Category: 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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Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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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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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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