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Health officials confirm second measles case in Portland

Aug. 21, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State health officials say a second case of measles has been confirmed in Portland. The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday said a person who was diagnosed Sunday had been in contact with a person who was diagnosed with the measles earlier in August. People at most risk in the second...

With push from PETA, animal crackers bust out of their cages

Aug. 21, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum's Animals crackers in response to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA, which has been...

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America

Aug. 21, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

In its century of existence, the Cooperative Extension System has been a valuable resource distributing university-driven, science-based information — mostly about farming and gardening — to the public. But in today's less agricultural America, the Extension network is adapting, expanding its rural...

Farmers protest California water plan aimed to save salmon

Aug. 20, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of California farmers rallied at the Capitol on Monday to protest state water officials' proposal to increase water flows in a major California river, a move state and federal politicians called an overreach of power that would mean less water for farms in the Central...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Aug. 20, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

Aug. 26: Singer Vic Dana is 78. Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 73. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 69. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 58. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 57. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 52. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 52. Drummer Adrian...

A mushroom burger that's glorified by chilies and cheese

Aug. 20, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

Some of the greatest chilies you'll ever eat hail from New Mexico's Hatch Valley, which is why — naturally enough — tiny Hatch, New Mexico, is known as "The Chili Capital of the World." This being the season for Hatch chilies, I thought it might be fun to showcase them at one of your very own...

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Queso dip great when fresh corn around

Aug. 20, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

I've always loved the saying, "everything in moderation, including moderation." This is how I think about cooking and eating in general; I usually like to cook and eat pretty healthily, but sometimes I like to just roll around in cream and butter and cheese. And not low fat cheese. This hot queso dip is that kind...

A brown rice salad with asparagus that's a hearty side dish

Aug. 20, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

This fresh, hearty side dish will stand out among its richer, creamier counterparts on the holiday table. We achieved perfectly cooked brown rice by boiling it in abundant water. Sprinkling the rice with bright lemon juice while it was still warm boosted its flavor. To easily turn our brown rice into an appealing...

Mussels and fennel combine to make a winning pasta dish

Aug. 20, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

Don't be intimidated by mussels; they're easier to prepare than you think and they make a great weeknight option. The mussels here are cooked in a flavorful broth that becomes a light sauce for the pasta. The addition of fresh tarragon underscores the anise flavor of the sauteed fennel in the sauce. When cleaning...

A matzo ball soup that hits all the marks, plus dumplings

Aug. 20, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

Matzo ball soup can be controversial to make, but there is no question that this version hits all the marks, delivering tender dumplings and a savory broth. For matzo balls that were substantial but not too heavy or greasy we settled on a ratio of 1 cup matzo meal to 4 eggs and 5 tablespoons of water, plus a bit...