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Calling All Cooks!

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Cowboy Salsaby Susie Glover2 avocados, cubed1 tomato, diced1 11-ounce can shoe peg corn, drained1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed2/3 cup chopped cilantro1 bunch green onions, chopped1/4 cup olive oil1/4 cup red wine vinegar2 cloves garlic, minced2/3 tsp. cuminSplash of lemon juice3/4 tsp. salt1/8 tsp. black pepperMix all ingredients together and start dipping.English Muffin & Ham Strataby Cathy Carmichael 6 cups diced English muffins2 cups diced ham2 cups shredded Cheddar and Jack cheese1 1/2 cup milk3-4 eggs, beaten1/4 cup Dijon mustardSalt and pepper to tasteCoat 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with half of muffin pieces. Top with one-half of ham. Sprinkle cheese on top. Repeat layers using remaining ham and cheese. In a large bowl whisk milk, eggs and mustard. Pour over the top of the strata. With a large spatula, press down on top to moisten. Wrap or freeze for later, or heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45-60 minutes, until cheese is melted.Iris’ Red Velvet Cakeby Iris Shipton1 box red velvet cake mix1 small box instant vanilla pudding4 eggs1 cup vegetable oil1 1/2 cup milkIcing1 block cream cheese (8 ounces), softened1 container whipped topping (8 ounces)1/2 cup sugar1 cup confectioner’s sugarPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix cake mix, pudding, eggs, milk and oil, and bake cake in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Cool completely. Mix cream cheese and sugar, then add confectioner’s sugar and whipped topping. Spread onto cake to frost. Serve and store in pan.The Basic Paradiseby Basic Urban Kitchen & Bar1 ounce X-Rated Brand Vodka1/2 ounce banana liqueur1/2 ounce peach schnapps2 ounces orange juice Splash of GrenadineCherry for garnish Add vodka, banana liqueur and peach schnapps to an ice-filled glass, fill remainder of glass with orange juice (approximately two ounces). Finish with a splash of Grenadine and a cherry, then enjoy!For more of our featured recipes from this month's cover story be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email [email protected], or call 916-988-9888.

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The Vine

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

L’Abbaye de Saint Ferme 2004 “Les Vinges du Soir”• Called “ The Night Vines,” this wine comes from L’Abbaye de Saint Ferme, in Bordeaux. It is aptly named because the vines are planted furthest from the Abbaye, and receive the last sun of the day. These “Night Vines” produce fruit that is naturally richer and riper. The Abbaye dates back to the 11th Century and was constructed by Benedictine monks, whom tended vines on the land paving the way for a rich history to develop.L’Abbaye de Saint Ferme 2004 is a classic Bordeaux, blended of 70 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Cabernet Franc, and is 100 percent estate grown and bottled by time-honored traditional methods in a terroir driven fashion. Aged in French Oak for six months, this vintage has a distinct nose of dark fruits with hints of violet, rich mouth–filling fruit of black cherry, and a balanced, medium body that results in a very nice finish. This wine pairs well with red meat, hearty fare, and most all dishes that call for a good Bordeaux.— Rick MindermannRick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti,and “The Good Taste Guy” for oodleboxtv.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email [email protected], or call 916-988-9888.

