Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 16-18

MANDARINS HAVE BEEN GROWN IN THE FOOTHILLS surrounding Newcastle since the late 1800s. The first commercial Mandarin endeavors were started in the 1950s by Frank Aguilar, Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, and there are now over 80 growers in Placer County. When organizers in the bucolic foothills town of Newcastle held their first Mountain Mandarin […]

Japan in the Sierra Foothills

THOUGH OUR REGION IS ABOUT 5,200 miles from Japan, we have some common ties. Examples include sushi, sake, Japanese artwork, Taiko drumming and theater. JAPANESE CUISINE Our region has some authentic Japanese restaurants including Kaido in Grass Valley, Sushi In The Raw and Sushi Q in Nevada City, and Hanami Sushi in Auburn. Kaido offers […]

New poster for the 2014 Mountain Mandarin Festival

The new gold in Placer County is growing on trees as the County has become known for their intensely flavored, sweet, Mandarins. The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, November 21-23, 2014, will celebrate the new crop. Placer County growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarins and gift baskets, accompanied by all the free samples […]

Mandarin Cranberry cookies

Editor’s note: Now that the Mandarin season is underway, here’s a recipe for Mandarin-Cranberry cookies. It is from the website PoorGirlEatsWell.com. Mandarin-Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies (makes 45 cookies; total cost of recipe — $5) 1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter (at room temperature) 2 ¼ c all purpose flour 1 c granulated sugar ½ t baking […]