Category: Recipes

Double Chocolatey Chip Cookies

Ingredients: * ½ cup butter (1 stick) softened * ½ cup brown sugar                                                  * ½ cup white sugar * 1 tsp vanilla extract * 2 large eggs * 1 tsp baking soda * ½ tsp salt * ½ cup cocoa powder * 2 cups flour * 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Beat together your butter and sugars in a large bowl until creamy. 3. Add in your vanilla and eggs and mix in until extra creamy. 4. Mix your baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and flour in a separate bowl and then mix into wet ingredients. Stir until everything is well...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Homemade Sugar Scrub

By Mara Dobyns Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of sugar. I have a sweet tooth like no other. Unfortunately it doesn’t love me back and can cause countless health problems. So let’s talk about some of its benefits. You’re probably thinking, what?! Sugar has benefits? Yes! When it comes to skin care, sugar is one of the best. Sugar is a natural humectant. It draws moisture from the environment into your skin so when you use products with sugar or sugar derivatives they can actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture inside! What?! Seriously. Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic...

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Ruth Underberg’s Champion Lemon Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Graham Cracker Crust 2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 3 Tablespoons Sugar 1 Stick butter, melted Mix crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and mix until well incorporated. Press mixture into a 9 inch springform pan and refrigerate until you are ready to fill it. Cheesecake Filling 2 8oz boxes Cream Cheese, room temperature 4 Eggs 1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tarter 2 Teaspoons Flour 1 Cup Sugar 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Separate eggs. Beat the whites with the Cream of Tarter until stiff peaks form and set aside. Beat the yolks with the flour until it has a pudding like...

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Homemade Chicken Alfredo

Homemade Chicken Alfredo Trying to impress him? Or her? Look no further than this homemade chicken Alfredo recipe. It’s proven to be a real crowd pleaser. Ingredients 3 chicken breasts Whole wheat noodles or whatever you prefer Olive oil for cooking Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Italian seasoning Freshly minced garlic to taste For the sauce 1/2 cup butter 1 pint whipping cream (2 cups) 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Salt and pepper to taste (not much is needed. I recommend a pinch of each) 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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Anna’s Candy Cane Cookies

Preheat oven to 375º 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter 1 cup confectioners sugar + 1/2 cup to sprinkle atop cookies 1 egg 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups sifted flour 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. red food coloring Mix shortening, butter, sugar, egg and extracts. In a separate bowl mix flour and salt. Add to shortening mixture. Mix well until you have nice dough mixture. Mix half the dough with the red food coloring. Blend well until color is consistent. Roll one teaspoon of each color dough into about a 4-inch strip. Lay strips side by side and press lightly together. Now...

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Herbed Prime Rib Recipe

An impressive roast for holiday parties and other special occasions. Coat with a seasoning rub and roast slowly for tender flavorful meat. Ingredients Serves: 16 2 tablespoons McCormick® Basil Leaves 2 tablespoons McCormick® Oregano Leaves 1 tablespoon McCormick® Garlic Powder 2 teaspoons McCormick® Onion Powder 1 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground 1 boneless beef rib roast, 5 to 6 pounds 2 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Set aside. Trim excess fat from top of beef, leaving a layer of fat about 1/4-inch thick....

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A Beautiful Christmas Soup Borscht

By Christy Milan Borscht soup celebrates the beet with various other vegetables and meat complimenting the soup with their flavors. The rich red color makes a colorful addition to any Christmas dinner.  Borscht is Ukrainian in origin but other countries as well as cooks have their own versions. Traditional Borscht is usually made with beet root, carrots, beef stock, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, tomato paste, bay leaf, sour cream and other culinary plants. The common hogweed was the main ingredient before it was replaced with beet root. The sour cream may be added when served or it may be...

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