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Summer Lovin': 99+ Ways to Beat the Heat!

05/03/2018 03:08PM

Cannonballs in the pool, washing up detergent on the Slip ’N Slide, Amazon delivering daily pints of Ben & Jerry’s—it’s all fun, but it’s not, you know, FUN. But don’t fret. The guide that follows will blow the cobwebs off your old summer routine with must-try seasonal recipes, cocktails, beers, and wines, plus a list of local farmers’ markets, loads of new summer hangs, free activities for the whole family, and fun-filled destinations with where to stay and play. Mix a few of these in with your normal cannonballs and ice cream, and you’ll be having your best summer ever in no time. 


New Kids on the Block: 10+ Hot Spots to Eat, Drink, and Hang

Quarry Park Adventures


Brace yourself for adventure with Quarry Park Adventures’ official grand opening scheduled for June 22. Located in the 160-year-old Quarry Park in Rocklin, this huge new adventure park is destined to become a mecca for thrill-seekers young and old with over 2,000 feet of zip lines, approximately 70-foot-high granite walls for rock climbing, “The Roundhouse”—a 10,000-square-foot building that will host five different mini restaurants and be open 12 months a year, seven days a week—a picnic pavilion that fits up to 250 people and is a perfect place to hold corporate or group picnics, paddle boat rides on Quinn Lake, and so much more. Downtown Rocklin, 916-750-1772, quarrypark.com

Coming soon to Lincoln is Dueling Dogs, a seven-barrel farm brewery and winery specializing in ales, meads, and ciders. The double-duty has meant double the work and is a true labor of love for owners Earl and Adriana Stevens. But all that work should pay off with lots of local love, as this has been a highly anticipated local venture for a couple of years now. 3030 Barrett Park Lane, Lincoln, 916-434-8141, duelingdogsbrewing.com

Roseville Lazy Dog


Roseville newcomer Lazy Dog just opened this past November and is self-described as “lodge chic” (think fancy lumberjack). Their seasonal menu has a laid-back rustic feel, offering burgers and sandwiches, pizzas, stir-fries, and salads, as well as meaty goodness like pot roast and ribs. There’s also weekend brunch and a huge variety of craft beers, wine, and cocktails. True to the name, Lazy Dog is dog-friendly: They even have a dog menu! 238 Gibson Drive, Roseville, 916-727-6321, lazydogrestaurants.com 

Burger Lounge, home of the original grass-fed burger, is coming soon to the Fountains at Roseville this spring. The Southern California chain offers handcrafted burgers with patty choices that run the gamut from crispy chicken and beef to quinoa, plus salads, big old shakes, and classic root beer floats. Become a “lounger” this summer! 1198 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 135, Roseville, burgerlounge.com 

Moksa Brewing is a Rocklin newcomer that just opened in February, and their head brewer, Derek Gallanosa, is something of a San Diego brewing rock star. The 10-barrel production facility offers a little bit of everything, from hazy IPAs to strong stouts. What’s more, they’re family-friendly and regularly host local food trucks. 5860 Pacific Street, Rocklin, 916-824-1366, moksabrewing.com

Joining Roseville’s Palisades Plaza this past February, Range Kitchen and Tap is a rustic, modern American eatery with offerings like Italian beef poutine and beet carpaccio, flatbreads, pizzas, Southern fried chicken, classic meatloaf, and beer-braised mussels and clams, plus craft beer on tap and an extensive wine list. 1420 East Roseville Parkway, Roseville, 916-865-4317, rangeroseville.com 

Kemem Ethiopian and Middle Eastern Restaurant opened in January with authentic cuisine to tantalize your taste buds, including flavorful Ethiopian wot (curry), tebs (sautéed meat and vegetables), tender Middle Eastern kebabs (grilled meat), and koftas (spiced meatballs of ground lamb and beef), and lots of vegetarian and vegan offerings. Though open for lunch and dinner, we recommend checking out their lunch buffet served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1060 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Suite 100, Roseville, 916-945-9867

