Telemarketing maven Cathy Mitchell has sold a million cookbooks featuring recipes for the easy-to-make cakes

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas.
Could it be that the cocktail and craft beer scenes are making the “caviar of the South” suddenly hip?
Pasta tends to be a dinnertime trap.
Experts say there are 10,000 varieties of grapes. So it seems like a waste to many winemakers to use only one type at a time. Besides, it must be fun to sit around during the winter lull and dream up new grape blends for next year’s wines – a little syrah for body, some pinot noir for lightness, and so on.
Most herbs defy easy description. Trying to discuss the flavor of thyme or oregano leads only to vague adjectives. Calling rosemary “woody” doesn’t quite cut it.
Forty Mile Ranch was a true ranch outside of Placerville. It had a small lunchroom with some very good sandwiches and salads and a gift shop which sold jams, sauces and other non-edibles as well.


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


Telemarketing maven Cathy Mitchell has sold a million cookbooks featuring recipes for the easy-to-make cakes


Part-time winemakers create their perfect house with a thoughtful remodel. It’s part of a Sunday home tour focused on East Sacramento’s “Urban Renaissance.”

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With demand often outpacing supply, new breweries are investing to increase production for bottling and canning


William David Meek Jr. is the 47-year-old Citrus Heights man being sought by authorities for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s 12-year-old border collie by tying a bowling ball around her neck and dumping her into the American River to drown.


Fifth-generation Californian, novelist and essayist Joan Didion, who was born and raised in Sacramento, will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Oct. 1.


Telemarketing maven Cathy Mitchell has sold a million cookbooks featuring recipes for the easy-to-make cakes

My brother-in-law has two teenage children and he has decided his next hobby is going to be racing cars. I, of course, realize he could be hit by a car walking across the street at any time. The issue is his engaging in a very risky hobby while these kids are still in the house. The kids have been raised in a way that neither of us agree with and if they were to come under our care, it would be very difficult for everyone involved.

The Stanford University Patient Education Center and Dignity Health’s 6-part workshop is designed to support caregivers of individuals suffering from any form of memory impairment. 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Pre-registration required. 9:30 a.m. Maidu Community Center and Library, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Free. 916-851-2793.

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