December 14, 2013 |
The only real secret to roasting a great prime rib is starting with the best meat possible, and the rib roast I ordered from McCall's Meat & Fish Co. in Los Feliz was so beautiful I badgered my husband to photograph it before it went into the oven. I admired its plump, sturdy shape, the way butcher Nathan McCall had neatly frenched the bones and tied up the roast with precisely spaced knots. It was all natural - no hormones, no antibiotics - Prime Angus beef. At $17.99 a pound, it cost just over $140.
December 7, 2013 |
The Pac-12 Conference has changed, and UCLA seems to be keeping up with the cash-and-carry-the-day crowd. There was a time, just a few years ago, that UCLA didn't retain football coaches; it fired them. Bob Toledo , Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel all came and went. So this week was unfamiliar turf for Athletic Director Dan Guerrero . He handled it without stumbling. Keeping his football coach this week was a significant step. Washington officials were willing to pay a lot for Jim Mora , which was clear Friday when they gave Boise State Coach Chris Petersen a five-year deal reportedly worth $3.6 million a season.
December 5, 2013 |
The United Kingdom, already a leading international hub for filming, is doing even more to roll out the red carpet. The UK government on Thursday said it would strengthen tax credits for the film industry and offer new inducements to lure more visual effects business. Among the key changes, the government said it would offer a 25% credit on the first $32.7 million of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter. Currently, such projects could only claim a 20% rebate. Additionally, companies wouldn't have to spend as much in the country to qualify for UK film credits.
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2013 |
The steakhouse may be America's greatest single achievement. Sure, there's that Constitution everyone's so impressed with, and baseball and Elizabeth Banks. But if you had to narrow it down to one thing, one crowning glorious creation that captures the nation's spirit and pastoral roots, it's probably a red-boothed steakhouse, where the waitresses are as old as the best wines, and platters of beef are presented presidentially. In a good steakhouse, every man feels part king, part cowboy.
November 28, 2013 |
It's a retailer's worst nightmare: trampling, shoplifting and fighting on the busiest shopping day of the year. With several high-profile Black Friday incidents in recent years, merchants and shopping centers are on high alert. Security has been significantly beefed up and retailers have been training sales clerks on how to deal with crowds and protect not only customers but also employees and merchandise. "There's going to be double the security in stores on Black Friday morning," said Britt Beemer, chairman of consumer behavior firm America's Research Group.
November 22, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces have again bolstered their presence in the restive Sinai Peninsula as the country mourns 11 soldiers killed in a suicide car bombing Wednesday. A battle in Sinai between security forces and Islamic militants sympathetic to ousted President Mohamed Morsi has left at least 80 people dead since Morsi's ouster in a popular military coup in July, prompting security forces to launch a wide-scale offensive targeting militants and other outlaws in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that he believes the American public is not ready to accept the level of airport security that would be needed to prevent another attack like last week's deadly shooting at LAX . "We can search every car like a military checkpoint at gunpoint and make it impossible for [a shooting] to happen," Beck said. "But it would take days to get into LAX, and people are not ready for that. " "Neither am I," he added. On Friday, a Transportation Security Administration agent was killed and at least three other people were wounded when a gunman identified by police as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia opened fire at the entrance to a Los Angeles International Airport security checkpoint.
November 1, 2013 |
When I was in Korea a few weeks ago, I fell in love with something called tteok galbi , hand-chopped beef short ribs mixed with vegetables, aromatics, sometimes even pork, then grilled over a hot charcoal fire. Tteok is the Korean word for rice cake, but the patties are so called because they look a little like rice cakes, not because they include rice among their ingredients. They are more or less the local equivalent of hamburgers, served bare on a plate accompanied by neither rice nor bun. The best tteok galbi tends to be served with the bones inserted back into the patties as a sign of authenticity, and maybe to add a little flavor.
October 27, 2013 |
For generations, beef shoulder was a blue-collar cut of cow, fit for the meat grinder or crockpot but not much else. But where others saw pot roast, Tony Mata saw potential. Mata is a Dallas meat scientist whose mission is to find hidden gems in rough parts of the steer. He and a team of researchers came up with the industry's newest steak by mining the muscle under the shoulder blade for a tender pad of flesh. Unveiled last year at a trade show, the meat is starting to land on restaurant menus.
October 24, 2013 |
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.