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Diane Prather: Quick, easy recipes for calving season

It’s calving season around the county, and that means cooking meals that are quick, nutritious and can be reheated.

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Diane Prather: ‘The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story’

Traditionally, family members always have traveled to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Katie, the main character in this week’s book for children, thinks there’s nothing like Thanksgiving at her grandma’s house.

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Diane Prather: ‘Pumpkin Cake’ a Thanksgiving favorite

Thanksgiving is the time to cook up old favorites, and one of my all-time favorites is “Pumpkin Cake.” I may have featured the recipe in this column previously, but it’s worth repeating.

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Diane Prather: Fredonne’s Apple Crunch is a delicious treat

Several weeks ago, some readers requested recipes for “Apple Crisp,” and this week I received two of them from Fredonne Chapman, of Craig. Fredonne has submitted recipes to the column previously.

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Diane Prather: Beef soup a hearty meal for a cold day

The snow is blowing, and I can see little icicles hanging from the roof of the storage shed. Soup is just what's needed for a day like this. This week's soup recipe is a 1999 National Beef Cook-Off winning entry. It was cooked up by Jayne Timmerman from Nebraska.

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Diane Prather: A newfangled phone system

Recently, I ordered a textbook via the phone from a publishing company. It took time and patience to reach the correct department because the company had an automatic answering device with a number of push button choices. It got me to wondering what would happen if a rancher had to rely on a similar phone system to get help with a problem - perhaps one requiring a veterinarian.

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Diane Prather: A vegetable recipe worthy of summer leftovers

You know it's summer when the refrigerator is overflowing with yellow summer squash and zucchini. So one morning, over a cup of coffee, I took out my vegetable recipe file to find ways to use summer squash.

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Diane Prather: Signs fall has arrived

Even if we didn't have a calendar, we'd know it's fall because: The wheat has been cut, and the fields are a golden brown.

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Diane Prather: 'Beet Cake' a rich treat

Young, speckled robins are eating our chokecherries and the grasshoppers are merrily eating their way up the kohlrabi row, but we did manage to save the pie cherries from one of our young fruit trees.

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Diane Prather: Surprise ending in 'Bea Rocks the Flock'

This week's column features two more picture books for kids.

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Diane Prather: One column, two recipes

This week, the column features two more recipes from "Cattlemen's Favorite Beef Recipes: From the Kitchens of the Colorado Cowbelles."

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Diane Prather: Oddly named 'Ding-A-Ling Casserole' a delight

About 30 years ago, I cut this week's two recipes from newspapers and put them in my "to try" file.

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Diane Prather: More 'Burnt Sugar Cake'

A few weeks ago, I asked readers if they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe. This was after I had found my mother's recipe for "Burnt Sugar Icing" but no directions for making the cake.

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Diane Prather: More 'burnt sugar cake'

A few weeks ago, I asked readers whether they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe.

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Diane Prather: 'First Family' keeps reader turning the pages

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, private detectives, were the central characters in "Simple Genius," a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, by author David Baldacci.

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Diane Prather: 'Hippo Goes Bananas' colorful, comical

The leading character of this week's picture book for children is a great big fellow. He's lovable. And Hippo has a problem.

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Diane Prather: Spaghetti Pizza: Add toppings to your taste

Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this past Memorial Day weekend. So I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.

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Diane Prather: Spaghetti pizza: add toppings to your taste

Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this Memorial Day weekend. So, I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.

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Diane Prather: Ready for rhubarb

Our rhubarb is nearly ready for picking. Here is a recipe I clipped from a newspaper nearly 20 years ago.

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Diane Prather: 'Dog Biscuit' imaginative, comical children's story

Did you ever look at a dog biscuit and wonder how it tastes? Maybe that's why the little girl in this week's picture book eats one.

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Diane Prather: 'Burnt Sugar Icing' a delicious cake addition

Years ago, when I was a youngster, my mother, Judy Osborn, made some interesting and delicious cakes. For example, I remember that she made a "money cake" for special occasions. She washed and then wrapped coins in wax paper and baked them into a cake. I'm not sure what cake recipe she used (and it probably doesn't matter), but the cake was round and two-layered.

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Prather's Pick: 'Mortimer's First Garden' an inspirational read for children

Planting the garden can be a family affair, and that's what a mother and her children are up to in "Mortimer's First Garden," this week's featured picture book.

