Adults-only ice pops tart up a childhood favorite


Courtesy of Rita Held
Make Mango Tango Ice Pops, a cool and portable summer treat, using Zipzicle ice-pop sleeves. With rum and bitters, the dessert packs a punch for the over-21 crowd.

 

It’s summer, which means time for a cool, refreshing treat.

Summer Harvest Pancakes get Middle Eastern savory treatment


Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Middle Eastern vegetable-based pancakes offer a savory, nutritious alternative to the syrup- laden tradition.

When you think of pancakes, you might conjure up an image of a mile-high buttermilk stack of fluffy cakes oozing with maple syrup. While I love pancakes as much as the next person, the resulting crash-and-burn sugar rush leaves me feeling tired rather than energized in the morning.

Beat the Heat: Dinner ideas that keep the kitchen cool

With temperatures projected to climb toward triple digits this afternoon, turning on an oven or stove-top at dinnertime sounds less than appetizing. The Town Crier's local food columnists have provided inspiration from our archive for alternate dinner options this week, either uncooked or thrown on the grill:

Wheat beers offer surprising diversity of seasonal flavors


Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Modern Times Fortunate Islands is a hoppy, tropical wheat beer made in San Diego.

Because beers made with wheat are lighter in color and more delicate in flavor, they are sometimes thought of as less interesting.

In the early days of American craft brewing, many brewpubs offered a simple, often boring American wheat beer on tap. However, today’s brewers use wheat as the basis for interesting sour beers (Berliner Weisse or Belgian lambics), lighter ales featuring spicy or fruity notes (Witbier or Hefeweizen) or brews that showcase fruit or hops.

Try wines from lesser-known U.S. regions this summer


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Matching wines to different wine regions across the United States can open the palate to new flavors and create a fun way to “travel” while imbibing this summer.

Pack your shopping bags and set off for the grocery store – that’s all you need to take a wine region road trip across the United States this summer.

In season this week: Squash blossoms bring a burst of color to the plate

“Squash
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Female squash blossoms often have baby gourds attached to their ends. Squash blossoms can be fried, stuffed with a ricotta-like cheese, or both.

Squash blossoms are a “get it while you can” June treat at local farmers’ markets.

The highly perishable flowers are nearly impossible to find in supermarkets, as they last for hours – if you’re lucky, a day or two – after being picked. If you’ve never eaten one before, don’t hold back. The simplest preparations require nothing more than tearing a few flowers to shreds and dropping them, raw, over a salad or soup.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos