Author Archives: Robin Nichols

Don’t fret over messed-up cupcakes

In LENS today, we have a story about making the best out of a bad (baking) day. So check out the story, and the next time you find yourself with less-than-ideal cupcakes, try out this recipe.   Chocolate Cupcake Parfaits Note: We found the parfaits taste better if assembled one day ahead. Prep: Whip 1 […]

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Easy greenies

One of the healthiest spring veggies to incorporate into your diet is greens. They’re fresh and lush this time of year, so check out our story in today’s LENS, then try these recipes.   Sesame Roasted Broccoli Ingredients • 1 pound broccoli florets (or broccolini) • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 3/4 tablespoon sesame oil […]

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Memoir by Stockton author now available

A memoir written by Josephine Ruelas of Stockton was released posthumously and is now available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and through Author House Publications. “En Mi Viejo San Juan” covers Ruelas’ youth in the Roaring Twenties, and her coming of age against various California backdrops. Ruelas wanted to share with readers the history […]

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Ready for seder

Passover is coming up Monday, and there can be a lot of preparation going into the seder dinner. In LENS today we have a story offering a timeline, as well as some other tips. Check it out, then get ready with these recipes.   Pomegranate-Roasted Root Vegetables This recipe was developed by Newsday columnist Marge […]

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Free Comic Book Day on May 4

Comic book fans, mark your calendars for May4 — Free Comic Book Day! Each year, participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their stores.  The goal of Free Comic Book Day is to promote the comic book medium to new customers […]

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It’s more than decoration

You can read in LENS today about the growing popularity and health benefits of chia seeds. If you’re intrigued, try these recipes. Chia Rice Salad Cook’s note: To make chia gel, pour 1 cup cool water into a sealable plastic or glass container. Slowly pour 1 3/4 tablespoons chia seeds into water while briskly mixing […]

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Mountain House author to hold book signing

Author Karen Bane of Mountain House will sign copies of her book, “Raising Tippy,” from 1 to 3 p.m. March 16 at Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park St., Alameda. From “Raising Tippy”: When Uncle Paul gives Karen and her sister Kathleen a pet lamb, they have no idea what is in store for them. Playing […]

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Sweets for the sweet

Perhaps one of the best gifts you can give your amour on Valentine’s Day is a well-thought-out culinary presentation. One that ends on a sweet note. Read our story in today’s LENS about incorporating liqueurs into recipes, then try out these below.   Chocolate Chambord Souffle INGREDIENTS • 3 large egg yolks • 1/2 cup […]

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Bake with some beans

Winter is a great time to try out some hearty new recipes, such as the ones below. Read our story on dried beans in today’s LENS first to get some tips. Tuscan Beans with Olive Oil This dish could be a main dish with bread and a salad or a side dish to grilled chicken […]

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Pine Grove resident publishes new mystery novel

Author  Jayna Pirolozzi had released  her new mystery novel, “The Resolution of Red Tears.” “The Resolution of Red Tears” follows the story of Daniel Patterson. As a law enforcement officer, he is no stranger to the unthinkable acts that racism can inspire in men’s hearts. His wife was murdered, his daughter’s safety is threatened, and […]

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