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Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

I’ve had a chicken piccata recipe that I have treasured for 20 years. A piccata recipe is typically made with veal, but chicken is a flavorful and less expensive alternative. Last weekend we prepared chicken piccata for good friends. A piccata recipe is extremely flavorful implying a complicated preparation. However, this recipe is not labor […]

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 8, 1991 Sacramento Autorama By JOY HAESSLER The 41st annual Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review is currently under way at Cal Expo. The largest rod and custom car show in the western United States will run through Sunday. The 300 entries are valued at nearly $5 million, and include custom […]

Love inspires Gold Country artists

Gold Country Artists Gallery presents “Love is in the Air,” a special gallery show to celebrate one of the artists’ favorite holidays — Valentine’s Day. It is the time to think about special people in your life. The gallery this year is showcasing its jewelry makers with stunning new jewelry in addition to a variety […]

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at Divide club luncheon

Roxanne DeLillo, owner of Apothecary of Healing Arts in Cool, is the next speaker at the Divide Women’s Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18. DeLillo is a master teacher, specializing in all levels of reiki, quantum touch and intuitive health coaching to enhance health and increase the healing process. She uses a combination of alternative […]

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2016-17 school year at Gold Trail Union School District beginning Feb. 16. Current students do not need to be reregistered and registration information and forms will be available in school offices. Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through third grade), 4801 Luneman Road in Placerville; […]

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

ONGOING put gold 205 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 29 is featuring an all gallery show “Love is in the Air” that showcases the jewelry makers in the gallery. One of the jewelers is Ron Runtenelli, whose fine skill, workmanship and pure artistry is revealed in his beautiful […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its mobile food pantry on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it, rain or shine. The food bank will provide one allocation per household. If you […]

Local publisher to speak at nonfiction authors group

Ted Savas, a much-published author, manuscript reviewer and key principal of independent award-winning publishers SavasBeatie, LLC, Publishers of Historical Titles of Distinction in El Dorado Hills, will be the speaker at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Savas graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. He […]

‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

“American Picker’s” is coming back to film in California and is looking for unique and large collections. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology, e-mail your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to [email protected] or call (855) old-rust. “American […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Claire Baco California Montessori Project, my school, requires all seventh- and eighth-graders to go to a three-day internship at the end of January each year. I’m in seventh grade this year and was a bit worried about where to go when my teacher, Natasha Raffety, suggested the Mountain Democrat. I wasn’t really sure, but my […]

At a glance: Super time

Super Bowl 50 is set for Sunday, Feb. 7 with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers facing off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The National Football League has decided to sack the usual Roman numeral designation and go with the 50 because Super Bowl 50 has more pizzazz than Super Bowl L. Next year […]

Foothill dining: Salute to Robert Burns

Scotch lovers around the world can honor the life of Robert Burns with Scotland’s flagship spirit. Scotland’s famed poet penned “Scotch Drink” and wrote, “Oh thou, my Muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!!” A toast to Burns can be made with Scotland’s own Johnnie Walker Double Black, Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky and Lagavulin 16 Year Old […]

As we were: A dam site

25 Years ago Feb. 1, 1991 Texas Hill Reservoir not just a pipe dream, county’s land buyer says By JOHN SAMMON If you’re planning on building that dream house in the Texas Hill area — be informed — the county is serious about constructing a dam and reservoir there. That’s what Rich Buchanan said. He’s managing the […]

Break a leg … a crab leg, that is

What: Annual Crab & Tri Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Jan. 30, doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost: $55 per person Information: edhrotary.org When is a dinner with friends, where laughter freely flows and hot butter steadily drips, […]

Eskaton residents honor Placerville employee

The nonprofit Eskaton celebrates employees who go above and beyond with a Guardian Angel program. Employees receiving five Guardian Angel pins in recognition of their hard work were treated to lunch with Eskaton president and CEO Todd Murch and president of the Eskaton Foundation Kim Rhinehelder. Evelyn McGrath, executive director at Eskaton Village Placerville is […]

Things to do: Jan. 29, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring Boni Canning, whose fine art photography is characterized by romantic scenes from her travels in Southern Europe and also of local towns and gardens. Also featured is Craig Koski’s colorful dramatic photographs, the result of combining digital photography and post […]

More gold to be discovered in Shingle Springs

Like many towns in California’s Mother Lode, Shingle Springs grew on the site of a mining camp set up by gold miners during the California Gold Rush. The area took its name from a horse-drawn shingle machine capable of producing 16,000 shingles a day. The machine was located near the springs at the western edge of […]

At a glance: See Jupitor

It is supposed to be clear this week so when Jupiter rises before midnight on the Leo and Virgo borders it will make a bright statement as it hangs out above the Moon on Jan. 27.   Down to Earth After checking out the sky take some time to check out the Earth at “300 […]

Big rewards for Gold Bug Park volunteers

A “wanted” poster is tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine. It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for. They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at the historical park. “We had a tremendous visitor season last […]

Eat spaghetti and help Greg Stein, too

What: Spaghetti feed fundraiser for Greg Stein Who: Friends of the Stein family Where: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Jan. 30, first seating at 5 p.m. and second seating at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person or $35 for a family of four or more Information: Greg Stein Recovery Fund at […]

Grow For It! Shade gardening — some challenges

Dealing with shade when gardening can be daunting, to say the least. Living in El Dorado County gardeners share two of the most challenging conditions: many trees creating shade and dry shade. The latter has become even more of an issue with the drought. Even if El Nino is bringing some much-needed relief from the drought, […]

