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Fall Cookies

Whether or not the weather cooperates, September marks the beginning of fall baking season. It’s also the perfect time to try some recipes for “ordinary” cookies — good enough for a weekday lunch but not tied to any major holiday.

The Senior Nutrition Program, conducted by the Coastal Community Action Program of Aberdeen, regularly serves lunches at noon at:

Grays Harbor offers many opportunities to be a Poet

A quick Google search will give you the following definition for a poem: “A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure. or as something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.”

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Tapping into tapenade

Olive tapenade, an earthy, salty paste of olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and other flavorings, is easy to find jarred in specialty shops. But when you whip up a batch yourself at home, the flavors pop in a surprising way that makes you never want to buy it in a jar again.

Mini tomatoes are garden gems

They have names like Jolly Elf, Indigo Rose, Orange Fizz, Baby Cakes and Cherry Buzz. They come in stop-sign red, deep ruby, golden yellow, chocolate brown and pale orange. They can look like a big gum ball or a plump olive.

Grilling flank steak

Recent guests at an online chat for The Washington Post included cookbook author and food blogger Cathy Barrow and writer and caterer Vered Guttman. Here are edited excerpts from that chat.