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Prather's Pick: 'The Underneath' destined to be a classic

Every now and then, a book comes along that takes my breath away. That's the case with "The Underneath," a children's novel by Kathi Appelt.

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Diane Prather: Easter meals just around the corner

Can you believe it? Easter is April 12. Pretty soon we'll be planning our Easter dinner menus.

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Diane Prather: Middle school kids can relate to Hank Zipzer

The Hank Zipzer books, by author/actor Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver, are popular with young adults. "Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever: the Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk)" is book number 14 of the series (2008).

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Diane Prather: Cinnamon rolls: Easy as can be

Remember the recipe for "Strawberry Cake with Frosting" that appeared in the Feb. 6 column? Well, last Friday, while I was at the grocery store, a reader caught up with me. She had made the cake and frosting. (I didn't make the frosting because the cake tasted pretty rich. After it cooled, however, I wished that I had frosted it.)

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Diane Prather: 2nd Mantle Ranch book available now

This week's column reviews "Last Ranch in Hells Canyon: Further Adventures of the Mantle Family," Queeda Mantle Walker's second book about the Mantle Ranch.

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Diane Prather: Cinnamon rolls are sticky goodness

Going from spicy to sweet, this week's recipe is about cinnamon rolls.

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Diane Prather: Lasagna makes a hearty meal

This week's recipe for lasagna serves 8 to 12. With a green salad and maybe bread, it makes a hearty meal.

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Diane Prather: Make potato puff ground beef casserole

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I checked out my files looking for some main meal recipes. I always seem to get into a rut when it comes to planning meals this time of year. I don't know why, but for some reason I can't seem to think of anything to cook.

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Diane Prather: Cherry torte the perfect finisher

Time! I've often said that it's something I don't have enough of. So when it comes to meals, I often have to resort to making something super fast.

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Diane Prather: 'My Messy Closet' a delightful children's book

"Clean up your room!" Kids hate to hear those four words. Parents dread saying them because they know the hard part is make their children follow through with the order.

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Diane Prather: Macaroni-Beef Skillet Supper

I found this week's first recipe in a newspaper clipping in my file of untried recipes.

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Diane Prather: A savory treat: beef biscuit casserole

Cookies and candies are delicious, but did you ever notice that after eating so many you start to crave a main dish? This week's main dish casserole features beef.

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Diane Prather: Carson City snack mix

This week's column features another recipe from "The Rocky Mountain Sweet Shoppe Cookbook," courtesy of Patty Ross.

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Diane Prather: Buttermilk salad recipe should be tried, not ignored

This past weekend, I tried the "Chocolate Nut Clusters" from last week's column. This time, I used fresh salted peanuts - a whole pound can. (Mixed salted nuts also would be good in the recipe.) The candy, is delicious and so easy to make.

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Diane Prather: Nothing better than sour cream chocolate cake

Halloween will be here in a little more than a week. You might choose to use this week's recipe to make a Halloween cake.

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Diane Prather: Mexicali casserole

You have to open a lot of cans to make this recipe, but it's pretty quick to make. The ingredients for "Mexicali Casserole" are: 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tamales, 1 (20-ounce) can yellow hominy (drained), 1 can Vienna sausages (cut into chunks), 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

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Diane Prather: My favorite zucchini recipes

We have two zucchini fruits, each about 4 inches long. So, I hunted up my zucchini recipes, some of which I've never tried before.

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Diane Prather: Pinto cookies

Who would believe that you can make fudge, pie crust, mock pumpkin pie, cupcakes, and pizza from beans? Beans are good for us, too. They're high in fiber, protein and carbohydrates.

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Diane Prather: How to make Boy Scout Cake

This week, I received two recipes from Pat Coyner of Craig. We needed something sweet in the house so I got busy and made Pat's recipe for "Boy Scout Cake." Pat pointed out that there are no eggs in this recipe, and it's a good thing because I was low on eggs.

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Diane Prather: Zucchini soup

The recipes in this week's column came from Sunnie Smith and Mary Kihlstrom, readers who have contributed recipes to the column before.

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Diane Prather: From jellies to jams

This week, Mary Kihlstrom called with a recipe for "Zucchini Soup." Awhile back, Sunnie Smith sent me a recipe for "Overnight Ham and Egg Casserole." The recipes are coming up in next week's column.

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Diane Prather: A busy day for breakfast casserole

First off, Iva Decker of Craig called me Wednesday with a question about "Rhubarb Coffee Cake," the recipe featured in last week's column. She wanted to know if the 1 1/2 cups brown sugar was the right amount. I checked the recipe, and that's what Darlene had written down. So, I called her.