Coming this summer to the Roseville Galleria is modern Mexican eatery Cantina Laredo, self-described as “evoking the sophisticated gourmet tastes of Mexico City.” From tableside guacamole and four kinds of queso, to ahi tuna, barbacoa tacos, high-end entrées, and delicious Mexican apple pie (plus brunch!), there’s a veritable feast waiting for you! 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 1175, Roseville, cantinalaredo.com

Clean eaters rejoice! Primal Kitchen is opening a new location in Roseville. Offering organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, the menu has everything from bone broths to caveman breakfasts, cauliflower rice bowls, and even bison tenderloin. There’s also coffee and tea, kombucha on tap, as well as beer and wine. 1220 Roseville Parkway, Suite 140, Roseville, facebook.com/pg/primalkitchenroseville 

Roseville newcomer Kahns Mongolian Grill just opened in February and is already winning hearts with their all-you-can-eat deals. Enjoy everything from egg rolls to California rolls and get yourself a soft-serve ice cream when you’re done! 920 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-797-8866

Rolie Polie’s Creamworks opened in the Galleria at Roseville this February and it’s basically the lovechild of Bill Nye and Willy Wonka. From cold plate rolled ice cream to nitrogen flash-frozen ice cream and nitrogen puff balls, the only limits are your imagination. Toppings run the gamut from fresh fruit, Oreos, and Kit Kat, to Ferrero Rocher and even Fruity Pebbles! (No sleeping cots yet, sadly.) 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 1165, Roseville, 916-771-2280, rpcreamworks.com

 Out of Bounds Craft Kitchen and Biergarten—the newest location for Rocklin’s Out of Bounds Brewing Company—held their grand opening festivities last month…just in time to kick off a fabulous summer. It’s the perfect spot for dining al fresco with a Juiced Grapefruit Double IPA (or something else from the other 49 taps, including vino and cider), noshing on one of the many seasonal selections from the craft kitchen (open for lunch and dinner seven days a week), listening to live music around one of the five incredible outdoor fire pits, having a ball at the bocce ball courts, or taking advantage of the only growler fill station in the area. Summer’s arrived and it’s right here! 13407 Folsom Boulevard, Suite D, Folsom, 916-357-5250, outofboundsbrewing.com 

Folsom's Johny Cash Trail


Walk the line this summer. Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail is now fully connected to the American River Bike Trail and Lake Natoma Trail in a complete, uninterrupted loop. Keep an eye out as Adan Romo’s exciting new artwork installations begin to appear on the trail, the first being a seven-foot-high bronze guitar pick. Plan your next trail trek: Park at the Folsom Public Library and Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary and pick up the trailhead from there, then travel northeast past Folsom Prison to get to the Johnny Cash Overcrossing near Folsom Lake for some spectacular views! 50 East Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-355-7304, folsomcasharttrail.com

Reel Poke Cove


Get an authentic taste of Hawaii this summer at Reel Poké Cove, at the Galleria at Roseville’s dining court. Poké is the Hawaiian equivalent of a chopped salad with rice and marinated diced fish, and it’s the hottest new food trend (tell your dad it’s pronounced “pok-ay” not “pok-ee” or “poke”). Reel Poké Cove’s bowls are made with certified sustainable seafood and California-grown produce and served in the typical BYO (build your own) format (pick a base, your choice of protein: ahi tuna, shrimp, scallops, salmon, tako, and tofu). They also offer more traditional Hawaiian-style pre-marinated poké, which can be purchased by the pound, and Hawaiian favorites such as Dole Whip, garlic shrimp, onigirazus (sushi sandwiches), taro chips, and homemade creations like Spam fries! 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, reelpokecove.com 


Free For All: 20+ Things to do that Don't Cost a Penny


It’s never been easier to take the kids to the zoo thanks to Wells Fargo Wednesdays at the Sacramento Zoo. On the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., up to four kids ages 2-11 receive free admission with a paid adult. saczoo.org

Groove to live music at the Fountains with their Summer Concert Series. Every Saturday night on the main stage through June, July, and August they’ll present local headlining bands and tributes to your favorite artists. Stay tuned for lineup details and dates. fountainsatroseville.com

There’s tiny fun to be had for free at Wee One Wednesday in Vernon Square Town Square. Bring your little ones aged five and under to enjoy a range of playful activities, from bubbles and art to active games, every Wednesday morning from 10-10:45 a.m. May through September. Parent participation required. roseville.ca.us/residents/city_events/wee_one_wednesday

