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Strawberry-Basil Granita Recipe

Strawberry-Basil Granita Recipe

By Brianna Nathan

Summer is officially here! Whether you love or hate the heat, I think it’s fair to say that no one wants to bake in the summer. Why turn on the oven when it’s already 100 outside? That said, my sweet tooth certainly doesn’t go away just because it’s too hot to function. The solution? Ice cold desserts, like this granita, that hits a sweet spot without heating up the house. Once you’re comfortable with the recipe, there are endless variations – including my favorite, adding a couple of tablespoons of booze (be careful not to add too much or it won’t freeze properly).

 

Strawberry-Basil Granita

3 pints strawberries, hulled

4-5 basil leaves

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Reader Showcase // Kenwood Cabin Bunk Beds

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Built these from plans found on The Design Confidential. Changed a few things but the plans were great! Thank you! 

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CDPH Issues Penalties to Eight Hospitals

CDPH Issues Penalties to Eight Hospitals

July 24, 2014 - CDPH issued 10 penalties today to 8 CA hospitals along with fines totaling $775,000 after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients... Read More

Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Modesto Grand Prix Organizers and the Modesto Area Express (MAX) have finalized a partnership that will allow spectators to take the bus free of charge to the downtown event on August 2nd and 3rd. Guests can choose from one of two locations for a quick easy shuttle to the event with free parking.

The first location is located at the MJC East Campus parking lot on Stoddard and Tully Avenues. The second location will be the Health Services of Stanislaus County and Pediatric Center located at 830 Scenic Avenue. The bus will begin shuttling spectators every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets for the Modesto Grand Prix are on sale now for $10 per person. The price will increase to $15 per person at the gate. Please note: children age 10 and under are free.

Please call the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department for more information at (209) 577-5344.

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2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

Summer is the perfect time for salads. The veggies and fruit are so tasty and fresh, and it is usually just too darn hot to heat up the kitchen.

One of our very own Mamas, Kim Box, has written a cook book all about the beauty of the salad. Here's a little bit about her:

Everything you need to know about home canning

Everything you need to know about home canning

Wondering what to do with that surplus of garden veggies? Home canning is a great way to preserve today's garden bounty for the cooler days of fall and winter. If you are wanting to try out home preserving but don't know where to begin, we have some great tips to get you started... Read More

One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. bicycle collision


Two teens on a bike were injured, one fatally when they were struck by a car while in a Modesto intersection Monday night.

The collision was at Sylvan Avenue at Keller Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Modesto police Officer Scott Nelson said a 2014 Volkswagen heading eastbound on Sylvan and the bicyclists collided.

Killed was 17-year-old Thomas Johnson of Modesto, according to the Stanislaus County coroner. The other 17 year old was transported to an area hospital with several injuries. Nelson said the boy's condition was upgraded from critical condition Tuesday and he was expected to survive.

The 23-year-old Modesto woman driving the Volkswagen was not hurt.

Nelson said there were no obvious indications of alcohol or drug use by the driver. He said there were signs of possible alcohol consumption by the boys. They were not wearing safety helmets.