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    1. Egg Foo Yung Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      My grandmother was friends with an old Chinese cook who gave her this recipe.  It's easy and tastes wonderful - packed with plenty of veggies and protein. 3/4 cup crabmeat 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 3 green onions with tops - chopped 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (optional) 2 1/2 cups bean sprouts 1/2...
    1. Persimmon Cookie Recipe - Gluten Free & Sugar Free

      by Randi Swisley
      Finding a dessert with no sugar that tastes good is quite a challenge.  When you can also skip wheat, you're really challenged.  Here is a recipe that I love and hope you will too... 1 cup persimmon puree 1/2 cup softened butter or coconut oil 1 egg 2-3 drops stevia leaf extract 1 tsp vanilla 2...
    1. Agriculture in America

      by Randi Swisley
      Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in our country according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Another federal non-partisan agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO), placed fragmented oversight for food safety on the list of High-Risk government operations in 2007 because of inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and...
    1. Lasagne Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Lasagne takes a long time to prepare, but it is so worth it!  Leftovers are great for several days. Ingredients ...
    1. Water

      by Randi Swisley
      Placer County is in a unique situation as the region where the majority of the state’s water originates, giving us senior water rights.  Retention of these rights is tricky business amid the government and agribusiness powerhouses involved in California water. ...
    1. Money In Politics

      by Randi Swisley
      Millions of campaign dollars are flowing everywhere in our elections, and this is nothing new in our nation. In earlier times, candidates came directly to the polls on Election Day and provided lavish meals and alcohol to voters.  More than a dozen...
    1. Crispy Cabbage Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      When my friend Lorrie gave me a fresh cabbage from her garden, I really wanted to do it up right.  I started with a recipe from Lynne Rosetto Casper's website splendidtable.org.  Even though I cut some corners, it still came out great. ...
    1. Two Kinds Of People

      by Randi Swisley
      There are two kinds of people… One kind, you can tell just by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves.  It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it.  Whereas, the other kind keeps moving,...
    1. Youth and the Criminal Justice System

      by Randi Swisley
      “I’d like to roll out of bed Christmas morning and find Assad turning himself over to the U.N.’s International Criminal Court and Monsanto filing bankruptcy after giving its land to local farmers… “are comments from Treyvon, a twenty  year old from Yorba Linda in Auburn Journal’s November 24 Straight...
    1. Roasted Eggplant

      by Randi Swisley
      This is such a simple recipe and yet is one of the best ways to eat eggplant.  Drizzle with lemon as a side dish or us it with pastas or in soups. Slice eggplant in half lengthwise. With the tip of a knife, score the flesh deeply in a diamond cross-hatch pattern...
    1. Water in California and Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      Despite the name, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is not part of our county government – nor does it share fiscal year boundaries with our state or county.  Understanding the PCWA organizational structure and its relationship to ratepayers is not straight forward,...
    1. How Out Of Control Are Public Pensions?

      by Randi Swisley
      Remember when pride and honor were revered attributes in public leaders?  Something happened gradually over the years, I don’t remember exactly what or when.  Trust in public figures to do the right thing is so far gone, I’m not sure how to fix it. Associated Press Report Following...

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