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Fermented butter, ripened butter Columns Columns: Tom Andersen Food & Drink 

A Better Butter

By Tom Andersen Fermented butter? Who’d have thought, but yes indeed it is. Nowadays they call it “cultured” butter and it is a premium, but in my grandma’s notebook from 1917 it is called “ripened.” Ripened as opposed to “sweet cream.” She typically cooked and baked with sweet-cream butter because it had a lighter flavor and was usually not salted,… Read More
Cabrillo Stage Marie Antoinette Local News Theater 

A Theatrical Retelling of the Life and Final Days of Marie Antoinette

By Katelyn Laird Take a dive into the extravagant and dangerous world of the French monarchy with David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette” staged by Cabrillo College’s Theater Arts department and directed by Cabrillo Stage Artistic Director, Andrea Hart. In this dark, witty, and contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values… Read More
Loch Lomond Felton Opens for Season Outdoors Parks Recreation 

Loch Lomond is Open for the Season

By Mary Andersen Daytrippers rejoice! Loch Lomond, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is open. Administered by the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, the reservoir plays the concurrent roles of supplying drinking water and providing recreational activities. Long enjoyed by boaters, hikers, fisherpeople, picnickers, wildlife watchers, and photographers alike, the park also offers environmental education events for local schools,… Read More
Ben Lomond Village Alliance Ben Lomond Community Local News 

Ben Lomond Village Alliance

By Julie Horner Santa Cruz County Parks Department Superintendent Jesse Williams and Recreation Supervisor Sarah Shea met with the newly formed Ben Lomond Village Alliance recently to begin laying the groundwork to revitalize Ben Lomond’s historic Mill Street and surrounding areas. The goal is to partner with county representatives, local businesses, and concerned individuals from the San Lorenzo Valley to… Read More
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Fire Recovery Outdoors Parks Recreation 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Update

California State Parks staff continues to move forward with the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Facilities Management Plan (BBFMP). Site planning and design considerations are in the works with the Reimagining Big Basin project team engaging stakeholders and the public in the recovery from the August 2020 CZU fires. A round of public meetings and an open house are to… Read More