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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 »

Firefighter injured as house fire contained

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Rescue Raceway back on track

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

EID resets watering days for summer

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Budgets reviewed by water agencies

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

County home to three Gold Ribbon schools

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: A3

Old wood given new life with El Dorado High School class

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A3 | Gallery

DUI stats for Memorial Day weekend released

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

PPD Bike Patrol Unit gets two new rides

By Placerville Police | From Page: A6

River Management Plan Update Workshop June 3

By News Release | From Page: A7

Placerville native bused to the top

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A8

Heard over the back fence: The Fair is back

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

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Letters »

Shiva supports seniors

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

The socialist agenda

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Response to ‘Harn talks budget to Taxpayers group’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Keep Chris Daley on the opinion page

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

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Sports »

Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Quartet enjoyed final game

By Mike Bush | From Page: A10

Bruins sign for college

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

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Prospecting »

Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1

Things to do: May 29, 2015

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Wagonmaster Downer is back for year two

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers perform new CD

By News Release | From Page: B3

Good time and good music

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B3

Foothill Garden Tour features five stops

By News Release | From Page: B4

Festival celebrates barbera

By Barbera Festival | From Page: B4

E-waste collection to raise funds for kids

By News Release | From Page: B4

Sonora Photo Club to present special exhibit

By Railtown | From Page: B5

Music Circus features an all-Tony line up

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B5

Open studio at Gallery at 48 Natoma

By Gallery At 48 Natoma | From Page: B7

Workshop offers helpful tips

By News Release | From Page: B7

Duty: Patrick T. Irwin

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

New carnival at the fair

By El Dorado County Fair | From Page: B8

Engagement: Meghan Irene Brand and Scott Allen Sanstad

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Operation Care celebrates spring

By News Release | From Page: B13

Bold choreography defines Gallim Dance

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B13

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Essentials »

Lake Levels: May 28, 2015

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

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Obituaries »

Larry Hansen

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Richard S. Taylor

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lance Dorian Callender

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Cara D. Hutchinson

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Mary Valerie Majewski

By Contributor | From Page: A2

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Real Estate »

Where’s my cat?

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS2

Lower interest rates, steady home prices ease California housing affordability

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS4

Realtors eagerly await the OK to fly drones

By National Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS10

California’s spring home-buying season off to strong start

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS14

Survey: Good price tops main reason to buy now

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS15

Moorseville duplex has European touch

Press Release | From Page: HS18

Grants could help end homelessness

Press Release | From Page: HS18

Estate-sized Rossano has Spanish flavor

Press Release | From Page: HS20

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Comics »

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Long Story Short

By Contributor | From Page: A11

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Sukodu

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Horoscope, Friday, May 29, 2015

By Contributor | From Page: A12

Horoscope, Saturday, May 30, 2015

By Contributor | From Page: A12

Horoscope, Sunday, May 31, 2015

By Contributor | From Page: A12

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A12

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Medical Profiles

Dr. Little doing big things for local dentistry

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: MP7

Meet Marshall’s newest cancer physician, Ernest Lo, MD

By Marshall Medical | From Page: MP13

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Home Source

Realtors eagerly await the OK to fly drones

By National Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS10

Survey: Good price tops main reason to buy now

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS15

Moorseville duplex has European touch

Press Release | From Page: HS18

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