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Sun, Oct 08, 2023

A little yogurt magic for grilled chicken, vegetables

Recipe: Chilies, cumin flavor a double-duty sauce

Sun, Oct 01, 2023

Apple-packed muffins for fall on the go

Recipe: Fresh apple muffins with vanilla yogurt.

Sun, Sep 24, 2023

Bake with apples, blackberries to bridge the seasonal shift

Spiced coffee cake an ideal treat for early-fall breakfast

Sun, Sep 17, 2023

Try this tri-tip stew packed with fresh vegetables

Leftover beef pairs with fresh tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and green beans

Sun, Sep 03, 2023

Salsa with a sweet summer twist – watermelon!

Recipe: Grilled chicken breasts with watermelon salsa

Sun, Aug 20, 2023

Mix and match fruit in this summer cobbler

Recipe: Try this classic with cherries, peaches or other favorites

Sun, Aug 13, 2023

Harvest delight: Tomatoes in a cheese-biscuit cobbler

Recipe: Onions, garlic add to this summer side dish

Sun, Aug 06, 2023

Turn fresh figs into versatile topping

Recipe: Easy fig compote with orange and vanilla

Sun, Jul 30, 2023

Oh-so-ripe tomatoes make an easy garden sauce

Recipe: Chunky or smooth, it's the fresh flavor of summer

Sun, Jul 23, 2023

Juice fresh tomatoes, then make Bloody Mary with a twist

Recipe: Cocktail features just-squeezed tomato juice

Sun, Jul 16, 2023

Whip up a summer cake that takes no baking

Recipe: Peaches and cookies chill in a cool treat

Sun, Jul 09, 2023

Flavorful frittata is good for any meal

Recipe: Spinach-mushroom-pancetta frittata for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Sun, Jul 02, 2023

Chilled berry soup a winner

Cool fruity appetizer for a hot summer night

Sun, Jun 25, 2023

Chocolate and zucchini belong together every summer

Bread is a greatest hit from the early days of the blog

Sun, Jun 18, 2023

These roast potatoes have a colorful difference

Recipe: Roasted purple potatoes with Provencal herbs

Sun, Jun 11, 2023

Love blueberry muffins? This coffee cake is for you

Recipe: Blueberry-lemon coffee cake with streusel topping.

Sun, Jun 04, 2023

Enjoy fresh apricots in an easy appetizer

Recipe: No cooking involved in this seasonal creation

Sun, May 28, 2023

Make a small batch of easy, lemony strawberry preserves

Recipe: Sunny strawberry-Meyer lemon preserves without added pectin

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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!