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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Fruit crisps: simply elegant

Photo Megan Rowe/Special To The Town Crier Crisps, similar in texture to crumbles and cobblers, are a delicious way to serve late-summer fruit, like plums – minus the hassle of piecrust.

 

As summer wanes and the days grow shorter (and busier), don’t skimp on dessert. Instead, whip up a quick fruit crisp for the family.

Crisps at their simplest are fruit topped with oats, flour, sugar and butter, then baked until the juices bubble and the topping browns. They are related to crumbles (fruit topped with a nutty streusel) and cobblers (fruit baked with a sweet biscuit topping), as well as the more evocatively named slumps, grunts and pandowdies.

Some scholars think crisps emerged during World War II, when it was difficult to find enough butter to make a double-crust pie. Others think the tradition arose far earlier when colonists attempted to adapt their pudding recipes to what was on hand in America. Either way, crisps are a delicious way to serve ripe summer fruit without the fuss of making piecrusts.

Crisps and their cousins are almost infinitely adaptable, making them an ideal dessert for the busy home cook. And while they’re quite simple to throw together, the contrast between the warm, bubbling fruit and the sweet, crunchy topping makes them elegant enough to serve to company.

Crisps are also ideal for picky eaters or those with various dietary restrictions. They’re dairy-free (unless you top them with ice cream, a highly recommended addition if you can handle dairy), and you can easily substitute a gluten-free baking mix for the 1/2 cup of flour to make them safe for those with wheat intolerances.

Plums are ripe and juicy right now, and their hint of tartness plays well with the cinnamon and oats in the topping. If plums aren’t your favorite, you can substitute the same volume of any juicy fruit to adapt this to whatever is in season – berries, mango or other stone fruits now, or apples and pears in a few months. You can play around with the spices, adding a pinch of cardamom to a pear crisp or almond extract instead of vanilla to peaches. You can also add up to 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the topping to make it closer to a crumble and equally delicious.

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