Saturday is a special day for the Pasco Farmers Market. It's the season opener and the market's 25th anniversary.
To celebrate, The Downtown Pasco Development Authority, which oversees the market, has organized music and dancing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The market is held under the shelters in the parking lot at West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue.
Vendors will be set up and selling a wide variety of produce, baked goods, plants, cheeses, honey, pepper blends and rubs, fresh eggs and crafts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
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The market's food court will feature breakfast waffles, panini sandwiches, gourmet barbecue, tacos and lattes.
Regular market hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through October.
For more information, or to sign up to sell at the market, contact Market Manager Mike Somerville at 509-531-7274, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or go to pascofarmersmarket.org.
Dancing and dinner
SUNNYSIDE -- The H. A. Reinhold Knights of Columbus Council No. 14926 is holding its third annual dinner dance on Saturday at the St. Joseph Parish Activity Center in Sunnyside.
A social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The menu includes prime rib, appetizers, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, salad, dessert, and two beverages of your choice (beer, wine or water).
There also will be a silent auction and a drawing.
Dancing will be from 8:30 to 11 p.m. to a mix of country, rock and roll and tejano music.
Tickets are $35 per person and available by calling 509-837-2243.
Here's an easy, and inexpensive, tip from EatingWell.com that will make your dollars stretch further at the store.
When you have a few veggies or leftover meat, mix them with pasta or rice to make a meal. They're both cheap, standard pantry items you can keep on hand.
Try quickly sautéing peppers and onions and toss them with noodles, herbs and a little cheese, or add rice to a vegetable soup to make it more satisfying.
The book: 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes by Katie Chin.
Best for: Cooking a wide range of grains including quinoa, polenta, lentils, black beans, oatmeal and barley, plus rice. The author has found ways to use her rice cooker for dishes from appetizers to dessert with great results. She's packed her cookbook with enough meal ideas, tips and ingredient information to turn your cooker into one of the most versatile appliances in your kitchen.
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