Few pastimes are more entertaining to chefs, home cooks and other foodies than reading vintage cookbooks, marveling at classic recipes, ingredients and techniques. Actually, we can think of one that’s better: Tasting the dishes made from those retro recipes.

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Remember Sealtest ice cream? The jingle went, “Get the best....get Sealtest!” What about Lady Borden and Meadow Gold?
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Step into New Helvetia Brewing Co. on Thursday evenings and you’ll be greeted by a jovial and spirited group of sweaty athletes wearing colorful shoes and orange T-shirts sporting the motto “We Run Sactown.”
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Author Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind.
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New non-GMO variety is acclaimed for its flavor and crispy crunch.
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Walking by the display case full of jars and bags of Roy’s Seasonings, three words on the signage stopped us in our tracks: “Strong and bold.” Hey, no one has time to waste on wimpy seasonings when you can climb higher on the flavor ladder, right?
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Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you’re staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat?

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NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY?

As lovely as Sacramento and environs may be, brimming with boundless leisure-time pursuits, sometimes you've just got to get away. Check out these short trips from Sacramento:

Less obvious spots worth visiting in Bay Area
Head to Tahoe for high-elevation hiking
Gold Country offers history, views, wine
North Coast: Get really mellow or adventuresome
In Marin and Sonoma, quaint towns, unique spots
Napa Valley: Wine, music, ghosts and a castle
Weird, wild, wonderful Southern California

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Few pastimes are more entertaining to chefs, home cooks and other foodies than reading vintage cookbooks, marveling at classic recipes, ingredients and techniques. Actually, we can think of one that’s better: Tasting the dishes made from those retro recipes.

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

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In a town full of burgeoning breweries, Sacramento’s Hoppy Brewing Co. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

A small island near Buffalo has a big cat problem thanks to people who have abandoned felines there over the years.

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Author Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind.

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What color is your chicken salad? The option-happy dish enjoys year-round rotation but seems to come into its own in warm weather. With the right combination of ingredients – starting, say, with a rotisserie bird – you can skip cooking altogether.

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Few Americans have employers who give them paid family leave.

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A new chapter for the running, biking and kayaking contest that bills itself as the world’s oldest triathlon.

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