Apricot Blackberry Kuchen


The recipe I share below for Apricot Blackberry Kuchen comes together in a few minutes and makes a colorful show of these peak of summer fruits. Cornmeal gives this Austrian coffee cake a slightly sandy texture. Fresh apricots and blackberries share the limelight in a delicious morning or mid-afternoon snacking cake.

 

Apricot heaven arrives this month


Photo by Eric Larson/Special to the Town Crier
Blenheim apricots grow throughout the Santa Clara Valley and can be made into many foods, including jams.

California’s favorite fruit, the Blenheim apricot, will arrive in local markets by mid-July. The Blenheim has the power to enchant adults and children alike with its gorgeous color, sweet perfume and perfectly balanced sweet/tart flavor. Jams, nectar, syrup, pies and pastry reach perfection with this variety of apricot, which is uniquely adapted to the Bay Area’s moderate coastal climate.

A top crop: Finding valley's heritage fruit


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Lisa Price Newman showcases the versatility of apricots in her cookbook.

When Lisa Prince Newman demonstrated apricot recipes at the Los Altos History Museum’s Apricot STEM Fair June 30, she pulled fruit from a lug just harvested down the road in the Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard.

Since her book “For the Love of Apricots: Recipes and Memories of the Santa Clara Valley” came out last year, Newman has become an informal expert on when and where to find the heritage fruit of the region.

Summer specials: soup, sauce and smoothie

It’s time to indulge in the abundance of summer produce. My “Cooking Simply” column means just that – simple and easy. Following are three ways to indulge without drama.

Food truck puts corporate leftovers to community good


Photo by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Huong Vo, pictured far right at right, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s student services coordinator, works with Jonathan Vallejo, a “driver ambassador,” to direct under-resourced local families to the free-to-all food truck.

Summer can feel like a lean time for families who use school meals to fend off food insecurity, and local organizations that fight hunger try to step up summer offerings in response.

One new resource fights a dual battle against food waste and food insecurity. The A La Carte food truck launched by Silicon Valley Food Rescue started parking in front of local schools earlier this year, distributing pre-packaged leftovers as take-home meal offerings for anyone in the community who could use an assist.

Eureka's The Booth Brewing expands beyond its South Korean origins


Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Boothman, the mascot of The Booth Brewing Co., features prominently on the artwork for every new can release. The Booth Brewing Co. relocated to Eureka from Seoul, South Korea, in 2017.

The Booth Brewing Co. was initially founded in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013, and it relocated brewing operations to Eureka in 2017. Occupying the former brewhouse of Northern California’s stalwart Lost Coast Brewery when Lost Coast moved to a larger, brand-new facility, The Booth is the first Asian craft brewery with American operations.

The Booth features a spirit of fun, embodied in its can artwork by artist Soña Lee highlighting the whimsical character Boothman. Representatives from the brewery recently visited CRU wine bar in Redwood City with a sampling of their beers on draft and in cans.


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