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Say cheese at this convention

Jul 30, 2014
Say cheese at this convention

National conference of cheesemakers gets together in Sacramento.

Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

Jul 29, 2014
Sacramento mom could earn $1 million for potato chip idea

Her Wavy Mango Salsa chips could earn big bucks in online Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest.


The final four for $1 million in Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz came up with the Wavy Mango Salsa idea.

Sacramento’s Julia Stanley-Metz shows...

Auburn man’s bromeliads are out of this world

Jul 25, 2014
Auburn man’s bromeliads are out of this world

Collector of rarities loves bromeliads for their rainbow colors; see them this weekend at Sacramento show and sale.


Chet Blackburn with examines a Vriesea hybrid bromeliad. He has an amazing collection at his Auburn home including hundreds that he's preparing for the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Show.

Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun

Jul 23, 2014
Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun

Courtland’s favorite fruit takes center stage Sunday.


A patron sorts through a bin of pears at the annual Courtland Pear Fair in Courtland. The celebration of locally grown Bartletts and other pears will be held July 27.

More tips on preserving tomatoes

Jul 23, 2014
More tips on preserving tomatoes

Check your recipes and your timer; more pointers from master food preservers. Before and after the hot-water bath: The jar on the left contains raw, peeled tomatoes before going into the hot-water bath for processing. The jar on the right has been...

Sundaes on Sunday mark Fentons’ 120th birthday

Jul 16, 2014
Sundaes on Sunday mark Fentons’ 120th birthday

Famed creamery celebrates milestone with party in Vacaville.


Fentons Creamery celebrates its 120th birthday on Sunday — National Ice Cream Day — with a $1.20 special on its Junior Black & Tan sundaes plus free ice cream samples.

Homegrown blooms inspire mother-daughter florists in Roseville

Jul 11, 2014
Homegrown blooms inspire mother-daughter florists in Roseville

As backyard farmers, mother-daughter duo grow their own flowers for their Roseville floral studio.


Karly Plarisan, left, and her mother, Karen Plarisan, cut dahlias from their flower garden at Verbena Flowers & Trimmings in Roseville.

A bee searches for nectar on euphorbia at Verbena Flowers...

Hold, Peel, Pop: A clever kitchen tool

Jul 2, 2014
Hold, Peel, Pop: A clever kitchen tool

Three-pronged device safely holds vegetables and fruit for peeling. From Swiss designer Kuhn Rikon, Hold, Peel, Pop is a new tool that holds fruit and vegetables in place (and safely away from fingers) while peeling. Hold, Peel, Pop is a ne...

Sierra Nevada hosts ‘Beer Camp’ on July 19

Jul 2, 2014
Sierra Nevada hosts ‘Beer Camp’ on July 19

Traveling craft beer festival kicks off with 108 breweries for gigantic tasting event in Chico.


Beer Camp Across America is a seven-stop celebration of craft beers. It starts in Chico on July 19.

To celebrate the opening of its new North Carolina sister brewery, Sierra Nevada...

Celebrate blackberry season with almond-berry shortcake

Jun 18, 2014
Celebrate blackberry season with almond-berry shortcake

New twist on a familiar favorite puts almonds and Grand Marnier into shortcake. Almond buttermilk shortcake with blackberry filling puts a new twist on an old favorite.

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