Wild and scenic films promote ARC volunteering

Two days of getting acquainted with volunteer opportunities with the American River Conservancy and enjoying quality, informative films will be offered to the public Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31 at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma, as the conservancy presents the second annual Wild and Scenic On Tour Coloma Film […]

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 […]

As we were: Cleaning up

25 Years ago Jan. 25, 1991 Polluted soil under Spring Street complex By KRISTIN LANG Work to remove three underground oil storage tanks at the Spring Street complex will cost the county an additional $25,172 because one tank was larger than expected and the contractor was forced to remove an extra 120 years of contaminated soil […]

Things to do: Jan. 22, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring the stunning jewelry of Leah Delmer of Miss Leah Dee Jewelry. Using silver and semiprecious stones Delmer creates work inspired by Native American and Mexican silversmith traditions and techniques. She has her own studio at 451 Main St., Suite 4, […]

At a glance: MORE fun

Just a shout out to everyone at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. for a great event last Saturday. The Art and Wine with Something MORE was wonderful and the art was the best ever — way to go.   Guy stuff The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is featuring decoys, tools, […]

The right way to fulfill a promise

“Everything has fallen into place,” said Hannah Sanchez. Eleven years ago she was a pregnant 14-year-old with an abusive boyfriend, no home and few options. Now, Sanchez is happily married, with four children, two semesters away from her bachelor’s degree in social work, employed at New Morning Youth and Family Services and trying to make […]

On Air pumps it up in Cameron Park

What: Winter Concert Series with On Air Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $15 each, two for $28 and $17 each at the door Information: (530) 677-2231 or visit cameronpark.org The Cameron Park Community Services District continues its Winter […]

Latrobe School District wins Golden Bell Award

In December, the Latrobe School District became the proud recipient of the Golden Bell Award for the extraordinary curriculum and instruction used in its Real Game and Speech Contest. The California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Awards, now in its 36th year, promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs […]

Foothill dining: Winter delights

Nothing can beat warming up with a hearty bowl of soup on a cold day – and hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Here are some veggie-filled options that will keep diners warm all winter long.   Carrot-ginger soup Venable’s insider tip: “If you’re not a vegetarian or cooking for vegetarians, you can always add […]

Things to do: Jan. 15, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring the colorful dramatic photographs of Craig Koski. His photographs, the result of combining digital photography and post processing artwork, strive to create emotion in the viewer. Also featured, Leah Delmer of Miss Leah Dee Jewelry uses silver and semiprecious stones […]

Jewelry designer is fired up about her beads

Elena Tucker, jewelry designer, will be the presenter at the Sunday, Jan. 17 meeting of the Placerville Arts Association at the El Dorado Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Her exciting creations highlighting her brand known as Beads on Fire will be on display. The collection includes hand-made glass beads, necklaces, […]

Wednesday night movies continue at the Cozmic Café

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with the film “A Fierce Green Fire” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The date is different from the usual second Wednesday of each month because the Buddhist monks were in residence at […]

El Dorado Arts Council expands Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places began in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville two years ago. The program provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a solo show bringing art to the community. With the program’s success at the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado […]

Art Studio 360 is ready for Third Saturday

All fresh and ready-to-go for the new year, Art Studio 360 located at 360 Main St. in Placerville has a wide variety of art on display to delight the artistic soul. The studio is a co-op of a group of local artists, led by Joyce Bahnsen, artist and owner. Together the artists bring nearly 400 […]

At a glance: Funny mouse

The Mickey Mouse comic strip debuted in newspapers on Jan. 13, 1930. The strip was written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks and featured Mickey building his own airplane. Like all of the other Mickey Mouse stuff, the comic strip was very popular and soon it was in 40 newspapers in many countries […]

February’s forecast is for poetry and more poetry

El Dorado County has been participating in Poetry Out Loud — a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition since 2016. In its seventh year, the program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state and regional […]

Robotics team receives grant from NASA

The El Dorado Union High School District robotics team Circuit Breakers 3189 recently received a grant from NASA to fund its entry fee to the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) that is scheduled for March 24-26 at University of California, Davis. The robotics program was established during the 2009-10 school year as an opportunity […]

Sierra Renaissance Society celebrates learning and fun

No friars, no wenches, just older adults teaching, learning and having fun. What’s not to like about learning new things, meeting interesting people and having fun? It’s called participatory learning and it’s the essential premise and promise of the newly formed Sierra Renaissance Society. Don’t be confused. The Renaissance Society isn’t a bunch of hormonal […]

Food bank’s mobile pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. The pantry is for those who are struggling to make ends meet, live in […]

Foothill gourmet: Get stuffed

A useful recipe that we have been using for about 35 years is stuffed French bread. Stuffed French bread is quickly and easily assembled. To many diners, myself included, it’s definitely reminiscent of pizza. Since it is full of complex textures, it is deliciously flavorful. It’s the perfect answer for a game day or party […]

Things to do: Jan. 8, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring Boni Canning, fine art photographer. Canning’s work is characterized by charming and romantic places from her travels in Southern Europe and also local scenes of towns and gardens. Craig Koski is also featured. His colorful dramatic photographs are the result […]

Dynamite concert to open 2016 season

What: Concert — Remedy and Tim Dierkes Who: Shingle Springs Community Center Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: [email protected] The Shingle Springs Community Center concert season opens 2016 with a dynamite second Saturday event featuring Remedy and Tim Dierkes. Remedy exemplifies a musical legacy. Not […]

‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ coming to Crocker Museum

Internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze” series will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum beginning Jan. 24. Artist, curator, architectural designer and social activist Weiwei is arguably the best-known and most successful contemporary artist in China. Born in Beijing in 1957 to the celebrated poet Ai Qing, Weiwei was […]

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