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Spring Cilantro Salad

Spring Cilantro Salad

Is it really almost Spring time?  So it may not look like Spring outside right now though we all know that Mother Nature has plenty of sunshine in store for us just around the corner.  This means tons of fresh fruits and vegetables as well.  In just a few months we’ll be wishing for cooler temperatures!  Here is a fresh and delicious salad recipe to get you ready.  Try this as a light meal or add this dish to the menu for a family BBQ!

This salad is delicious with Chicken, Steak and even Pork so choose your protein of choice for a

10th Annual Foothills Celebration Hosted in Downtown Grass Valley to Feature Regional Fine Food and

10th Annual Foothills Celebration Hosted in Downtown Grass Valley to Feature Regional Fine Food and

GRASS VALLEY, CA -- February 11, 2011 -- Over sixty Nevada County wineries and restaurants will descend upon historic downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 5, to provide visitors and community members with a taste of the county in the Tenth Annual Foothills Celebration.

The event takes place from 1 – 4 pm in the quaint shops of downtown Grass Valley, where wineries and restaurants are paired with local merchants to create epicurean indulgences featuring the best wines and fine cuisine from the region. 

Live music will also accompany the festivities at selected venues, and wine will be available for purchase by the case or bottle by pre-order. 

Sample polenta crostinis topped with fig and walnut tapenade and goat cheese, mahi mahi salad, coffee rubbed tri-tip or zucca.  Foods range from appetizers to sweet treats, and specialty beer will be served at some locations.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and no charge for design

Blood orange/ginger semolina pudding

Blood orange/ginger semolina pudding

Recently I was blog hopping and came across this dessert. I had never heard of semolina pudding before and the combination of blood orange and ginger intrigued me. In fact, I highly recommend you read the blog I got it from because she goes into how she got this combo of flavors together and has tried it in different recipes. It's blood orange season right now, so I figured I should do it before they were gone. I also happened to have a small amount of extra semolina lying around.

One thing you'll see in Linda's blog is a much nicer picture/presentation. I had poured my pudding into my PC prep bowls and could not flip one out so that it kept its shape. So I left the other three in the bowls and put the sauce on top.

The oranges I got were very red and delicious. They were also very small.

Tres Agaves Roseville celebrates its Jan. 21 tequila distillary event

Each month, Tres Agaves Roseville welcomes ambassadors from a Tequila distillery to celebrate that Tequila’s unique flavor profile and culture.  On Friday, Jan. 21 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Tres Agaves Roseville will feature Jose Cuervo Tequilas and provide guests with the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft Tres Agaves’ signature all-natural margaritas in a margarita making class. To add a new twist, specialty flavored agave nectars and rim salts will also be available for experimentation.

Classes last about 30-45 minutes and include education on the history and culture of making Tequila as well as a hands-on demonstration where each guest will make two of their own margaritas to enjoy. Classes will begin on the hour each hour starting at 5:30, 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Tres Agaves Passport members are $10 and non-members are $25. Class will include two cocktails plus a sampling of Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo.

Ten22 celebrates California Restaurant Month

In honor of California Restaurant Month, Ten 22 has prepared a special treat for its guests. From Jan.

Junior League of Sacramento 6th annual crab feed

The Junior League of Sacramento is hosting the 6th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 5.  The event will have a denim and diamond theme.  Tickets are now available online at www.jlsac.org.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Early ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.  Reserved tables are also available.

Dinner will include Dungeness crab, pasta, salad, antipasto, bread, and dessert.  A no-host bar opens at 5:00p.m.

Dutch Oven demonstrations and cook-off!

Central California Dutch Oven Adventures (CCDOA) is hosting the International Sportsman Exposition (ISE) Dutch Oven cook-offs and demonstrations at Cal Expo fairgrounds Jan. 20 through 23. 

The 3-pot cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, and will consist of a bread, main dish and a desert recipe.
Set-up 9:00am
Cooking starts at 11:00am
Presentation/judging: Breads at 2:00p.m., Main dish at 3:00p.m. and Desert at 4:00p.m.
Judging results at 5:00p.m.

It's free to become a cook-off contestant. Beginners and amateurs are encouraged to enter, and there is still time to enter!  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.