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Dr. Art Mollen
Dr. Mollen's practice is located at 16100 N. 71st St. in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-656-0016 or log onto www.drartmollen.com.

Sunday's Sweetheart
If you'd like to add Sunday's Sweetheart or any other pet to your family, contact the Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585. For more information about AHS events and programs, visit www.azhumane.org.

Chef Dad
To send questions to Chef Dad, email questions@chefdad.com
For more of Chef Dad's recipes, go to www.chefdad.com

Chef Dad's Cheesy Ham & Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. ham (cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
10 slices of cooked, chopped bacon
10 oz. can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies (found in the canned tomato section)
6 tbsp. butter
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 lb. Velveeta cheese (cubed)
Kosher salt
Black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
1/4 cup parsley (chopped fine)
Grated Parmesan cheese (use as a topping when serving)
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1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice (not instant)
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

COOKING:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Make the rice by combining ingredients for that in a lidded sauce pan over medium-high heat. Once it comes to a boil, stir well, then put the cover back on and reduce the heat to low or medium-low so it will just simmer. Let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes until it looks like all the liquid has been absorbed into the rice. Remove from the heat, keep covered and set aside until final assembly.
3) Make your cheese sauce by combining the butter, milk and cubed Velveeta in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper, plus the crushed red pepper, and stir this mixture every few minutes. Don't rush this by turning up the heat or you'll burn the cheese. Low and slow for this sauce. Once the cheese sauce is done, it's time to assemble the dish.
4) Use cooking spray to coat a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. In a large bowl, combine your cooked diced ham, bacon, Rotel, parsley, cooked rice and cheese sauce together and mix well. Pour everything into your casserole dish. Bake uncovered for at least 50 but no longer than 55 minutes. Serve immediately and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top with each serving.

This recipe makes about 8-10 servings and is great as a leftover meal. 

Cook's notes: It's beneficial to this dish if you make the rice as described above. Instant or "10-minute" rice is OK too. You'll need about 4 cups of cooked rice. Finally, this mixture will look too wet when you first pour it into the casserole dish. Don't worry, it'll come out of the oven just right.

Wally's Weekly Car Review
For more on Wally Cahill: www.azmotorsportsmania.tv, Wally's Weekly Car Reviews on Facebook, or @CahillWally on Twitter. 

2015 Infiniti QX80 Full Size SUV
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int: Beige Leather/Suede/Mocha Burl Wood
 
Performance Features
5.6L V8  400HP   413 Lb Ft. of Torque        (8500 lbs of Towing Capacity)
7 Speed Auto    w/Snow/Tow/Hill Start modes
4 Wheel Independent Suspension w/Self Leveling Rear Suspension
Integrated Class 4 Tow Hitch w/7 Pin Connector
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
22" Tires on 14 Spoke Alloy Wheels
 
Exterior Features
Redesigned Front w/LED Lights and Sonar
Power Liftgate
Hydraulic Controlled Body Motion Stabilizer
Outside Courtesy Lighting  
 
Interior Features
Leather w/Moca Burl Wood Trim
Heated and Cooled 10 Way Adjustable Seats
Heated Leather & Burl Wood Smart Steering Wheel w/Tilt&Telescopic
3 Zone Climate Control
AM/FM/SAT/DVD/NAV/USB
Premium BOSE Sound System w/13 Speakers (2 Subwoofers)
Dual 7" Screens in Headrests,Wireless Heads Sets,Remote
Plasmacluster Air Purifier (for stinky little kids)
EZ 3rd Row Access Auto Tilt Up Seats
 
14 MPG City      20 MPG Highway     Real World Combined 18.1 MPG
 
MSRP $63,250.00                 As Tested $77,185.00


Holiday Gift Giving
Still searching for that perfect holiday gift for kids and adults of all ages on your wish list? Brilliant Baby Products has a look at some of the best gifts out there this holiday season.

Zike: It's not a bike. It's not a scooter. It's a ZIKE, and it's the most unique new mode of transportation around. This revolutionary invention is made for children as young as 5 but can be used by adults as well. It looks like a scooter, but it's powered by bike-like pedals. It not only helps improve balance but coordination skills as well. Priced starting at just $129 and sold online at www.zike.net.

HABA Play Tent: Sneak a little spring into your winter with HABA's Caro-Lini Play Tent! The perfect palace for the little princess on your list, the tent stands 4 feet tall and nearly 4 feet in diameter. It features two screened windows and fun sewn - not printed - floral designs. With plenty of space for friends, this tent is perfect for indoors or out and can be folded completely down for space-saving storage. Made of cotton/polyester, mesh fabric, plastic rods. Cushion not included. Winner of Parent Tested, Parent Approved award. For ages 12 months and up. MSRP $149.99. Visit www.habausa.com/caro-lini-play-tent-foldable.html for more information.

Yookidoo Gymotion Activity Playland: This playland is the revolutionary activity gym that grows with baby from infancy to toddlerhood. With three different stages, this entertainer has all of the bells and whistles to stimulate and captivate baby's curiosity while laying down, during tummy time or in a sitting position. Dual music modes for rest and play, a battery-operated musical mobile and a variety of multi-textured toys provide countless play scenarios so baby will never be bored. Gymotion conveniently folds up into a self-contained carrying case for easy transport, making it the perfect toy to take to take on trips or just over to Grandma's house. MSRP: $79.90 Available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Melody Mates: Nightly bedtime battles and dark-room distress are no more with the Melody Mates by Juzt 4 Kidz Lullaby Light Up Pillow. The sweet, slumber-inducing cushion comes with a washable soft pillow and detachable blanket that'll entice even the most anxious of sleepers to lie down and snuggle up with their plushy pal. Melodious lullabies comfort and soothe, while LED lights glow ever so gently to evoke the starry skies and send your sweet little ones into dreamland. Learn more online melodymates.com. MSRP $34.99.

InRoad PlayTape: Take vehicle play to a whole new level with award-winning PlayTape from InRoad Toys! Simply peel, tear and stick to any flat surface to create roads for toy cars or tracks for toy trains. Instantly lay a road or track anywhere for creative play with any wheeled toy! Make a mistake? Just adjust and re-stick. When you're done playing, PlayTape peels up easily and leaves no residue behind. Design your own drag strip or lay down a network of roads and rails in a toy town you've created with your own blocks and bricks. The possibilities are endless! Choose from a variety of colors, sizes and designs. Made in the USA. For ages 3 and up. MSRP $7.99 - 12.99. Visit www.inroadtoys.com for more information.

Brilliant Baby Products: www.brilliantbabyproducts.com