Monday, January 26, 2015

At a glance: Holy guacamole

Football and food fans have Super Bowl Sunday circled on their calendars and are getting ready to have a great day. Super Bowl XLIX is a big sporting event but according to Taste of Home — America’s largest cooking magazine — Super Bowl Sunday is only second to Thanksgiving for food consumption. On Feb. 1, […]

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance receives award

Governor Jerry Brown presented the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor. CSWA was recognized for its California Sustainable Winegrowing Program during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters on Jan. 21 in Sacramento. A GEELA recipient in 2004 and […]

Gold Trail students catch and learn

Gold Trail Elementary School fourth graders released 22 young Chinook salmon into the Sacramento River at Discovery Park on Saturday, Jan. 10, as a result of a month-long science class project. Students were joined by parents and science teacher Danny Lulla, who spearheaded the project for his students. “The release of the fish into the […]

Snowline Hospice Hosts Hot Cocoa Bar

Snowline Hospice, an area leader in hospice and palliative care, needs more volunteers. The organization is inviting the community to an open house event for those interested in learning more. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Snowline Hospice’s Clinical Services Building, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Following […]

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 […]

Positive things happen at West Slope Recovery

An anonymous donor has graciously provided enough funding for two men to take advantage of a new live-in substance abuse recovery program in Placerville. West Slope Recovery officials said a $5,000 donation will enable them to take two new residents into the Coloma Street facility, where they will receive residential care and education to help […]

As we were: Chamber news

25 Years ago Jan. 26, 1990 Chamber installs new officers, presents annual awards Jim Barber assumed the duties of president of the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Jan. 18 at the annual awards and installation dinner. The new president hopes to see business development in the area that will bring a long-term investment to the […]

Things to do: Jan. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back problem and developed into intriguing designs. Soroush Mostafanejad photographer is also featured. […]

TV show ‘Untying the Knot’ puts out casting call

“Untying the Knot” on Bravo follows celebrity divorce attorney and mediator Vikki Ziegler as she travels the country using her particular brand of honest, empathetic and to-the-point communication to help couples divorce with dignity. On each episode, couples receive Vikki’s invaluable expertise divvying up their belongings faster than one can say, “I don’t.” The program’s […]

April Verch to perform in El Dorado

What: April Verch and Band concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218 When April Verch performs for El Dorado County Community Concert Association members on Wednesday, Jan. 28, she won’t just […]

At a glance: Do gooders

The first Kiwanis Club was chartered on Jan. 21, 1915 to do good things. Luckily El Dorado County has a Kiwanis Club and it is responsible for many great projects around the county. The members volunteer doing all kinds of tasks, raising money for scholarships, mentoring students and participating in international projects. To join this […]

Presentation offers fire aftermath info

The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents “Before and After the Flames: Fire, Forest and Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada,” a talk by Dr. Hugh D. Safford, senior vegetation ecologist for the United States Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region (including California, Hawaii and Pacific Islands) and Dr. Becky Estes, ecologist […]

Grandpa’s Cellar starts a new chapter

It’s not just a passing of the torch; the sale of Grandpa’s Cellar in Apple Hill is a blending of well-loved tradition and new technology and of two Apple Hill essentials — bees and apples. Pat and Bill Scheuner have owned No. 17, Grandpa’s Cellar since 1978. Bill grew up in El Dorado County where […]

Foothill dining: Time for soups and stews

During the chilly months of winter, nothing will warm you up like a hearty soup or stew. QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the best recipes to cozy up to this winter. Check out his hearty vegetable lentil stew, grammie’s noodle soup and coconut-curry chicken stew below.   Hearty vegetable lentil […]

Things to do: Jan. 16, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s very sophisticated, detailed work uses a process called High Dynamic Range. He works with multiple exposures and combines them in the computer to achieve brilliance of color and light. Also featured is Deena Reyes, who creates […]

