Diane Prather

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Recipes for using apples

This week we picked a bumper crop of apples from our two fruit trees. One tree produces a variety of Gala apples. They turn red and are delicious when eaten raw. The other tree produces some type of yellow-green apples that are best used for cooking.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Routines

Routines appear to be boring — the same tasks done in the same way twice a day, every day for months. It’s not that the tasks themselves are boring because there are other variables such as the silly things that the cattle do, having cats around, and so forth.

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Prather's Pick: A Book about a different kind of school

Please don’t think I’m crazy. I know that it’s not Groundhog Day. However, I found this week’s cute and educational picture book for children, and if I don’t review it now I’ll probably forget come February. Besides that, the book is all about a school, even though it would have been in session for a while now. “Groundhog Weather School” was written by Jean Holub and illustrated by Kristin Sorra. The story begins on Feb. 2.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Scalloped potatoes with mushroom soup

This weekend, weather permitting, we will start digging the Red Pontiac potatoes in our garden. So then I’m going to make Geraldine Coleman’s recipe for “Scalloped Potatoes Supreme,” which calls for cream of mushroom soup and chopped green pepper. Geraldine sent another batch of recipes. Thanks, Geraldine! Her recipe follows.

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From Pipi's Pasture: An equinox storm?

The equinox, defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary, is “the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length.” It also marks the beginning of autumn.

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Prather's Pick: The story of the forgotten crayons

Previously I reviewed “The Day the Crayons Quit,” a most imaginative children’s picture book, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. The point of view of this book was unique, indeed, because some unhappy crayons told the story. This week’s column features the sequel to this book — same author and illustrator. Published in 2015, it’s “The Day the Crayons Come Home.” This time, some former crayons want to be rescued.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s September

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it lasts such a short time. I love the fall colors, decorating the house, walking in the fallen leaves, the just-right temperatures and, perhaps most of all, the pumpkins.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Cooking with eggplant

As promised, this week’s column features another of Geraldine Coleman’s recipes for using garden vegetables. The recipe for eggplant is intriguing.

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Prather’s Pick: An FBI thriller

“Insidious” might be a word used to describe an individual who is treacherous, sly or underhanded (or all three). It is also the title of this week’s FBI thriller. “Insidious” was written by Catherine Coulter, a New York Times bestselling author of a bunch of FBI thrillers, including three novels with J.T. Ellison.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Geraldine’s zucchini recipes

One of the perks from writing this column is hearing from readers — by both phone and mail. For example, recently I received a card from former Craig resident Robbie Estus whose 8-year-old granddaughter Nina made the “Cake Mix Cookies” from a recipe that appeared in the July 30 column.

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