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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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