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In early September, we visited the birthplace of country music.

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These scones are a flaky, honey-glazed brunch delight, brimming with juicy, sweet berries in a buttery, rich crumb. We achieved a perfectly crumbly texture by incorporating butter in two ways, processing some with flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt for even distribution, then pulsing more…

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With a tangy, rich flavor and velvety consistency, cheesecake's characteristic qualities make it well-suited to variation: Lemon cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and berry cheesecake are all common. But our favorite variation might just be pumpkin cheesecake.

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Fall is in the air, and with it an urge to get organized, clean up sloppy summer habits and knock our schedules into shape. One way to feel like you've got some semblance of order at home is to master The Big Supermarket Shop.

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This light yet deeply flavorful soup is a celebration of colors, tastes, and textures, overflowing with garnishes and tender shredded chicken. We wanted it to have authentic flavor with a streamlined method, and the multicooker was the perfect ally.

FULTON, ILL. — A poker and fun run benefit for Kim Sikkema will be Sept. 15 at King Pins Saloon, 18675 13th St., Fulton.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The company that makes Wrangler and Lee jeans is breaking off its denim division to focus on its fast-growing outdoor and activewear business as Americans swap out jeans for yoga pants.

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This time of year, I could live on tomato sandwiches. But it's hard to make a sandwich out of cherry tomatoes, and I have loads of cherry tomatoes. I don't know what it is, but I can't resist buying them when I see them at the farmer's market. If you are like me and have a glut of cherry tom…

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Assassin Beetle, Cicada Killer Wasp, Elephant Beetle and Giant Walking Stick – these are all big bad names for totally harmless insects that co-exist with us on this planet. Whether we like it or not, insects are a part of our world and have been around longer then we have. Their vast number…

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Born in 1926 as one of our country’s first numbered highways, the road has been romanticized with a hit song and, in the early 1960s, a popular TV series. Spanning 2,400 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles (later, Santa Monica), Route 66 served as a thoroughfare to the hope for a better li…

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Most turkey burgers are dry, bland, or loaded up with flavor-blunting fillers. To create juicy, well-textured turkey burgers, we ditched store-bought ground turkey in favor of a home-ground turkey thigh, which boasts more fat and flavor.

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The Southern staple known as spoonbread — a particular specialty of Kentucky and Virginia — is a Native American dish adopted early on by America's earliest European settlers. George Washington happened to be a big fan and often served it up at Mount Vernon, Virginia. I love it because of it…

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To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck — harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centers, and then free them to hunt.

CLINTON — Dr. Kirby Marine and Dr. Randy Welser of Westgate Orthodontic Group/Orthodontic Group Associates have announced that Dr. Lora Marine has joined the practice.

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If you're going to grill a prime rib, the last thing you want is an overcooked gray ring surrounding the rosy interior. We decided to forgo searing the flat cut sides, which meant the roast spent less time over high heat.

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Barbecuing is the perfect method for cooking fatty cuts of pork or beef, but relatively lean chicken is another story. For barbecued pulled chicken with a smoky flavor and moist, tender meat, we'd have to come up with some tricks.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For children of the mid-1990s, Disney’s new Toy Story Land offers the opportunity to visit the imaginary world they grew up in. For their parents, it brings back sweet memories of a magical time of toys and make-believe. And for everyone else, the new theme park…

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Barbecue sauce is one of the most versatile sauces out there — it can be served as a dipping sauce or a topping, brushed onto protein and vegetables during cooking, or stirred into beans and shredded meat after cooking.

There is only one plant I know of that would actually bite you and that is the Venus Fly Trap. A bite from that plant would not be painful or even leave a bite mark. The four plants you will read about here all grow in this area and can cause mild to severe skin rashes resulting in pain, suf…

MAQUOKETA — Join a naturalist for some froggin' at 1 p.m. July 7 at the Hurstville Interpretive Center.

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If you want to end a summer celebration or gathering with a big old bang, you would be hard pressed to pick a better dessert than an ice cream pie. Somehow, ice cream stuffed into a pie crust just seems so much more festive and decadent and sultry than bowls of ice cream.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer is always full of action and superhero pics, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy. After a 2017 without any from a major studio, this summer is proving to be a re-birth for this lost Hollywood staple …

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Store-bought pizza dough makes this flatbread weeknight-friendly, and the perfect combination of salty and savory toppings plus a quick homemade pesto will make it a new staple in your rotation.

With a name like Buffalo Gnat, one would expect a large hairy, hump-backed insect that travels in a large herd. Instead what we have invading the entire Midwest this spring is a small insect (also called black fly) the size of a fruit fly or smaller. So what is the problem?

Stop by the children’s desk to register and pick up a summer reading log. Babies and preschool age children will be given a list of fun activities to complete with their caregiver, while those kids in grades kindergarten through sixth grade are asked to keep track of the number of hours they…

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I don't remember when I had radishes with unsalted butter and coarse salt for the first time, but I know that it was in France. And, it was the oblong red-to-fushia, white-tipped French Breakfast radish that I fell in love with. This often photographed radish is what I think of when I think …

CLINTON — Tom Tegeler and Sandy Tegeler were top Clinton Duplicate Bridge Club winners recently at Bickford Cottage. Mary Duhr and Phyllis Morris were second; Georgia Parks and Norma McDonnell, third; John Mulholland and Judy Doughty, fourth; James Carey and John Carlin, fifth; Carol Hill an…

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MORRISON, Ill. — The Morrison Musical Theater Association is celebrating Christmas in July (almost) with some tunes from the past in this summer’s production of "The 1940’s Radio Hour."

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — How much is that maltipoo in the window? It could end up costing twice what it says on the price tag if the buyer is enticed into signing a pet leasing contract.

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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse will open the 2018 Concert Series on May 25 with "Reba...And Friends." From “Fancy” to “Is There Life Out There,” Reba McEntire is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high sc…

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Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion. Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere.

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Giant sequoias, spectacular waterfalls, alpine tundra, plus arguably the world’s most beautiful valley combine to make California’s Yosemite National Park one of our country’s most popular vacation destinations.

WALCOTT — The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society quarterly meeting will be 1:30 p.m. May 20 at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant St., Walcott.

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