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  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrustAndCrumbCo

    By Alison Ladman
    The Associated Press
    Most people know challah — a Jewish egg bread — as a braided loaf. But truth is, it can take on a variety of shapes. And at Rosh Hashana it often is formed into a spiral, which is meant to symbolize the circle and continuity of the Jewish new year.

  • By Alison Ladman
    The Associated Press
    Like many Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashana — the Jewish new year — is rich with delicious, symbolic foods. Rounds of challah bread, for example, signify continuity, while apples and honey represent wishes for a sweet year to come. Of course, just as important is spending time with loved ones.
    So we created a dish to satisfy both the traditional food customs and the desire to spend time with family. Baked stuffed apples have the both the honey and the apples for the sweetness, yet take little effort to make.

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    Author Bill Dunmire will give a free slide talk titled “New Mexico’s Livestock Heritage” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the City of Las Vegas Museum.

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    Internationally acclaimed guitarist Ryan McGarvey will headline Music on the Rocks, one of New Mexico’s most anticipated live music festivals, this Saturday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort. Although he’s shared the bill with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Government Mule, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, he can’t wait to show off his “fiery guitar chops” in his home state.

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    Alicia Chacon and Jessica James have been busy this summer interning at the Mora San Miguel Electric Cooporative, Inc.

    The CEO/General Manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Inc., Alex Romero, has had internship programs with UNM and NAU prior to coming to the cooperative.

    He entered an agreement with Luna Community College to start an internship program for business students.

    This summer was the first step for the program. Chacon and James were selected for the program.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Elizabeth Karmel is a grilling and Southern foods expert and executive chef at Hill Country Barbecue Market restaurants in New York and Washington, as well as Hill Country Chicken in New York. She is the author of three cookbooks, including “Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned.”
    By Elizabeth Karmel
    The Associated Press
    BLT sandwiches are synonymous with summer. And the only thing better than a BLT sandwich is a grilled BLT pizza!

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library presents a free reading and discussion group titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”
    The books are available at Donnelly Library, thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant awarded to the library for the Muslim Journeys collection.

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    Making maps of the land in which we live is long standing. For example, the first map to show North and South America as two distinct continents yet joined together by land was produced in 1550. At the same time maps are not always realistic representations of the natural world.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”

    By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press

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    The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera Oscar.

    The symposium begins on Thursday with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde. The keynote address takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

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    Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), a non-profit organization based in Taos, has been awarded a contract through the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to implement the federal Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  

    Qualified low income homes in Taos, Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Quay counties receive services to improve residential energy efficiency.

  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    The Associated Press
    Sometimes the promise of leftovers is almost more exciting than the meal itself! And who says leftovers can’t be planned?

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”

    By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press
    Even though fruit and cheese tend to go together like soup and sandwich, the first time I saw watermelon and feta cheese paired up on a menu it struck me as very odd.

  • By Eric Martin

    Las Vegas Optic

  • By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press
    If you’ve never tasted fresh lemonade, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s just so much more vivid than the supermarket stuff, much more about the lemon and less about the sugar.
    True, juicing the lemons can be a pain, but the process becomes very near painless if you start by softening the lemons in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then all you have to do is add sugar syrup — a mixture of sugar and water, heated until the sugar is dissolved — and some cold water. Done.