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3 Classic Summer Salad Recipes

Healthy Macaroni Salad INGREDIENTS 20 Servings 8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 cups) 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1 1/4 cups cubed Cheddar cheese, (5 ounces) 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (1 cup) 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoonMcCormick® Tarragon Leaves, crumbled Cook macaroni according to package directions. Add...

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Mary Lewis’ Morel Mushrooms & Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients list: 2-3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (large) 1-1/2 Pounds of Fresh Morel mushrooms (if in season, if out of season 3-4 dried ounces) 1 Box of Penne Pasta (We prefer Bertolli) or any pasta you prefer 2 Jars of Alfredo Sauce (I use Prego Homestyle Alfredo) 1 Stick of REAL Butter (no margarine) 2 Tablespoons of Roasted Minced Garlic 3-4 Cups Extra Virgin olive oil 1 Gallon water (only for dried Morels) 3-4 Tablespoons of Sea Salt Items List: Large mixing Bowl 3”x12” Sauce Pan (or something close nonstick) 2 1.6-2 Liter Saucepans BBQ Colander/Strainer Chopping block &...

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Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Mesquite Peppers and Onions

Ingredients Serves: Makes 10 servings. 1 cup ketchup 1 cup beer 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 package McCormick® Grill Mates® Mesquite Marinade 2 packages (20 ounces each) bratwurst sausage 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 extra large onions, sliced into thin strips (about 7 cups) 2 large green bell peppers, cut into thin strips (about 4 cups) 10 hoagie rolls Directions Prep time-15 mins Cook time- 25 mins 1. Mix ketchup, beer, Worcestershire sauce and Marinade Mix in small bowl. Set aside. 2. Grill sausages on medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from heat;...

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Road Trips

Hotel James, Wine Time & The Lost Dutchman Taproom

By Melissa Wynn On a beautiful Spring day in early April, my friend Molly and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend of shopping and adventure in Chico. The drive down Highway 32 was stunning,  framed with  moss covered rocky walls weeping with runoff and bubbling underground springs. Running along side, Deer Creek was rushing with spectacular force after a long awaited, exceptionally wet winter. Chico greeted us with temperatures in the high seventies under sunny skies and we couldn’t wait to get to the mall. After our shopping spree we wandered up the Esplanade in search of Hotel James,...

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Oroville, Then & Now

A Walk Through The History Of  Oroville By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlupi and Courtesy of Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will include a scenic drive down beautiful Feather River Canyon, think about visiting a few intriguing museums of Northern California located in Oroville, Butte County.  The first time I visited Oroville’s most unique and desired destinations was 1991.  I have returned on many occasions and suggest spending your time at only the best three attractions.  And, if kids are along for the journey, they will definitely...

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Gaia Hotel, Restaurant & Spa A Green Experience

Photos courtesy of Gaia Food photos and article by Christy Milan Travelers driving along I-5 have an opportunity to experience the Gaia Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. Positioned perfectly along I-5, the hotel overlooks the serene Sacramento River. The mountains of Shasta and Trinity loom in the distance with Mt.Shasta standing as a focal point. The valley stretches out offering many activities to locals and visitors. The Gaia is in a unique location offering little travel time to great adventures of all kinds. Within an hour or so you can be fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, hiking, skiing...

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Health and Wellness

GUM DISEASE AND MUSIC

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Our Apologies, In our last edition, we accidentally cut part of the words at the beginning of Dr. Herndon’s article. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused Dr. Herndon or our readers. The corrected version can be found at MountainValleyLiving.com Well, I don’t mean to imply that there is a connection between gum disease and music, but these are two subjects for this article. I do suppose that both of these issues, the treatment of gum disease and the recording of music, are definitely art forms so perhaps there is a connection after all… In order for...

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Crazy for Coconuts

By Christy Milan Warm breezes, sandy beaches and the salty sea; these are the things I think of when I smell the scent of coconut. I love the smell and the benefits it gives me too. It seems that lately coconut everything can be found lining the store shelves. Coconut water, flour, oil and protein powders have flooded the market since the health food industry began marketing it. This led to big companies putting these healthy ingredients into their products. By now everyone thinks it’s just a hype to sell things and there will be another product in a few months that totes the claim it works...

