Wines of Calaveras
Gary Zucca of Zucca Mountain Vineyards in Vallecito will be pouring new releases from wineries in Calaveras County at 5:30 p.m. April 9 in the Murphys Hotel in downtown Murphys. Cost is $15 per person. For more information, call Carol Zucca at 736-2949
Recipes from the finest restaurants can be duplicated at home with "Impress for Less!" by Hope Fox (Wiley; $18.95). Hope shows how to re-create 100 restaurant dishes using supermarket ingredients and basic kitchen skills.
Get Deen's recipes
Celebrity chef Paula Deen's most popular recipes can be found at www.pauladeen.com. Click on the "Top 10 Recipes" link to find gooey butter cake, baked French toast casserole, cheese biscuits and Southern fried chicken.
Relish has it wrapped
Flip out for upside down cakes. This month's Relish magazine features cake recipes and tips on cooking in parchment paper.
Nutrition on the go
Diet.com has launched "Nutrition on the Go," a service that allows consumers to get nutritional information via text messaging for foods at many chain restaurants. The service is free, but standard text messaging fees apply. Simply text the name of the restaurant, menu item and size, if applicable. Send the information on your cell phone to DIET1 (34381). In response, you will receive a text message listing the calories, fat, carbs and protein. For more, visit http://diet.com/mobile.
Slow cooker stories
People are discovering the ease and creativity of slow-cooker meals. If you're one of them, we'd love to hear from you for an upcoming feature in Taste. Send to Taste, 1325 H St., Modesto 95352, or email@example.com.