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July 12, 2020

Easier biscotti: twice baked Italian cookies | The Mixing Bowl

Italian cookies form their own category inside the cookie world. They often have interesting shapes, are not quite as sweet, and usually are very lightweight and crunchy. One variety, biscotti, are unusual because they are baked twice. There are many variations,...

State parks slowly reopening

State parks covid-19
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The California Department of Parks and Recreation on May 15 began to loosen up restrictions at 27 state parks. The agency previously closed parking lots at most of its locations, allowing visitors to walk in but encouraging...

Honoring workers | Photo Gallery

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British mustard spiced beef stew | The Mixing Bowl

british beef stew
Here is a simple beef stew with eccentric flavor accents that are a twist on the more basic recipe. The addition of Dijon mustard, curry powder and Worcestershire sauce make savory additions without being obnoxious. It is from...

Documentary about students’ trip to ‘Hamilton’ airs Saturday

pajaro middle hamilton show
PAJARO—Last year, every eighth-grader in Monterey County was given the gift of a lifetime: A chance to see the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton: An American Musical” live in San Francisco. Thanks to a generous donation by the Dan and...

Watsonville Film Festival receives grant from California Arts Council

WATSONVILLE—The California Arts Council (CAC) recently announced the allocation of a record-breaking $30 million—the largest investment in the council’s 40-plus year history. A total of 1,534 grants have been awarded to nonprofit organizations and government programs across the state in support of...

Local designer, shop owner gives back to community

Every year Sindy Hernandez, local fashion designer and owner of Queen’s Shoes, heads up two fundraisers to support local nonprofits. Dubbed Fashion Cares, the fundraisers have amassed money for Jacob’s Heart, CASA, Monarch Services and more.

Go Panthers! | Photo Gallery

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A Sweet and Savory Tail | The Mixing Bowl

Many cultures eat oxtail, the discreet name for the tail of the species Bos Taurus, usually called cattle in the live form, and beef, when they are eaten. A classic Italian dish is called coda alla vaccinara. Koreans eat gomguk, Filipinos...

Local artist continues work on community art project

Local artist Kathleen Crocetti is no stranger to working from home. Having her own art studio at home, she is used to working there, creating pieces and developing community art projects. But Crocetti admits that shelter-in-place has taken...
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San Jose man arrested in connection to fatal shooting in Santa...

SAN JOSE—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a San Jose man suspected of a fatal shooting that occurred on June...