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April 3, 2020

Baking with kids: Drop biscuits | The Mixing Bowl

drop biscuits recipe
Drop biscuits are easy to make, taste good and can also be an educational experience. A chemical reaction happens when the soda in baking powder combines with water.  Carbonic acid forms and dies off to form carbon dioxide bubbles that cause...

County theaters, galleries deal with closures

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After the outbreak of COVID-19 prompted shelter-in-place orders last week, scores of performing arts venues and museums across Santa Cruz County have closed.  Staff and artists are now out of work, and locally-owned venues are currently figuring out...

Flight machine | Photo Gallery

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Soviet Era Napoleon Cake | The Mixing Bowl

napoleon cake recipe
Napoleons, also called mille-feuilles, are French bakery specialties. Tall, rectangular and box-like, they are made with layers of flakey pastry interspersed with custard filling and covered with white frosting crisscrossed with thin chocolate stripes. They are one of the fancier pastries...

County yoga studios offering live classes online

WATSONVILLE—As the second day of Santa Cruz County’s shelter-in-place order dawned Wednesday morning, Watsonville Yoga, Dance and Healing Arts owner Phoenix Artemisia was busy setting up for class—just not as she normally does. Artemisia’s mat was unrolled on the...

Arts Now working with districts to spark students’ creativity

WATSONVILLE—As lunchtime drew to a close Wednesday, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Starlight Elementary School began to gradually filter into the classroom of art teacher Meredith Branan Freeman. They were there to learn about stop-motion animation and create their...

Sunset fly over | Photo Gallery

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Have a recent photo you’d like to share? Send it to us for consideration by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to 21 Brennan St., Suite 14, Watsonville, CA 95076. Please include a brief description of the photo as well as...

Rolls and noodles at Miyuki Restaurant | Try This

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"Try This" is a weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like. • Todd Guild Miyuki Restaurant I went to...

Exhibit celebrates mountain biking in Santa Cruz County

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Mountain biking has become one of Santa Cruz County’s most popular sports, and this year the Museum of Art and History (MAH) is paying tribute to its legacy—and looking to its future.  “Trailblazers: The Creative Story Behind Mountain...

Italian Finocchio Orange Salad | The Mixing Bowl

I don’t know how grocery stores do it. I buy fresh fennel maybe twice a year. But when I do, it’s there amid the other vegetables and fruits looking freshly picked and ready to prepare. Then, I’m glad for the mysterious...
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Small business lifeline | About Town

A painting crew has been busy adding a fresh coat of paint and a new look Thursday and Friday to the long-standing...