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Spooky snacks

Eat, drink, be scary, and have fun — it’s Halloween — time for witches, bats, spiders, politicians and especially vampires. It’s also time for some biting humor in this food column.

Op-ed: Like everyone, Catholics facing tough choice on Election Day

Back in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver. They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social justice issues. They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party. And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.

Letters to the Editor: October 26, 2016

Progressive ideas are bad

Letters to the Editor: October 19, 2016

Time to bring back the draft

Apple of my eye

You are the apple of my pie (or cake), if you are a Granny Smith or Rome apple — two fine varieties of baking apples. But a Honeycrisp, Jonathan or Braeburn produce great-tasting results, too. Bake with a mix of sweet and tart apples for a distinctive taste. With over 7,500 known apple varieties worldwide, comparing apples to apples, the best apples are the ones that you like best to eat. For apples served in a salad, with wine and cheese, dipped in peanut butter, honey or eaten out of hand, try the Fuji, Gala, McIntosh, Golden Delicious or Braeburn varieties. Apples are high in fiber, low in calories and full of phytonutrient antioxidants.

There are plenty of choices with a rotisserie chicken

OK, food lovers, here’s a quick quiz for you: What’s fast, easy, healthy and inexpensive? Plus, you can buy it hot and use every part of it — right down to the container?

Pepper perfection

Christopher Columbus’ sailing adventures helped to put more spice into the lives of Europeans. Along the way, he found spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. But black pepper was the really hot commodity. At one time, you could use black pepper to pay your rent, your taxes, purchase land, pay a ransom, or even provide for a dowry. Pepper was more valuable than gold and silver, and was considered a legitimate form of money. A man’s worth could be gauged by how much pepper he had in his household.

Op-ed: Soccer fans get their kicks with Philly Unity Cup

In virtually every country around the globe, outside of the United States, football — or soccer, as we more commonly know it — is the dominant sport.

Op-ed: Cost cutting shouldn’t mean fewer options for children

Imagine going to a gym that provided equipment only to exercise the left side of your body. What would happen to your right side? As the muscles on your left grew stronger, the right side of your body would weaken day by day from lack of use.  

Letters to the Editor: October 12, 2016

Bipartisan leadership is key