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Name Droppers: Sutter scholars honored

Natalie and Claire Farver and Zack Hester, all of Davis, were this year’s scholarship recipients of the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program at Sutter Davis Hospital. The scholarships are a portion of the 155 awards given to students of employees who work at Sutter Health affiliates and who are heading into the 2012-13 academic year. Twenty-two-year-old Claire is in […]

Holiday troubleshooting recipes

Basic Brine for Turkey The ingredients: 1 cup kosher salt ½ cup brown sugar about 40 sage leaves 4 quarts water Putting it together: Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to a boil and stir until everything is dissolved. Cool. Add 16 cups of cold water. Submerge turkey in brine in a […]

Thanksgiving troubleshooting: Here’s what to do if things go wrong

Thanksgiving is the most difficult holiday for cooks. There’s nothing to distract everyone from the food (unless you’re from a big football family) and the outcome of the whole holiday experience rests on your abilities. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving or your 31st: the pressure is on to make everyone’s […]

Let the Thanksgiving leftovers begin

By Daniel Neman “Carcass” is such an ugly word. When you are cooking — or eating — surely it is happier to think in terms of “bones.” So there you are, or there you will be, after the big meal. You have feasted and feted and eaten your fill. And yet, plenty of food remains: […]

Busier airports, full planes seen on Thanksgiving

By Samantha Bomkamp The recipe for Thanksgiving travel is likely to make travelers a little bitter this year. Americans can expect airports to be busier and planes to be fuller than ever, according to a forecast by the main trade association for U.S. airlines two weeks ahead of the holiday. And fares are already more […]

Buttoned Up: Simplifying the holiday season

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore getbuttonedup.com Well, it’s official: The holiday season is here. So stop stressing already! You think we didn’t see that little crinkle in your brow when you read that? It’s amazing how those long lists of things you “need” to do can suck the holiday cheer right out of you, […]

Eat smart: A look at calories in Thanksgiving dishes

By Dana Angelo White Food Network Kitchens Q: Just how many calories are there in an average Thanksgiving meal? A: It probably comes as no surprise that a Thanksgiving meal can pack in tons of extra calories. What’s really eye-opening is how much exercise you need to burn those calories. Don’t get us wrong. Thanksgiving […]

Get ready for the holidays with these easy ideas

Home & Garden Television George Washington wasn’t just the first president elected; he also started Thanksgiving by calling for a “national day of thanksgiving” in 1789. And it was President Abraham Lincoln who officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Thanksgiving-specific tips: * Instead of one large centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, which has to be […]

From field to fork: Persimmon two ways for Thanksgiving

With the spate of warm weather ending, the fall roster of fruit and vegetables is gaining appeal. Black kale, brussels sprouts, an autumn mix of radicchio and arugula for salad — these ended up in our kitchen last weekend. We already had a bag of crisp, sweet, Fuji apples from Ikeda’s, which has its own […]

What’s happening for youths

Nov. 19-21 * Come “tumble with turkeys” at a special city of Davis mini-camp. Children ages 5 to 12 will learn gymnastics skills and enjoy games and crafts. The camp, which takes place at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd., runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and participants should bring a bag lunch. The […]

Foundation seeks socially conscious Jewish teens

Do you know a socially conscious teen who is helping repair the world? Ten such teens could be awarded $36,000 each this year by Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller. The Helen Diller Family Foundation has expanded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, issuing a national call for nominations to identify Jewish teens whose volunteer service […]

Fun, food and fleece: Adding community service to a community feast

Da Vinci Charter Academy has long had a tradition of a “Community Feast,” where students gathered for fun, food and community-building. Their counterparts at Da Vinci Junior High are continuing the tradition, but adding a new component as well: community service. Last week, 260 Da Vinci Junior High students biked or were bused over to […]

Wednesday is deadline for Street Smarts poster contest

Children in grades K-6 are invited to submit artwork for the 2012 Davis Street Smarts Traffic Safety Poster Contest. All submitted artwork will be displayed Dec. 7-15 at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., and prizes will be awarded for the best art. Artwork must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday to […]

Garden Doctor: Japanese maples are worth the extra work

Question: I see Japanese maples growing around town. Some seem fine and others seem to be suffering. What’s the secret? Is the Davis water’s boron at fault again? Answer: The Garden Doctor has a keen fondness for Japanese maples. These small shrubs or trees rarely get taller than 25 to 30 feet; many are much smaller, […]

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