Feds scale down monitoring in milk, drinking water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scaled back the monitoring of radiation in milk, drinking water and rain, saying data shows radiation levels related to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are consistently declining. Richmond’s California Public Health Laboratory has led the state’s air and milk testing efforts.

Established Richmond bakery Zoe’s Cookies turns out the sweet stuff

A few blocks up the road from Rosie the Riveter national park, cookies, brownies, and fruit bars are whirling around in convection ovens at Zoe’s Cookies & Other Delights. You can find Zoe’s Cookies at places like Berkeley Bowl; but most of the company’s baked goods are shipped directly to businesses that serve or sell them to clients and workers.

Farmhouse meatloaf

When I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, Monday was always “Wash Day.” Until my parents purchased an automatic washer and dryer in 1960, that meant putting the clothes through the wringer washer and carrying heavy baskets of wet laundry to the clothesline to be hung out.

Easy corn muffin casserole

I fixed an “Easy Corn Muffin Casserole” for the Memorial Day potluck. It can be either a casserole or cornbread and I usually cut mine up like cornbread. It is easy, quick, and delicious. Enjoy.