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August 2019

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The Sweetest Heirloom T his past June, one of the women at our office threw a big graduation party for her son who had just graduated from high school. With so many people to feed, she planned a big trip to Costco to grab some bulk sides, but her son had one request: “Mom, will you please make your special potato salad?” It was sweet that he wanted a special family recipe at his graduation party. Hearing this story reminded me of my own mother’s macaroni salad. She used to cut up little bits of cheese and olives and found just the right combination of mayo and mustard. Mom made her famous macaroni salad for every family reunion or picnic, and everyone always came back for seconds. I never got the recipe before she died, and I regret that terribly. Even though we can find recipes for almost any dish or dessert online, there are some recipes that are wholly our own. Some were written down on cherished recipe cards, while others were memorized after learning them in Grandma’s kitchen. Unfortunately, if we’re not careful, those special family recipes that were passed down for generations can disappear because they weren’t shared or recorded while a family member was still alive. When my youngest daughter moved out of the house and into her first apartment, I got out the recipes for her favorite meals and wrote them on 3x5-inch cards. Then I put them in a recipe card box and gave them to her as a gift. She was delighted to be able to cook these recipes for herself after she was on her own. This is what people mean when they talk about comfort food. It’s the food we associate with happy memories and feelings of love. Remembering the Value of Family Recipes

A couple of years ago, I shared the story of my

grandmother’s orange coffee cake. This was a special recipe Grandma only made on Christmas Day. When my

grandmother passed away, I wanted to keep that tradition alive, but I’d never gotten the recipe from her! Heartbroken, I searched her house high and low. When I finally found the recipe, it was like uncovering a family heirloom I thought had been lost forever. Grandma’s orange coffee cake is delicious, but that’s not why I wanted the recipe. I wanted the recipe for the memories. Every year when we walked into her house on Christmas morning, we were greeted by the warm smell of coffee cake and Grandma’s hugs. When I make that coffee cake on Christmas morning, it’s like Grandma is celebrating with us. I’m so glad I can pass this recipe on to my girls so they can make it for their families one day and reminisce about the Christmases we spent together. This is the real importance of family recipes and why we should make a point to save those recipes when we have the chance.


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A Summer Send-Off for Your Garden

3 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for the Changing Season

Late summer is the perfect time to clean up your garden and prepare it for the coming winter. In the next couple of months, the temperature will start to drop, but by putting in work now, you can ensure your garden is healthy and ready to flourish next spring. You can even turn garden cleanup into a fun activity for the whole family. Here are three ways to get your garden ready for the next season, while sharing some valuable outdoor time with your loved ones. More Mulch, Please While most gardeners know the benefits of summer mulching, winter mulching can help lessen water loss, keep weeds out, and regulate soil temperatures during the colder months. It offers an added layer of protection for your plants’ roots, which can be sensitive to continuous freezing and thawing, by keeping the soil temperature more consistent. Out With the Old If any of your plants didn’t fare so well, take some time to remove them and clear space for future plants. This removal should include any invasive plants or weeds that found their way into the soil. Remember to use gloves, Two of the most common scams are phone scams and robocalls. These calls are incredibly annoying and can trick you out of valuable information if you’re not careful. While it might seem like these scams are inescapable, there are some precautions you can take to avoid their traps. Give them the silent treatment. One thing you can do to avoid these fraudulent, time- wasting calls is to simply hang up. If possible, it is best to not answer at all. It’s always good to have a list of numbers you can reference, so you never have to guess who is calling. Think of it as going one step beyond caller ID. In some cases, answering and then hanging up can actually do more harm than good. Answering the phone gives the scammers confirmation that the number works and that they should try again. Once your number is confirmed as active, it often gets put on an “active number” list that can then be sold to other scammers who market in these types of phone numbers. If you can’t verify who is calling without picking up, don’t answer. Let it go to voicemail. If it’s important, the person will leave a legitimate message and you can respond afterward.

wear long pants and socks, and use caution around thorns or plants that can cause irritation. For daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and any other bulbs that sprang up in the spring, you can now pull them up (if you haven’t already) and

divide any bulblets you find into separate plants. This will help cut down on crowding even more come spring.

