Recipe of the Month: Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Glaze

This was a huge hit last holiday season, and a nice alternative to the usual cloyingly sweet marshmallow sweet potatoes. 1 ½ cups cubed sweet potatoes 1 ½ cups cubed butternut squash 1 ½ cups cubed parsnip or turnips 1 cup cubed beets 1 cup sliced carrots 4 tsp. olive oil ½ tsp. kosher salt […]

The Rule of Threes/Survival Preparation

Most people don’t prepare for an emergency because they don’t know what to get.  One standard mantra that gets repeated often in our household is the rule of threes.  The Survival Rule of Threes is a convenient way of memorizing the order of importance for each basic survival necessity. In extreme survival situations you cannot […]

Recipe of the Month: Balsamic Artichokes

“Artichokes … are just plain annoying … After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual ‘food’ out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking thirty or forty postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead.” — Miss Piggy I don’t agree with the quote above, in fact,  artichokes are […]

Best Buddies: Giving Back

Thank you to all of you who sponsored our Best Buddies team.  We made it a family event, and took our 3 sons and my parents with us.  My sister, her boyfriend and her son also signed up. We had originally signed up to ride the 100K bike ride again this year, but with the […]

James’ Secret Spot: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

…is the tough guy of the East Bay Regional Park District. There are no steam trains or petting zoos. Just steep, rugged trails, interesting geology, and fantastic views. The primary destination at Las Trampas is Rocky Ridge and its 2,024-foot summit. Though the surrounding landscape consists of rolling hills edged by canyons with small creeks, […]