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November 3, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Wolfe's Market in Claremont Village is a boutique grocery store, wine shop and meat counter, and it also has a remarkable ready-to-eat deli. We are addicted to the lemon pasta salad that includes zucchini, basil, peas and grape tomatoes among other things. Meg Hassenpflug Ontario Dear Meg: Sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant zucchini strips lend bright colors to this pasta salad, and the fresh lemon zest adds a nice zing. The pasta salad comes together in minutes, the flavors rounded out with fresh chopped basil and rich Parmigiano-Reggiano.
October 30, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most gardeners, basil is a wonderful harbinger of summer, but in India a variety known as holy basil, or tulsi ( Ocimum tenuiflorum ), is grown year-round. Basils have been cultivated in India for more than 5,000 years, for culinary and medicinal uses. Holy basil is far more aromatic and sharper in taste than the sweet Italian basils, so in cooking, it can be used in far smaller quantities. Even then, the flavor may be too intense for some palates. Not to be confused with Thai basil, holy basil is used in teas and in herbal Ayurvedic medicine.
October 29, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A $100-million apartment and shopping complex is being planned for a formerly neglected stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that once held a legendary rehearsal studio where generations of actors learned to dance and wield swords. Commercial real estate developer Sonny Astani said he bought a 1.9-acre site on Hollywood near Western Avenue for almost $11 million. Among the structures on the property is a building that was part of Falcon Studios, a performing arts school founded in 1929.
October 19, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Take everything you love about summer and arrange it beautifully on a plate. Juicy heirloom tomato wedges and bright chunks of cool watermelon come together perfectly in this salad from The Hungry Cat , punctuated with the light spice of arugula and floral notes of fresh basil and mint. Crumbled feta adds a nice hint of richness, and the tangy watermelon vinaigrette brings it all together. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
October 1, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
According to Food Editor Russ Parsons, a weeknight dinner can be as easy as a frittata. Russ has a recipe for shrimp and basil frittata that's about as easy as it gets with only six ingredients (shrimp, eggs, green onions, butter, salt and fresh basil leaves). Make the frittata ahead of time, so it's ready in the fridge when you need it, or whip it up when you get home -- the whole thing comes together in only 30 minutes. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less!
August 16, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
If you've ever tried scaling fish at home, you know what a mess it can be. Scales everywhere, just like confetti. Except they can be even more difficult to clean, because scales seem to stick to everything. Don't worry. It is possible to scale fish without the gigantic mess. Simply use a trash bag. Place the fish in a large plastic trash bag (not a plastic grocery bag, you need a big garbage bag so you have room to work), and cover the fish and your arms as you scale to contain the mess.
June 30, 2012 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Muscles taut, ears alert, Joey the cavalry horse is poised to charge the enemy line. On command, he gallops toward the German guns, heading straight for a swath of barbed wire. At the last moment, he leaps - and disappears in a giant flash of light. So ends Act 1 during a recent rehearsal for the drama"War Horse,"which opened its first U.S. tour at the Ahmanson Theatre this weekend. While the creative team compares notes, Joey stands and waits, still carrying his rider. After a few minutes, he stomps a hoof as if to say, "Let's get moving.
June 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
Hamilton on film Josh Hamilton's life reads like a movie script and, sure enough, a film about the Texas Rangers slugger is in the planning stages. Hamilton has given rights to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures for a movie to be written and directed by Casey Affleck , the entertainment website reported. Hamilton, of course, battled back from drug and alcohol abuse to become a star with the Rangers, and he won the American League most-valuable-player award in 2010.
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