Take stock of Thanksgiving leftovers, and go to town

By Aimee Blume Two things about the day after Thanksgiving are relatively certain: you will have leftover turkey, and you won’t feel much like cooking. To make your post-holiday weekend as pleasant as possible, here’s a collection of creative, low-effort recipes to use turkey in ways that your crowd will be excited about. After dinner […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Unsung heroes of the Thanksgiving table

By Tucker Shaw You spend a lot of time thinking about your turkey, your pumpkin pie, your wine, your seating chart. But don’t forget the under-the-radar components of the Thanksgiving table. They have the power to transform your feast. Butter Butter shows up throughout the meal, from bisque to pie. Don’t just “use up” the […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

How to keep the Thanksgiving gobbling in check

By Irene Maher What are the must-haves at your Thanksgiving meal? You’re lucky if the answer is simply “family and friends.” But for so many of us, the list includes an excess of side dishes, sauces, breads and desserts. They overload the table and our stomachs. Then the leftovers fill our fridges until we toss […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Holiday-dinner survival advice

Ah, here they are again, those holiday months in which millions of people who never, ever cook suddenly find themselves roasting birds the size of Labradors and accompanying them with 27 side dishes. There is a good reason the Butterball people offer a toll-free lifeline for turkey emergencies this time of year. Once, while waiting […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Web conference offered for family caregivers

The holidays are a good time for family caregivers returning home to their loved ones to tune into the signs that an older family member or friend may need extra help to remain safe at home. To learn more about those signs, register for the free Home for the Holidays Web conference, moderated by a […]

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The Bike People: Turning old into new

Bicycles are not new to Davis, but The Bike People’s way of thinking about your old wheels just might be. A new shop specializing in repairs and recycled bikes, The Bike People, 425 L St., Suite E, is just the latest addition to the community’s goals to go greener. As co-owner Kim Starchild explains, “It’s […]

November 27, 2011 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Taste locally made honeys at gourmet food store’s open houses

Winter’s dour weather may have us buttoning our coats and fumbling with umbrellas, but local residents will find reason to rejoice at Z Specialty Food, purveyor of gourmet fruit, nut and vegetable spreads, pasta sauces, and countless varieties of independently sourced premium honey. The Woodland-based company will launch its second annual series of open house […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Getting the bugs out of Thanksgiving wine pairing

Sometime in the last century, on one of my “Europe-on-$5-a-Day” trips, I ate a bee. Covered in chocolate, it tasted like a Nestlé’s crunch bar. (I used to eat such before designer chocolate appeared on the scene — and before we discovered that Nestlé was pushing baby formula in the Third World and causing infant […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Gossett, Blandin complete Air Force training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Kimberly N. Gossett and Air Force Airman Stefan A. Blandin  have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Talking turkey: Diestel family knows its birds

The first thing you should know about the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch is that you can’t throw a locally grown organic sweet potato without hitting someone named Diestel. While some families might take the opportunity to relax that is offered to owners of a large and thriving business, the Diestels are the epitome of hard-working […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

DHS graduates sing in renowned college Christmas Festival

Sarah Melcher and Sterling Melcher of Davis, both Davis High School graduates, will participate this year in the 100th presentation of the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running and most iconic celebrations of Christmas. Both will appear in four performances Dec. 1–4. The students will perform in the Chapel Choir. More than 12,000 people […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Kids in the news: Gabriel Bick wins chess competition

Gabriel Bick, 12, competed in the Western States Chess Open Oct. 21-23 in Reno, and captured first place in the under 1800 rating section. Bick, an eighth-grader at the Davis Waldorf School, has been competing in chess tournaments for just over one year. This was his second consecutive tournament win. ———— Two Davis students have […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

Future subscriber: Oscar Ambrose Scavullo

Kelly Taggart Scavullo and Andrew Elden Scavullo of San Francisco are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Oscar Ambrose Scavullo. He was born at 11:02 a.m. Jan. 10, 2011, delivered by Dr. Carla Fracchia at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches long. His […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

What’s happening for youths

Wednesday The Stephens Davis Branch Library will host a presentation on cyberbullying from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 315 E. 14th St. Representatives from the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic will focus on the social and legal consequences of cyberbullying, sexting and sextortion. The program, which is free of charge, is geared towards […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,