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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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New video targets StemExpress

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Shooting suspect behind bars

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Search effort expands for missing rider

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Living Water projects purify the soul

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

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West Nile virus kills Nevada County resident

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TRPA approves Tahoe Valley Area Plan

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Order blocks secret StemExpress video

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Google puts El Dorado Transit “on the map”

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Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

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Opinion »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

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My Turn: A breathtakingly dangerous act

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Adopt a pet

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Open letter to Bill Cosby

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McCain a hero?

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Bottom line

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Sports »

Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

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Sports scene: July 30, 2015

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On tap

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Taz second behind Park Terrace

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Le brothers tee off on world course

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A9

Storm warnings to continue

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Local players in national tournament

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EDHS Athletic Clearance reminder

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Prospecting »

Mother Lode Art Exhibit — poetry in art

By Placerville Arts Association | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Things to do: July 31, 2015

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Tahoe homes match the priceless view

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2 | Gallery

New dance studio leaps onto scene

By Julie Samrick | From Page: B3

August is Toy Train Month at Railroad Museum

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B3

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda L. Elsom

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B4

Duty: Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B4

Duty: Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B4

Music Circus presents ‘West Side Story’

By Music Circus | From Page: B4

Duty: Air Force Airman Brandon N. Katt

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Tribe of the Red Horse plays Sutter Creek

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Memorable fundraiser at Imagination Theater

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B5

All were aboard for Train’s Tahoe stop

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: B5

Take a musical journey at SummerFest

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Free painting demo by renowned artist

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Essentials »

Lake levels

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News bites: July 31

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Obituaries »

Lois G. Pratt

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Joanne Handshy

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Muriel Steinwall Humenick

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Shoe

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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Long Story Short

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Rubes

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Sudoku

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Horoscope, Friday, July 31, 2015

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Horoscope, Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Horoscope, Sunday, August 2, 2015

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New York Times Crossword

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