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Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin empanadas

Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin empanadas

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

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Tucson Festival of Books: The future of 'Longmire'

Tucson Festival of Books: The future of 'Longmire'

News about the authors and behind the scenes of the Tucson Festival of Books.

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Autumn in Tucson: Welcome fall

Autumn in Tucson: Welcome fall

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is to be savored and enjoyed.

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Pumpkin empanadas: dough press

Pumpkin empanadas: dough press

My mother gave me a medium-size dough press that is perfect for making empanadas. What that a hint, Mom?

September 22, 2014 6:30 am
Pumpkin empanadas: Cutting circles

Pumpkin empanadas: Cutting circles

Use the dough press to cut large circles that can be placed in the press.

September 22, 2014 6:30 am
Pumpkin empanadas completed

Pumpkin empanadas completed

Pumpkin Empanadas ready to eat. They are best served warm.

September 22, 2014 6:30 am
Pumpkin empanadas: Autumn's finest aroma

Pumpkin empanadas: Autumn's finest aroma

Baking empanadas fills the house with the quintessential autumn aroma of sweet pumpkin. The egg bath helps give the pastries its golden brown color. 

September 22, 2014 6:30 am
Pumpkin empanadas: Trimming the dough

Pumpkin empanadas: Trimming the dough

You can also make a rough circle of dough, place it in the press and then trim after it is pressed. I found the empanadas sealed better and looked more finished by this method. 

September 19, 2014 12:36 pm
Autumn in Tucson blog begins Monday

Autumn in Tucson blog begins Monday

We will be explaining why autumn is the year's best season. 

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Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin Butter

Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin Butter

Trader Joe's pumpkin butter is one of the signs of autumn in Tucson. Check out our blog explaining a few of the reasons we love fall beginning Sept. 21.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
DIY dining room chair upholstery

DIY dining room chair upholstery

Seven chairs took about two hours to do.

September 03, 2014 12:34 pm
​DIY dining room chair upholstery

​DIY dining room chair upholstery

Step 3: A step-by-step how to on upholstering your own dining room chairs. When measuring to cut the new piece of upholstery, measure at the chair’s widest part.

September 03, 2014 12:30 pm
DIY dining room chair upholstery

DIY dining room chair upholstery

Step one: A step-by-step how to on upholstering your own dining room chairs. What you need: top: an electric screwdriver; a stable gun or two and stables; bottom: scissors or a rotary cutter, a screw driver to fit the screws in the chair, and pliers. Not pictured but also needed: a staple pu…

September 03, 2014 12:24 pm
DIY dining room chair upholstery

DIY dining room chair upholstery

Step 2: A step-by-step how to on upholstering your own dining room chairs. Take your staple puller and remove the stables holding any trim and/or the current upholstery, if you are going to remove rather than cover up.

September 03, 2014 12:26 pm
Labor Day quick quiz

Labor Day quick quiz

Do you know when Labor Day began? Do you know what fashion faux pas you might be making? Take our quiz and find out.

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Hunt is on to find Waldo in Tucson

Hunt is on to find Waldo in Tucson

For the third year, kids are hunting the elusive traveler.

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'Last Call' an energetic reflection on Dorothy Parker

'Last Call' an energetic reflection on Dorothy Parker

“Dorothy Parker’s Last Call” continues through July 19 at Live Theater Workshop.

June 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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'Last Call' an energetic reflection of Dorothy Parker's life

'Last Call' an energetic reflection of Dorothy Parker's life

Live Theatre Workshop’s production continues through July 19.

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Gall's 'Dog vs. Cat' a parable on learning to cooperate

Gall's 'Dog vs. Cat' a parable on learning to cooperate

If you've ever shared a bedroom, you can relate to Chris Gall’s new book “Dog vs. Cat.”

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Grab a straw — it's National Vanilla Milkshake Day

Grab a straw — it's National Vanilla Milkshake Day

We're talking real milkshakes  —  with real ice cream (not low-fat varieties or frozen yogurt), vanilla and milk.

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'Jersey Boys' hits its high notes

'Jersey Boys' hits its high notes

The musical biography of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continues through Sunday.

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Review: 'Jersey Boys' hits its high notes

Review: 'Jersey Boys' hits its high notes

The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened Tuesday evening at Centennial Hall.

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Tucsonan Chris Gall’s book to be Netflix series

Tucsonan Chris Gall’s book to be Netflix series

Netflix is working with DreamWorks Animation on children’s series “Dinotrux,” based on Tucsonan Chris Gall’s books that are filled with menacing bullies — part-truck, part-dinosaur — that rumble and bulldoze their way through prehistoric Earth.

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Quiz: Are there holes in your doughnut knowledge?

Quiz: Are there holes in your doughnut knowledge?

Friday is National Doughnut Day — take our quiz and check your doughnut savvy.

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Take a dozen or so to work (hint, hint) — it's National Doughnut Day Friday

National Doughnut Day, the first Friday in June, celebrates the usually sweet, deep-fried ring-shaped piece of enriched dough.

