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Holiday Appetizer: Potato Bruschetta

Holiday Appetizer: Potato Bruschetta

Need a last minute appetizer for your holiday feast? It’s a twist on the classic bruschetta—quick, easy and a definite crowd-pleaser. Your guests will be so pleasantly surprised by the delicious potato in place of traditional crostini.  Happy Holidays! 

For more potato recipes and tips please visit www.potatogoodness.com.

Potato Bruschetta
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

1 lb.

Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs over Olive-Potato Pancakes

Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs over Olive-Potato Pancakes

Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs over Olive Potato Pancakes are an appetizer that’s always dressed to impress.

Decadent and delicious, these little morsels showcase just how easily California Ripe Olives can be dressed up or dressed down, with a taste that’s casual enough for kids or elegant enough for entertaining.


Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs:

4 bone-in beef short ribs (about 2 pounds)

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons diced pancetta

3 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1/4 cup finely chopped fennel

1/4 cup finely chopped carrot

1 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon

3/4 cup beef stock

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 can (2.2-oz.) sliced California Ripe Olives, drained

3 tablespoons tomato paste

DIY Peppermint Mocha Creamer

DIY Peppermint Mocha Creamer


I’m so happy it’s peppermint season again. Peppermint and chocolate just GO together, don’t they? Like peanut butter and jelly. Or cookies and milk. I can’t get enough of the combo and I am dreaming up ways to enjoy it in some delicious baked goods that will be great for the holidays. 


Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal

Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal

Sacramento, CA -- Sewer blockages and backups increase by up to 50 percent during the holidays due in part to the types of leftover food put down kitchen sinks and garbage disposals. People can avoid potentially messy problems and holiday havoc by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG).

When poured down the sink, FOG accumulates in sewer pipes restricting flow and ultimately causing blockages and backups in homes and neighborhoods. The Sacramento Area Sewer District and the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities have teamed up to keep drains clog-free during the holiday season.

“Holidays are one of the worst times of year for improper disposal of fats, oils and grease. Although delicious, holiday meals create notoriously bad waste,” said Jan Holm, SASD FOG Program Manager. “Everyone can help prevent these potentially messy problems by talking to guests and kids about the best way to clean up dishes and leftover food after a holiday meal.”

9 Year Old Cook to Demo at the Mandarin Festival 11/16-18

9 Year Old Cook to Demo at the Mandarin Festival 11/16-18

Mason Partak (9) loves to cook, and not only that, he's good at it! Mason has been in the kitchen with his mom and dad since the ripe old age of two and after winning numerous recipe contests, he is doing live cooking demonstrations at local fairs and festivals. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the gorgeous fall season and for other kids to see that cooking is easy and it's fun! "I love to make up crazy recipes. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not so much, but I always figure out how to make it good." Mason said.

Mason is cooking at 1:45 PM on Saturday the 17th.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

When was the last time you looked through your spices? You know those barely used bottles that pile up in the back of the cabinet, long forgotten? Go look – I bet one of those is pumpkin pie spice. And it’s probably 2 years past its expiration date.

UPDATE: Wine Down with News10

UPDATE: Wine Down with News10

Join News10 My Neighborhood for midweek fun with Wine Down Wednesday on Sept. 12 at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will also be a celebration for the launch of News10 My Neighborhood Galt

Come celebrate and enjoy free wine tasting while meeting other people in the community and learning more about My Neighborhood and Lodi wines. Light appetizers will be provided by Wine & Roses.

Monica Woods will be broadcasting the weather live from the event, weather permitting. So come and meet some of News10's team and My Neighborhood contributors, have some fun and Wine Down!

Click here to learn more about the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center.