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Make a Blackberry Lemonade Shandy

Make a Blackberry Lemonade Shandy

The Beer Wench

Summer is upon us and nothing quite beats the heat like a bright, refreshing and effervescent adult beverage.

Originally called a Shandygaff, the Shandy has been around in Europe for several centuries. Originating in England, the Shandy is also very popular in Germany and Austria, where it is known as a Radler.

The original Shandy recipe is a mixture of beer and lemonade, but the term now represents a category of drinks consisting of beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or cider.

Although a typical Shandy mixes lemonade and beer in a 50/50 proportion, I chose to prepare this particular Shandy more like a cocktail. The base of the recipe is a concentrated blend of lemon juice, agave nectar and muddled blackberries—one of my favorite berries, which are in season right now (yay!)... Read More

From Mild to Wild: 20 Yummy Salsa Recipes

From Mild to Wild: 20 Yummy Salsa Recipes

Alana Sugar

While living in Texas, I discovered the true meaning of heat — both outside and inside. Although I never thought of weather as “spicy,” there were plenty of times I thought of food as too “hot” in a chile-pepper kind of way. Good thing I learned to make salsa!  I could make it as hot as I wanted, and many restaurants had more than one variety, some milder than others.    

Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, of which there are many types and varieties in Latin countries. We tend to use “salsa” to refer to the tomato-based sauce that comes along with chips and Mexican cuisine. Fresh salsa can be made from, yes, tomatoes, but also from a variety of vegetables including onions, scallions, carrots, garlic, celery, and mild or spicy peppers. An excellent salsa can also be made from fruits, legumes (black beans are a favorite salsa addition) and herbs... Read More

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

It won't be long before West Sac families can head for the Yolo County Fair - the state’s oldest fair that has no admission charge.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fair's annual Opening Night Gala (6-8 p.m. Aug. 14, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate). The fundraiser helps support a fair that also boasts hundreds of  volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Located in the Fair's Agriculture Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, the gala will feature entertainment by area musicians, Clarksburg wines, locally produced honey, jams, olive oils, produce and crafts, all set against the Americana backdrop of the fair, said event spokeswoman Monique Garcia in a press release.

Mango martini

Mango martini

Longing for those warm summer days? Why not gear up and get ready for the season with a sweet mango martini. One sip and you will be taken away to the relaxation of a warm, sunny tropical island... Read More

10 Recipes for a Rocking Fourth of July

10 Recipes for a Rocking Fourth of July

Molly Siegler

Whether you stake your claim at the perfect fireworks-watching spot early or feast at home before heading to the show, you’ll need some quick-cooking, festive recipes to sustain you until sunset.

We love a classic cookout for the holiday with pasta salads, baked beans and burgers, but grilled marinated chicken is fun picnic fare (napkins necessary) and an iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing lends a traditional, but super simple, vibe.

Here are our picks for a fun-loving Fourth. Don’t forget the popsicles!


What are you planning for July 4th festivities? Share your traditions in the comments section below... Read More

Bogle Vineyards 'Friday Alfresco' to benefit Yolo Hospice

Bogle Vineyards 'Friday Alfresco' to benefit Yolo Hospice

.... Bogle Vineyards opens their grounds Friday evening for a benefit ..... Read More