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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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Cavities - having or not having them a matter of time

While staying away from too many sweets may help prevent cavities, recent research indicates that what, when and how a person eats is the real root of maintaining a healthy set of choppers.

Since cavities occur when bacteria from foods containing refined or natural sugars produce an acid that eats away minerals in teeth, experts say that people can protect their teeth by limiting the amount of time each day that bacteria ferments. That means limiting snacks and combining sweets with foods that inhibit harmful bacteria.

Most Americans eat five or six times a day, according to studies. Eating more often, nibbling, and sipping drinks means that just about the time a person's body is able to neutralize the acid produced from the last batch of food, more acid is being formed.

Sweets eaten alone between meals have a different and more damaging effect than when they are eaten with a meal, experts say.

Researchers recommend drinking water between meals, and saving sweets or sodas for drinking with foods that can buffer bacteria acids.

Protein from dairy products, such as meat and beans, decreases the total amount of acid produced from a meal, blocking much of the bacteria that can damage teeth. Fat and water also limit harmful bacteria.

Tooth enamel also affects the development of cavities. Tooth enamel can erode from excessive exposure to large amounts of citrus fruit or juices and sodas. Fluoride, toothpaste and fortified mouthwashes help strengthen enamel and limit cavities.

Some experts recommend chewing sugarless gum after meals or snacks. Gum contains a type of carbohydrate that bacteria cannot ferment into acid. Gum also increases saliva flow, which acts as a buffer against acid levels.

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