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    1. Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipes

      by Randi Swisley
      Traditional, prepared from scratch with minimum sugar - yay!  You could certainly use this for Thanksgiving dinner too! Menu - just click below to see the recipe for each item on the menu Roast turkey  -  start this 2 days ahead, see recipe for details ...
    1. Sweet Potato and Apple Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This is a great way to get your veggies and fruit in a taste good side dish in the winter.  Comfort food and good for you! Ingredients 4 large sweet potatoes 2 tbls butter 2 tbls olive oil 2 tbl cream 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground black...
    1. Sweet Potato Pie

      by Randi Swisley
      This is a great substitute for traditional pumpkin pie.  Some people even substitute butternut squash, but I like it best with half yams and half sweet potatoes. Ingredients Prepared 9" pie crust, chilled. 2 large sweet potatoes or yams (about 1.5 lbs), steam whole with skin until they can be easily pierced with...
    1. Cranberry Sauce Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Cranberry sauce from a can?  Just say NO!  This easy recipe can be prepared the day before if you're really pressed for time on the big turkey day.  Tastes sooo much better than factory-prepared! 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup apricot jam 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp ginger 1/8 -...
    1. Chicken Stock Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Tired of the prepared chicken stock on the shelves loaded up with sugar and chemicals?  Try this - and freeze it to use later, if you want.  Wings have equal parts meat, bone and fat, a perfect combination for stock. The trick is avoiding a sustained boil, which results in a...
    1. Roast Turkey and Gravy Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Ready for the holidays?  The main ingredient - your turkey - needs a failsafe plan.  Here it is! Brine and make chicken stock the day before Make chicken stock or begin to thaw it so it will be ready to use tomorrow when you cook the turkey Place...
    1. Salmon and Persimmon Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Persimmon trees tend to provide way more fruit than a family can consume in cookies and bread. This alternative is scrumptious and sweet with no added sugar. Cook Salmon Place salmon in baking dish and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine enough coconut oil and lemon juice to liberally coat the salmon and...
    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...

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