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Foothill dining: Simplify weeknight meals

Busy weeknights call for meals that can be prepared quickly, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor and quality. One way to save time is combining fresh ingredients with frozen sides, such as those offered by Alexia Foods. Made with premium, natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations, they lend a deliciously gourmet complement to […]

Foothill gourmet: More meatballs

Today’s column is dedicated to my workout friend Cindy Z. I know she’s reading today, because she is a faithful reader. At a recent yoga class, she complimented me on my last meatball column. She thought it was one of my best. That’s why I’m dedicating this second meatball column to Cindy. After the recipes, […]

Dinner reaches new heights

El Dorado County wines are known for their food-friendly balance and a great way to experience the subtle complexities is at the winemaker dinners being presented by Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. The “Taste at a Higher Level” winemaker dinner is a gourmet, customized farm-to-table five-course dinner. The meals, […]

Foothill gourmet: Where’s the meatballs?

Welcome to today’s column, it has flavorful ideas for meatballs. Meatballs are no longer ordinary. Read ahead to find stellar ideas for flavorful meatballs ranging from beef to seafood and in flavors from Italian to Jamaican. There are four ways to cook meatballs: bake, broil, deep-fry or pan fry. To bake: Arrange on a parchment-lined […]

Foothill dining: Tunatastic

With Lent right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about adding some diversity to the traditional meatless recipe repertoire. Sure, the typical tuna sandwich or PB&J are great, but there are plenty of other easy ways to liven up mealtime. Luckily, StarKist Tuna has a few recipes that will add excitement and flavor […]

Foothill gourmet: Super subs

Game day is approaching, so ideas for party subs could be just the recipe you need. Use a large (22-25-inch) loaf of bread for these subs. First hollow out the bread inside to make room for the fillings, similar to my recent recipe for stuffed French bread. Depending on how you slice the finished sub […]

Spices and herbs put the yum in healthy comfort foods

There’s good news for the millions of Americans resolving to eat healthier in the New Year and not give up warm, satisfying comfort foods. Spices and herbs can replace the flavor lost when using lower-fat ingredients in favorite home-cooked comfort dishes — from macaroni and cheese to meat loaf. One recent study showed a meal […]

At a glance: Have a lovely day

On Feb. 12, 1879 there was a gala carnival at the first United States skating rink at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hopefully it was just as fun as the opening of the skating rink in El Dorado County last year. Again, a big thank you to the organizers for bringing an ice […]

Foothill gourmet: Salad dressing recipes

One of my favorite topics to share with my readers is tips that save money when preparing or cooking food. I read several food magazines each month, so I’m always on the lookout for helpful tips. Today’s column includes many money-saving tips and salad dressing recipes to accent the salad greens you’re preparing. Cheese rinds […]

Foothill gourmet: Classic mac and cheese and more

Baked macaroni and cheese is definitely a family comfort food. Today’s column includes a basic recipe, two stove top recipes and inventive additions to delight your diners. Classic baked mac cheese — Ingredients: 8 ounces fusilli or other short pasta, 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus 1 teaspoon more for the baking dish, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, […]

Nothing says lovin’ like a good meal

The Feast of Saint Valentine is observed on Feb. 14 and for some feast is the operative word. The day promoting love with the exchange of flowers, confectionery and cards can be a time to spend time with a loved one dining on sumptuous morsels. In El Dorado County there are several venues presenting specials […]

Foothill gourmet: Zippy zucchini

 Zucchini is abundant at the Farmers Market and in gardens. Today’s column features my family’s favorite zucchini recipe, Awesome Zucchini Pizza. It has the flavors of pizza without the carbs. I’ve made Awesome Zucchini Pizza every summer for more than 17 years. The pizza’s base is grated zucchini, eggs and cheese, not pizza dough. Both […]

Chop it and keep it

Several weeks ago I was handed a large flat box by my editor and told, “Give this a try and tell us how you like it.” Inside was a plastic chopping tray from Argee Corporation, which is located in Santee. Called the “Chop Keeper,” it is a plastic cutting board 18 inches wide and 12 […]

Foster Farms announces chicken cooking contest

The West Coast’s premier Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest is inviting home, amateur and professional chefs to stir up some cooking creativity with its call for entries for the second annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest. The winning contestant will receive a grand prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken. Recipes […]

Foothill gourmet: Baby greens are growing popularity

Recently I read an article about the adventurous spirit of California diners. I celebrate Californians for being at the forefront of maximizing flavor in California cuisine. That adventurous spirit, to me, is analogous to California’s history of the adventurous gold miners. The newest take on California salads, taking Californian flavor to the next level, is […]

Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

With fresh corn abundantly available during the summer months, a column highlighting different flavors accented with a topping for fresh corn would be welcome. First, it’s helpful to know how to cook corn. You can cook it three ways: boiling, steaming or grilling. I have friends that love to grill corn, because grilled corn has […]

Foothill gourmet: Sport food

Welcome to the sports seasons of the end of baseball and start of football and a column full of savory snack recipes excellent for creating a festive feeling for sport viewing. Recipe ingredients are available at the supermarket and require little or no cooking. Garlic-herb dip — Halve 3 heads garlic crosswise. Place in an […]

Foothill gourmet: Get corny

With fresh corn abundantly available during the summer months, I thought a column highlighting different flavors that can be an accent topping fresh corn would be welcome to readers. First, it’s helpful to know how to cook corn. It can be cooked three ways: boiling, steaming or grilling. I have friends that love to grill […]

Foothill gourmet: Dinner and dessert

D and D is my shorthand for today’s column since it includes a main dish for dinner and a “cool” recipe for dessert. The first recipe is courtesy of my workout friend, Kay. I trust her judgement, because she eats healthy and likes to cook quality food for her husband. She cooked for her whole […]

