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Ellsworth Elementary School kindergartner Sarah Williams runs through the pumpkin patch during a school field trip to Bi-Zi Farms in Vancouver last year.

Clark County pumpkin patches ready for seasonal fun

Ellsworth Elementary School kindergartner Sarah Williams runs through the pumpkin patch during a school field trip to Bi-Zi Farms in Vancouver last year.

October 10, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

Pumpkins are popping out all over, and pumpkin patches across Clark County are open and offering a panoply of activities modified with COVID-19 safety in mind. Here are five local favorites with brief descriptions of what to expect at each location. No matter where you go, potential pumpkin pickers should… Read story

Top this pumpkin oatmeal with fall favorites like pecans, dried cranberries and candied ginger.

Pumpkin Power: 4 recipes that demonstrate orange fall gourd’s versatility

Top this pumpkin oatmeal with fall favorites like pecans, dried cranberries and candied ginger.

October 7, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

To paraphrase Paul McCartney, you’d think that people would have had enough of silly pumpkin recipes, but I look around me and I see it isn’t so. I am proud of my pumpkin-love, although I’m aware of the anti-pumpkin faction. The anti-pumpkinists would say pumpkin is positively passe and attention… Read story

Welcome the cozy days of autumn with this campfire-inspired trifle featuring graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

Glam up those graham crackers

Welcome the cozy days of autumn with this campfire-inspired trifle featuring graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

September 30, 2020, 5:01pm Clark County Life

It could be said that graham crackers are a divine invention, inspired by the 19th century preaching of Sylvester Graham, who touted the benefits of a vegetarian diet with whole grains. Graham flour — made from coarsely ground whole wheat — was created especially for Graham’s followers, known as Grahamites,… Read story

Avoca Amanda dahlias in bloom last week at Jamie's Dahlias in Washougal.

Dandy Dahlias: U-Pick at Jamie’s Dahlias and tips for growing your own

Avoca Amanda dahlias in bloom last week at Jamie's Dahlias in Washougal.

September 27, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Fortunately for us, Clark County’s dahlias are unbothered by pandemics or smoky skies. Local dahlia fields are still blooming like that’s the only thing that matters. Even though dahlia season starts in July and peaks around Labor Day, these fearless flowers will keep strutting their stuff until the first frost… Read story

Chewbacca and porg jack-o'-lanterns (Contributed photo)

May the fall be with you: Camas provides pumpkin pageant, Star Wars costume contest

Chewbacca and porg jack-o'-lanterns (Contributed photo)

September 24, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Life

Downtown Camas welcomes autumn and the Rebel Alliance with its annual pumpkin pageant and costume contest, returning this year beginning Sunday through First Friday, Oct. 2, featuring everyone’s favorite Galactic Empire. Read story

This hearty Italian stew takes its inspiration from minestrone soup, but is thickened with (shhhh!) leftover mashed potatoes.

Creating comfort food amid Clark County’s smoke-pocalypse

This hearty Italian stew takes its inspiration from minestrone soup, but is thickened with (shhhh!) leftover mashed potatoes.

September 23, 2020, 6:03am Clark County Life

As I spent last week watching the sky shift from sulfurous yellow to soupy gray-orange, judging the air quality by whether I could see the other side of my yard, I decided it was best not to leave my house. It was time to Use What We Had (capital letters… Read story

Second Chance Companions pet rescue organization has at least 75 kittens in foster care right now.

Clark County animal groups have oodles of kittens

Second Chance Companions pet rescue organization has at least 75 kittens in foster care right now.

September 20, 2020, 6:30am Clark County Life

Clark County’s cats are not social distancing. They’ve gotten very close indeed over the past several months, and now local shelters are overrun with kittens. This is what’s known as “kitten season”—the year’s warmest months, when cats are at their most amorous — and it is continuing apace. Read story

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a match made in food heaven.

Solve the Too-Many-Tomatoes problem

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a match made in food heaven.

September 16, 2020, 4:05pm Clark County Life

When I first began writing this series about cooking from your pantry — way back in March, when we were all so blithely optimistic about this pandemic thing — I never really imagined that I’d still be crashing around in my kitchen come September, trying out recipes featuring pickle juice,… Read story

This file image released by Sony Pictures shows Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." (Frank Masi/AP files)

Heathen hosts drive-in movie

This file image released by Sony Pictures shows Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." (Frank Masi/AP files)

September 10, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Life

It’s may be a jungle out there, but inside the gates of Heathen Estate, 9400 N.E. 134th St., Vancouver, it will be all fun and games from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. This local vineyard and winery — sister to Heathen Brewing and Heathen Feral Public House — is hosting… Read story

This tangy chicken is first fried with a light flour coating before being stirred into a mildly spicy tomato sauce.

Ketchup key secret ingredient in these 3 delicious recipes

This tangy chicken is first fried with a light flour coating before being stirred into a mildly spicy tomato sauce.

September 9, 2020, 6:01am Clark County Life

My daughter has a tomato-red T-shirt that proclaims, “I put ketchup on my ketchup,” which she wears with pride (although, frankly, she’s also quite fond of mustard and barbecue sauce). Read story