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    1. Shark Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Shark is one of my favorite fish with a dense rich consistency. This simple recipe delicately enhances this special treat. Place shark steaks in a glass baking dish. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees. Mix the following together: 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup parsley 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cloves of garlic Pour the mixture over the...
    1. Human Trafficking in Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      Sexual slavery and forced labor, the most common purposes for human trafficking, occur in Placer County more often than you may think. Two arrests in the last six months at businesses in Auburn and Penryn are the latest examples of a growing trend. If you find this as disturbing as...
    1. Braised Carrots with Almond Butter

      by Randi Swisley
      Carrots are rumored to be one of the few vegetables that are more nutritious cooked than raw.  Try this out for those (kids??) who turn their nose up at cooked carrots. 2 pounds of carrots 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 tablespoons minced garlic 4 tablespoons almond butter oil, water Quarter baby carrots or cut whole carrots to...
    1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This is such a simple and yummy way to eat Brussels sprouts and apples - both ripe at the same time! Cut about 12 sprouts in half. Coat with oil in a large baking dish or baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Cut a large apple in cubes and add to...
    1. November 2014 California Propositions 45-48

      by Randi Swisley
      A list of where the money comes from to support or oppose each of these propositions is on the FPPC website in an easy, concise format.  More impartial information is available from the League of Women Voters of Placer County. Proposition 45 Rates for automobile and...
    1. November 2014 Propositions 1 & 2

      by Randi Swisley
      As a California citizen, you are a stakeholder in a $110 Billion budget this year. In November, you will be asked how to spend that money in the form of several ballot measures. Here is impartial background on a couple of important questions you’ll be asked. Propositions 1: Should bonds be...
    1. Raspberry Cobbler

      by Randi Swisley
      Raspberries are hearty and productive plants if picked every other day.  My friend Lorrie has an amazing patch that we take turns picking - which keeps me rich in raspberries.  My family loves this cobbler, which is easy to prepare and pretty healthy, as desserts go. 4 cups raspberries 2 tbls sugar juice...
    1. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Jalepeno and Garlic Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This is an incredible way to use all those cherry tomatoes that ripen in your garden and overwhelm you.  Even though there is no added sweetener, the cherry tomatoes make it taste very sweet.  I am not a fan of spicy food, but the jalepeno is mellowed by the tomatoes...
    1. Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      When your garden abounds in eggplant, tomatoes and basil, this is a simple and refreshing veggie combo along with leftover chicken. Ingredients: 2 small eggplants, cut in half lengthwise 6 medium plum tomatoes, cut in half 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2-4 cloves garlic, minced 6 to 8 basil leaves, finely chopped, or about 1...
    1. Zucchini, Tomato, Hamburger Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      When your garden abounds in zucchini, basil, oregano and tomatoes, this is a great way to use those fresh ingredients and a hearty way to eat your veggies. 6 cups sliced zucchini (about 3 medium sized) 1 pound ground round 2-4 cloves of garlic (whatever you're into) 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen tomatoes...
    1. Representative Government

      by Randi Swisley
      Running government is big business, and large amounts of money from taxes are used to run that business. Every citizen pays some kind of taxes and is, therefore, a shareholder in government. The more eligible people there are who choose to vote, the more qualified people there are who choose...
    1. Cucumber Salad Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Want something cool and light on a hot day?  Need a good way to use all those extra cucumbers in your garden?  And of course, you want it healthy too, right?  This cucumber salad is easy to prepare and is always a hit. 3-4 english cucumbers or 6-10 lemon cucumbers 1 cup...

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