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Diane Prather: Local's book tough to put down

This week, I read the new book, "Unstoppable: Inspiring Lessons for the Unstoppable You," a motivational book for people of all ages, by Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad.

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Diane Prather: Peach Cheese Salad perfect for spring

Sunday was branding day at our house, with our entire family helping out, so what better opportunity to try some new recipes. The day before, I made salads and dessert.

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Diane Prather: Book inspires youngsters to read

Tyrone Brown, the central character in this week's picture book, calls himself a professional class clown. It isn't that Tyrone is an overachiever. He solves the math problem of the day each day, and he lives for science experiments.

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Diane Prather: Even green beans taste better with bacon

This has been an even busier week than usual since the Cowbelles have been getting ready for Ag-Day. It has meant fixing quick meals, so I haven't been doing a lot of cooking.

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Diane Prather: Content, photos make 'Great Ranches' a great read

"Great Ranches of the West" is Jim Keen's newest book, and he'll be at Downtown Books on Saturday for a book signing. Keen is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker.

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Diane Prather: Prom trilogy perfect for this time of year

It's prom time at high schools everywhere, and that's the setting for a brand new trilogy of books written for the young adult reader.

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Diane Prather: Say 'cheese!'

This week's column is very special because it features some very old recipes.

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Diane Prather: A 'Dorito Casserole' to please the whole family

This past weekend, I fixed a Mexican casserole that I've made a couple of times before. Our son's family was here for the weekend, and the casserole was gobbled up in a hurry.

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Diane Prather: Glittering world of 1899 Manhattan, with a twist at the end

The Luxe," by Anna Godbersen, released February 2008, is a novel for young adults - but one adults will equally enjoy, too. It's a novel you just can't put down.

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Diane Prather: 'Cheesy Taco Cups' great for kids

When I first started writing this column, I featured a recipe for "Tater Tot Casserole," made with a layer of ground beef, green pepper, onion and followed with cream of mushroom soup and shredded cheese. On the very top is a layer of potato puffs.

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Diane Prather: 'The Jellybeans and the Big Dance' a cute book with a message

Lots of young readers and their parents have giggled about the chain of events set off in "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" or "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" or any of the other books this series by Laura Numeroff.

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Diane Prather: A rice dish that will leave you kickin'

Last week it was green stuff. This week, it's dirty rice.

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'Charlie Hits It Big' in Hollywood

Even though their coat colors are different, Charlie, the guinea pig in this week's book, reminds me of Zachary, my grandson Jaycee's guinea pig. I wonder if Zachary thinks about hitting it big, too.

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Diane Prather: A salute to Dr. Seuss and his books

This week's book for children isn't a new release. In fact, its copyright date is 1965, but it and other books by the author are timeless, enjoyed by readers as much today as when they were published.

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Diane Prather: Wintertime cookie recipes

Before long, we hope, warmer weather will have us out of the house. But, until that that time, these snowy days allow more time for baking.

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Diane Prather: Mixing up Mexican casserole

The nice thing about making Mexican casserole recipes is that you can substitute ingredients, like soups and cheeses, and the recipe still turns out. Mine never taste the same twice. You have choices of ingredients in this week's recipe (origins unknown).

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Diane Prather: 'Princess Mia' stirs things up

Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" are books popular with young adults, perhaps because some of them were made into Disney movies.

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Hearty beef, barley, lentil soup for a slow cooker

This week, Jan Rinker, who lives west of Craig, sent me a recipe for "Beef, Barley, Lentil Soup."

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Diane Prather: What a treat

What a treat. I received two recipes this week.

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Diane Prather: Wild ride, happy ending in 'Wild Swans'

This week's beautiful picture book, with illustrations done in colored pencils, celebrates the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. The inside cover pages are done in gold.

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Diane Prather: Piggy book packed with excitement

I realize that I've reviewed a bunch of children's books in a row lately. That's because the Moffat County Library has a wonderful display of new fairy tales right now, and they're irresistible. I'll get back to adult books shortly.

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Diane Prather: Three recipes to ring in the new year

On New Year's Day, we had clam chowder, oyster stew and leftover pizza and snacks from the night before. I was left in charge of making the clam chowder from my daughter-in-law Brandi's recipe.

