Do You Smell Smoke?

The Tahoe National Forest comprises over 1300 square miles.  The area near Truckee is managed by the Truckee Ranger District.  According to Linda Ferguson, (District Fuels Management Officer) at the Ranger Station, there will be several Spring Prescribed Burns in the Tahoe area.  The goal of the “Prescribed Burns” is to clear the build up of hazardous fuels and increase ecological vegetation on the forest floor.  This procedure lessens the chance of some of the devastating wildfires we have seen in the past.

The current cooler temperatures and ground fuels beginning to dry make it possible to carry a low-intensity fire for prescribed burning. All prescribed fire projects are conducted with an approved prescribed fire burn plan.  Burn plans describe the specific conditions that will be conducted according to weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.  Smoke from these burns may linger in the area for several days.

The Forest Tahoe National ForestService works with the California Air Resources to minimize the impact during these burns.

The burns will take place at Stampede Reservoir – about 150 acres, Highway 89 North near Klondike Flats – about 500 acres and Russel Valley – about 500 acres.

Sometimes we have to live with a little smoke to have a healthier forest to enjoy later.

If you would like to learn more about prescribed fire vs. wildfire, please visit:

www.smokeybear.com/prescribed-fires.asp

 

Ohhhh, you said Cake, not Cheesecake..

This coming Tuesday (June 5th) is Book Club in Truckee.  This month I am the hostess.  I’ve purchased some interesting books to share:

Salt (the history of Salt – with recipes): Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.


Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.mpires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Kurlansky’s kaleidoscopic history is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

Unbroken:  On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

To go with the new books (we carry about 30 books within our group to choose from)  I am called up to provide appetizers and dessert..

Thereby…..

So, you would like an elegant summer cake?

Blackberry Buttermilk Cake
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan and parchment.
2  1/3 cups cake flour (sifted, then measured) plus more for pan
2  1/2 cups (10 ounces) fresh blackberries
1/4 cup plus 1  1/3 cups sugar (used at different times)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs (room temperature)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 cup well shaken buttermilk (not low fat)
Powdered sugar (for dusting)
 
Don’t forget the parchment paper…
 
Preparation
Position a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter pan; line bottom with a round of parchment paper. Butter parchment. Dust with flour, tap out excess. Arrange berries in a single layer in bottom of pan; spring evenly with 1/4 cup of sugar.
Sift 2 1/3 cups flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a medium bowl; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter and remaining 1 1/3 cups sugar in a large bowl at med-high speed, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until pale and fluffy, about 2 min.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla & zest. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with bettermile in 2 additions, beginning & ending with flour mixture & beating just until incorporated.  Pour batter over berries in pan; smooth top.
Bake until cake is golden brown and  cake bounces back when pressed gently with fingertip, about 1 hour 25 minutes for a 9″ pan/1 hour for a 10″ pan.  Let cool in pan set on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then run a thin, sharp knife (I use a metal spatula) around the edge of the pan to loosen. Remove pan sides. Invert cake onto rack and remove pan bottom; peel off parchment. Dust top generously with powdered sugar and cool completely.  (The let cool part never seems to happen in my house).
 
 

Weekly Community Calendar

There is always something happening in Lake Tahoe/Truckee!

MAY 31 Thursday

Farmers’ Market Tahoe City From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commons Beach every Thursday through June 21. Visit foothillfarmersmarket.com.

JUNE 1 Friday

Meet the Winemaker Truckee Uncorked Truckee hosts a winemaker’s event from 4 to 7 p.m. $10. (530) 550-9800.

Meet the Winemaker Olympic Valley Uncorked Squaw Valley hosts a winemaker’s event from 4 to 7 p.m. $10. (530) 584-6090.

First Fridays Truckee Truckee Downtown Merchants Association hosts First Friday every month from 5 to 8 p.m. With music, complimentary activities, food and drinks at participating shops and restaurants. Look for First Friday Flags for activities. Visit historictruckee.com.

Lobster Night Truckee Dragonfly hosts Lobster Night with a three-course meal featuring New England Clam Chowder, 11⁄2-lb. Maine Lobster and dessert on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations (530) 587-0557.

JUNE 2 Saturday

Community Clean Up Day North Tahoe The Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay communities will take to the streets to pick up trash. Register at 9 a.m. in each community. Volunteers are rewarded with a lunch party at North Tahoe Beach Picnic Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. Visit northtahoebusiness.org.

Truckee Day Truckee Participate in a neighborhood clean up day with an 8 a.m. check-in, party follows at noon at Truckee Regional Park. Visit truckeeday.org.

Maritime Annex Open House Truckee The Tahoe Maritime Museum Truckee Annex is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (530) 525-9253.

