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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Whole-orange loaf cake brightens a grey morning

Recipe: Poppy seeds add texture to vegan snack cake

Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Versatile asparagus casserole perfect for any meatless meal

Recipe: Easy asparagus-mushroom bake with eggs and cheese.

Sun, Feb 18, 2024

Lemon pudding cakes are light as clouds

Recipe: Bake them in ramekins for easy serving now or later

Sun, Feb 11, 2024

Crunchy, flavorful slaw combines two winter favorites

Recipe: Brussels sprouts-spinach slaw with dried cranberries

Sun, Feb 04, 2024

Slab apple tart a no-sugar treat

Recipe: Make bourbon apple butter for extra flavorful filling

Sun, Dec 24, 2023

This cheery frittata is just right for two

Merry Christmas frittata with spinach and red pepper

Sun, Dec 17, 2023

Turn butternuts and apples into an easy soup

Recipe: Roasting squash increases the depth of flavor

Sun, Dec 10, 2023

These latkes put a colorful twist on holiday favorite

Recipe: Sweet potato latkes, served with applesauce and sour cream

Sun, Dec 03, 2023

Lime and mint combine in an easy tea bread

Recipe: Zest and herb combination also works in muffins

Sun, Nov 26, 2023

This warm beverage smells as good as it tastes

Recipe: Mandarin mulled cider gets sweetness from fresh citrus

Sun, Nov 19, 2023

Spice up holiday appetizers with fresh hummus

Recipe: Lime, cilantro and chilis flavor this easy dip

Sun, Nov 12, 2023

Mix and match, persimmons pair with apples in flavorful crisp

Recipe: Persimmon and/or apple crisp adjusts to fruit on hand

Sun, Nov 05, 2023

Spice up some apple scones for a brunch treat

Recipe: Different mix-ins change the personality of the scone

Sun, Oct 22, 2023

Roasted Honey Nut squash a side dish for autumn

Recipe: Maple glaze is subtly spiced; lime juice adds balance

Sun, Oct 15, 2023

Spicy chili with a difference (and it’s not just the cocoa)

Recipe: Cincinnati chili is served over spaghetti; beans optional

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Lemon coconut pancakes

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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

Taste Spring! E-cookbook

Strawberries

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Taste Summer! E-cookbook

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Taste Fall! E-cookbook

Muffins and pumpkin

Find our fall recipes here!