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Get Keen on Kidney Beans

Get Keen on Kidney Beans

I’ve written previously about the basics of good nutrition and the importance of incorporating healthy plant foods into your menu plan. Adding beans (or legumes as they are often called) is a super way to do just that! They are an important source of plant proteins and one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops, going back as far as 7,000 years in some parts of the world. Lentils, peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, garbanzos and navy beans are some you may be familiar with. And the one that’s always stood out for me as having an odd name is the KIDNEY bean!

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Oakdale to host annual Testicle Festival March 28

Oakdale to host annual Testicle Festival March 28

OAKDALE - Yes, you heard it right! The city's annual Testicle Festival will be held March 28 at FES Hall located at 190 North Lee Avenue. Open bar begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The "cowboy capitol" is famous for its very unusual festival serving up a unique "cowboy cuisine."

Tickets cost $50 pre-sale and $65 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale Feed & Seed, The House of Beef, The H-B and Lana's Spur of the Moment.

CSU Stanislaus presents 'Vines' event March 3

CSU Stanislaus presents 'Vines' event March 3

TURLOCK - Outstanding wines, beer, cheese, appetizers, and desserts prepared by top regional restaurants and wineries will highlight the March 3 "Vines" event at CSU Stanislaus. Vines is the Office of Alumni Affairs’ signature fundraising event, presented this year by E.&J Gallo Winery and Sharon Naraghi Farms. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the CSU Stanislaus Main Dining Hall, and feature a live jazz quartet and silent auction sponsored by Liberty Property Management and Paul Gregory and Ramsin Ganji of Merrill Lynch. All proceeds of the silent auction benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Vines is open to the public, 21 years and older. Tickets are limited and may be purchased by calling (209) 667-3131. Tickets cost $50 and include a keepsake tasting glass and tasting journal.

Valentine's Day 5-course dinner for 2 in Oakdale

Valentine's Day 5-course dinner for 2 in Oakdale

OAKDALE - Treat your special someone to a romantic dinner for two at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Monday, Feb. 14. Reservations are from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the restaurant located at 243 North Stearns Road.

Chef Dan will prepare delicious five-course entrees for two, including a sampler platter for two, salad, entree, intermezzo and dessert. Dinners will feature:

- Chateaubriand -- Flame broiled and roasted filet mignon, sliced and servied with bearnaise and bordelaise sauces, surrounded with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Cost is $85 per couple.

- Canadian Lobster -- Twin lobster tails butter roated and served with drawn butter, risotto and an array of fresh seasonal vegetables. Cost is $120 per couple.

The menu will also include single item entrees including:
- Alaskan spot prawns stuffed with lobster and Dungeness Crab $28
- Live main lobsters (limited quantity) 1 3/4 lb.

Toast Valentine's Day with the family at Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Toast Valentine's Day with the family at Oakdale Golf & Country Club

OAKDALE - Valentine's Day isn't just about couples! Bring the family to Oakdale Golf & Country Club, located at 243 North Stearns Road, on Sunday, Feb. 13 to celebrate the holiday of love. Reservations are available from 5 - 9 p.m.

The club's restaurant wioll host a "Parents Getaway Night" every Sunday in February starting the night before Valentine's Day. Take the opportunity to have a peaceful dinner for two or a family night out. For those who would like to dine without the kids, Child Care Services will be available in the Members Lounge, for no extra charge, but tips are greatly appreciated! The kids will be entertained with plenty of games and activities.

Dinner from the regular menu will be served as well as some great features from Chef Dan.

Call ahead to make reservations or to secure child care arrangement. Contact Christina at (209) 847-2984 ext.