Diane Prather

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making Chicken Tetrazzini

I feature lots of recipes in this column for using beef. I know that readers would like some ideas for using chicken, too, so this week’s featured recipe is for making “Chicken Tetrazzini.” (I think you could also use turkey.)

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Remembering the “Dick and Jane” books

I thought about back-to-school when Lyle and I were “up Morapos” on Tuesday to turn the cattle into the hay meadow part of the pasture. As we passed the Morapos School and teacherage (the little house where the teacher stayed), memories came flooding back of the days past when my siblings and I attended school there. I could almost smell the sagebrush and rabbit brush that had been cut back from the buildings as they were being readied for school.

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Prather’s Pick: Two nonfiction books for adults

This week’s column has information about two nonfiction books for adults. The first is another book by Susan Branch.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making Mexican casseroles

Partially because of my work schedule and also because of the heat, my recent cooking efforts have been in what I can best describe as a slump.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Some of my favorite things

On Wednesday I was watering the backyard lawn next to Pipi’s Pasture, and during one change of the hose, a pleasant moment, I noticed the cows that were lolling around in the shade — if they could chew their cud, they would have been — the robins “talking” as they busily picked away at the nearly-ripe chokecherries, and imagining that the grass and trees saying “thank you, thank you” for the water.

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Prather's Pick: A love story

“Falling: A Love Story,” this week’s featured novel is a love story but one with a twist. It is written by Jane Green, a former journalist of the U.K. and author of 18 novels — including this week’s, her newest — 16 of which have been New York Times bestsellers.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: In between summer and fall

The other day I met up with a friend — at the grocery store where it seems that most of us do our visiting — and we got to talking about how fast time is passing. She remarked that it seems like we all waited a long time for summer, and now it’s almost over. I agree. Already there are subtle signs that the season is about to change (and some not so subtle).

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Summer Squash Casserole

It’s interesting how we start doing things one way and continue doing it that way for years to come. Take the way I have always fried zucchini, for example.

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Prather’s Pick: A dog’s view of life

Stella is a medium-size, brown dog with a white nose and feet, a black stripe down her back, and a black tail with a white tip. She’s the leading character of this week’s picture book for kids.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Summer squash recipes

This is going to be a bumper year for summer squash in our garden. Last year the zucchini and yellow squash took a long time to set on. This year is entirely different. We have is already enjoyed “Sassy Zucchini,” a casserole with zucchini, rice, spaghetti sauce mix, and other ingredients. The recipe was featured in this column not long ago. We’ve also had boiled summer squash with butter and fried zucchini — and we have given away some of the squash, too.

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