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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: Helpful tips

I’m always on the lookout for great kitchen tips, because a clever cook can never have too many. Today’s column includes several awesome kitchen tips and a lemon curd recipe we tried last weekend. • Keeping your hands clean: Washing your hands is probably the best way to stop the spread of food-borne pathogens. Wash […]

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 »

Take the county biz survey

By News Release | From Page: A3

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A8

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

By Julie Samrick | Gallery

Legal services available for seniors

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency

One dead after Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tribes fight over name, land

By Amanda Williams

Water warning near El Dorado Trail

By El Dorado County Community Development | Gallery

Boy dies in Thursday wreck

By Amanda Williams

Sheriff makes pitch for new facility

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

Ponderosa coach arrested

By Amanda Williams

CHP looking for senior volunteers

By California Highway Patrol

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Letters »

Hands up, don’t shoot?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Denial

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Teacher shortage

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Are you hornswoggled?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Disdain and disgrace

By Letters to the Editor

Opinions and facts

By Letters to the Editor

Altshuler’s insults

By Letters to the Editor

Respect other drivers

By Letters to the Editor

Helping the homeless

By Letters to the Editor

Herd immunity doesn’t work either

By Letters to the Editor

Alternative treatments

By Letters to the Editor

Clay Street problems?

By Letters to the Editor

Phony claim

By Letters to the Editor

Lincoln’s railroad ties

By Letters to the Editor

EID general manager responds

By Letters to the Editor

Empty Bowls left our hearts full

By Letters to the Editor

New sheriff’s complex

By Letters to the Editor

Save the turtles

By Letters to the Editor

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Sports »

Troy downs Woodcreek

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

By Democrat Staff | Gallery

Cougars upend Lady D’backs

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’back give-and-take leads to win

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Sports scene: Jan. 28, 2016

By Democrat Staff

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Prospecting »

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

‘Citizenfour’ shows at Cozmic Café

By Coalition For Change | From Page: B3

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B3

My Time group to meet in Placerville

By Senior Day | From Page: B4

Arts Council presents author reading

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B4

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B4

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

Exhibit brings a new dimension to familiar portraits

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B6

St. Elias Orthodox Church presents special programs

By St. Elias Orthodox Church | From Page: B6

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

By Capital Stage | From Page: B6

Send a singing Valentine

By Sierra Gold Chorus | From Page: B8

Gold Rush for preschoolers

By Angels Camp | From Page: B8

History museum debuts new exhibit

By The Sacramento History Museum | From Page: B9

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

Poets to speak out

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B13

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

By Gold Trail Union School District

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County

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Essentials »

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

News bites: 1/6

By Democrat Staff

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Obituaries »

Barbara Endersby

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Michael Corner funeral notice

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Joseph Richard Erickson

By Contributor

Philip John Garthe Jr.

By Contributor

Bell Weaver

By Contributor

Charlotte Emily Dryden

By Contributor

Donna Louise Ranger

By Contributor

June Birtwell

By Contributor

James Carroll Coleman

By Contributor

F. John Adams

By Contributor

Donna Wunschel

By Contributor

Frances Rosa King

By Contributor

Cynthia Elaine Dowse

By Contributor

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TV Listings

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Shoe

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New York Times Crossword

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Long Story Short

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Flying McCoys

By Contributor

Speed Bump

By Contributor

Tundra

By Contributor

Shoe

By Contributor

Sudoku

By Contributor

Rubes

By Contributor

New York Times Crossword

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Long Story Short

By Contributor

TV Listings

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Speed Bump

By Contributor

Tundra

By Contributor

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Home Source

Home sales rebound in December after November setback

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM8

Sellers checked out of current market

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM4

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