It’s a free-for-all for families at Johnson Pool this summer: Don’t miss out on free Family Night every Monday and Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. starting June 11 and running through August 1. roseville.ca.us

Lights, camera, and action under the stars! Watch a family-friendly movie for free in one of your favorite neighborhood parks with the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations’ Movie in the Park this summer. The program kicks off June 9 in Woodbridge Park with a showing of Despicable Me 3 and continues every second and fourth Saturday through August. Shows begin at sundown with bounce houses from 6:30-8 p.m. and both food and beverages are available for purchase. rcona.org

Concerts on the Square


Look lively this summer: Roseville’s free Concerts on the Square are returning to Vernon Street Town Square with free live music, yummy food trucks, and a beer garden every third Saturday (beginning June 16) through September at 7:30 p.m. Country artist Jessie Leigh kicks things off, followed by Michael Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty on July 21, Journey Revisited on August 18, and Eagles tribute band The Boys of Summer on September 15. roseville.ca.us/events

Enjoy accessible art this summer: Every third Sunday of the month is Pay What You Wish Day at the Crocker Art Museum, sponsored by Western Health Advantage. Visitors are granted free admission (kids six and under are always free) and are welcome to enter the museum and contribute to the donation box. crockerart.org

Let your kids get behind the wheel of a real life big truck and enjoy story time at the free Big Trucks Summer at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center and Maidu Community Center from 9:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday in July. At the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, there are electric line trucks on July 10 and pipe scope trucks on July 17; at the Maidu Community Center, they’ll have vactor and dump trucks on July 24, and garbage trucks on July 31. roseville.ca.us/explore 

California State Fair

 The California State Fair at Cal Expo will run July 13-29. There’s nothing more fun than the fair, but it’s even more fun when it’s affordable: Don’t miss out on Free Tuesdays on July 17 and 24, courtesy of Wells Fargo: Free admission for kids aged 12 and under and $2 rides for all ages! castatefair.org 

Downtown Roseville’s Friday Flicks continue through the summer with your old friend Lightning McQueen for Cars 3 on May 18. On August 17, brace yourself for a crazy adventure with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. If you want something more interactive, join in the fun at “Movie Night Singalong” on May 19 for Footlooseroseville.ca.us/events

The Interactive Fountain at the Fountains at Roseville  is one public water feature you don’t have to keep your kids away from—it’s OK to let them play! Take a break from shopping and let your kids go mad. The fountain is open every day from Memorial Day weekend through September (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Other places to play in the spray this summer include the Vernon Street Town Square Spray Ground, which usually opens around June; Rocklin’s Kathy Lund Park (formerly Lone Tree Park) and Whitney Park, which both are equipped with fun spray parks; and the Splash Pad at Blue Anchor Park in Loomis (right by the historic train station).

Set ‘em up and knock ‘em down. Kiddos can bowl for free at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights or Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin this summer thanks to a great national program! Registered participants aged 18 or under will receive two free games of bowling every week, all summer long (additional rental fees may apply and available dates/times may vary; check center details when registering). kidsbowlfree.com 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of summer with great music in beautiful Royer Park at Roseville Performing Arts’ annual Music in the Park this summer. Shows are held every second Sunday from 6-8 p.m., with a special performance by Capitol Pops on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. rosevillemusicinthepark.com

Rocklin's Free Movie Friday


Catch a free movie this summer with Rocklin’s Free Movie Friday. On June 22 watch The Emoji Movie at Front Street, on July 13 catch Peter Rabbit at Kathy Lund Park, and on August 3 don’t miss Coco at Twin Oaks Park. rocklin.ca.us/events 

Take part in a free all-ages exploration of indigenous culture at Maidu Museum’s Night Out at the Museum every third Saturday through November from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy contemporary indigenous art receptions, museum exhibits, and cultural presentations. roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum 

Spin your wheels! Kids can skate for free at Sunrise Rollerland in Citrus Heights and Roller King Skating Center in Roseville this summer thanks to a great national program! Registered kids will receive two free skating sessions every week, all summer long (age restrictions and available dates/times may vary; check center details when registering). kidsskatefree.com