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Local Area Tidbits

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Spring has almost sprung...so don’t forget the start of Daylight Saving Time and “spring” your clocks forward on March 8.Showcase your talents at the Borders Bookstore in Roseville on March 13 for their Open Mic night at 2030 Douglas Boulevard; mic opens at 7 p.m.Join REI in Roseville for their Overnight Snowshoe Outing on March 14. Learn how to pack, navigate, and select the proper campsite. Price is $200 for members; $220 for non-members. Call or visit any area REI to sign up.Roseville Parks and Recreation is offering a trip to the Stockton Asparagus Festival on April 25. Cost is $45 or $39 with a resident discount and the deadline to register is April 1. To sign up, call 916-774-5950.For your caffeine fix, stop by Bloom Coffee and Tea, which just opened its doors in Roseville this past January, congrats to the new owners Lucas and Jacob Elia.Design Well, Live Well Interior Design and Eco-Boutique is offering an alternative to throwing away all those old wine corks. Bring in any real corks and drop them in the marked box at the cashwrap counter during store hours. For store hours, call 530-887-8719.If you’ve ever wondered how to get your work published or how to use the Internet in your music business, then the Inaugural Indie Seminars Authors’ and Musicians’ Seminar is for you. Sponsored by Prismatic Publishing and eBooks & Music, this event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a short story contest giving exposure and a small cash prize to the winning author. For more information contact, Sue Canfield 916-390-2262.Through March 13 Judy LewLoose will show her original paintings at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville. Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Congratulations to Rabobank for becoming the latest Roseville Arts’ President’s Circle member.Visit the “Queen of the Sierra” on April 17 with a trip to Murphys and Calaveras Big Tree State Park. Deadline to register is April 1, and is $49 or $45 with residential discount. For more information or to register, call 916-774-5350.If Yosemite is more your thing, Roseville Parks and Recreation is offering an overnight trip from May 5-6. Cost is $369 or $337 for residents; deadline to register is April 1. To sign up, call 916-774-5350.Dr. Leon Owens, founder of the Teachable Moment Foundation, with Captain Mike McCarthy, and Christopher J. Murphy, the director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, recently unveiled Every37.com, a Web site aimed at preventing drinking and driving in Sacramento.Congratulations to Hawks restaurant for receiving the Top Décor title in the new Zagat survey featuring Sacramento area restaurants. Mikuni was also a winner, being named the Most Popular restaurant among diners.The Roseville City Council approved the placement of four sculptures in Downtown Roseville, in Historic Old Town and on Vernon Street near the theaters...Look for them soon!Don’t miss Rocklin Youth Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., March 28-29. Over 60 kids will wow the audience, for tickets call 916-632-7198. Also on stage, check out William Jessup University’s first benefit dinner and concert, A Night in the Piazza, on March 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 916-557-2256. We are still accepting Reader Recipes for consideration in upcoming issues. Please send them to [email protected] the oops we’re only human department, we mistakenly listed an incorrect phone number in February for Kaiser Permanente’s Carcinoid Cancer Support Group meeting, which meets the first Saturday of every month, from 1-4 p.m. in Roseville. For more information, call 916-789-9199.Check back next month for our annual Get Outside feature issue! •Send your news and Info to: [email protected]

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Jim Marxen

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Some artists require an elaborate studio with large windows for natural light. They require quietness and a space where they can create without being bothered or distracted. They have no sympathy for the common folk and demand to be treated as royalty. Not so with Folsom artist Jim Marxen. His studio is one-half of a parking space in his home’s three – car garage. He, his talent, easel and paints share the tiny space with a bicycle and the lawn mower. He started painting 35 years ago in junior high school with watercolors and later graduated to acrylics. But, he gave up painting for a while due to his busy family life and heavy work schedule, but after moving to Folsom from Southern California 20 years ago, he picked up the brush and canvas again. “I paint after work and on weekends,” Marxen explains. “It’s my second full-time job.”His colorful urban landscapes and figures nearly jump off of the canvas with rich vibrant hues. “My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Korts, loved my drawings,” he says. “She inspired me to use lots of color in my work.” This use of color is reflected in all of Marxen’s work. One of his favorite subjects is the coast, specifically Monterey, Santa Cruz and Mendocino. “There is a painting everywhere,” Marxen says. “The coast has wonderful colors and angles.” His wife Leslie, a teacher at Folsom Hills Elementary, sacrifices her Sunday afternoons and most evenings so that he can paint. “I grade papers,” she says, “or watch my favorite TV shows.” Their five-year-old dog Sadie, the couple’s adorable little black Schnoodle, hangs out and keeps Marxen company while he paints.Marxen has been showing his work at various galleries around the area, and with a show this month at Sacramento’s Blue Moon Gallery – he needs lots of pieces. “I paint as much as possible,” he admits. “I push myself to keep my skills sharp.” He loves creating colorful canvases and works hard so that each one meets his high standards. He is his own toughest critic and knows what works for him and makes him happy. He also understands that painting is solitary and sometimes hard work. “Creating a painting is not a community thing,” Marxen states. “When it comes down to it, it’s you and the canvas...a battle to see who will win.”One of Marxen’s biggest fans is local attorney Jennifer Shaw. She has purchased a number of his paintings and follows his career closely. “His work is very innovative,” Shaw says. “I just love his use of color.” One of her favorites is Going Home, a painting depicting a section of the freeways in Los Angeles. It hangs prominently in her living room. Shaw is always delighted when her guests are immediately drawn to the painting. “It takes talent,” she explains, “someone with genuine inspiration, to make a freeway look interesting!”•For more information on Marxen’s work, check out marxenart.com or visit the Blue Moon Gallery at 2353 Albatross Way, Sacramento.

