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Food & Wine

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

La ProvenceAppetizer:Cured Salmon in Lemon Cucumber Cups with Green Tomato ConCassé and Crème Fraîche     Tomato ConCassé 6 green Zebra tomatoes or other green heirloom tomato1 shallot, thinly sliced and chopped3 tbsp. rice vinegar¼ tsp. sugar Preparation: In a small sauté pan, bring the sugar and vinegar to a boil. Turn off and remove from heat. Add the shallots to the vinegar mixture and stir to coat. Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out seeds. Chop the tomato and add to the vinegar mixture. Let sit for one hour at room temperature for flavors to bloom.Cured Salmon in Lemon Cucumber Cups 6 lemon cucumbers, seeded, cut in half to make one cup4 ounces cured wild salmon (lox), cut paper thin1 cup Tomato ConCassé¼ cup Crème Fraîchesea salt and fresh ground pepper, to tastePreparation: Cut cucumbers along the short side and scoop out the seeds to make one cup. Place a piece of the cured salmon in the cup with a  small “flag” sticking out of the top. Next to this, place a small amount of the green Tomato ConCassé. Drizzle with a thin ribbon of crème fraîche. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.Wine Pairing:Karly 2007 Sauvignon BlancDono dal Cielo 2007 Estate RoséFor more Wine Pairing Recipes, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin 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 Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Golf Lesson

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Is it a bad sign when you come into the pro shop to take your first golf lesson and nearly knock over an entire display of clubs with your own golf bag? Well, I almost accomplished this feat, and managed to embarrass myself before even getting to the tee. Holding my bag correctly on my second attempt, I made my way out to meet the Director of Golf at Bass Lake Golf Club, Erik Pohl. After our meet and greet, Pohl asked me to take a few warm-up swings at the tee. To prepare him for what he was about to find out, I let him know that I had never played a game of golf before, only swung the club a couple times at the range, way back in high school. I remembered a few tricks that my dad taught me in regards to holding my grip and the club correctly…but that’s about where my skills stop. I was very eager to not disappoint, and declared that my new goal is to master the game of golf. Pohl responded with, “One swing at a time.”Pohl tried to help me shake a few of my first-timer jitters by saying that for most golfers, it’s just a matter of learning the basics, feeling comfortable, and lots of practice! Pohl was pleasantly surprised that I already had a good grip, which is always the first thing you learn, and my stance and posture weren’t bad either. Score. After going through some of those body alignment logistics, Pohl demonstrated both the proper position of where the club should be at each point in my swing, as well as what each part of my body should be doing. For example, when you finish your swing, your back foot should be completely pointing toward the target (your torso should be facing that way too), and all your weight should be on your front foot by this point. So be prepared, in a first lesson you will learn that there is way more involved in a golf swing, than you might think. No wonder those PGA players…or winners I should say, get paid so much!...<hr>For more on Desiree's Golf Lesson, 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 Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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VW Sportwagen

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

With the cost of fuel helping to short out the world’s economy, fewer people see the logic in buying massive SUVs for the daily grind. Interestingly, buyers who once saw station wagons as an automotive styling plague are beginning to rethink the idea of a tiny SUV, or essentially, a wagon. And, fuel economy aside, there are a lot of other reasons to love a wagon over an SUV – they’re easier to drive, ride better, often easier to get in and out of, take less room to park, frequently look better and are simply smarter for a daily use regime.Volkswagen is the latest to the segment with the new Jetta SportWagen. Where the Passat wagon was once the VW wagon of choice (it was the only one), the Jetta SportWagen brings a level of youthfulness and fun that the Passat is simply too formal and familial to offer. In a word, the SportWagen is fun. Yes, that adjective can be used in conjunction with wagon.The SportWagen is available in three trim levels and accompanying prices: S (starts at $18,999), SE (starts at $21,349), and SEL (starts at $25,990); and they are all well equipped from the get go. But, VW has taken the liberty of offering a wide array of optional extras to help tailor the exact SportWagen that customers would like to have. Things like polished aluminum exterior mirror covers, several rims from 16 inches to 18 inches, mild body kit upgrades, fog lights, leather, rear cargo cage, panoramic moon roof, manual or automatic transmission, and normally aspirated or turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (SEL only) are but a few of the things buyers can choose from to build the wagon that suits their lives perfectly.The top-of-the-line SEL is the best equipped with heated leather seats, leather shift knob, brake lever, and steering wheel, the turbocharged engine, 17-inch wheels, 12-position power driver’s seat with three-position memories, larger dual exhaust tips, premium sound system, and several more standard features that all come together to create a vehicle that truly rivals even higher-priced nameplates.Beyond how well equipped it is, the SEL is also no slouch, zipping to 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds, roughly a full second quicker than the non-turbo equipped S or SE. Each is relatively athletic and much more inspiring than the heavier, larger Passat, but not quite as capable as an Audi A4. Again, keeping the prices in mind, the SportWagen is a gem.Poking around with the “Build It” feature at vw.com, and selecting the most expensive wheels, panorama moonroof, and no roof storage options, we were able to load an S model to the hilt, and tip the price to just over $28,000, but for all the goodies we checked off in the options box, it’s a bargain. We clicked the same options with an SEL and broke the piggy bank for a cool $37,917. A bit flabbergasting for a VW, but again, taking into account all of the bells and whistles, both standard and optional, it’s not a horrific deal, but does knock loudly upon the Audi A4 door. Electing the same options for an SE, we built a $33,276 wagon.In terms of comfort, the SportWagen isn’t cavernous, but it’s not tiny either – it’s just right. A little snug, but not overbearingly so, the seats are supportive, the visibility is good, and it’s simply an easy car to drive. It also offers no pretensions whatsoever, meaning you don’t get glaring jealous eyes staring at you along the highway, but rather curious folks wanting to know more. And, should you go antiquing one weekend, you’ll have plenty of room for all the needful things available, and the merchants won’t be inclined to demonstrate the pricier sides of their goods, thanks to owning a VW.Later in 2009, VW will offer a Clean Diesel version of the SportWagen, which promises to be a much more efficient vehicle than we’re used to seeing. Some sources cite that 35 MPG on the highway isn’t far fetched, and in town, the Clean Diesel SportWagen won’t be hard pressed to achieve 28 MPG, which is utterly amazing. However, the turbo and non-turbo gas-powered engines currently available do pretty well too, finding 21/31 (T) and 21/29 (NT) respectively.All things considered, the wagon is back, but in a new way. Thanks to sleek styling and ample performance, the VW SportWagen isn’t the plague-inducing wagon of yore, but rather a sexy alternative to the bank-breaking SUV.

