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Laura McIntosh recipe of the week: Blackened Tomato Salsa

Laura McIntosh recipe of the week: Blackened Tomato Salsa

This week, "Bringing It Home" TV show host Laura McIntosh shows us how to make Blackened Tomato Salsa.

Ingredients
4-6 Medium Tomatoes, cored and quarted

1 White Onion, diced (divided in half)

10-15 Dried Chili Peppers

1 Cup Cilantro, chopped (divided in half)

1 Tspn Dried Oregano

Juice of 1 Lime

Salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions
Heat dry skillet and add peppers. Toast but do not burn. Once toasted, add to blender and pulverize to powder. Reserve in blender. Add tomatoes to hot skillet and char skins being careful not to over cook. Add to chili powder in blender and puree. Add half the diced onion, half the cilantro, oregano and lime juice to blender and continue to blend until incorporated. Add salt to taste. Pour into serving bowl and mix in remaining onion and cilantro.

East Sac Woman Makes Finals for First Cover of Baby Lifestyles Magazine

East Sac Woman Makes Finals for First Cover of Baby Lifestyles Magazine

Kimberly Dubach of East Sacramento has been named a finalist for the cover of the first issue of Baby Lifestyles Magazine. The image was taken at her baby shower for her daughter Se'Bella earlier this year. 

Baby Lifestyles Magazine is a creative resource for future mothers throwing a baby shower, decorating a nursery, shopping for a baby and just excited about motherhood.

"Se'Bella's baby shower was a great day," said Dubach. "I was inspired by a lot of the information and articles on the Baby Lifetstyles website, so it would be an honor to be featured on the cover of the magazine's first issue."

Dubach faces some stiff competition if she is to win though, the other three finalists each feature distinctive images of baby showers that are just as striking as Dubach's.

Carmichael Breast Cancer Advocate Honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Carmichael Breast Cancer Advocate Honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Donna Sanderson of Carmichael, California has been recognized by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, for her uncompromising dedication to working with Komen for the Cure to end breast cancer. Sanderson received the special Suzy’s Angel award at the organization’s annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, March 24-26.

Only occasionally, Komen chooses to give the Suzy’s Angel award in special recognition of someone who exemplifies the organization’s promise to end breast cancer through extraordinary service and dedication to the cause. Suzy’s Angel honors the recipient for committing time, talents and energy to help save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Sanderson has been committed to furthering Komen’s promise to end breast cancer for 18 years.

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Pear Sylvetta salad

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Pear Sylvetta salad

This week, "Bringing It Home" TV show host Laura McIntosh shows us how to make Chef Sean O'Toole's Sylvetta Salad:

Ingredients
1/4 Sylvetta (Wild Arugula)
3 Bartlett Pears
1/4 Pint Reyes Blue Cheese
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Tbs Black Peppercorns
1 Lemon
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
4 Slices of Rustic Bread

Cooking Instructions
Cut the lemon in half; squeeze half in 1 quart of water. Peel the pears, slice ½ thick, and cut half of those into ½ inch batons and reserve in the lemon water. In a small sauce pot combine sherry vinegar and maple syrup and reduce until glaze like consistency, crack the black peppercorns and add. In a sauté pan, caramelize the pear slices.

Place caramelized pears on a plate, dress the sylvetta and pear batons with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; arrange on the plate.

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

SACRAMENTO - Kerrie Kelly, a popular Sacramento interior designer, author and educator has been selected the winner of the exterior color palette in the California Paints 2011 Designer Color Challenge.

Free real estate mobile app launched

Cheri Elliott, one of America’s most legendary cyclist and locally well known as “The Broker on a Bike,” announced the launch of her free real estate mobile app.

The app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and instantly display real estate listings in the immediate area. No more having to pull flyers.  You can see and save all the listings details and photos on the spot. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for. 

It works on standard cell phones, smartphones, and iPhones/iPads across all mobile carriers.   Cheri explains, “This tool is extremely powerful.

Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides on New Year's Eve

SACRAMENTO - Berg Injury Lawyers will offer its Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program to residents in Sacramento this New Year's Eve. The free cab rides will be offered from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Due to the program's overwhelming popularity in past years, a cap of $35 will be placed on each ride home. Patrons must may any cab fare above that amount.

For a ride home, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel or bar in the downtown Sacramento area to qualify for a free ride. Rides home must be within the city of Sacramento.