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A quick-and-easy addition to pumpkin pie ingredients results in a pie that just may become your go-to recipe. A bit of molasses added to the filling brings a note of caramel and spice.

Molasses is derived from sugar cane juice. The first boiling makes a light syrup that’s perfect for pouring over pancakes and waffles (or with the addition of live yeast and a little age, for making rum). But it’s the second boiling that we love — a darker, thicker, slightly less sweet syrup with a signature flavor that’s ideal for baked goods, glazes...

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Haunted House, Oct. 31, at the HUB. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Now Through Nov. 8

“Camping With Henry and Tom:” Volcano Theatre Company, in its 41st season, presents its first fall offering, “Camping with Henry and Tom,” directed by Patti Fredericks, and starring Marty Brifman, Brad Barnard, Chris Witt and Joe Svec. The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 8, at the Cobblestone Theatre, located in the heart of Volcano. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $16, $14 for seniors 62 and over. For more information, visit volcanotheatre.org.

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The 3rd Annual Chowder Chomp will be at the Volcano Union Inn + Pub on Nov. 9. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Volcano Union Inn + Pub will be hosting their 3rd Annual Chowder Chomp on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Volcano Armory Hall. This tasty event benefits the Volcano Community Association and all their dedicated efforts. This chowder chomp will be our best one yet. If you want to join the fun and think you have what it takes, we are still accepting chowder entries, crafts vendors and attendees, of course. Tickets are $5 per person. Be sure to say hello to the new manager at the Volcano Union Inn + Pub, Ed Tracey, if... [Read more]
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The Crab & Chowder Gala will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on November 15.

Come celebrate the annual Crab & Chowder Gala, benefiting the El Dorado County Fair Association, and celebrating the first dungeness crab of the season.

On Saturday, November 15, doors will open at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar, live music and dancing. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. This all-you-can-eat dinner includes dungeness crab, clam chowder (made by Old Town Grill), salad, pasta and bread. Ticekts are $45 per person.

Join the fun by participating in the silent auction and raffle. Among the great prizes in the raffle are:...

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Children's Halloween Parade in Jackson on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Now Through Nov. 8

“Camping With Henry and Tom:” Volcano Theatre Company, in its 41st season, presents its first fall offering, “Camping with Henry and Tom,” directed by Patti Fredericks, and starring Marty Brifman, Brad Barnard, Chris Witt and Joe Svec. The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 8, with Sunday performances on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, at the Cobblestone Theatre, located in the heart of Volcano. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $16, $14 for seniors 62 and over. For more information,...

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1 week ago
"Papa" and grand-daughter, Amador County residents. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Senior Health 411

The Foothills Fitness program of the Amador Senior Center, along with United Home Care, will be hosting a free workshop at the Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will feature an evaluation of general health by a registered nurse, a balance assessment by a registered physical therapist and medications inventory evaluation by a registered pharmacist. In addition, there will be a class on home safety principles, with a demonstration of home modification and safety equipment. There...

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Diggins, in Amador City, offers many unique and delicious sausages and hot dogs. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

Drop by The Diggins, in Amador City, to get your epicurean sausage and hot dog fix. Choose the Jalapeno Cheddar Dog topped with a Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, the Mediterranean Dog with Pepper Relish and Kalamata Olives or a platter of gourmet sausages to sample. Satiate your taste buds by pairing your entree with an ice cold beer or a rich red from a winery within a five-mile radius.

The kitchen is run with precise care by locally-grown and recently-returned resident chefs, Ken and Hollie Limbocher, who are dedicated to cooking...

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2 weeks ago
Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Re-appearing on Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson, will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a ten-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The Swing Era” — using dance band instrumentation of six horns (saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and trombone) and four rhythm (banjo, piano, bass and drums).

The band will feature vocals from instrumentalists Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White and Eric Johnson. Newest tunes added to the repertoire are, “Give...

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Emily Metzger, left, and Monica Drazba lend their experience to the local Farm To School Effort. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement by keeping it local.

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally-grown service members — one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado.

Now in its fourth year, FoodCorps, a national service organization, recruits and trains a team...

