Recipes

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

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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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 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 enjoy them the most. Beginning at Highway 70 and Montgomery Street, turn left and head east....

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Health and Wellness

Pick & Choose Your Produce- places you can pick

By Melissa Wynn The farm-to-fork movement has inspired many of us to get to know our local farmers and see where and who grows our produce. Not only can you gain this comforting knowledge around the valley, several of the local farmers will even let you come for a visit to actually pick the produce yourself. Johnson U-Pick Farm is one such favorite, located at 113 Higgins Avenue between Gridley and Live Oak and welcomes guests Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am-3pm. Owner Mark Johnson encourages patrons to call +1.530.846.5871 anytime with questions, to get directions, or to request large...

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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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Outdoor Adventure

Running Wild In NorCal

By Molly Barber Photos Courtesy of Tributary Whitewater Tours There’s a part of your soul that’s made to run wild. A part that craves freedom and adventure. For some, just being out in nature will fulfill this need. For others, we crave something a little more adventurous. Either way, Northern California seems to be a birthplace for wild souls. Whether you’re a transplant to the area or born and bred here, this environment is unparalleled soul food. The rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys that encompass this region allow for as many adventures as the mind can conceive. Hiking trails run...

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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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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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Business Corner

Clear Pathways, Redding CA, +1.530.768.1556, Learning Services – Tutoring, Learning Disability Help, Dyslexia help, Learning Assessment Testing – WebDirecting.biz

Children are wonderful and unique in how they soak up the world around them. It’s a never-ending adventure for students learning new concepts and build strong foundations of knowledge to last a lifetime. Do you find that your child is bright but is struggling with learning in school? Pathways Learning Services in Redding, CA, helps students who strive to learn but struggle with many types of Learning Issues such as: Reading/Spelling/Writing, Focus and Attention, ADD, ADHD, Speech, Dyslexia, Comprehension, Memory, Auditory or Language Processing Disorders, Sensory Processing, Test...

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Lake Almanor – Chester Business Page

Click here for : SHOPPING SERVICES Chester True Value Hardware Store Their huge selection may surprise you. Paint, hardware, housewares and much more, await you at Chester True Value Hardware store. Order online and ship to store, view their monthly specials and find much more… 417 Main St. Chester +1.530.258.3955 Lassen Gift Company Welcome to an old fashioned soda fountain, surrounded by an incredible gift shop, from gorgeous home goods and decor to jewelry, fashions, very cool kids’ toys and a year ’round Christmas store. Find the most unique gifts in the fun shop! 220...

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