Recipes

Maple Creme Cookies

36 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon McCormick® Maple Extract 2 3/4 cups flour MAPLE CREME FILLING 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 teaspoons McCormick® Maple Extract 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. For the Cookies, beat butter, brown sugar and salt in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and maple flavor; mix well. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed. Roll out dough on...

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Family Pot Roast

-8 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 pound baby carrots 1 pound potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges 1 rib celery, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 1/2 pounds lean boneless chuck roast, well trimmed 2 packages McCormick® Brown Gravy Mix 1 cup water 1 teaspoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves PREPARATION Place carrots, potatoes, onion and celery in slow cooker. Place beef on top of vegetables. Mix Gravy Mixes, water and thyme in small bowl. Pour over top. Cover. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Remove beef and vegetables to serving platter. Spoon some gravy over beef and...

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Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients 1 3/4 cups cake flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground 1 teaspoon McCormick® Allspice, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract 1/3 cup sour cream 1/2 cup whole milk Autumn Colored Cream Cheese Frosting 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened to room temperature 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to...

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Road Trips

Road Trip- Yurt & Yaks

By Melissa Wynn It used to be that a night or two away came with just a few options, hotel, campground or the guest room of a loved one. Today lodging options are as varied as the folks in search of them and those with the imagination to create unique options. From old airplanes and garden sheds to tree houses and house boats, a place to crash for a few days is evolving into an adventurous experience. On a recent road trip with my trusty companions Molly and Lorraine, I enjoyed an overnight stay creekside near Eddy Mountain in an eclectic and cozy yurt. A yurt is a circular dwelling, made...

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Nakoma Golf Resort – The Dragon

By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlup & Nakoma Resort In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright conceived Nakoma’s stunning clubhouse design.  Nakoma is a Chippewa word which means “I do as I promise.” It took six years to adapt the drawings to a full set of plans, obtain permits and construct the building, with a dedication ceremony held in 2001. It took three years to complete the golf course designed by Robin Nelson of Mill Valley, California, who also designed the famous Dunes at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The owners of Nakoma, at that time, wanted a commanding and impressive course,...

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A&E On The Road to Tahoe – Crystal Bay Casino

By Melissa Wynn Few vistas are as spectacular or as well known around the world as that first glimpse of stunning Lake Tahoe. Late this Spring Molly Barber and I  treated ourselves to not only those unforgettable views of the lake but also to an amazing dinner and Kongos concert at Crystal Bay Casino just ten steps over the California state line at 14 State Highway 28 in Crystal Bay. We took the scenic route through Quincy and Graeagle along Highway 89 since we both love seeing the railroad bridges, St. Bernard rock and the rushing Indian and Spanish Creeks as well as the Feather and Truckee...

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Health and Wellness

THE LINK BETWEEN PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE & CANCER

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Early symptoms of many systemic diseases manifest themselves in the oral cavity months or even years before their detection through various medical tests. Many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low-birth-weight complications in pregnancy and pulmonary disease have been linked to periodontal disease. Lately, a link between periodontal disease and cancer has been suggested through several studies. Chronic inflammation has been the rationale behind the association look at specific types of cancers and gum disease. Cancers that have been...

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Saving Lives, One Mammogram At A Time

Before mammography, one-half of breast cancer patients died from the disease.  Now the 5-year survival rate is 99%, when breast cancer is detected early before it has spread.  Mammography was recommended as a screening tool in 1976 by the American Cancer Society and has been shown to markedly reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer.  Analysis of the 2014 data from the National Cancer Institute shows that there has been a 38% drop in deaths from breast cancer since 1990. This amounts to 274,765 breast cancer deaths averted since 1990! This is largely attributed to the increased use of...

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CLEAN EATING FOR ORAL HEALTH: THE WORST & THE BEST FOOD AND DRINKS

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF We all want to have a nice clean smile and the food and drinks in our diet contribute to whether we have healthy, white or yellow-colored teeth with possible tooth decay. As you have heard before, we are what we eat. As for snacks, crunchy fiber-rich vegetables such as carrots, celery, etc. are way better than starchy chips or crackers and sugary snacks are especially harmful. Indeed, it appears that emerging science recommends not worrying about fat so much or counting calories, but to cut out the sugary snacks and carbohydrates. This not only helps with...

