For some, decorating a Christmas tree in their living room is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season. But for others, the actual process of figuring out the perfect placement of ornaments, lights and tinsel can be a real hassle.
The Christmas spirit is supposed to be that feeling of goodwill, generosity, and kindness to all around you. So, why does it seem that in some years the Christmas spirit feels more like a case of ill-humor, anxiety and annoyance? In all the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, it's easy to lose that sense of enjoyment and wonderment that seemed to surround the holidays as a kid. Last year my family sat down for a discussion on how to revive the Christmas spirit amongst ourselves and we ended up embarking on an experiment with the ...
For the third year, Foster Farms put the call out to local chefs seeking the most innovative recipes they could come up with using that ever-popular main dish - chicken. Nearly 1,200 home, amateur and professional chefs residing in California, Oregon and Washington submitted their prized, original, fresh chicken recipes for consideration.
September 17, 2012|
Area residents were offered an introduction to Mediterranean food and culture during the 5th annual Food Festival held at Saint Matthew Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church on Saturday and Sunday in Ceres.
September 11, 2012|
BY JEFF BENZIGER
Five - count 'em - five new talk shows are competing for viewer attention this season - the second wave of the "Who can ever replace Oprah?" quest for the grail that began last year. This week, Steve Harvey launched his new NBC show. Sept. 10 will bring the launches of Katie Couric's, Ricki Lake's and Jeff Probst's chat fests. And come Oct. 1, the Hallmark Channel will bring us Marie Osmond. Of last year's crop of newbies, Anderson Cooper is still standing tall - while the likes of "The Chew" are long gone. Who'll still be among the ...
September 04, 2012|
BY MARILYN BECK AND STACY JENEL SMITH
"Ruby Sparks" is a clever riff on the ancient Pygmalion story. Here, instead of a sculptor, the protagonist is a blocked writer, whose lonely existence is transformed when the central character in the book he's working on suddenly comes to life. The movie is a glowing fantasy that approaches perfection in its character detail and its unlabored comic style -- and in the way it subtly develops dark themes of creativity and control as the story evolves.
July 31, 2012|
BY KURT LODER
Who doesn't love a warm pie made from scratch and baked until perfection? It's ideal for family gatherings, holiday, or simply a midnight snack. Whether you like old-fashioned apple pie, cream or custard pie, it takes the right ingredients and the right person to bake the ideal pie.
It started off as a spark of an idea tying in the city's largest commodity - Hershey Chocolate – in an attempt to create a fun festival. Twenty years later the festival has blossomed into an event that last year lured 80 bajillion people to Oakdale with the promise of chocolate.
May 15, 2012|
BY KIM VAN METER
Turlock resident Mark Ranes is one of the thousands of people who brew their own beer as a hobby. The technology manager said what started out as an extension of his love of cooking has turned into a full-fledged passion.
More and more beer lovers are taking their passion to the next level and brewing their own craft beers. Homebrewing clubs and competitions have grown rapidly since the legalization of homebrewing in 1978. In 2011, there were an estimated one million homebrewers and over 1,000 homebrew clubs in the United States, according to the American Homebrewers Association.