November 20, 2014 7:08 pm

Every Thanksgiving, my dad makes me make this spinach and artichoke dip. It’s a family favorite and you can add more spices to make it your own. I typically add a little more spice because my brothers like spicy foods. Let me know how you like it!


2 (10 oz) packages fresh spinach, well rinsed and stems trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup 1/2-inch cubes rindless Brie
1 cup grated Monterey Jack
1 (6 1/2 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 strips bacon, fried crisp, drained and chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
assorted chips for dipping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round chafing dish and set aside.

Prepare Spinach: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach in batches and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and refresh under cold running water. Squeeze to remove all excess water and chop. Set aside.

Dip: In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, to make a light roux, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and cream in a steady stream, and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked spinach and lemon juice, and stir to incorporate. Add the cubed and grated cheeses, artichoke hearts, and bacon, and stir well. Remove from the heat and pour into the prepared dish. Top with the Parmesan and bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot with chips.

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Take Your Fitness to New Heights at Stoneworks Climbing Gym

November 18, 2014 4:44 pm

If you've ever been curious about whether rock climbing would be a fun and challenging sport to take up, Stoneworks Climbing Gym can help you find out for sure. Stoneworks has helped thousands of Beaverton-area residents build their skills since opening its doors in 1993.

The facility features 34-foot climbing and lead walls, a top-out bouldering area, and auto belays. Beginners can sign up for an introductory course that teaches sport climbing techniques and basic safety. Those enrolled in a class also receive a one-month pass to Stoneworks and free equipment rentals. Intermediate climbers can improve their technique with private classes that are custom-designed to focus on the student's particular weaknesses and strengths. Summer camps are available for kids, and the gym can also be rented out for your group's private event.

Stoneworks is well known for having a friendly, helpful, and professional staff, so you know you'll be in good hands!

Stoneworks Climbing Gym
6775 SW 111th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97008
(503) 644-3517

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Fruit Salad

November 17, 2014 2:45 pm

Every year, my mom makes this amazing fruit salad for Thanksgiving. It’s a family favorite and Thanksgiving would NOT be the same (for our family, anyways) without it.

You will need the following:
two different kinds of pears
at least five different kinds of apples (more, if available)
one orange
a bundle of grapes (normally, green ones, but I prefer the red ones)
One cup of whipped cream
One package of whipped cream cheese
Powdered sugar (enough for taste)
One teaspoon of vanilla

The first thing you are going to need to do is cut up all of the fruit. Normally, we do it in bite sized pieces. As you’re cutting everything, put it in a bowl. Half the grapes and add those as well. Then, you’ll want to add the coconut and marshmallows.

Note: Chopping up the fruit may seem like the easiest thing in this whole recipe, but it’s definitely the most time consuming.

The next thing you will want to do is make the “glaze”. Mix the cream cheese and the whipped cream. You’ll want it to be smooth. Add just enough powdered sugar to taste. Then, add the vanilla. Once all that is combined, go ahead and pour it over the fruit and mix well.Once that’s complete, go ahead and serve! I hope this dish brings your family as much joy as it brings mine. Happy Holidays!

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