger, and Author of Ghost Riders in the Sky

GRITS-cover-400pixBy Jim Turner

Mike Ward was born in Pomona, California, during the Truman administration (1945–53) and grew up in Arcadia, an idyllic suburb of Los Angeles. He says the crowning achievement of his grade school years was when he “handily won the ‘Best Rester’ award during our morning nap ritual.”

His parents met at the Claremont Colleges, where his father was a business major and his mother…

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Friday Photo 9/12

A jackrabbit takes a drink in Globe, Arizona. Photo by Jim Turner.

Friday Photo 9/12

A jackrabbit takes a drink in Globe, Arizona. Photo by Jim Turner.

Arugula Salad

Modern-SW-coverThis simple and fresh salad will liven up your plate. Go for the freshest arugula you can find, and while you’re at the farmers market, look for the honey people. There’s always someone selling local honey. From Modern Southwest Cooking, by Chef Ryan Clark.

Arugula Salad

Serves 4–6

2 egg yolks
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup blended oil*
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2…

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What We Are Reading - September

What We Are Reading – September

diary of a part time indianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie with art by Ellen Forney

review by Aaron Downey

When I read that an Idaho school board had banned this young adult novel by American treasure Sherman Alexie, I marched out immediately to go buy a copy. It’s a shame that some kids won’t get to read this book while they are young and can get the most out of it. Aside from the bits…

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Ghost Riders in the Sky now available

Ghost Riders in the Sky now available

GRITS-cover-400pixGhost Riders in the Sky: The Life of Stan Jones, The Singing Ranger, by Michael K. Ward is now available!

Scene: Death Valley National Monument in 1947. A handsome young park ranger named Stan Jones idly plucks his guitar, looks up at the sky, writes a cowboy song … and strikes gold. Next stop: Hollywood, where Stan finds himself working with the likes of John Wayne, John Ford, Gene…

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Friday Photo 9/5

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ. Photo by Sarah Dolliver, Focus On Nature Photography

Friday Photo 9/5

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ. Photo by Sarah Dolliver, Focus On Nature Photography