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Star copy editor Mary Cooney dies at 66

Star copy editor Mary Cooney dies at 66

Star copy editor Mary Kathleen Cooney died Saturday morning at Tucson Medical Center’s Peppi’s Hospice after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66.

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Twist your way to free 'Jersey Boys' tickets

Twist your way to free 'Jersey Boys' tickets

You could twist your way into prime seats for the opening night of Broadway in Tucson’s upcoming “Jersey Boys” and be pictured in the June 12 Caliente.

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Star loses two family members: Eleanor Rice Feeney and Walt Nett

Star loses two family members: Eleanor Rice Feeney and Walt Nett

The Star lost two members of its extended family last month: Eleanor Rice Feeney, 90, who died April 21 in Tucson, and Walt Nett, 59, who died April 23 in Lubbock, Texas.Both were journalism pioneers who enriched the news business, the community and their friends.

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Come out to our twist party

"Sherry baby (sherry baby) baby (Sherry baby)

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Review: 'Burning Patience' at Borderlands Theater

Review: 'Burning Patience' at Borderlands Theater

“Burning Patience” is a sweet, humor-laced romantic romp that is set against the tumultuous politics of Chile in the late 1960s and early ’70s, events the U.S. television networks’ nightly news shows barely touched upon.

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Buy dyed eggs

Buy dyed eggs

No time to dye Easter eggs? No muss, no fuss Easter eggs are $4.99 at Fry's on Tucson's east side. 

April 07, 2014 7:30 am
Daffodil in the garden

Daffodil in the garden

The trumpet-like shape of the daffodil is said to announce the arrival of spring. 

March 18, 2014 7:30 am
Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils in the U.S. are Lent lilies in England.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am
Local Voices: Productive Jance keeps her motor running

Local Voices: Productive Jance keeps her motor running

Don’t tell J.A. Jance she looks tired.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Festival of Books is an economic powerhouse

Tucson Festival of Books is an economic powerhouse

The Tucson Festival of Books has the community reading and is an economic bonanza, paying off with cash in coffers, exposure for businesses and improving Tucson’s image.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Russo to receive Founders Award at Festival of Books

Pulitzer Prize winner Russo to receive Founders Award at Festival of Books

Richard Russo writes everyman stories.

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Tucson Festival of Books overview

Tucson Festival of Books overview

Where in the world would you go to celebrate a 20th anniversary? An Albuquerque book group picked the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books.

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'Mama's Santos' cracks a Top 10 list on Amazon.com

'Mama's Santos' cracks a Top 10 list on Amazon.com

It ranks higher than a book about Bonnie and Clyde. It's on the heels of a Tony Hillerman collection of nonfiction essays. 

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'Mama's Santos: An Arizona Life' published for Kindle, Nook

The award-winning series “Mama’s Santos: An Arizona Life” by Arizona Daily Star reporter Carmen Duarte is now available as an e-book in Kindle and Nook formats.

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Review: "The Man Who Came to Dinner" is a delectable feast

Review: "The Man Who Came to Dinner" is a delectable feast

Review: Arizona Rep opened  "The Man Who Came to Dinner" Wednesday night.

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Don't let Halloween candy spook you

Don't let Halloween candy spook you

Seasonal sweets are lurking everywhere. The candy corn on a co-workers’ desks. Huge bags of candy line store shelves. The friendly bank teller pops a tiny candy bar in with your transaction receipt. Your home’s pantry or candy dish is probably stocked — just in case you get a few trick-or-t…

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Don't let Halloween treats spook you

Before you reach into that trick-or-treat bowl or nibble on a Halloween-size candy bar, take our five-question quiz and see how an Almond Joy or Twix will fit into your daily eating. Find it online at azstarnet.com under “Online extras” or go to goo.gl/OZOAc0

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Halloween candy quiz

Halloween candy quiz

October 24, 2013 3:46 pm
Antigone Books 40 years later: Radical feminism to mainstream

Antigone Books 40 years later: Radical feminism to mainstream

Betty Friedan. Gloria Steinem. Marilyn French.

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Review: "The Letters" at Invisible Theatre

Review: "The Letters" at Invisible Theatre

Surveillance, suspicion and misinformation evoked tension and paranoia during the Invisible Theatre’s opening Wednesday of its 43rd season with John W. Lowell’s 2009 “The Letters.”

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C.E. Poverman's new release: "Love by Drowning"

C.E. Poverman's new release: "Love by Drowning"

Author C.E. Poverman doesn’t preconstruct his complex, richly nuanced characters. He discovers who they are as he writes.

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Writer wants readers to be moved by his books

Writer wants readers to be moved by his books

Chris Fabry hopes readers find truth in his fiction.

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Characters are key

Characters are key

People, place and plot trump process and procedure in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series.

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Mystery subgenres, book groups, local authors

Mystery subgenres

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Mystery books are in their blood

Mystery books are in their blood

Southern Arizona is full of mystery. It's fertile ground for those who want to read or write a classic - whether it's a murder-on-the-first-page whodunit, a contemporary novel packed with heart-pounding action and tension or a thriller set in a faraway time and place.

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