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Mother’s Hood

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Parenting is the toughest, most rewarding job on earth; full of unrivaled joys and challenges. But because even the most dedicated mothers need support, there is Sierra Moms.“Sierra Moms is a member-led, nonprofit organization for mothers serving the greater Folsom and El Dorado Hills areas,” says Ashley Molloy, Director of Public Relations. “Through nurturing environments, we help women connect with one another to find support in their roles as mothers.”The organization first formed in 1993, led by Margo Fowkes, who, after falling short in her search to find and join a local support group for mothers, identified need from absence and, with assistance from the National Moms’ Club, started the Folsom Mom’s Club. After splitting from National Mom’s in order to hold evening and weekend activities, the group reformed as Sierra Moms, and today fulfills its mission through a variety of means, including:Time-out for Moms: Activities for moms such as book clubs, movies, scrapbooking, networking, etc.Babysitting Co-op: A non-paying childcare exchange service.Playgroups: Scheduled weekly for children at all stages of development.Let’s Explore: Monthly outings for children.Monthly Membership Meetings: A discussion of the latest happenings and parental topics as addressed by special guest speakers.Online forums: An online idea and advice exchange.The Crier: A monthly newsletter with parenting articles, events and activities.Family activities: Sponsored parties for members and their families.Special Needs Kids & Moms: An accepting support group for mothers with special needs children.“Currently Sierra Moms is developing a VIP card that will provide members with discounts to local businesses,” Molloy says. “We are always trying to add more value for our members.” In turn, members are asked to give back. The group has, for the last four years, brightened Christmas for more than 600 children by participating in the Gifts from the Heart program; collecting donations at annual parties on behalf of Powerhouse Ministries; and preparing dessert at Twin Lakes Food Bank’s annual dinner.Considering that women are charged with the most important task that life demands – helping to raise the next generation – they believe that it is fundamentally important that mothers be given opportunities to constructively connect with one another. “As a mom I know how important it is to be around other moms,” Molloy says. “Socializing with other moms allows us to hear that others are dealing with similar situations. It is also a wonderful way to recharge and get new ideas for facing some of the challenges of parenting.” To help raise funds in support of the organization and its programs, Sierra Moms will host its Eighth Annual Bunko Bash on March 19, from 6-9 p.m., at the Folsom Community Center. Tickets to the event, which will be emceed by Jennifer Steele of “Mix 96” – 96.1 FM, are $20 per person ($25 at the door) and will include a buffet dinner and desserts (beverages available for purchase), bunko play, a silent auction, grand prize raffle, chance raffles and more. Twenty percent of donations will benefit local charities.Women during any stage of motherhood are welcome to join Sierra Moms. Annual membership fees are $40. To learn more about the organization, or to purchase tickets for Bunko Bash, visit sierramoms.org or call 916-978-5995.

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Calling All Cooks!

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Crab Puffsby Lynn Machon2 cans Geisha crab meat1/2 cup celery, chopped16 ounces cream cheese, softened2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce1 tbsp. lemon juice1 lb. extra sharp Cheddar cheese, grated1 tbsp. grated onion1 tbsp. butter1 tsp. baking powder2 eggsSalt (optional)1 loaf soft white bread, slicedCream together cheeses, butter and eggs. Mix in Worcestershire and lemon juice, baking powder, onion and salt. Add crab and celery, mix to blend. Refrigerate. Cut bread into one-and-a-half-inch rounds (or use cookie cutters, shape of choice). Spread one tablespoon of crab mixture onto each bread round (should be piled fairly high). Arrange on baking sheets and freeze overnight. Bake directly from the freezer in a 400-degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen puffs as listed. Sticky Toffee Puddingby Greg WalkerPudding1/2 cup chopped dates7 ounces hot water1 tsp. baking soda2/3 cup super fine sugar2 eggs3/4 cup self-rising flourSauce1/3 cup butter3/4 cup brown sugar1/2 cup heavy whipping creamPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dates, baking soda and water; allow to soak. Cream butter and sugar, then slowly add one egg at a time to emulsify. Slowly add the date mixture and combine thoroughly. Incorporate the flour and mix for a few minutes to aerate the mixture (this will create a lighter pudding). Pour into a greased rectangular baking pan and cook for 35-40 minutes. For the toffee sauce, melt butter in a heavy pan; add brown sugar and stir. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Serve over warm pudding accompanied by vanilla ice cream, if desired.Fat’s Asian Punchby Fat's Asia BistroBoggles, bewilders, and bedazzles all of the senses using Absolut Citron & Mandarin Vodka. This tropical delight has traveled far to bring your ultimate satisfaction. 3/4 ounce Absolut Mandarin3/4 ounce Absolut Citron1/2 ounce Amaretto1/4 ounce grapefruit juice1/4 ounce GrenadineTop off drink with Sierra Mist and serve with umbrella. For more of our featured recipes from this month's cover story be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email [email protected], or call 916-988-9888.

