Oak Park Brewing Co. closed over the weekend of May 18-20 after a Sacramento County health inspector found mice, cockroaches and weevils in the kitchen and brewing area. It was not immediately clear whether the brewery and restaurant would reopen Monday.
The folks at Oreo are always trying to come up with new variations on their popular treats, with varying degrees of success (seriously, do not bother trying Cherry Cola-flavored Oreos). One of their best efforts is Fudge-Dipped Oreo Thin Bites, which take little, doll-house sized Oreos and then dip them in chocolate. If you've ever had Oreos, and if you've ever had chocolate, you can easily imagine how good they are. The small size cleverly bumps up the ratio of chocolate to cookie, which is something we can all get behind.
What's in season: A sure sign summer is just around the corner, cartons of delicate berries are turning market stand displays vibrant shades of red, blue and purple. Raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries and blackberries – including large Kiowa blackberries and marionberries – are most common, though mulberries are turning up at some stands, with varieties ranging from darker Pakistans to the white Shahtoots. Availability will vary depending on the type of berry, with most generally available through early fall; mulberries are typically found through mid-summer.
I'm still learning kitchen tips from my 87-year-old mother. Rather than rely on pricey delivered meal kits, she stocks a modest supply of essentials suitable for fast weeknight dinners and impromptu guests. Frozen shrimp, purchased on sale, is a standard. Same for a few key frozen vegetables, fast-cooking pasta, canned tomatoes and refrigerated chopped herbs. The spice drawer contains a modest variety of herbs and spices; olive oil, onions and garlic are always on hand.
Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, is right around the corner, and many families will be celebrating with backyard barbecues. If you plan on having your four-legged friend at the party, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start grilling.
Here's a quick barbecued chicken salad for Memorial Day weekend or anytime during the summer. Whether your plans include boating, swimming or just plain relaxing, it will give you time to enjoy the festivities.
This is for all the single people, all those who sometimes find themselves alone during mealtime. It could be that you live alone or that you're traveling alone, miles into a solo journey and holed up in a could-be-anywhere hotel – and you're fine with that. These are your opportunities to acquaint yourself with the charms of the half-bottle of wine.
The next time you’re hit with a hot dog hankering, know that Sacramento has a frankfurter for every taste, whether your yen is for the old-fashioned classics, outrageous newfangled creations or even an upmarket dog.
I was out standing in the field ... literally. It was quite a scene in this place they call the Sandhills of Nebraska. Our group of about 20 cowboys and cowgirls of all ages were on horseback to gather a few hundred cows and their babies from rolling green hills in a pasture about the size of a small country.