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Pesto, Zucchini, and Feta Tart

Basil… zucchini…basil… zucchini… what to do with all of it? Gardens are still producing it and the farmers’ markets still have plenty available, so give this amazing tart a try. I first had it at a friend’s house as an appetizer and had to have the recipe, which she did not mind sharing. I’ve made it several times and there’s not a thing I would change!

Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti

Who doesn’t love a fun Christmas cookie exchange party? If you are attending one this holiday season, try this fool-proof biscotti recipe. This recipe is one from an exchange party I attended several years ago at my friend’s house. It is her mother-in-law’s recipe for Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti. These are chock-full of toasted whole almonds and so fragrant from the orange zest. The biscotti has my vote for the best dunking cookie, whether dunked in a glass of dessert wine or port, or a mug of steaming hot chocolate or coffee.

Farwood Bar and Grill

There are many stories behind the rousing success of Orland’s Farwood Bar and Grill, but when it comes right down to it, owner LeighAnn Byerly says, “Our story is we shouldn’t have made it.”

Chicken with Pears, Chutney and Leeks

There is a wonderful medley of fall flavors in this easy and delicious chicken dish. Flavors of pear, toasted walnuts and leeks add great aroma to the quick pan sauce. The tasty “secret” in the sauce is the chutney. You can use either the Major Grey Chutney or the Carmelized Onions. Either one will add a bit of spice with a unique blend of sweet and sour flavors, and makes a great accompaniment to roasted meats and chicken. Serve this chicken dish topped with the pan sauce alongside a serving of healthy quinoa or wild rice and your favorite winter greens. Enjoy.

Restaurateur Jeff Garrett

With $2,500 in his pocket a few years out of high school, Jeff Garrett didn’t have his sights set on a fixer-upper hot rod or a lavish vacation overseas — it was a hot dog stand that caught his eye.

Sarah Adams' Chico Chai

A laminated world map hangs on the wall of Chico Chai’s humble headquarters on Park Avenue in Chico. Scientific drawings of each spice used in the distinct blends developed in the kitchen are attached to lines that point to the country of origin for each plant - cardamom, black pepper, star anise, cinnamon and more.

Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is an easy alternative to the high-calorie salads you get when eating out. There are no fried noodles and the dressing is not traditional mayonnaise-based dressing. It is light and full of Asian flavors using low-sodium soy sauce, sesame seeds and yummy toasted sesame oil (one of my favorites, also great drizzled over roasted salmon). Toss this up for dinner real soon. Delicious, with or without chopsticks!

Recipe: Pesto, Zucchini and Feta Tart

Basil… zucchini…basil… zucchini… what to do with all of it? Gardens are still producing it and the farmers’ markets still have plenty available, so give this amazing tart a try. I first had it at a friend’s house as an appetizer and had to have the recipe, which she did not mind sharing. I’ve made it several times and there’s not a thing I would change! It’s so easy. The fresh and flavorful tart is as beautiful as it is delicious. Pair it up with a simple salad as a light supper, alongside a frittata for breakfast or as an appetizer.

Recipe - Vietnamese Chicken Pho

My first bowl of Vietnam’s Pho (pronounce “fuh”) soup was enjoyed over 20 years ago while visiting my son, Rusty, in Southern California. He had raved about it and once I tasted it, I too was hooked. Hot steaming broth, usually cooked for hours, with the aroma of ginger, anise, garlic and clove, is poured over either chicken or beef and rice noodles.

Pumpkinland Chocolate Co. in Tehama County

A smiling pumpkin greets travelers year round on Highway 99 East in Tehama County’s Dairyville community. Some remember Pumpkinland as the popular you-pick pumpkin farm that brought families out in droves during the fall to scour the perfect squash for front porch jack-o-lanterns. A Wizard of Oz theme permeated the grounds and a circus tent offered up family entertainment.
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