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Ribs, chili rule downtown Vacaville on Saturday

By Reporter Staff/ The thrill of the grill will be in the air Saturday in downtown Vacaville, where the annual Chili Challenge, with ribs thrown in, too, will be held. Contestants will begin preparing their recipes early that morning and judging will ...

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce

Have you entered to win a home canning kit yet? Hurry, the contest ends tomorrow night!

Have you ever had that magical chocolate sauce that hardens when it hits your ice cream? I remember trying it as a kid – getting it was such a treat. It cracks as you dig your spoon into the bowl, giving you a nice chunk of chocolate along with a bite of rich ice cream. Yum!

Turns out, it’s super easy to make. Melt chocolate with coconut oil and you’re done! Pour it on some ice cream and like magic, it turns cold and forms a hard shell of chocolatey goodness. Just like store-bought, without lots of hard-to-pronounce preservatives and other ingredients.

Follow the next 3 steps to reach happiness:

1. Fill a bowl with your favorite ice cream.

How to can apricot jam (plus a canning kit giveaway!)

How to can apricot jam (plus a canning kit giveaway!)

Special thanks to Cindy and Julia, 2 awesome women with lots of canning experience. They walked me through the process, giving me lots of tips to pass along to you, plus some delicious jam and zucchini bread to take home.

This post is dedicated to all of you out there who are intimated by canning. Every time I’ve posted a recipe for something that can be canned, I get comments from readers who are scared to try it. Today we’re going to work our way through your fears in a step by step photo tutorial. At the end of this, you’ll be able to can jam like a pro!

Vacaville's Nut Tree cookbook back in print at museum

Vacaville's Nut Tree cookbook back in print at museum

Vacaville's Nut Tree cookbook back in print at museum
TheReporter.com
Out of print for more than a year, "Nut Tree Remembered: The Cookbook" has returned to the shelves at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave. First published in 1997, in conjunction to the exhibition "Nut Tree Remembered," the book provides a "sensory ...

Wordless Wednesday: Cherries

Wordless Wednesday: Cherries

 

 

Garden Goddesses coming to Winters library Aug. 17

Garden Goddesses coming to Winters library Aug. 17

Garden Goddesses coming to Winters library Aug. 17
Woodland Record
Spring Warren, author of The Quarter Acre Farm, will talk about her experience in growing 75% of her food on her own quarter-acre residential lot in Davis. Not one inch of her front or back yard is wasted, all filled with a bounty from fresh greens to ...

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting

3 kinds of cupcakes in less than 2 weeks?! Good thing I made them all for other people, otherwise I’d be 10 pounds heavier by now. I feel like I should just start taking orders – anyone want some cupcakes?

These were made along with the “Better than Sex” Chocolate Cupcakes for my friend Jen’s birthday party. One of her favorite cake flavors is carrot cake, so I wanted to make sure I did them right for her. I headed over to one of my favorite blogs, Cupcake Project, which always has fantastic cupcake recipes. This one was labeled “unforgettably moist” so I knew I was on the right track. Plus, cardamom cream cheese frosting sounded like a great twist on classic flavors.