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Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists


Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.

 

When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and ...

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Your Health

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen...

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Your Home

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio conta...

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On The Road

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S


Photo by Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier; Bottom Right Photo courtesy of Chrysler
The Andersons recently drove the new Chrysler 300S to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, where they saw “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition.

 

When you have a p...

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Senior Lifestyles

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life


RAMYA KRISHNA/TOWN CRIER
Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to...

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Wedding To Remember

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox


 

With nine fine-jewelry retailers concentrated along the Main Street corridor, downtown Los Altos offers a wealth of options for engagement and wedding ring shoppers. From one end of Main to the other, the choices range from the traditional to t...

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Your Kids

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards


 

Providing local students with a tangible outdoor learning experience, the Living Classroom program aims to support a new generation of students who are excited about the environment.

The Living Classroom serves 9,000 students locally in the Los ...

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Back to School

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Consumers go organic-study says organic foods and goods preferred

Despite recent breakthroughs in genetically engineered foods that promise to provide more durable and insect-resistant produce, studies show that more consumers seem to buying foods from the opposite spectrum.

Organic foods seem to be growing in popularity. Nearly half of American consumers say they buy organic products, according to national surveys. Studies show that the market for organic products has grown by at least 20 percent a year for the past decade.

The government recently passed new national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products.

Part of the new standards includes adding new organic labeling on grocery store products beginning at the end of this summer.

Organic describes the system of agriculture that protects soil and water resources. Organic food is minimally processed without artificial ingredients or preservatives. Genetic modification is not allowed.

While the most frequently purchased organic products are vegetables, fruits, cereals and grains, other products now include baby food, dairy products, meat and poultry, frozen foods, chocolate, organic cotton, personal care items, health and beauty products containing organic ingredients and fiber products such as bedding, clothing and toys.

Even with organic products on the rise, consumers may still have difficulties locating them. A new Web site called the Organic Pages at www.ota.com provides a directory of organic products and resources.

The site, offered by members of the Organic Trade Association, allows consumers to search products by company, name, brand name, business type, supply chain, geographic location and products or services.

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