Always something MORE at this event

What: 11th Art & Wine with Something MORE Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When:  Saturday, Jan. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848   The puppets are dancing, the paintings are gleaming and the artists are thoroughly excited as Mother Lode […]

Dynamic farm is taking root in Latrobe

The friendliest goats and alpacas in El Dorado County are already milling about a brand-new farm in the Latrobe area where developmentally challenged young adults soon will learn to grow — in more ways than one. The ambitious dream that is 4 Directions Farm has taken root and is ready to bloom. Under the auspices […]

At a glance: White makes green

It is so nice to see snow on the mountains. Not only is it a beautiful vista, that white stuff equates to green for El Dorado County and fun for a whole bunch of people. Hopefully there will be more snow to fluff things up.   Support Sober Grad Night No matter what the weather, […]

Foothill gourmet: Spinach is supreme

Mention the words a la Florentine and you immediately have my attention. The French phrase translates as “in the style of Florence,” and refers to dishes that are accented with spinach. When the entrée features fish, as well as spinach, it’s usually enrobed with Mornay sauce, sprinkled with cheese and browned in the oven. In […]

Pimp my dumpy looking garbage truck

“Yay! We’re stuck behind the garbage truck!” That might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s really not too far off the mark these days if you and the kids find yourselves driving behind an El Dorado Disposal garbage truck that has become a veritable piece of moving art. Thanks to the innovative idea of two […]

Things to do: Jan. 9, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back issue and developed into intriguing designs. Also featured is Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s […]

Mandala class opens new paths

If you have ever wondered how the Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery create such beautiful and precise mandalas, you have an opportunity to learn from them and try it for yourself on Saturday, Jan. 10. The monks will be teaching a class showing adults how to create a sand mandala using the traditional […]

Artist starts PAA year off with a bang

Placerville Arts Association is starting its year off with a bang. No fireworks or banging pots and pans, but rather with a talented northern California artist, Annie Murphy-Robinson, who will be sharing her expertise in the use of sandpaper, found objects and photography. Using this technique, she “sees” in the dark. The public — young […]

Film festival shows award-winning entires

Music in the Mountains is thrilled to have its film “River Music” accepted into the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth […]

CP Barber Shop is a cut above

Andy and Barney didn’t drop in, but the stream of customers walking past the red-and-white barber’s pole and into the Cameron Park Barbershop could have come straight from Mayberry. It’s that kind of place, where friends and neighbors meet to chat about the weather, sports and current news events and come up with solutions to […]

At a glance: Great balls of fire

The new year starts out with a little flare with the Quadrantids, a meteor shower that can have some bright fireballs. The activity is through Jan. 10. On Jan. 7, 1896 Fannie Farmer published her first cookbook. Her books are still great to this day and have great tips, nice basic recipes and a lot […]

Sno-Parks are the answer for winter fun

The mountains are finally covered in white and the kids are asking: “Mom, Dad, can we go up to the snow?” Living in the foothills of the Sierra means more than just beautiful scenery — the magic of the surrounding countryside beckons with outdoors adventures no matter what the season. And when it snows, the […]

Fun treats

Cherry Mac Bars Ingredients 1 package Krusteaz Molten Deep Dish Sugar Cookie Mix 1/3 cup butter 1 egg 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried cherries 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts, divided 1 pouch Molten Chocolate (enclosed) Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 8-by-8 inch pan. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, […]

Things to do: Jan. 2, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Jan. 5 through Feb. 1, is featuring Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s very sophisticated, detailed work “utilizes High Dynamic Range images that capture all the available light, tone and color through multiple exposures.” Also featured is Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color […]

Creating new treats from old-fashioned dishes

The California palate is a melting pot of eclectic tastes simmered from European, Asian, Latin American and Native American influences. A class with Chef Damon Barham at Miraflores Winery not only brought savory and interesting flavors from around the world, it took some traditional recipes and added modern twists to excite any menu. “I love […]

