Recipes

Recipes- Chicken Picatta Light, Quick & Delicious

 Ingredients: 2 skinless / boneless chicken breasts, butterflied Salt and black pepper All-purpose flour 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup capers, rinsed 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped Directions: 1. Mix flour with salt and pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour mixture. 2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and butter in large skillet on medium heat. 3. Add 1/2 of the chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned, flip and cook 3  to 4 minutes until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to plate. 4. Repeat...

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Recipes- Creamy Chicken Caesar Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Butter Olive oil 1-2 handfuls of Spinach 1 bottle Bolthouse Farms Caesar Dressing 1 spaghetti squash Italian Bread crumbs 1-2 cups of your favorite Italian cheese Directions: First bake your spaghetti squash in the oven. If you’ve never done this before simply cut it in half length wise, scrape out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and place it cut side down in an oven safe dish at 350 for about 40 minutes. For this recipe I believe I only used half of the squash shredded after it was cooked. Next chop the chicken and cook over your...

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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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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

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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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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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

Recipes- Chicken Picatta Light, Quick & Delicious

 Ingredients: 2 skinless / boneless chicken breasts, butterflied Salt and black pepper All-purpose flour 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup capers, rinsed 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped Directions: 1. Mix flour with salt and pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour mixture. 2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and butter in large skillet on medium heat. 3. Add 1/2 of the chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned, flip and cook 3  to 4 minutes until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to plate. 4. Repeat...

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Recipes- Creamy Chicken Caesar Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Butter Olive oil 1-2 handfuls of Spinach 1 bottle Bolthouse Farms Caesar Dressing 1 spaghetti squash Italian Bread crumbs 1-2 cups of your favorite Italian cheese Directions: First bake your spaghetti squash in the oven. If you’ve never done this before simply cut it in half length wise, scrape out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and place it cut side down in an oven safe dish at 350 for about 40 minutes. For this recipe I believe I only used half of the squash shredded after it was cooked. Next chop the chicken and cook over your...

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Quilter’s Piece

By Val Bourque Sometimes we find the most amazing quilters right in our own backyards.  One such quilt artisan is Cindy Needham of Chico, California. Cindy Needham is an award-winning quilter, author, and National Educator for Superior Threads.  Quilt guilds around Northern California invite Cindy to share her unique expertise on quilting, threads, tips & techniques.  Cindy created the unique and beautiful method of turning old vintage linens into Wholecloth Quilts. Cindy developed the vintage Wholecloth quilting by accident and what a happy accident for us. While wanting to save an...

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Almanor Energy Plus Lake Almanor CA +1.530.596.3128 Solar, Heating and Air Conditioning Chester Ca, Plumas County, Susanville, Quincy Ca WebDirecting.Biz

Almanor Energy Plus, Inc. On Time All The Time    +1-530-596-3238 CA Lic. #507200 Solar Energy CLICK PHOTO to find answers about your best options for SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS and/or ON-DEMAND HOT WATER SYSTEMS Heating Systems CLICK PHOTO for HIGH EFFICIENCY HEATING SYSTEMS built for comfort and savings, available from Almanor Energy Plus +1.530.596.3128 Sheet Metal Shop CLICK PHOTO to see more of our PREMIUM QUALITY SHEET METAL WORK including COPPER and stainless steel & kitchen work Geothermal Water Heaters Air Quality Fireplace SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH POWER BILLS Rising energy costs are all...

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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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Ranchito Motel- Relax and Rejuvenate- Quincy, Ca

Visiting Quincy is always a treat. Many quaint shops and fine eateries lie in Quincy. The Plumas National Forest surrounds the small town, with plenty of adventures to be had. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with nice folks to meet, you’ve found another good reason to visit Quincy. This lovely little spot welcomes you. Ranchito Motel owners, John and Tracy Wixted, have been improving the place ever since they bought it. Located in virtually a “private forest,” they are also within walking distance from the fairground. We came July 1st when things were pretty busy with the High...

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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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