Noni Doni’s 12 Bakes of Christmas – Appetizers (7, 8, 9 & 10): Cheeseball, Polenta, Brie in Pastry, Smoked Salmon Spread

If you’re in need of appetizers in a hurry, today I present four fast, easy and delicious recipes. Let’s go! First, let’s begin with the Party Cheeseball, perhaps one of the easiest appetizers of all, aside from a cheese platter… Continue Reading


Noni Doni’s 12 Bakes of Christmas (4, 5 & 6): Yeast Breads: Fennel Sticks, Challah & Rustic Rosemary Bread

I am a person of my word, and by golly, if I promised 12 Bakes of Christmas (before Christmas) then I will come through with those recipes, even if there are (gulp) 9 recipes left to publish. It just means… Continue Reading


Noni Doni’s 12 Bakes of Christmas – Day 3: Best Mexican Wedding Cookies

Some people call these cookies Mexican Wedding Cakes. Others refer to them as Russian Tea Cakes. For yet others, they’re known as Snowball Cookies, which is especially appropriate for the holidays. By any name, they’re delicious and easy to make.… Continue Reading


Suspend Politics, Prepare Best Thanksgiving Recipes, Break the Wishbone, Hope for the Best

It was a beautiful fall Sunday when I returned some items to The Home Depot. I was almost to my car when a woman I’d seen earlier inside the store with a dog on a leash ran after me and… Continue Reading


NOV. 11 ELECTION UPDATE: 21,000+ Still-uncounted Ballots; County Clerk Speaks Frankly About Election

Journalist R.V. Scheide and I spoke with Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County’s Registar of Voters, late this afternoon, as the North State awaited the updated election counts. Darling Allen said she and her staff continue to count the remaining tens… Continue Reading


Preliminary Shasta County Election Results: Nail-biters, Shockers; Tight Races May Take Weeks to Call

After more than two years of extreme political division and rancor, Shasta County’s election-night results were a wild roller-coaster ride packed with preliminary findings that ranged from presumptive winners to nail-biter races that may not reveal obvious winners for weeks… Continue Reading


Damning Videos Show Councilman Dacquisto Mock Homeless Shelter; Oppose Homeless Solutions

If you cannot appreciate the hilarity of poverty; if you cannot find humor in the sport of ridiculing the filthy, squalid living conditions endured by Redding’s unhoused population, then you haven’t toured a homeless encampment with Redding City Councilman Michael… Continue Reading