Rocklin’s Quarry Park Amphitheater is rockin’ with this summer’s concert lineup: On June 2, SPMA (Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy) presents Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; on June 23, it’s “Rock The Quarry” featuring the music of Toto, Journey, and Styx; August 11 is currently TBA, stay tuned; and September 8 is legendary ’50s teen idol Frankie Avalon. rocklin.ca.us/events 

History comes to life this summer on the free Heritage Trail Tour of Museums. On selected Saturdays during the summer, over 20 geographically grouped museums throughout Placer County will open their doors for free, beginning with the Bernhard Museum Complex, Gold Rush Museum, and Benton-Welty School Room in Auburn on June 16. placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/placermuseums

Delight in the golden age of cinema with Silver Screen Classic Movies presented by the Auburn Library. Summer’s lineup includes The Rainmaker (1956) on May 5, Unfaithfully Yours (1948) on June 2, Home of the Brave (1949) on July 7, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) on August 4, and Desire (1936) on September 1. Admission is free, and movies will be shown in the Beecher Room at the Auburn Library at noon, 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. (If subtitles are available, they’ll be provided at the 3:30 p.m. screening.) On the Monday following screenings, join Susan Rushton in the Beecher Room from 6-7:30 p.m. for a deeper discussion of the movie. auburnsilverscreen.com 

Roseville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on June 4 with a whole host of free programs for kids. There are “Stuffed Animal Sleepovers” at the Downtown Library on June 11, Riley Library on June 26, and Maidu Library July 17. Enjoy a performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by the Puppet Art Theater Co. at Vernon Street Town Square on June 21; meet local birds of prey in the educational Hawks, Honkers, and Hoots show at the Maidu Community Center on July 7, plus great shows like the Bubble Lady, The Science Wizard, Magical Nathaniel, and Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano. roseville.ca.us/summerreading

Summertime Delights: Finds to Keep You Hydrated, Nourished, and Happy

 1) Strawberry Basil Collins from Land Ocean New American Grill, 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 241, Roseville, 916-407-5640; 2720 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-7000, landoceanrestaurants.com

1.5 oz. Tanqueray Ten Gin

.5 oz. simple syrup

.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

2 fresh strawberries

1 basil leaf

1 oz. soda water

Muddle strawberries and basil in mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, shake, then add soda water to incorporate. Strain over fresh ice.


Freshy Zesty

 2) Freshy Zesty from Fat’s Asia Bistro, 1500 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-787-3287; *2585 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-983-1133, fatsasiabistro.com

.75 oz. Citron vodka

.75 oz. orange vodka

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. triple sec

Squeeze of orange

Squeeze of lemon

Squeeze of lime

Splash of Sierra Mist

Mix all ingredients and serve over ice with a splash of Sierra Mist.

*Note: Not currently on the Folsom location’s menu,

but your bartender should be able to make it upon request


The Pink Martini

 3) The Pink Martini from The Pink Martini, 6700 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin, 916-773-7465, pinkmartinirestaurant.com

1.5 oz. St. George Botanivore Gin

.5 oz. hibiscus cordial

.25 oz. lime juice

1.5 oz. grapefruit juice

.5 oz. St. Germaine

Add all ingredients into shaker.Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with flower. Naughty: Add 3-4 slices of jalapeño to shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into martini glass. Garnish with flower and jalapeño slice.


Spicy Pineapple Margarita

 4) Spicy Pineapple Margarita from Folsom Tap House, 25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140, Folsom, 916-292-5711, folsomtaphouse.com

1.5 oz. tequila

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. pineapple juice

.25 oz. simple syrup 

Mix all ingredients and serve over ice with a salted rim; garnish with pineapple and a jalapeño.