Take Cover Cover crops are plants that improve soil health, reduce erosion, and keep your garden healthy, and now is a great time to plant them! Hardy legumes, field peas, certain types of clovers, and warm-season grasses can all work as cover crops, so talk to your landscaper or local nursery to pick out the best choices for your region. While you may not see the fruits of your labors until spring, you can still enjoy preparing your garden for a successful upcoming year and cherish the time you spend with your family outside.


What You Can Do to Protect Yourself From Phone Scams and Robocalls

Put up some deterrents. You can even go a step further and block the calls. Many phone service providers offer call-blocking options, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. You can sign up for this service in-store or on your service provider’s website. Each service costs about $4 per month. There are also a number of call-blocking apps available on Android and Apple devices, but if you subscribe to a blocking service through your phone provider, these apps are unnecessary. Finally, you can sign up for the Federal Trade Commission’s “Do Not Call” program ( While the Do Not Call program can help cut back on calls, this list is largely ignored by scammers. If you’re getting a ridiculous number of robocalls every day, signing up can offer you some brief respite. Thankfully, Congress is already attempting to fix this problem by making it harder for scammers to call you. But until they are able to pass tough, effective legislation, it is up to us as consumers to remain vigilant and do what we can to keep our personal and financial data safe and secure.




The internet is full of countless recipes for barbecue sauce, but none of them are quite as good as the sauce your grandpa used to make when you were a kid, right? Family recipes are truly irreplaceable, though we often don’t realize how special these recipes are until they’re lost forever. Here are three easy ways to save your precious family recipes. Make Your Own Cookbook Are your kitchen drawers overflowing with recipe cards and magazine clippings? Compile your favorite recipes in your very own cookbook! You can do this by getting a binder and archival print pages to store the originals safely. Or, if you want copies of the cookbook to share with family members, type up the recipes and have them professionally bound. Services like or offer affordable options for professionally bound books. Go Digital Paprika is a popular app for managing recipes on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can add your own

recipes to the app, as well as save any recipe you find online. In addition to being a great place to store recipes, Paprika also aids preparation with an interactive feature that checks off ingredients and highlights current steps. Learn more at Frame Your Favorites Is your great-grandmother’s recipe for red velvet cake a real work of art? Then why not frame it? Pick up a few frames from the store and start preserving these special pieces of your family legacy. Framed recipes make great kitchen decorations, and they’re easy to find when you want to make something special. Note: Sunlight will cause handwriting to fade with time, so be sure to scan the recipe first and frame the copy rather than the original.

We hope these help you to share your family recipes for generations to come.


Summertime Gazpacho

Directions 1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to Ingredients • 2 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes; cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 red bell pepper; cored, seeded, and sliced into ribbons

blender. Blend on low, gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve. • 1/4 cup basil leaves • 1 clove garlic, peeled • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed

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Local Events

The Last of Summer


Santa Cruz Shakespeare: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ Where: Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park, Santa Cruz When: July 26 to Sept. 1

Foods for Eye Health Where: New Leaf Community Markets, Santa Cruz

When: Tuesday, Aug. 13; 1–2 p.m. Admission: Visit website to register Website:

Admission: See website for tickets Website: the-comedy-of-errors

More than 50 million Americans suffer from eye problems, often due to a lack of vital nutrients in their daily diet. Certified nutrition consultant Madia Jamgochian is lifting the veil on the mystery of eye health and helping guests take a hard look at their lifestyle and diet. Learn what foods and habits can help improve your eye health at this educational class. Scotts Valley 20th Annual Art, Wine, & Beer Festival Where: Skypark, Scotts Valley When: Aug. 17–18 Admission: See website for pricing Website: Toast the end of summer with Scotts Valley’s favorite art and drink festival. Admire the work of local and national artists, grab a glass from local wineries and brewers, and enjoy live music all weekend long. Close out the summer under the sun!

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents a delightful twist on one of the Bard’s earliest works. In this version of “The Comedy of Errors,” a husband and wife are separated

at sea, each carrying one of their identical twin daughters and one of their daughters’ two servants (also identical twins). Thirty-three

years later, the family is reunited, in one wild day full of mistaken identities and hilarious high jinks. Anyone who says Shakespeare is boring has never seen SCS work their comedy magic.



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