Woody 101 Homewood “Start your engines” is the topic of this Tahoe Maritime Museum lecture at 10 a.m. Engine expert John Allen and Christine Shook will talk about what it takes to get your boat ready for the summer season. Visit tahoemaritime.org.

Field Station Open House Tahoe City Tour the historic fish hatchery, talk to scientists about their work and learn something new about Lake Tahoe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit terc.ucdavis.edu.

Beer making workshop Kings Beach Slow Food Lake Tahoe and the North Tahoe Brew Crew present the fundamentals of making great beer through a hands-on demonstration and sampling of home-brewed creations from noon to 2 p.m. Intermediate brewing techniques will be covered, if there is interest. $10, $5 Slow Food members. Visit slowfoodlaketahoe.org.

Pig Roast Carnelian Bay CB’s Pizza & Grill hosts the annual Pig roast, which includes delicious food, beverages and live music from 3 to 7 p.m. Benefits the Boys & Girls Club. (530) 546-4738 or cbspizza.com.

Landscaping for Fire Safety Incline Village Learn about reducing potential fire hazards while maintaining wildlife habitat, how to identify and prune high fire risk shrubs and good plant choices at the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden on the Sierra Nevada College from 4 to 5 p.m. Visit demogarden.org.

Wine and Restaurant Faire Truckee The annual Sorpotimist Wine and Restaurant Faire is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Coyote Moon Golf Course. The event features live and silent auctions, wine and beer tasting, live music and culinary delights from restaurants and caterers. $40 advance, $45 at the door. Tickets Dickson Realty, Truckee Chamber or Truckee Physical Therapy. (530) 412-0449.

Fur Ball Incline Village Pet Network Humane Society’s 14th Annual Fur Ball at Hyatt Regency includes dinner, dancing, auction and entertainment from 5 to 11 p.m. $250. Tickets (775) 832-4404 or petnetwork.org.

JUNE 3 Sunday

Fishing Derby Tahoe City
One hour before sunrise to high noon, take part in Jake’s On The Lake’s 19th annual charity fishing derby, brunch and raffle. Prize money is awarded to anglers who reel in the largest Mackinaw $1,000, Brown Trout $500 and Rainbow Trout $250. $50 donation includes entry, T-shirt, brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and raffle. Proceeds benefit charities through the Tahoe City Rotary Club Foundation. Pre-register at Jake’s or Pete ‘N’ Peters by 5 p.m. June 2. Or, just come and enjoy the buffet. (530) 583-0188.

Pancake Breakfast Truckee Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Senior Meals on Wheels from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. $7 adults, $3 children. (530) 550-7600.

Rock climbing class Truckee The Next Step climbing course with Alpine Skills International covers 5.5 to 5.9 or 5.10a. Skills include steeper face climbing techniques, crack climbing of various widths, resting and moving more efficiently on steeper climbs and complex top rope anchoring setups. $155. Visit alpineskills.com.

JUNE 4 Monday

Full Moon Paddle Truckee Kayak on Donner Lake from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at West End Beach. $20, $10 without kayak. (530) 582-7720 or registration.tdrpd.com.

JUNE 5 Tuesday

Senior Moonlight Hike & Social Incline Village Moderate 1- mile hike to the Crystal Bay lookout offered by Incline Village Parks and Rec. Transportation, flashlights, wine and cheese are provided. Departs at 8 p.m. $16, $11 with IVGID pass. Visit inclineseniors.com.

Documentary showing Truckee See the premier of “First 70,” a documentary short that showcases California’s 70 majestic state parks, at 8:30 p.m. at Moody’s. Three young filmmakers set out on a 3,000-mile trip last May after the state announced plans to close one-quarter of the 279 state parks. Visit moodysbistro.com.  Don’t miss this one!!

JUNE 6 Wednesday

Bocce Ball Sunset Social Incline Village Enjoy wine, light appetizers and Bocce at Ski Beach from 4 to 5:30 p.m. $15, $12 with IVGID pass.

JUNE 7 Thursday

Farmers’ Market Tahoe City From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commons Beach every Thursday through June 21. Visit foothillfarmersmarket.com.

Art & Architecture tour Northstar Learn about the architectural and design elements of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe during this complimentary tour at 2 p.m. (530) 562-3000.

Benefit dinner Alpine Meadows Enjoy dinner at River Ranch and help the Truckee Donner Land Trust protect lands. Thirty percent of the total food bill will be donated to the Land Trust through River Ranch’s Dining for the Community program.

Check back next week for more community activities.  And don’t miss First Fridays in Truckee!  I’ll be there to meet you!

 

 

Cadillac Ball

Truckee Rotary’s Annual Cadillac Ball

House of Blues

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Click on the link for more information about the Cadillac Ball.