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Pismo Beach

Feb 28, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Pismo Beach or South San Luis Obispo county, makes a great “get-away to the beach” destination. Not only will you find a quaint city by the sea with gorgeous views in all directions, but you can simply hop in the car and in 20 minutes or less you will find some of the best vineyards and wineries in California (Paso Robles is California’s third largest and fastest growing wine region) along with a great downtown shopping experience in San Luis Obispo just down the freeway.10 REASONS TO VISITIf lying by the beach, or sipping wine is not your thing, don’t fret, that’s the beauty of visiting Pismo – where there’s a plethora of activity options.1. March through May – Hearst Castle Evening Tours – This legendary California manor sits at 1,600 feet above sea level, and the evening tour allows visitors to experience the Castle at night just as a visitor to the Castle in the ’30s might have. For more information, visit hearstcastle.org2. March 6-March 15 –15th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – The Film Festival will bring filmmakers, film buffs, and celebrities for cinematic events held throughout the county. For more information, call 805-235-5404 or visit slofilmfest.org.3. March 20-22 – 27th Annual Zinfandel Festival – At the Donati Family Vineyard in Templeton, enjoy guided winery tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the grape’s journey from vine to bottle, and view the crush pad, cellar, barrel room and hospitality center! Catch great spring deals on wine - do you have your white wine yet? For more information, call 805-238-0676 or e-mail [email protected] April through November – Shell Beach Farmers Market – Enjoy perusing the market for fresh produce, flowers, jams, dried fruits and artisan vinegars, all grown by local farmers. You can also expect to see exotic foods, jewelry, massage therapy, tea and live entertainment. For more information, e-mail [email protected] April 26 – Taste of Pismo – Restaurants of Pismo Beach and local wineries will showcase multiple culinary and vineyard delights at this event. Tickets are $50 each and include a commemorative wine glass. For more information, call 800-443-7778.6. April 30-May 2 – Hospice du Rhone – an exceptional three-day event that is globally regarded as the “single most essential and enjoyable gathering of international Rhône wine producers and enthusiasts.” Attendees expand their knowledge of the 22 Rhône varieties, while rubbing elbows with the winemakers whose passion spurs the inspiration and energy that sets the tone for every seminar, meal and tasting.7. May through October – Art in the Park ­­– On the first Sunday of the month (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) enjoy 90 local artists, food and music, at the Dinosaur Caves Park. For more information, call 805-704-8128.8. May 15-17 – 27th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival – This is the marquee tasting event along California’s Central Coast, and it’s a perfect excuse to visit Paso Robles Wine Country. More than 100 area wineries host an array of special events including winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, winery tours, special tastings and more.9. June 19-21 – Pismo Beach June Car Show – This is one of the largest and finest classic car and street shows in the area, with over 800 classic automobiles and street rods. For more information, visit thepismobeachclassic.com or call 866-450-7469.10. October 17-18 – 63rd Annual Clam Festival – Get in on the fun in downtown Pismo Beach. There’s a parade on Saturday morning, which kicks off this annual event, followed by a carnival, clam dig, music and food. For more information, call 800-443-7778. POSTCARD FROM PISMO BEACHEATLido Restaurant805-773-8900, thedolphinbay.comNative Restaurant & Lounge805-547-5544, nativelounge.comPelican Point Bar & Restaurant805-773-0000SLEEPDolphin Bay Resort & Spa800-516-0112, thedolphinbay.comCottage Inn by the Sea888-440-8400, cottage-inn.comPismo Beach Hotel805-773-4445, thepismobeachhotel.comPLAYPacific Adventure Tours805-481-9330Extreme Hummer Adventures866-543-6355Avila Beach Golf Resort 805-595-4000 Cypress Ridge Golf Club805-474-7979Patriot Sportfishing805-595-7200The Livery Stable: Horseback Riding805-489-8100

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