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Youth Group

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Work together. Share. How many times will we utter these words to our kids before they reach 18? The answer to that question, for most of us, is incalculable. But for one organization, it is a mission. The Vision Coalition of El Dorado Hills – a nonprofit that works to increase development opportunities for area youth – practices what most of us so ardently preach.“The common thread that motivates this community is its youth,” says Coordinator Raeann Jones. “Because of the rapid growth of El Dorado Hills in recent years, villages have not had the time to coalesce. People do not know their neighbors and do not always feel comfortable reaching out. We have greater diversity now and need to learn to work together for the greater good.” Since its inception in 2003, the Coalition has partnered with decision makers representing 12 community “sectors” – business, health professionals, law enforcement, education, faith-based groups, service organizations and parents, among them – in a collaborative process for systematic change. According to Jones, involvement from these and other classifications provide an excellent paradigm for maximizing community input and accomplishment.The inclusive organizational structure of the Vision Coalition – made up of operational staff, a Youth Advisory Committee, Executive Advisory Committee, and board of directors – provides all community sectors with a voice, encourages contribution and supports an equal division of responsibilities. Jones explains that a group forum allows Coalition members to focus on similarities rather than differences in a non-threatening environment, and says that new relationships are forged and partnerships are formed at every meeting. Without collusion between the parties, the Coalition’s aims would be noble, but not achievable. The organization’s youth-centric mission is four-fold: to expand opportunities for youth that invite decision making; to increase school and social involvement; to coordinate the availability of youth-supporting resources and services; and to promote activities that keep young people healthy and free from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  The Vision Coalition has played a key role in the development of several community projects, including the new Teen Center and Skate Park, and the Youth Transportation Van. It publishes a monthly newsletter, contributes to a weekly news column, and has helped make several videos and animated public service announcements for teens. In addition, the organization supports ongoing youth development training and peer-to-peer mentoring programs; hosts monthly birthday parties; tends a community garden for low-income youth; and has developed Project T.E.A.C.H. (Teens Educating Against Classroom Harassment) and the Parent Project – a 10-week adult-youth communication workshop. And somewhere in the middle of these efforts, the Coalition continues to sponsor a series of youth-centered health fairs, dances, concerts, raft trips teamwork and leadership training camps.“Long time residents of El Dorado Hills embrace the growth in the area, yet desire to maintain a tight-knit community where we know, care about and support each other,” says Jones. As such, the Vision Coalition, largely funded by grants, also accepts donations. Anyone is welcome to attend Coalition meetings. For times and locations, visit The Vision Coalition online at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.edhvisioncoalition.org">edhvisioncoalition.org</a> or call 916-643-4393.

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Artistic Expression

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Like love, art is indescribable – better defined as an act than as something that is. Here, we find four local inspirations who not only create art, but also define it. Lisa Magruder“Art is more than mere decoration,” says local artist Lisa Magruder. “Art brings beauty and truth to our lives. It causes people to think and feel, and keeps a community from growing stagnant. It links one community to another, not only in space, but also in time. It brings people together and records history in a universal way. A community without art would quickly diminish and be forgotten.” A renaissance woman – one who is extremely adept at many things – is a fitting way to describe Macgruder, an art enthusiast since childhood with an MFA in painting, who enjoys creating watercolors and acrylic paintings mixed with collage pieces and other multimedia. She also enjoys printmaking, etching and framing, and has parlayed the latter of these talents into a successful custom framing business, Frame Art Studio. Magruder’s skill as an artist – her eye for design, color, proportion, and familiarity with various types of art media, papers and canvas – has led to 25 years of longevity in the framing industry. As for doing business in Folsom, Magruder says, “There is an appreciation for art [here]. People enjoy and desire quality work and service. It has quickly become an artistic-minded community.” If the community looks to its artists for inspiration, Magruder looks to her faith; many ideas and titles of her work come directly from scripture. “How to communicate my spiritual experience to viewers in a way that speaks to each person individually is my challenge,” Magruder says, adding that she is also inspired by the reactions of others, and Post-Impressionist painters like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Currently serving as the events coordinator for the Folsom Art Association, Magruder also manages the art gallery for Lakeside Church and exhibits her work in revolving exhibits at local galleries, hotels, churches, restaurants and wineries. View her online work portfolio at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.frameartstudio.com">frameartstudio.com</a> or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.folsomarts.org">folsomarts.org</a>.<hr>For more Local Inspiring Artists, 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 Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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