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Know Your Farmer

By Melissa Wynn The farm to fork movement has inspired many of us to take a good hard look at what we eat and where our food comes from. Gardens are popping up in back yards in record numbers and community gardens are the wave of the future, providing healthy, organic produce that is grown locally, while bringing neighbors together for a common goal. From the White House to the school yard produce bearing plants are replacing decorative greenery and providing fresh fruits and veggies to local residents and food banks. The health conscientious NorCal resident of 2017 wants to know their...

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Outdoor Adventure

TANK

It was a quiet morning at our house, no real plans, it seemed. Oh Mom was running around getting ready for something (as usual). Me and Dad were just sitting on the couch. I kept giving him the “want to play?” nudge but he wasn’t really going for it.   My head perched, as always, on the arm of the couch, peeking through the window, looking for some friend. I spot the shimmer of sun off of a car pulling in. Mom lets me out. It’s Molly! She works at my moms office and she LOVES me. She always pets me and throws the ball when she comes over. We like to chill. Maybe SHE wants to play. Oh...

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Holding Babies At Barry Kirschner’s

By Melissa Wynn Photos Courtesy of Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation Close contact with wildlife is an exhilarating experience that reinforces our connection to nature in a way that little else can. Whether it is a lucky raccoon sighting in your own backyard or a paid dolphin experience abroad, you are sure to remember these rare, face to face encounters for years to come. At the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, in Butte County, the staff understands the importance of these lasting connections and has implemented a new opportunity for visitors to interact with the baby animals that...

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Day Hikes Around Anderson

By Christy Milan The stress of the week resulted in my desire to “blow off some steam.” I did not want to go too far due to time limits. This led me to discover many trails throughout my town, Anderson, and neighborhoods. The sun was finally shining and this made the need to go hit the trails become impossible to resist. I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my bottle of water and sunglasses and drove to a local walking/biking trail. The air was clean and I felt it rush into my lungs as I quickened my pace. Others passed me along the trail with a smile or wave as they enjoyed nature’s great...

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Home and Garden

Quilter’s Piece

By Val Bourque Spring is finally here!  It’s been a long winter in the mountains.  While we cannot wait to get outside and garden, some of us are inside quilting fabulous flower wall hangings.  Local Fiber artist, Donna Greenwald, from Oroville, a retired art teacher from Chico, combines her artistic design with quilting. She created a number of unique quilting methods to transform a simple garden flower into a large intricate thread painting. Donna Greenwald is a much sought after quilt instructor. Her award winning art quilts can be identified by her unique use of batik fabrics, thread...

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Antiques- Summer Decor Edition

By Melissa Wynn As Spring gives way to Summer it’s time to spruce things up with a fresh look for the season, inside and out. Treasures from the past can loan a perfect hint of nostalgia to your yard or garden and the theme possibilities are endless. Old crocks, buckets, basins and even old cooking pots and wooden pallets are easily repurposed into planters for your favorite decorative foliage. Animate the breeze with whirligigs and weather vanes from yesterday’s farms and front yards to add a splash of fun. Bicycles, little wagons and even farming tools from days gone by can lend a hint of...

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3 Classic Summer Salad Recipes

Healthy Macaroni Salad INGREDIENTS 20 Servings 8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 cups) 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1 1/4 cups cubed Cheddar cheese, (5 ounces) 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (1 cup) 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoonMcCormick® Tarragon Leaves, crumbled Cook macaroni according to package directions. Add...

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 Everyone’s heading to Westwood for     GREAT GAS PRICES And Gas Sales BENEFIT WESTWOOD SCHOOLS! • FuelCommander Card • Lock Service for fleets • Applications in store •Full Tire Shop •Soda Fountain •Great Chili •Hot Dogs & Brauts •Fresh Coffee 24/7 Gas Open Dyed Kerosene Dispenser OUR HIGHWAY DIESEL has Power Service Extreme Diesel Additive AT NO COST TO YOU! Summer Hours:  5 am –  8 pm 7 DAYS A WEEK CA Hwy. 36 at A-21 Westwood For more Westwood information go to: http://www.mountainvalleyliving.com/?s=westwood+pages For Westwood lodging go to:...

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