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Joany Titherington farmers market

In the Market for Change

Can a farmers market help transform a neighborhood riddled with crime and lacking adequate access to fresh food? That was the question Joany Titherington and other community leaders posed 13 years ago as they contemplated how to improve life in...
Contact Tracer Dr. Olivia Kasirye

15 Minutes With Dr. Olivia Kasirye

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye discusses the role of contact tracers in fighting the spread of COVID-19.Can you explain to our readers what a contact tracer does? Contact investigation and tracing are strategies that we...

Mother Knows Best

When Naseer Roshan and his sisters contemplated the type of restaurant the family would someday open, one thing was certain: “We didn’t want to get into the kebab and rice business,” he says, reasoning that there is much more to the...
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A Way With Herbs

Roxanne O’Brien, a former professor in American River College’s culinary arts program and a frequent contributor to Herb Quarterly, America’s oldest magazine devoted to herbs, is heartened to see more people cooking and gardening...
loomis kitchen furniture

Bucolic Beauty

He wanted practical. She wanted pretty. That more or less sums up the direction homeowners Chris and Bethany Reeder gave their interior designers as they embarked on a top-to-bottom renovation of their home, which...

Freezer Frenzy

Who could have predicted that deep freezers would be all the rage during the pandemic? Not Christopher Zajic, president and store manager of Zajic Appliance, an independent retail and repair shop in south Sacramento. Anticipating that sales...

Burger Shift

Ever since the pandemic completely disrupted what it means to dine out, bars and restaurants have been scrambling to reinvent themselves in order to survive the tumult. For at least one local spot, adapting has meant turning...
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Nailing the ‘gram

Erin Alderson, the creative mind behind the vegetarian cooking website Naturally Ella, is also an accomplished photographer whose photography studio, Grove Haus, celebrates the unforced beauty of fresh ingredients. Her images, like her recipes,...
Shelley Blanton Stroud

15 Minutes With Shelley Blanton-Stroud

We recently chatted with Shelley Blanton-Stroud, a writing instructor at Sacramento State and co-director of Stories on Stage Sacramento, about releasing her debut novel, “Copy Boy,” amid the pandemic, how grit became a theme...
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Trust in Tacos

The Sacramento region is spoiled with scores of great taquerias, each putting their personal spin on what many consider to be the perfect food. Whether you prefer soft or crispy, al pastor or asada,...