At a glance: Good start

With the new year there is always an excitement for really neat things to come. Take some time for a glance at the night sky, as the year starts out with all the planets visible and Mercury and Venus are showing off together from Jan. 7 to 12 in the southwest after sunset. The earth […]

Positive thoughts for the New year

The Mountain Democrat wondered what people are feeling about the approach of the New Year and how they view the wrapping up of 2014, so we hit the sidewalks on Main Street, Placerville. Question: Why are you going to have a happy New Year in 2015 and what about 2014 will Make You happy to […]

Volunteers make it work at Green Valley café

Saturday is a workday at Green Valley Community Church’s café and it starts at noon for Brooks Wampler, one of many volunteers who make dinner for attending congregants. Arriving about the same time are maintenance workers who attend to restrooms and floors. The café ministry works on a “nonprofit/break even basis,” according to Gina Simerly, […]

Foothill dining: Peanut butter

Calling all peanut butter lovers. It’s time to use the creamy spread to make dessert-time even more delicious. Show your peanut butter some love with the top recipes from QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable.   Frozen peanut butter hot chocolate (Serves four) Venable’s insider tip: “Part milkshake and part hot chocolate, this […]

Celebration fundraiser marks repeal of prohibition

On Dec. 5 — in conjunction with Boeger Winery, David Girard Vineyard, Gold Hill Vineyard and Brewery and Wofford Acres Vineyards — Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. held its annual celebration of the Repeal of Prohibition with all proceeds going for the benefit of MORE’s programs. Hosting the program at David Girard Winery was Kara Sather, the […]

Things to do: Dec. 26, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1226 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to bring their imagination and creativity to an old holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, […]

Paula Vance creates heavenly music

A silver-haired angel has touched down in El Dorado County, bringing her heavenly music along with her. Harp maker and music teacher Paula Vance and her husband Steve decided to leave the desert of south Utah and head to the Gold Country, locating in a comfortable country home between Diamond Springs and Pleasant Valley, off […]

Quilters help piece life back together

When flames devour your home on a hot summer day, the last thing you might think about would be a warm blanket. But members of the Hangtown Quilters didn’t want to just stand by as their neighbors lost everything to last season’s Sand and King fires, so they set their capable hands to work. Some […]

At a glance: Time to sing

The popular Christmas carol “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg. Appropriately, it was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf. Father Joseph Mohr brought the words to Gruber, a school master, and asked him […]

Fantasy authors unveil writing secrets

The Writers’ Bloc and Friends of the Library present “Fantasy Authors Unveil Writing Secrets” at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Fans of the world of fantasy in all its many forms, spectrums and realms and aspiring authors looking for advice from those who have […]

Hands4Hope’s dinner and ball fundraiser a success

Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference’s fifth annual Benefit Dinner and Costume Ball, dedicated to supporting the nonprofit’s youth development program and numerous outreach activities, was a success. The “Intergalactic Shindig at Area 51,” which took place at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills, promised to be out of this world and held true […]

Cal State Fair to offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at Twenty-seven scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture and past exhibitors to the California […]

As we were: Tanks but no tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 22, 1989 Gas tanks fuel controversy By JOHN SAMMON Bulk fuel storage tanks were removed from the site of former Toms Sierra petroleum company Thursday, the first stage in what El Dorado County Environmental Health officials say could be an expensive cleanup. The site is located next to El Dorado Irrigation […]

Grants beef up technology in the classroom

After a thorough application process last spring, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) awarded more than a dozen classroom grants up to $12,000 to help teachers enhance student engagement, provide innovative instruction and close the achievement gap. Building on a crucial partnership, funding for these grants came from EDCOE and the El Dorado […]

Foothill gourmet: Wild recipes

Several years ago I made wild mushroom-shallot cream sauce. It is so delicious, that I now make it every year. It also provided me with an exciting new technique for peeling shallots, to add to my repertoire. Because the cream sauce is rich, I save the recipe for special occasions. While I’ve always loved the […]