Mama J’s Southwest Kitchen

Savory roasted turkey with vegetables By Leann Grunwald Ingredients: - 1.5 pound turkey breast, bone out - 1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt - Extra virgin high-quality olive oil as needed - 2 carrots, peeled and large diced - 1 bulb fennel, halved, cored and cut into  thick strips - 1 yellow onion, peeled and large diced - 10 Brussels sprouts, stem removed and  halved - 2 tablespoons thyme leaves ...

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Kuma’s Adventures

Camping at Tortilla Flat in Tonto National Forest Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Hasn’t our weather been just divine? I love the cooler temps because it means we can go places that are too hot to visit in the summer – like Tortilla Flat in the Tonto National Forest. Me and my family loaded up the camper trailer, and off we went! We drove to South Phoenix on the 101 freeway and connected to ...

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Tiny Baubles

Make your own holiday ornaments with leftover items Story and photos by Shannon Fisher It is holiday time again! It is our tradition to make new ornaments every year. Here are three quick and easy ones you can make, too. Hot glue is a great way to make a melted snowman. Lay out parchment paper, wax paper or foil. Spread hot glue into a puddle shape. Now add pipe cleaner, paper or foam board for the nose. Yo ...

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Three Times the Fun!

Danielle and Nick Cicogna run a trio of businesses By Shelley Sakala Meet Danielle and Nick Cicogna, a pair of New York transplants who each settled in the desert, met, and are in the middle of their happily ever after. They’re also the owners of three businesses in North Phoenix: Diamond Dance Works, one of the largest dance studios in the NorthValley; Pearl Dancewear, home of high-quality dance apparel an ...

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The Kids Are All Right

Student-run nonprofit Youth for Troops aids veterans and active military By Eric Newman Six teens in the Anthem area frequently ran into each other at volunteer events and activities supporting veterans, active military members and their families, and figured they should maybe start working together. So in early 2017, they got together to create a nonprofit organization to consolidate their efforts, and “Yo ...

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On ‘Cue

The Tennessee Grill & Bar serves superb smoked meats and more By Niki D’Andrea The smell of slow-smoked meats and tangy barbecue sauce fills the large and bustling space that is The Tennessee Grill & Bar every night, creating a mouth-watering wait on especially busy nights, like Wednesdays, when tender, smoked chicken wings are on special, and Fridays, when the all-you-can-eat fish fry draws locals ...

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Christmas Gift

The value of taking joy in the simple things of life By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church/Standing Stones Christian Academy Growing up on the East Coast, I had always heard about the sights and sounds of Christmas in New York City. For years I had wanted to see and experience that extravaganza and I guess I passed that dream down to my kids, as year after year we watched the lighting of t ...

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Symbols and Celebrations

Could a local government display a nativity scene? By Judge Gerald A. Williams Can a local government lawfully display a nativity scene on government property during the Christmas season? Does it matter if it is also part of an overall holiday display? What about the Constitutional requirement for separation between church and state? To find answers to these and many legal questions, a quick examination of ...

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Small Business Retirement Plans

Tips to avoid extra taxes and maximize deductions By Paul Breslau, Breslau Insurance & Benefits Inc.   Many small business retirement plans are needlessly paying taxes because of inefficient 401(k) plan design or no plan at all. Are you falling victim to extra taxes?   Large employers typically have a 401(k) plan because it is a relatively low-cost employee benefit that a large business is expected ...

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Beyond Bookkeeping

Business Bookkeeping Resolution offers accounting, payroll, tax preparation and advisory services By Heather Maxwell, Executive Director, Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce   The mission of Business Bookkeeping Resolution is to empower business owners to be more successful and more in control of their business finances without taking their focus away from core and revenue-generating activities. Edina Hali ...

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