5 Must-Try Local Wines and Beers

1) Biere Blanche from The Monks’ Cellar, 240 Vernon Street, Roseville, 

916-786-6665, monkscellar.com

ABV: 4.5%

Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and hops, then spiced with coriander and orange peel; citrusy and refreshing 


2) 2015 Zinfandel from Dono dal Cielo Vineyard, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle, 530-888-0101, donodalcielo.com

ABV: 15.5%

Light to medium bodied; filled with cranberry, raspberry, and cherry flavors; clean and well-balanced with a tart finish


3) Hella Sun Munich Helles from Crooked Lane Brewing Company

536 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, 530-878-5232, crookedlanebrewing.com

ABV: 5%

Slightly sweet with low noble hop aroma and flavor; crisp, slightly malty finish


4) 2017 Buffalo Rosé–Sangiovese Rosé from Lone Buffalo Vineyards, 7505 Wise Road, Auburn, 530-823-1159, lonebuffalovineyards.com

ABV: 13.9%

Aged in stainless steel with a fruity strawberry and cherry character and delightfully dry finish 


5) Joyrider IPA from Out of Bounds Brewing Company, 4480 Yankee Hill Road, Suite 100, Rocklin, 916-259-1511, outofboundsbrewing.com

ABV: 7%

A dose of Southern Hemisphere and Pacific Northwest hops create a complex yet refreshing beer that’s bursting with tropical flavors and citrus notes 


Explore More: 4 Fun-Filled Destinations

SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco


SEE: Learn about the life of Walt Disney and see a stunning miniature model of Disneyland at the city’s hidden gem: the Walt Disney Family Museum. The current exhibit, Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane is on display through September 3 and showcases the talents of the legendary animator behind characters like Little Mermaid’s Ariel, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Tarzan, and more. waltdisney.org

STAY: Catch your Zzzs at San Francisco’s recently opened Hotel VIA. Sited directly opposite AT&T Park (Giants game, anyone?), the boutique property boasts light, bright rooms; a rooftop bar/lounge; and personalized hospitality at every turn. hotelviasf.com  


CALISTOGA

Calistoga


SEE: Check out California’s (smaller) natural wonder, Old Faithful Geyser of California, and maybe see a fainting goat or two! oldfaithfulgeyser.com

STAY: The Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is a dog- and kid-friendly, fun-filled, retro-chic retreat. Newly remodeled, it offers air stream concept-driven rooms, communal spaces, and geothermal-spring-fed mineral pools. calistogamotorlodgeandspa.com 


MENDOCINO


SEE: Take a history trip on the Skunk Train. Enjoy a cold beer from Anderson Valley Brewing Company while chugging through the redwoods over some of the first tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. Your guide will tell you how the train got its name plus regale you with stories of Mendocino Coast’s logging history. skunktrain.com

STAY: Splurge on a stay at the recently opened Inn at Newport Ranch. Built on some of the most spectacular coastal cliffs, enjoy a flawless, picturesque getaway. Featuring over a mile of oceanfront property, the accommodations are unique, private, and amazingly beautiful. Sneak in an ATV tour to the top of the ridges to complete your experience, followed by wine at the fire, and a communal, multi-course dinner. theinnatnewportranch.com


YOSEMITE


SEE: How does a weekend filled with hiking, guided meditation, guest speakers, sunset yoga in Yosemite National Park, and delicious healthy cuisine sound? On select weekends (May 4-6, August 24-25, and November 2-4), the experience can be yours at a Renewal Retreat. tenayalodge.com/spa/spa-retreats

STAY: Who says you have to rough it while in a national park? The AAA Four Diamond, newly renovated Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is the perfect basecamp to explore all that the national park has to offer. From plush beddings and deluxe baths, to multiple pools and spas, numerous dining options, a zipline course, and world-class spa, the resort is a destination in and of itself. tenayalodge.com 


Heirloom Cattle Bean Summer Salad 

Heirloom Cattle Been Salad

 Reprinted with permission from blogger and Roseville resident Bella Karragiannidis of ful-filled.com

1 cup dried cattle beans 

Note: If you cannot find cattle beans, you can substitute with

any other small bean (i.e., kidney beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, etc.)

