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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Kate Towell modifies her mother-in-law's rhubarb crisp recipe by adding strawberries, switching up the sweeteners and adding a few other ingredients. It turns out fantastic!

Last week I was gifted some amazing rhubarb from a friend at the yoga studio (thanks Beth). I have to admit I had never cooked rhubarb before so I went searching for ideas on how to prepare it. In the end my husband who loves rhubarb crisp called his mom for her recipe. The recipe below is loosely based on hers. I added strawberries, switched up the sweeteners and added a few other ingredients. It turned out fantastic.

Enjoy! And please post your favorite rhubarb recipe.

Time to get "Crabby"

Breeders have done wonders with flowering crabapples so that nowadays there are many varieties to choose from that have nice form, attractive leaves, beautiful flowers and best of all, disease resistance.

Spring in the northwest is often described by what flowering trees happen to be in bloom. For example, “Cherry blossom time” is a familiar term used here as well as all the way on the other coast at our nation’s capitol. We think of Dogwoods as always blooming around Mother’s Day (although the Korean Dogwoods usually bloom around Father’s Day). The ubiquitous purple-leafed flowering plums are always the first trees to bloom in spring, coloring up in early to mid March in a cloud of pink that reminds me of a giant mass of cotton candy. Blooming simultaneously with the cherries are the flowering pears and the Magnolias (often called Tulip Trees). But now that the cherries are about finished (except for a couple varieties) and before the dogwoods open up there are the underutilized crabapples and oh can they be beautiful.

Historically, crabapples have had their issues, the same kind of issues the we find on our fruiting apple trees, namely, diseases like scab and mildew and often as not by the end of summer they could be almost completely defoliated (just like scarlet hawthorns but that is a topic for another column). Over time breeders have done wonders with flowering crabapples so that nowadays there are many varieties to choose from that have nice form, attractive leaves, beautiful flowers (most with fragrance) and best of all, disease resistance.

Left Coast/Right Coast – All roads should head east

Okay, I admit it. People from the Pacific Northwest have managed to keep the region’s attractiveness a secret from the rest of the county.

Mike Gold writes for the News of Mill Creek on a regular basis. He is a retired entrepreneur and describes himself as a, “relatively recent transplant to the West Coast. I have lived (born and raised) in the Northeastern U.S. So these observations are based upon ‘living the dream’ in the Pacific Northwest.

Okay, I admit it. People from the Pacific Northwest have managed to keep the region’s attractiveness a secret from the rest of the county.

Our youngest son moved here with us when we first arrived. He constantly complained that the people were very parochial and it was hard for him to “break into” social groups. I thought about it and concluded - why share all the richness of the region with those who don’t deserve it? There are already enough folks here (and the traffic nightmares confirm it).

Announcing the June 13th Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the June 13th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the June 13th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

“The Board members have been working extremely hard to make this very successful and have tried to match up artists with appropriate businesses.”

2013 Movies in the Park - Willis Tucker Park

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening and a fun outdoor movie on Thursday evenings this summer at Willis Tucker Community Park beginning July 11, 2013.

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening and a fun outdoor movie on Thursday evenings this summer at Willis Tucker Community Park beginning July 11, 2013. 

Seating is on grass so bring low-back lawn chairs and blankets for comfort.  Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase.

  • Admission is free, however, donations benefiting Snohomish County Parks will be gratefully accepted. Open seating begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Pre-movie entertainment provided by Gold Creek Community Church includes bouncy houses, Games on Wheels (video game trailer), Laser Tag, balloon animals, etc.
  • Mill Creek Lions Club will provide snacks, including popcorn, candy, soda, water, etc.
  • The Sno-Isle Library's Bookmobile will be on hand with available books related to the movies shown on screen.

Four things to know about genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

Information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and and the threats that they pose to the environment, organic farming communities, healthy sustainable food sources, and health.

Lately, I have been hearing and reading a lot about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Maybe you have too? Most recently I read a great article in Experience Life Magazine called “Fankenfood."

Before reading the article I thought I was fairly informed about GMOs and understood the threats that they pose to the environment, organic farming communities and healthy sustainable food sources but I had not considered the extent of GMO’s effects on our health.

The Whistling Gardener: "Good Monday Morning"

What a fabulous weekend. Hope you all made time to work in the yard, getting the lawn mowed and the weeds pulled and the beds prepped to plant all the summer jewels that await you at the garden center.

What a fabulous weekend. Hope you all made time to work in the yard, getting the lawn mowed and the weeds pulled and the beds prepped to plant all the summer jewels that await you at the garden center. This is the month to turn our yards into gardens and summer retreats. Be it flowers or veggies or berries or fruit trees or major landscaping projects, this is the month to get with the program. Call in sick if you need to but find time to whip things into shape.

Left Coast/Right Coast – Public bureaucracies and the barf-bag

Okay, let me say right off, I don’t like bureaucracies. There is just an unnerving aura about them that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Just entering any public office to do business starts my dry heaves. I always carry a barf bag with me.

Mike Gold writes for the News of Mill Creek on a regular basis. He is a retired entrepreneur and describes himself as a, “relatively recent transplant to the West Coast. I have lived (born and raised) in the Northeastern U.S. So these observations are based upon ‘living the dream’ in the Pacific Northwest.”

Okay, let me say right off, I don’t like bureaucracies. There is just an unnerving aura about them that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Just entering any public office to do business starts my dry heaves. I always carry a barf bag with me. Why? Well when you enter their turf, you have surrendered any semblance of power and/or control you have over your life. I imagine it is not unlike your first week of basic training in the military when you are told over and over you are just a “puke,” that your life has no meaning and is worthless unless and until some public official (your drill sergeant) deems you are actually worthy.

How to Build a Better Salad

During the summer season salads are often what is for dinner. Kate Towell shares her never-fail steps to building a better salad, plus three great salad dressing recipes.

It’s official. Summer is here and during the summer season salads are often what is for dinner around our table.

Often I look in the fridge, see what’s on hand and toss it all together with my favorite dressing. Sometimes I build the salad around what types of greens we have or around what we have for leftovers.

I’m not into little side salads that leave you hungry and looking for more. I’m talking about building tasty and totally satisfying meals.

Below are my never-fail steps to building a better salad, plus three great salad dressing recipes. Enjoy!

Left Coast/Right Coast - Traffic and Seattle Drivers

Seattle drivers are among the most “timid” I’ve experienced. Whenever you encounter any possible reason (including potato famine) for slowing down, Seattleites will do so.

Mike Gold writes for the News of Mill Creek on a regular basis. He is a retired entrepreneur and describes himself as a, “relatively recent transplant to the West Coast. I have lived (born and raised) in the Northeastern U.S. So these observations are based upon ‘living the dream’ in the Pacific Northwest.”

As I learned to drive in New York City – then perfected my techniques in Boston, Massachusetts, I can safely say I’ve driven in two of the worst US cities for bad drivers. However, after six years here, I’m not certain that greater Seattle is not in contention for first place. Here is my reason:

Seattle drivers are among the most “timid” I’ve experienced. Whenever you encounter any possible reason (including potato famine) for slowing down, Seattleites will do so.

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