Recipes

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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Road Trips

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 By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlupi and Courtesy of Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum 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...

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Gaia Hotel, Restaurant & Spa A Green Experience

Photos courtesy of Gaia Food photos and article by Christy Milan Travelers driving along I-5 have an opportunity to experience the Gaia Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. Positioned perfectly along I-5, the hotel overlooks the serene Sacramento River. The mountains of Shasta and Trinity loom in the distance with Mt.Shasta standing as a focal point. The valley stretches out offering many activities to locals and visitors. The Gaia is in a unique location offering little travel time to great adventures of all kinds. Within an hour or so you can be fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, hiking, skiing...

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Health and Wellness

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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Know Your Farmer

By Melissa Wynn The farm to fork movement has inspired many of us to take a good hard look at what we eat and where our food comes from. Gardens are popping up in back yards in record numbers and community gardens are the wave of the future, providing healthy, organic produce that is grown locally, while bringing neighbors together for a common goal. From the White House to the school yard produce bearing plants are replacing decorative greenery and providing fresh fruits and veggies to local residents and food banks. The health conscientious NorCal resident of 2017 wants to know their...

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Yoga Can Benefit Your Adventures

By Christy Milan The mountains and streams call out for you to come and search out your adventure. The streams beckon to the fishermen and the waters entice swimmers and boaters. The valley hosts events and festivals, while the mountains entice you to explore. There are many activities to enjoy here in Northern California. However, at times the spirit is willing but the body may question your decision to hike the trail, go fishing or enjoy the many other activities this area has to offer. So how do you help your body get back to its vitality? Try yoga! Yoga to some may seem a little new age...

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Outdoor Adventure

Day Hikes Around Anderson

By Christy Milan The stress of the week resulted in my desire to “blow off some steam.” I did not want to go too far due to time limits. This led me to discover many trails throughout my town, Anderson, and neighborhoods. The sun was finally shining and this made the need to go hit the trails become impossible to resist. I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my bottle of water and sunglasses and drove to a local walking/biking trail. The air was clean and I felt it rush into my lungs as I quickened my pace. Others passed me along the trail with a smile or wave as they enjoyed nature’s great...

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Back Country Winter Survival Kit

By Melissa Wynn, Photo: Joel Rathje Many of us call NorCal home for the amazing outdoor adventures that the winter season offers. We love to trek through the back countryon snowmobiles, snowshoes, snowboards, and skis. Nature has a special beauty frosted in snow but it also has an increased level of danger. [media-credit name=”Joel Rathje” align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit] Safety is possibly the best gift you can give yourself or a loved one. You never know when that one minute of forethought might save a life. Every outdoor enthusiast, whether...

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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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Home and Garden

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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ENERGY UPDATE: Air Conditioning at its Best

After a long, wet winter, Mother Nature is apt to deliver a nice, warm summer. Saving fuel (and money) means it’s time to clean the filters in your air conditioning system before firing it up for the season. For optimum efficiency, the US Department of Energy recommends cleaning filters every two months, with continued use. • Replace filters every one to three months or if you have washable filters, clean them monthly for best results unless you want to repair air conditioning units every month. • Clear the space around your outside A/C unit. Remove weeds and debris leaving a 2-foot clearing...

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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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Business Corner

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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Dining Guides – Online + Print: Special Price NorCal – 2017

Magazine May 15 – July 15 + Web for one year – Super Specials When it comes to marketing our businesses, the real experts tell us that everything has changed during the last decade. Marketers across the country are relearning their jobs. Reaching the millennial market (up to approximate age of 36) is vital to business growth. While millennials rely on the web for information almost completely,  the (age 37 to 56) market are also widely growing in use of mobile devices.  Did you know 80% of all web users are on a mobile device? It should be noted that nearly all ages are using the...

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