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Outdoor Adventure

The “Goat Doctor”

From Chico, CA to Kathmandu & Mountain Regions of Nepal By Eileen Majors For the Love of Goats For Daniel, raising goats is serious business. It all began with the birth of his child, a son who was lactose intolerant. After reading up on the soy based formula recommended to them, he began searching for a better alternative. He found that goat milk was being used as a healthy and delicious alternative. He also learned how important utilizing proper care practices is in goat farming, to result in producing healthy, good-tasting milk. There is definitely a science to it, one that led him to...

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Shasta Dinner Cruise & Caverns

By Christy Milan The aquamarine water sparkles with the sun’s rays as you relax with family and friends. The smell of tasty food fills the air as the spectacular view of Mt.Shasta looms in the distance with hints of snow from the winter past. Take in the serenity and enjoy the ambience of Shasta Lake on the Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise. Shasta Lake is just north of Redding along interstate 5. It is part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and has 350 miles of shoreline and about 400,000 surface acres. The average depth is about 400 feet, making this lake a prime vacation spot in Northern...

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A Trip Into The Trinity Alps

By Christy Milan There is something to be said for a day that ends with pastel pinks, purples and blues. The limbs of the trees stretch upwards toward the dim light and shadows begin to dance among the skyline. Sunset has come to the Trinity Alps Wilderness. These are California’s very own Alps, with peaks rising to 9,000 feet and over 500,000 acres; this is truly a wilderness adventure. Alpine lakes are scattered among canyons created by glaciers thousands of years ago. Sparkling clear streams meander through the lush green mountain meadows. The wilderness comes alive with blacktailed deer,...

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Home and Garden

Heirlooms For An Old Fashioned Christmas

By Melissa Wynn Family heirlooms are a wonderful way to preserve family histories and traditions and the holiday season is a perfect time to pass them on. While browsing your favorite local antique stores this shopping season keep your eyes peeled for the perfect gift to pass on to preserve your special family traditions. Perhaps your grandfather played the guitar and you would love to see your child learn as well. Grab a guitar that is just like grandpa’s and encourage them to play together and the music is sure to live on for generations to come. From the dreaded ugly Christmas sweater to...

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Fall Project: SLIME

1 bottle (4 ounces) white school glue 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon water McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye Your favorite McCormick® flavored extract 1 teaspoon contact lens solution PREPARATION Mix glue and baking soda in medium glass bowl until well blended. Stir in water and desired food color(s) and extract(s) until well blended and you get the color and smell you want. NOTE: Do Not Eat. While this slime looks and smells yummy, it is not edible. The addition of extract(s) is for scent only. Stir in contact solution...

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Maple Creme Cookies

36 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon McCormick® Maple Extract 2 3/4 cups flour MAPLE CREME FILLING 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 teaspoons McCormick® Maple Extract 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. For the Cookies, beat butter, brown sugar and salt in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and maple flavor; mix well. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed. Roll out dough on...

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Business Corner

LASSEN GIFT COMPANY By Richard Barlupi

                              By Richard Barlupi Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain inside the Lassen Gift Company on Main Street in Chester, California. “Soda Jerks” create great tasting treats that delight the taste buds of their customers. Chester’s soda fountain features everything you would have expected around the turn of the century – soda fountain drinks in a variety of flavors, thick milk shakes, hand dished ice cream and a huge old-fashioned banana split. It’s a special place, a...

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McCloud General Store, McCloud Ca, 530-964-2200, Gifts, Hardware, Sporting Goods,Wine, Candles, Historic Attractions

[media-credit name=”MVL” align=”alignleft” width=”800″][/media-credit]The General Store seems to be something we only see on old reruns of Little House on the Prairie, a dying breed. But not in the quaint mountain community of McCloud Ca. The McCloud General Store is a visit to the simpler days of old when you have a one stop shop full of friendly conversation. At this unique family owned and operated gem you can pick up the hardware for your latest project along with some candles and a bottle of wine to relax when you are finished. Have a seat at the...

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