Lifestyle Picks

Editorial picks featuring lifestyle posts–food, travel, pets, bicycling, film, etc.

California Rice Commission
Visiting our key export market: Japan

Visiting our key export market: Japan

I’m spending this week in Japan along with California rice grower Michael Rue, and Sun Valley Rice Milling Sr. VP Akira "Jim" Higa, both of which serve on important trade committees with the USA Rice Federation. Traveling with us are USA Rice trade ...

Poor Girl Eats Well
Recipe: Spinach-artichoke pesto pasta with tomatoes and sweet peas

Recipe: Spinach-artichoke pesto pasta with tomatoes and sweet peas

I’m not sure about you guys, but when I was very little, I used to base many of my opinions about certain things on what my parents thought of those things. My dad thought something on TV was funny? Well, that meant it had to be worth watching, as he’s the funniest person I...

Crazy for Crust
Recipe: Flower pot cupcakes

May 6, 2012
Recipe: Flower pot cupcakes

Okay. So I think I've talked about how much I loved New Kids on the Block when I was a kid.

Bake It With Booze
Recipe: Fig and hazelnut tart with Frangelico

Recipe: Fig and hazelnut tart with Frangelico

Sweet and nutty, laced with Frangelico with a crunchy top and creamy center...Just my kind of Sunday treat to end my weekend on a happy note.  This is a Bakewell tart and legend has it that the source is English and the buttery spongy center ...

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Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
There are no more guarantees, caution should be the norm

So, you think a lot about where you are going to die when you have terminal cancer. All the obituaries say that people who lose their "battle" with cancer die at home, surrounded by family, which has always sounded vaguely ominous to me, kind of a threat. Who wants to be surrounded...

Limit Reached
The Power of Your Mind: Don’t underestimate it

May 6, 2012
The Power of Your Mind: Don’t underestimate it

Yesterday, my brother in law completed the Ironman. Sorry if that song by Ozzy Osbourne is in your head. It's in mine every time I see that word. I'm a child of the 80s, what can I say? Anyway, this triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim (it too...

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52 Kitchen Adventures
Recipe: Almost Healthy Homemade Nutella

Recipe: Almost Healthy Homemade Nutella

So, as it turns out, Nutella isn’t good for you. Considering that sugar and palm oil are the first ingredients and it’s artificially flavored, I wasn’t exactly shocked. Like the article says, a settlement will “be paid to consumers if they are willing to admit they can’t read a nutrition label.” Whether you can...

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A Girl And Her Fork
Recipe: Super smooth Thai basil hummus

Recipe: Super smooth Thai basil hummus

Happy Sunday! What a weekend- there were all kinds of things going on in town...concerts in the Park started Friday night, there was Derby Days to celebrate and Cinco de Mayo to toast to. So if you're too pooped to do any heavy duty cooking today ...

Jeff Pellines Sierra Foothills Report
Margarita v. the mint julep

May 5, 2012
Margarita v. the mint julep

Today is Cinco de Mayo but it also is Kentucky Derby Day. Here are recipes for the margarita, as well as the mint julep.

Limit Reached
Assumptions de Mayo

May 5, 2012
Assumptions de Mayo

Being single, many acquaintances assume that whenever an alcohol fueled holiday comes along I am going out to celebrate it. Um. No. Put on your party hat! Don't confuse being single with being in college. Crowds annoy me. Drunk crowds scare me...

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