Our Thanksgiving bird

The lovely Karry decided to try cooking a turkey that had its main bones removed first. We ordered this partially de-boned 22 lb bird from R&R Quality Meats of Redding. Laid out flat over fruit, fresh herbs, and garlic. Cooking it this way an experiment.
But hey, we found the recipe on the internet. What could possibly go wrong?
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Lucky for our guests, it turned out great. And it seemed to cook faster and more evenly.
Turkey2Falling off the bone, turkey for days.
So much, for which we are thankful. It’s ReallyRedding.

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Thanksgiving 2014 arrives

And we know this, because the lovely Karry breaks out the…
Good stuffMore info at the Special Shit website. Chalk it up to me being easily amused.

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Orchid light

Karry’s kitchen orchid glowed brightly in a shaft of sunlight this morning. That is all.
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WOODSIDEgrill in Anderson at the Gaia

WOODSIDEgrill is the restaurant at the Gaia Hotel and Spa in Anderson. The Gaia is a whole amazing story in itself, and their restaurant is unique as well. We stopped in recently for lunch, which runs from 11 am to 2 pm.
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An elegant match of colors, textures, and artwork lends the restaurant an inviting vibe.
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I ordered the Crispy Fish Tacos, and the lovely Karry went for the Old School Fish & Chips.

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We also admire the Gaia and their restaurant for their commitment to sustainability. Some info about their green practices for the Woodside grill website: The WOODSIDE grille is the region’s only LEED Certified Restaurant. Eco-friendly design features include recycled glass countertops, solar tubes, and sustainably harvested timber. In addition to recycling and composting programs, the restaurant’s non-composted food waste is provided to local farms to feed livestock, a portion of which is used to feed needy families in Shasta and Butte counties.
Woodside5smThe Gaia is just about 6 miles south of Redding on Interstate 5, where it crosses the Sacramento River. They have a full bar and Happy Hour specials from 4 to 6 pm currently. They often feature local musicians on the weekend evenings. At events we have attended, their appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are often our favorites. The WOODSIDEgrill has hours and a menu at their website, but you have to scroll around a bit to find it.
A wholly sustainable experience, just a few miles south of Really Redding.

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Bear sighting creates a buzz

The bear photo I captured the other day from out my front door generated some local media attention. I was interviewed by KHSL TV Action News Now reporter Charlene Cheng.

I enjoyed chatting with Charlene as she worked. The life of a modern multimedia reporter is complex. You must master video and audio production along with journalism.
White balance, sound check, b-roll, good questions. And in the rain.
Impressive. Not at all just a talking head.
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You can follow Charlene on Twitter @charlenecheng and catch her work at http://www.actionnewsnow.com/home/

I was also interviewed by reporter Clay Duda of the Record Searchlight, and my photo made the front page, below the fold.
RS article about bearYou can follow Clay on Twitter @clayduda_RS. It’s often fascinating to see Clay report the news via Twitter as it is happening. The tweets are somewhat cryptic, and then you can read the fleshed-out story later at redding.com. Or in the newspaper, as above.
Bear TweetsAn interesting (to me) Twitter side note.
I was pretty excited at 1:00 am when I snapped the bear photo.

I decided to tweet about it.

To my surprise, almost immediately I got a response from @jennyespino_RS, also a reporter for the Record Searchlight/redding.com.

This exchange of tweets took place almost immediately following the bear sighting, at an unexpected time of day.

Such is the nature of Twitter and our present culture’s near instantaneous news cycle.

Reporters sensed the bear story would be interesting to their audience.

It’s easy to see why that is true. Bear Spirit is well established in our species.

From SpiritAnimal.info:

“In the kingdom of spirit animals, the bear is emblematic of grounding forces and strength. This animal has been worshiped throughout time as a powerful totem, inspiring those who need it the courage to stand up against adversity. As a spirit animal in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.”

Also, Bear Stew. Bears are tasty.
“Recipe by Kyle”

“If you kill a bear, you better have something good to make out of it! This stew is delicious! Serve with a crusty bread!”

The duality of bear. Both Spirit and Entree. That’s Really Redding.

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Local winery having a big Thanksgiving Sale!

Our friends at Moseley Family Cellars are having a Thanksgiving Sale!
We love their vintages, and so are passing this info on to you:
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We have a BIG sale for you! Get 30% off all wines from now until Wednesday, November 26.
AND I WILL DELIVER FOR FREE!!!

May I suggest greeting your guests with our chilled Rose’. The light refreshing taste will set the mood for your gathering.
Our Sauvignon Blanc will be a fabulous crossover with your appetizers.
Our Viognier is going to go GREAT with turkey. Trust me. Chill it just a bit for perfect pairing.
Although our reds are probably not the best with Turkey, go ahead and order them because the price is so stinking good and drink them on Black Friday! That would be our Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah.

Reply to this email with your order, or come into the Tasting Room Thursday – Saturday 5 – 8:30 p.m. Please include a phone number and address where you would like delivery. HEY! WOULD BEV MO DO THAT FOR YOU? Let’s keep it local.
Sincerely,

Mimi Moseley
Moseley Family Cellars
Moseley Tasting Room
Make it a Moseley Christmas!
Moseley and Dungeness Crab Christmas

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Bear visits north Redding

Bear wandered into my north Redding yard last night. I popped out my front door for the shot, and scared the pee out of it. Camera took a second to focus, and then it was gone. I have lived here many years and never seen a bear. The drought is having an evident impact on wildlife.
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BearSmBear claws. And not the pastry kind. Wildlife is Really Redding.

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Another FREE fun thing to do in Redding

Feeding stale cheerios to ducks and geese along Park Marina Drive.


Grandson directs the camera. True point and shoot. Free fun with waterfowl, it’s ReallyRedding.

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Turkeys on the roof

That rumbling from the roof heralds the approach of Thanksgiving.
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Northstate potatoes

A thoughtful neighbor brought us 20 lbs of these beautiful bakers straight from Tulelake. One of the premiere potato regions in the world, and grown here in the northstate.
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Potato2Yum! Thoughtful neighbors and local grown potatoes, it’s Really Redding.

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