Stepping out: Café Luna has it all

“All four elements were happening in equal measure — the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.” — Charlie Trotter Café Luna A group of us were invited to dinner at Café Luna, 451 Main St., Suite 8, in Placerville (Creekside Place). […]

Stepping out: Old Town Grill is now serving dinner

“Only in America do we buy hot dogs in packages of 10 and buns in packages of eight.” — Claimed by several people Old Town Grill As I mentioned before, my daughter brought the grandkids up for the Christmas Parade last year. The kids wanted French fries for lunch (hey, it is a parade day), […]

Stepping out: Crepe Town Café is wonderful place to dine

No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.” — Henry Ward Beecher Crepe Town Café I first heard about this place a couple of weeks ago when I was at a wine and food event. Two days later I received a call […]

Foothill gourmet: New Year recipes

Welcome to the new year and a full column of savory snack recipes excellent for creating a festive feeling to any occasion. Recipe ingredients are available at the supermarket and require little or no cooking. Garlic-herb dip — Halve three heads garlic crosswise. Place in an oven safe dish. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in […]

Stepping out: Old Town Grill reaches the decade milestone

“Anybody who doesn’t think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy.” — Calvin Trillin Ten years and going strong On Jan. 1, Old Town Grill will be celebrating its 10th year of business in downtown Placerville. “Continued support from the wonderful people here is what keeps […]

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News »

Judge breaks her silence

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Seven busted in Tahoe search

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

New cancer center elevates care

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Health tips aim to keep seniors moving, healthy

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Norma Santiago joins Briggs in back pay fight

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Beware the woodland creatures who carry a dangerous disease

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

Broadband workshop this Tuesday

Press Release | From Page: A3

Cumpston reviews water issues with taxpayer group

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Burglars busy in Pollock Pines area

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3

Heard over the back fence: Cameron Park Events

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

Man charged with child sex abuse

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Letters »

Time for amendments

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

$15 per hour won’t solve poverty

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

From little acorns mighty oaks do grow

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I agree with Jennifer

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Trivial pursuit

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Live with it or leave

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Good job, Eileen

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Stealing the show

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Flier not from GDPUD

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National Night Out ripples

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Mental illness must be addressed

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Explaining my position

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State of Jefferson can help

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The hangman is our history

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Special thank you

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Liberal in conservative country

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About the hangman

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Sheriff’s investigators are the best

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Sports »

Trojans win wild one

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Trojans win wild one over Wildcats

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Schedule: Aug. 31 – Sept. 5

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Ponderosa prevails in back-and-forth battle

By Scott Warden | From Page: A6

D’backs take season opener

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A6

El Dorado continues regular season roll

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Grizzlies contain Wildfires

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Update: UM players hospitalized

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

UM Football Schedule

By Democrat Staff

UM Football roster

By Democrat Staff

OR 2015 Schedule

By Democrat Staff

Local blogger has his say

By Jerry Heinzer

Trojan football looks to improve

By Mike Bush | Gallery

OR 2015 roster

By Democrat Staff

Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

By Jerry Heinzer

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Prospecting »

Top dog trainer comes to Placerville

By Hangtown Kennel | From Page: B1

Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

By Episcopal Church Of Our Saviour | From Page: B1

Homeless woman on a quest to find help

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2

Winery association donates cash to food bank

By El Dorado Wine Association | From Page: B2

As we were: Pretty pictures

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

Eating smart: Barbecue without the grill

By Casey Moore | From Page: B2

Placerville Shakespeare Club installs officers

By Placerville Shakespeare Club | From Page: B3

Free Medicare 101 class offered

By News Release | From Page: B3

After 5 support group meeting

By Senior Day | From Page: B3

Dinner celebrates farm to table

By Placerville Natural

At a glance: Making money

By Mimi Escabar

Artisanal coffee-house opens downtown

By Dawn Hodson | Gallery

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets big check

By Big Brothers Big Sistesr

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Essentials »

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

News briefs

By Noel Stack

Building permits issued Aug. 24-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

Correction

By Noel Stack

Lake levels

By Contributor

Divorces: July 2015

By Noel Stack

News bites, Aug. 26

By Noel Stack

Correction

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

By El Dorado County Community Development

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Pat Lakey

Corrections

By Chris Daley

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

By El Dorado County Community Development

Statewide fire summary

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

News Bites: Aug. 12

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

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Obituaries »

Leo Nored

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Diana Mae Snyder

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Thelma Eleanor Carpenter

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Frank Fausel

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Leslie Lloyd Burnett

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Darlene Herman

By Contributor

Richard Scott Washington

By Contributor

Robert M. Dawson

By Contributor

Walter John Zabel

By Contributor

Jack Canright

By Contributor

Lois Faye Raffety

By Contributor

Christopher Inzano

By Contributor

Cecelia Ann Varenkamp

By Contributor

Eric Moss

By Contributor

Cyril Ray Moore

By Contributor

Roger Caesar

By Contributor

Tyler Jason Allen

By Contributor

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Real Estate »

July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

By California Association Of Realtors

Real estate firms confident about future profitability

By National Association Of Realtors

Pending home sales dip in June

By National Association Of Realtors

Millennials favor walkable communities, says new NAR poll

By National Association Of Realtors

CFPB’s extends TRID implementation deadline

By National Association Of Realtors

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Comics »

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A7

Horoscope, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Horoscope, Monday, August 31, 2015

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Speed Bump

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TV Listings

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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New York Times Crossword

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Shoe

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TV Listings

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Shoe

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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Long Story Short

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Flying McCoys

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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