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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.

Farwood Bar and Grill in Orland

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.” Seated at a four-top on a busy Tuesday night, LeighAnn recounts the journey that has taken her from being a Southern California transplant happily homeschooling her three children to being interviewed for a magazine as waitstaff hustle to attend to customers that are streaming in to fill surrounding tables.

California's Rich Olive Oil History

The Greek poet Homer referred to it as liquid gold. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, believed it could heal any ailment. And in the Book of Exodus, the Lord tells Moses to make holy anointing oil with it. What is this precious substance? Olive oil.

Matson Vineyards Celebrates 30 Years

The oldest bonded vineyard in Shasta County celebrates its 30th anniversary next June. Oscar and Stella Matson’s little retirement hobby on their east Redding property has grown into a unique and artistic venture. They have since passed away, but son Roger has been at the helm of the business since 1999 when he returned from his world travels to help his aging parents.

Tart Cherries – Today’s Hottest Super Fruit

Now more than ever, getting nutrients naturally is an important part of our diet. According to top trend forecasters, antioxidants remain a major indicator of health-promoting foods, with nine out of ten of adults aware of antioxidants,

Tapas Restaurant in Downtown Redding

One step inside Tapas and it’s easy to see why the restaurant won Viva Downtown’s design award last year: the rich hues and warm tones evoke a sense of coziness and comfort, as if you are walking into your own home. The old church pews were refurbished and reupholstered by the owners, Brad Tillson and Christine Silver, themselves.

Italian Flavor

photos: Bret & Matt Christensen att Christensen From the outside, the Piemont doesn’t look like much – just a straightforward white building with a no-frills neon sign advertising Italian dinners. Step inside, however, and you’re instantly enveloped in the unmistakable warmth of family.
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