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“Camping With Henry and Tom:” Volcano Theatre Company, in its 41st season, presents its first fall offering, “Camping with Henry and Tom,” directed by Patti Fredericks, and starring Marty Brifman, Brad Barnard, Chris Witt and Joe Svec (see review on page 1). The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 8, with Sunday performances on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, at the Cobblestone Theatre, located in the heart of Volcano. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $16, $14 for seniors 62 and over. For more information,... [Read more]
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Autumn has brought cooler temperatures, and even some welcome rains. This weekend might be the perfect time for a steaming bowl of White Bean and Vegetable Soup with Meatballs. This hearty autumn treat will warm your insides and fill your home with the savory smells this season is famous for.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

1 cup diced onion

3/4 cup diced celery

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14-ounce) can...

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Celebrating 15 groundbreaking years, the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Annual “Call for Entries” has begun.

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different...

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Pat Kaunert portrays Mark Twain at this year’s Gold Rush Day, in Angels Camp. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The third annual Gold Rush Day, in historic downtown Angels Camp, celebrates the region’s rich heritage, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 18, with three stages of live music and entertainment, street vendors, sidewalk sale, historic reenactments, a miner’s encampment, gold panning, children’s activities and a variety of food and beverage including wine and beer. Entry is free of charge and a free shuttle service is offered from Bret Harte High School and the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

This year, Gold Rush Day will...

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10/03/2014 10:24 AM
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Wine Country Cat Club presents, "The Big Crush” cat show featuring 125 cats of all breeds, including beautiful household pets and cats to adopt. The show will be the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26, at the Evelynn Bishop Hall, located in Howard Park, at 600 S. Church Street/Highway 124, in Ione.

Saturday show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, and $15 for families. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode....

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10/03/2014 9:37 AM
Executive Chef Darius Somary. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Swiss-born Executive Chef Darius Somary is creating a sumptuous Oktoberfest menu that will be added to the farm-fresh menu at The Sutter Restaurant located in the Hotel Sutter.

Chef Darius, known for his country-fine dining, has added his German specialties — some of them traditional, while some are more California-style — to the October menu. If you’re in the mood for traditional or exquisite German fare, don’t despair. The Sutter Restaurant will be showcasing this expanded menu all month long. Enjoy specials on German libations,...

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10/03/2014 9:25 AM
On Friday nights, Amador City starts hopping. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

See What Happens In California’s Smallest Incorporated Town After Dark

Things are getting lively in Amador City. Friday evenings are buzzing in the smallest incorporated town in California.

Buffalo Chips restaurant has been family-owned for more than 30 years, and on Friday nights, owner Ashley Putz serves up great hamburgers made from freshly-ground Swingles beef and a distinctive flair, with accompaniments such as blue cheese and bacon, balsamic red onions, or a Ruben with sauerkraut, pastrami and homemade thousand island. ...

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10/03/2014 10:20 AM
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Check out the Big Crush specials at local vineyards

Join the Amador Vintners at the Big Crush harvest festival this weekend and enjoy the sights, scenes and sounds that chronicle this season’s crush.

While wines are fermenting away, glasses will be raised to an outstanding Amador harvest and to all the hands and hearts that helped.

Tickets will be sold at the door of participating vineyards and tasting rooms on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend tickets are $45, or $35 for Sunday only. Designated Driver tickets are $15. All...

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10/03/2014 9:41 AM
The Arc Players will dazzle guests with their dinner show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras presents a fabulous fundraising party on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. Fiesta Viva el Arc, at St. Katharine Drexel’s Parish Center, in Jackson, featuring the sizzling sounds of Cantamos and The Arc Players.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support and services to adults with developmental disabilities in Amador and Calaveras counties since 1971. It is our mission to ensure long-term availability of services and to advocate for the development...

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09/29/2014 4:10 PM
The Trailerettes took a Coloma campout in 2012. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Vintage Trailers/Glamper Tours are coming Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Gold Country Campground Resort, located at 13026 Tabeaud Road, in Pine Grove. This is a fun and interesting event that doubles as a fundraiser for Operation Care, and is open to the public.

The Trailerettes Women’s Vintage Trailer Camping Group is a group of ladies who have been camping together since 2010, in the Northern California area. Their open house will spotlight a collection of more than 30 vintage travel trailers, shown by their owners....

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09/29/2014 9:03 AM
Each guest may select from a vast assortment of empty bowls to take home. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Got soup? We know where you can get five different varieties. Come to Empty Bowls, the seventh annual hot soup fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Bank, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Empty Bowls 2014 is designed to draw awareness to the fact that, at times, in many households, there is not enough food. Along with a bowl of soup, enjoy warm, freshly baked bread with butter, cookies for dessert, and your choice of coffee, tea or bottled water, served by kids from FFA and Junior Grange.

Each guest will also have the...

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