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Diane Prather: 'Hans Brinker' captures Holland in winter

The scene for this week's picture book is chilly looking, indeed. Windmills, houses and trees are covered with snow, and people skate on the frozen river. It's Holland in winter.

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Diane Prather: New Year is time to try new food

When we get together with family and friends on New Year's Eve, we have chili and other kinds of soup.

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Diane Prather: Oyster stew for Christmas

Over a Cup of Coffee

When I was a child, it was a tradition to have Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve, after which we opened Christmas cards and passed them around the table.

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Prather's Pick: Young woman struggles growing up in Amish country

This week's novel for adults begins in autumn and ends just before Christmas Day. The setting is Honeybrook, an Amish community. The central character of the novel is Nellie Mae Fisher, a 17-year-old daughter of Reuben and Besty Fisher.

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Diane Prather: See what Granny Torrelli is cooking up

If you were 12 years old and one day found yourself feeling mad at your buddy, your best pal for your whole life, you might want to talk things over with your grandma.

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Diane Prather: Serve up assorted cookies

'Tis the season for making cookies. There's no nicer gift than a pretty plate of assorted cookies.

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Diane Prather: A taste of home, a little early

Taste of Home Cooking School will be in Craig on Monday.

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Diane Prather: A treat sure to be eaten in a flash

As promised, this past weekend I made Pumpkin Bars, and we had them with coffee after we dug potatoes on Sunday. The bars taste like pumpkin pie.

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Diane Prather: Whoopi gives advice to 'you' in children's book

You'll never see Whoopi Goldberg with her finger in her nose. It's just bad manners - and "ucky," too. And that's just one example of bad manners. The reader will find plenty more in this week's book.

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Diane Prather: Pumpkins a plenty

Last December, Julie Jones-Eddy (formerly of Craig and now from Colorado Springs) sent me her mother's recipe for "Pumpkin Chiffon Pie." Margaret E. Jones always made the pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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'After Diana' an interesting book packed with information

When I read a biography, I turn to the book's bibliography and sources pages. It seems to me that the longer the list of references, the more likely the book's contents are credible.

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Diane Prather: Popping up some good ideas

This past weekend, I finally took time to put up some of my Halloween decorations.

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Diane Prather: A new take on vegetable hamburger soup

Isn't it great when a cook can adjust recipe ingredients to accommodate the family's preferences? That's what Erma Ozbun did with the Vegetable Hamburger Soup recipe that appeared in the Sept. 14 column.

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Diane Prather: 'What Is Heaven Like' is a special, poignant book

This week's beautiful picture book is on loan from the family of the late Cassie Owens. Cyndee Owens thinks the book is a good resource to use when helping children deal with death. She wants others to know about the book.

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Diane Prather: Cooking with apples

Last month, I visited Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation in Craig. The day I was there, recreation director Mary Gillingham and the residents were making applesauce.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using leftover zucchini in a soup

I've been trying to use up some zucchini that has built up in the refrigerator, so last week I tried "Zucchini Soup." The recipe appeared in the July 25, 1994, edition of "The Fence Post." It came from the kitchen of Barbara Fleming of Sedalia.

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Diane Prather: Food to keep you warm

Brrr! Monday evening was so chilly that I dug some carrots and potatoes from the garden and, for the first time in awhile, made some soup for supper. The following recipe for "vegetable hamburger soup" is one of our favorites, and it's mostly made from our homegrown ingredients.

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Diane Prather: Creative book talks about facing changes

The cover of this week's picture book bears three warnings: "Private," "Mind Your Beeswax" and "Top Secret." An inside credit page goes a step further. The "Danger: Radioactive" warning is accompanied by a drawing of a skull and cross bones.

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Prather's Pick: Getting lost in the 'Tallgrass'

"Tallgrass," this week's bestselling novel for adults, was written by Sandra Dallas, who lives in Denver.

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Prather's Pick: Picture books paint more than a 1,000 words

This week's column features two picture books. The first, intended by the publisher for all ages, will warm your heart.

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Diane Prather: 'Pete & Pillar' an endearing book

Pete & Pillar: The Big Rain" is an endearing new picture book written and illustrated by Jeffery Stoddard, who grew up in Craig and now lives in Colorado Springs. The book is "a book of friendship based on John 15:13."

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Prather's Pick: 'Magical Mazes' captivates young children

I'm thoroughly enjoying "Tales of the Old West Retold" by C.A. Stoddard. I'll review it in next week's column.

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