Recipe contest helps revive family mealtime for seniors

Almost every family has a favorite recipe that has stood the test of time — a popular dish with a story of its own that draws rave reviews from the generations. The local Home Instead Senior Care office is encouraging family caregivers to dig into the family recipe box to find that dish, and prepare […]

Fitz Gibbon makes Penn dean’s list

Elaine R. Fitz Gibbon has earned a place on the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the academic year 2010-2011. She transferred last fall from the New England Conservatory of Music after her sophomore year and has declared a double major in music and German at UPenn. This summer, she […]

Seniors plan ‘LuWow’ luncheon Aug. 9

Senior Citizens of Davis will present a “LuWow” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Lunch will be catered by Atria Covell Gardens. Aloha Polynesia will provide musical entertainment. The cost is $7 for SCD members and $10 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are available through […]

UCD grad students honor professors

Kerry Enright and Claire Waters received the UC Davis Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students. Enright an assistant professor in the School of Education and Waters is an associate professor in the department of English. Each year the GSA accepts nominations from the graduate student community of faculty and staff members […]

12 for $40: Super easy meals for summer

Summer is in full swing, and everyone is (oddly) twice as busy as we were in spring. Super easy meals are the answer, along with taking full advantage of the opportunity to cook once and serve twice. “Super Easy” does mean taking advantage of some convenience foods: frozen ravioli, prepared pasta sauce and falafel mix. […]

Meat goes local

ESPARTO — A meat plant opened Friday in the Capay Valley, linking the animals ranchers raise to the people who like to eat them. About 30 people showed up for the opening of the Manas Ranch Meat Market, a roadside meat processing plant and store in the town of Esparto, on the main highway that […]

UCD researchers take break for water fight

As scientists, they know water by its chemical formula of H2O: two parts hydrogen combined with one part oxygen. But for 15 minutes a year, they think of it as the key substance inside balloons. Three dozen scientists at UC Davis left their labs Friday afternoon for the ninth annual Bruce Hammock Water Balloon Battle […]

Future subscriber: Braden Luis Marian

David and Gilka Marian are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braden Luis Marian. He was born on June 17, 2011, in Lodi. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. His father is employed as an engineer. His mother, who graduated from Davis High School in 1992, is a social worker. Braden was welcomed […]

Elder care and relationship changes: Your significant other

Whether you’ll be providing elder care in your parent’s home or inviting your senior to come live with you, tensions may arise between you and your significant other. Because becoming a caregiver is such an enormous life change, the situation requires frank communication with your partner, both before and after you begin caregiving. Your partner […]

Harry Potter devotees close chapter on piece of childhood

There, there Hagrid. It’s not really goodbye after all. Good luck, Harry Potter. —Professor Albus Dumbledore Sweet sorrow wove through a line that wrapped an entire city block Thursday evening with hundreds of Harry Potter-lovers. Tara Newell, 19, was one of the them and of the millions worldwide who camped outside movie theaters to catch […]

What’s new to pair with walnuts, figs and anchovies?

A mild allergy kept me away from walnuts for 40 years. “I don’t like them much, anyway,” I told myself grumpily, as I turned my back on dense chocolate brownies and bright spring pesto. When I moved back to Davis, an orchard owner suggested I try Chandlers and surprisingly (to me, not to him), I […]

Milk board aims at marital issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The dairy group behind the “Got Milk?” ads has started a new campaign to encourage men to buy more milk for their wives and girlfriends, something the campaign suggests could salve relationships by helping women fend off the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. The California Milk Processor Board’s statewide “Everything I Do Is […]

From field to fork: Buying, buttering local corn

When I was a young fellow, we had an impromptu eating contest at a farm lunch with my peers. There’s not much of me, really, but I was born with a stomach on hinges. It opens wide. I believe I ate 11 ears of corn, I’d wager on 10, and I’d testify at the pearly gates that it […]

Ag guru plants wisdom around the world

Dean Wheeler, a sort of agricultural guru to many farmers, has volunteered all over the globe — from Brazil to Tanzania, Rwanda, Moldova and many places in between. In June, the retired Davis resident advised farmers throughout rural Nicaraguan towns, such as Camoapa, Matagalpa and Jenotega, on post-harvest procedures including washing, bagging and shipping. With […]