1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. salt, divided

2 cloves garlic, divided

2 bay leaves

2 or 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1/2 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 lb. fresh petite French green beans, blanched (or regular green beans cut into pieces—about 3” in length)

1 bulb fennel with fronds, bulb shaved and fronds reserved for garnish

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Rinse the beans and then soak them in a bowl with 8 cups of cold water and 1 tbsp. of salt. Soak overnight (mine soaked for about 12 hours). Drain soaking liquid from beans, add beans to a medium stockpot with plenty of water to cover them, 1 tsp. of salt, 1 clove of garlic, bay leaves, and rosemary. Bring beans to a simmer over medium heat, skim off any foam that accumulates on the surface, and then set heat to low and simmer beans for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally until beans are soft (make sure beans stay submerged the whole time). When beans are finished cooking, they should be soft and creamy on the inside. Drain beans from cooking water, remove garlic clove, bay leaves, and rosemary stems. Allow beans to cool to room temperature.


2. While the cattle beans cool, blanch your green beans, halve your cherry tomatoes, and shave the fennel, reserving about 1/2 cup of the fennel greens to be added to the salad.


3. Mince 1 clove of garlic (I use a microplane zester for this) and add to a small bowl with the juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, a pinch of salt and some fresh cracked black pepper. Whisk dressing until well combined.


4. Combine blanched green beans, cooled cattle beans, halved cherry tomatoes, shaved fennel, and dressing to a bowl. Chop the reserved fennel greens and add to salad bowl. Toss the salad until all of the ingredients are well coated in dressing. Enjoy immediately or for best results, cover and allow salad to marinate in the fridge for a day or two. Makes 4 servings. 


Summer Vegetable “Panade” Casserole 

Summer Vegetable Casserole


Recipe by Courtney McDonald; reprinted with permission from PlacerGROWN, placergrown.org/category/recipes

1 loaf day-old crusty bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 cups milk

2 large meaty tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 small yellow squash, thinly sliced lengthwise

1/2 cup grated mozzarella or provolone cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line the bread slices on a baking sheet, brush with the olive oil, and toast until lightly browned. Remove from oven, reduce the temperature to 375°F, and set aside.


2. While bread is toasting, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed medium pot over medium heat. Add the green onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and season very generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring gently, until milk is thickened completely, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from the heat. Whisk in half of each grated cheese and set aside.


3. In the bottom of a large casserole dish, spoon a little of the cream sauce to coat. Add a single layer of the toasted bread slices and spoon the cream sauce over the top to cover. Add a layer of tomato slices, then a layer of zucchini and yellow squash. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, and spoon more of the cream sauce over top. Add another layer of the bread slices, then the vegetables, always coating with the cream sauce. You should end up with two layers of bread and two layers of vegetables. Top the casserole with the remaining cream sauce, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake in the hot oven until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 25 minutes. Switch the oven to broil and cook until the top of casserole is nicely browned, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings. 


Explore these Farmers’ Markets

PlacerGROWN  Roseville Farmers’ Market 

WHERE: Whole Foods Market at the Fountains, Galleria Boulevard and East Roseville Parkway, Roseville 

WHEN: Tuesday (year-round) from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


PlacerGROWN  granite bay Farmers’ Market

WHERE: Quarry Ponds Town Center, 5550 Douglas Boulevard, 

Granite Bay

WHEN: Sunday 

(May 28 through September 24) from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


ROSEVILLE KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS’ MARKET 

WHERE: Courtyard at 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville

WHEN: Thursday (year-round) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices Riverside Farmers’ Market 

WHERE: Courtyard at 1001 Riverside Avenue, Roseville

WHEN: Wednesday (year-round) from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Downtown Roseville Farmers’ Market

WHERE: Vernon Street Town Square, 311 Vernon Street, Roseville 

WHEN: Saturday 

(May 5 through September 30) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


PlacerGROWN Rocklin Farmers’ Market WHERE: RC Willey in Blue Oaks Center, 6636 Lonetree Boulevard, Rocklin

WHEN: Saturday 

(June 3 through October 28) 

from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


PlacerGROWN Loomis Farmers’ Market

WHERE: Taylor’s Parking Lot, 3636 Taylor Road, Loomis

WHEN: Thursday (June 1 through August 31) from 8 a.m.-noon


Denio’s Farmers’ Market 

WHERE: 1551 Vineyard Road, Roseville

WHEN: Friday (year-round; free parking) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday (year-round) from 7 a.m.-3.30 p.m., and Sunday (year-round) from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.


By Sharon Penny

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