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  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    Roasting has the power to transform just about any food, but this effortless cooking technique is most dramatic when applied to winter vegetables.

    This is one reason that I'm the person at the table who immediately looks at the side dishes (not dessert!) when I am handed a restaurant menu. If they have roasted vegetables, I have to order them.

  • By Rocco DiSpirito
    For The Associated Press

    Like so many people, I use the start of the new year to assess my life and zero in on all the things I want to change. For 2012, I want to focus on being healthier, continue exercising, maintain a healthy weight, and spend more time with family and friends.

  • By Jessica Gresko
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s children banished her from the kitchen decades ago — her tuna fish casserole the target of family jokes. Dinner duties instead fell to her husband, an accomplished tax lawyer who became a talented chef.

  • Americans generated 250 million tons of trash in 2010 (US EPA), which translates to 4.43 pounds per person per day.  If we isolate the holiday season, this daily average would be much higher, considering that Americans generate an additional five million tons of waste from Thanksgiving to New Years. Of that, four million tons come from shopping bags and wrapping paper.

    Start off your holiday season on a green foot by making a few small changes.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    On Sunday, Santa and his helpers will be at El Fidel Hotel Lobby to give gifts to children and listen to special requests they might have.

    Parents are invited to bring their children from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to this free event hosted by the Las Vegas /San Miguel Chamber of Commerce.  

    He previously greeted the children of Las Vegas during the Electric Light Parade earlier this month, but due to the bitter cold temperatures, many families were unable to attend the “gift giving” event in the Old Town Gazebo.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Pageant will hit the stage once again at 3 p.m. this Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.

    The pageant is a preliminary of the Miss America Pageant. The theme for the pageant is Jingle Bell Rock.  The phases of competition are interview, talent, swimsuit, evening wear and on-stage question.

    Four  young women will be competing for scholarships and a chance to represent our area at the Miss New Mexico Pageant next June.

  • By Elizabeth Orem
    Submitted to the Optic

    Debbie Pike hadn’t unpacked before she took a group of Cub Scouts on a hike, spent a day at Maxwell National Refuge, attended a lecture on grasses, and started work on the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

    And that’s all in less than a week. She’s had help: Debbie smiles gratefully at Lori Casados of the Refuge staff. “Lori is an awesome lady,” Pike said.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    FARMINGTON — When kids with cancer lace up the personalized shoes Madison Steiner hand paints for them, big smiles come to their brave faces, and for a moment they forget their battle against the illness.

    Since she launched Peach’s Neet Feet in July, Steiner, 21, has donated 55 shoes to children in 23 states through her grassroots cancer outreach. The colorful canvas shoes are emblazoned with the children’s names and what they love, from superheros to butterflies.

  • J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    There is a crazy delicious new trend in milkshakes. It involves adding a slice of pie to the blender along with the milk and ice cream.

    That’s right — a whole slice of pie.

    Which sounds simply too delicious for its own good. I wanted it, except that the winter holidays aren’t exactly milkshake season. So I started playing winter-friendly ways to borrow this idea of blending baked goods and sweet drinks.

    Hot chocolate was the natural choice. But pie just didn’t seem right.

  • From The Associated Press

    Turkeys heading to White House
    WILLMAR, Minn.  — Two Minnesota grown turkeys get an official send-off at Willmar High School on Monday before going to Washington to be pardoned by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

    They come from a flock of 30 potential presidential turkeys raised and socialized by FFA members in Willmar.

  • Derek Kravitz and Steve Karnowski
    The Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS — McDonald’s and Target dropped one of the nation’s largest egg suppliers after an animal rights group released an undercover video of the egg producer’s farms in three states.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Traditional Turkey with Orange Spice Rub

    Wash, dry and brush turkey with oil, giblets removed

    Finely chop fresh sage,orange zest, nutmeg, ground coriander, kosher salt and fresh pepper Sprinkle 1/3 cup spice mixture inside the turkey and sprinkle  the remainder under the skip and all over the turkey

    Place cut orange slices, onion slices and whole rosemary sprigs inside the turkey

    Truss for moisture retention

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The United States Air Force Academy Band’s Academy Winds will have a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The stop is part of the groups week-long tour of New Mexico.

    The tour will be to perform free public concerts, work with college and high school students, and talk about education opportunities at the Air Force Academy as well as careers in the Air Force.

  • Finding the most elite talent from New Mexico Highlands University is the goal of an upcoming event. On Monday evening there will be a battle for the title of Univerity Celebrity. Chris Burns, NMHU Student Senate President, developed this idea to promote and expose the talent at the local university.

    “University Celebrity finds the best college talent,” Burns said. “Other students have talent besides just the athletes.”

  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    Steak and chimichurri sauce is a classic pairing that is legendary in Argentina. But you don't have to be a gaucho or cowboy to enjoy it.

    There are as many variations of chimichurri sauce as there are stories of where the sauce came from. My favorite story credits English-speaking colonists for speaking in “Spanglish” and asking for sauce with their meals, which they called curry.

  • By Rocco DiSpirito
    For The Associated Press

    When it comes to finding ways to reduce fat and calories, I favor reinventing a classic recipe rather starting from scratch.

    And many times, that's all it takes. For example, just a little innovation was all that was needed to reinvent an old classic like chicken cordon bleu.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Wind Ensemble and the Roadrunner Brass Quintet will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Selections for the concert will include compositions by George Frideric Handel, Gustav Holst and Jules Massenet as well as traditional Spanish pieces.

    The Wind Ensemble is composed of Highlands University students and musicians from the Las Vegas area.  Edward Harrington, music professor and band director, conducts the Wind Ensemble.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Dinner rolls are dandy, but for ease biscuits are best.

    We created this simple biscuit recipe to let the flavors of crushed fennel seeds and fresh chives shine. They are delicious warm from the oven and are perfect for sopping up excess gravy and mashed potatoes.