Clove Studded Ham with Orange Glaze
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Baked ham is well-known as a traditional main course for the holidays. This year we invite you to dress it up with cloves and an orange glaze. The cloves add an extra special flavor to a familiar dish. With the sweet marmalade glaze, this ham is guaranteed to fire all your taste buds for unforgettable flavor. If you desire a celebratory flare, pair it with a rose cuvee in champagne glasses.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Arrange oven racks to hold roasting pan with ham, leaving at least 1″ clearance.
- Assemble roasting pan with the rack.
- Using a paring knife, make a cut to the plastic wrapping on the ham and drain and…continue reading.
Historic Shadelands Ranch
by Emerian Rich
Shadelands Ranch House is one of those places you might pass by in Walnut Creek and not even know it’s there, yet this historic house is a building block for all that Walnut Creek has come to be. The farm was established in 1856 by Hiram Penniman and became one of the first and largest farms in Ygnacio Valley. While much of the farm land has now been dedicated to the Shadelands Business Park, the main house remains as a testament to the Penniman’s impact on the area. Completed in 1903, the Colonial Revival house and museum is now the home of the Walnut Creek Historical…continue reading.
Retro Cool: Vinyl Shopping and Gift Giving
by Kristin Battestella
Get ready to go knee deep in vinyl—and I’m not talking about cheap boots. Long play records are popular once again. Whether it be the quest for a special volume, unique gift giving, or a beloved holiday record, this snap, crackle, and pop of old adds extra warmth to the chilly seasons. Getting dirty in thrift shops for vinyl is a niche hobby. However, the pursuit of music from yesteryear can be an affordable and fun quest—if you know what sellers, pricing, shopping, and equipment work best for completing your collection or finding that perfect, sentimental holiday gift. Why not drag all the family members along to sift through the often unorganized, messy, perilous piles for more fun?
If you’re looking to add to an existing vinyl collection or are a newer enthusiast, here are a few tips when going hunting.
In thrift stores, records often sell for around $3 or less, significantly cheaper than Ebay bids, shipping fees, and potential in transit damages ruining a rare vinyl gift. At any second hand or thrift store you can examine a record for imperfections, smell it, even ask to test it—if there is also a working record player. Always check that the right record is in the right sleeve or a sleeve isn’t empty. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dusty and keep wipes handy. Searching through piles and piles of vinyl can be a little dirty. Most corner thrift shops think of vinyl as an afterthought and generally don’t sort inventory, increasing one’s chances for finding a gem. If a run of the mill junk shop is charging higher prices for records, then they should not be moldy, coverless, and disorganized. Some sly places will mark up old records or all material by a particular artist just because…continue reading.
In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine, we had a word find puzzle for all ages to complete in hopes of winning a $25 VISA gift certificate! Although we received piles of entries, we are happy to announce that the drawing winner is…
Congratulations Madison! Thank you for participating and to all of those who didn’t win, keep a lookout for upcoming contests.
In the Winter Issue of SEARCH Magazine, we had a word find puzzle for all ages to complete in hopes of winning a $25 VISA gift certificate! Although we received piles of entries, we are happy to announce that the drawing winner is…
Congratulations Marita! Thank you for participating and to all of those who didn’t win, keep a lookout for our Spring Issue contest, coming this Spring.