White Sauce Skillet Enchiladas Fiesta-ready family tradition hits all the high notes

By Leann Grunwald     Cast Iron White Sauce Skillet Enchiladas White sauce ingredients: - 3 tablespoons of butter - 1 shallot, peeled and minced - 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced - 1/4 cup white wine - 1 cup heavy cream - Kosher salt Directions : Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sweat the shallot and the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine and simmer until slig ...

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Money Talks

6 ways to teach your kids about finance   Special to 85085 Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.  Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than 20 percent of teacher ...

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Fall Fun

Wood pumpkins, leaf faces and scarecrows, oh my!   Story and photos by Shannon Fisher Fall is finally here in AZ! Here are some easy crafts to celebrate. Wood pumpkins are fun to paint and decorate. We ordered ours from a local wood maker, but they sell them at crafts stores as well. You can use acrylic paint to make the colors of your choice. You can also use paper covered with Mod Podge to create ano ...

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New Skin

North Phoenix firm Axolotl Biologix is bio-engineering “replacement skin” and soon replacement blood vessels and heart patches. Is your body due for a high-tech upgrade?   By Jimmy Magahern At first glance, it might look like a miniature sandwich bag for a Barbie doll tea party, or maybe one of those clear breath-freshening strips that dissolve on the tongue. But in fact, the small, fibrous patch devel ...

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Cold and Clean

West Coast Plumbing & Air owners provide customers with life essentials   By Alison Stanton As co-owners of West Coast Plumbing & Air, Michelle Ricart and her husband John Ricart IV offer plumbing and HVAC services to residential and commercial customers. “We provide all plumbing and HVAC services from garbage disposals and toilet repairs to barbecue gas lines,” Michelle says, adding they also ...

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Remembering the Blessings

Creative ways to be thankful with family this holiday season   By Pastor David and Kelley Bowen Standing Stones Community Church/Standing Stones Christian Academy Do people look at your family and think it should be the poster family for the next Hallmark movie? That’s nice that others think that, but you know the truth. As the calendar turns to November, hearts and nerves begin to focus on Thanksgivin ...

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Field Goals

5 ways to coach your sales staff like a winning sports team   Special to 85085 Sales is a highly competitive field. People who sell for a living often face many rejections before receiving a “yes.” Coaching can be helpful to struggling salespeople, as shown by a recent Forbes article that reported many salespeople who quit cited a lack of coaches and mentors as one of the top reasons they bolted. Some ...

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Smile Doctor

Dr. Lisa Bienstock opens Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics   By Eric Newman Take one step into the new Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics office in North Phoenix, and it will be clear the do-it-all shop for everything mouth-related for kids and young adults is something special. Rather than the drab, melancholy mood one might expect at the dentist or orthodontist, everybody on staff is e ...

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Upper Crust

Mellow Mushroom stands out among chain restaurants at Norterra   Story and photos by Madison Rutherford Mellow Mushroom must be doing something right. The pedigreed pizza joint has a long-standing history of serving up piping hot stone-baked pies with fresh ingredients. The Happy Valley location is almost always packed. Plus, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a place that specializes in pizza and beer. ...

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Post-Turkey Plans

5 fab activities to stave off boredom and burn calories   The plates are cleared, the dishes are washed and the leftovers are loaded into the fridge. You’re sitting around with family and friends, with the top button of your jeans unsnapped (to ease digestion) as you fight off the effects of the tryptophan. Another Thanksgiving dinner is in the books. With the final few minutes of the football game tic ...

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