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August 25, 1994
I can't believe it! One-half page devoted to how to boil an egg (In the Kitchen, Aug. 11). The Food Section used to be the first thing one reached for--now it is BORING, BORING, BORING. --MARY LOU QUINT Thousand Oaks
April 18, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
Call it the Great Easter Egg Smackdown of 2014. Every time I write about hard-boiled eggs, I seem to get a flood of mail telling me, essentially, "You're an idiot, and you're doing it all wrong. " So this year I threw down the gauntlet. On our Daily Dish blog and on social media, I posted a challenge to all those hard-boiled naysayers: You tell me how you do it, and we'll give it a try. Not to get all smug, but my method won out again. Though I did pick up a couple of refinements along the way. (None of which is to say, however, that I am not an idiot; just that I can boil an egg.)
May 20, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
As jazzy music played overhead, radio hosts Amir Mertaban and Mohamad Ahmad chatted casually with their guest, Isaac Yerushalmi, setting a relaxed mood. The show could have dissolved into a heated argument between two Muslims and a Jew, but in the inaugural run of "Boiling Point" on what's billed as the nation's first Muslim talk radio station, Mertaban was absorbed with more mundane matters. Still wearing his burgundy Fairplex shirt from his day job as a manager for the Los Angeles County Fair, Mertaban looked over the show's introduction.
March 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Raymond Chandler is among our most stylized writers, an innovator of what we might call high noir, with its cut-glass imagery, its cynical world-weariness (although never ennui). Such a posture defines him - or, more accurately, his detective, Philip Marlowe - as a wise-cracker with repartee as sharp as a fedora's brim. And yet, the more I read (and re-read) Chandler, the more I appreciate his vision of Los Angeles, the "big angry city" he described as "no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness" in his 1953 novel "The Long Goodbye.
June 11, 1994
Are we still a "melting pot" or have we become a "boiling pot"? JOHN A. JURGUTIS Santa Monica
November 5, 1997
Madeline Brink ("Lobsters' Pain," Oct. 22) was concerned about the humane treatment (or lack thereof) of lobsters during boiling. I am a zoology professor at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, and I would like to correct a few statements. First, lobsters cannot scream when immersed in boiling water because lobsters have no structures to make such sounds. My postdoctoral studies were on crayfish, freshwater relatives of lobsters, and I know of no published studies which state that any crustacean could live up to 12 minutes in boiling water.
September 7, 1985
Bob Carey's photograph (Sept. 4) of "Clouds and Concrete" should win some kind of special award. The tall supporting column of the freeways seeming to reach to a sky boiling with angry clouds, and the jumbled terrain below seems to be a scene from the future, not from today. Excellent work! WILMA S. VOGEL Agoura
January 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who told a 911 operator he killed his girlfriend and cooked her body later described his actions as being compelled by God, police said in Tyler. Christopher Lee McCuin, 25, was arrested after police said they found an ear boiling in a pot on a stove top. He was being held on $2-million bond.
March 3, 1996
How obscurely refreshing it was to read the Judith Sims article on canning ("Shelf Life," Style, Jan. 28). I, too, am a canner, who had to remember how it was done back home in Rhode Island when I was a youngster. The horde of fruit trees in my backyard quivers with anticipation when I pull out the long-handled picker and start boiling lids. Victoria Clare Los Angeles
April 13, 1989 | From the Washington Post
Making coffee and tea are old arts. But it's amazing how they have gotten lost through the years. There is a right way and a wrong way to brew each, and unfortunately they are not the same. While very hot--but not boiling--water should be used for coffee, boiling water is best for tea. That's for starters. Coffee: Brewing the perfect cup of coffee requires the perfect water temperature and the perfect amount of coffee, which requires adjustments for personal taste. The water should be 195 to 205 degrees (cooler would not be hot enough to extract the flavor of the grind; warmer would be boiling and cut off the oxygen)
February 20, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The latest incarnation of "Thérèse Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel of lust and murder, arrives not as a bodice ripper but a bodice unbuttoner. Aiming for the screw-tightening tension of noir, writer-director Charlie Stratton lands in a murky region of the gray scale with "In Secret," a film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title. With varying degrees of success, Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange struggle against the shaky mix of melodrama, black comedy, ghost story and a soupçon of Grand Guignol.
February 19, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Don't blame the little fish. And don't call it the Central Valley. Both comments, repeated incessantly, were irritants during President Obama's visit to parched California farm country last week. The president was there - in the San Joaquin Valley - to cuddle with water hogs. The hogs are large growers who use lots of water, have just about run out and are angry because they're being denied other people's. And they keep complaining that the government is favoring a little "bait fish" over farmers.
February 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office - meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incumbent with presidents, senators and hometown sports heroes. Henry Waxman's wall has bills, dozens of them - bills he helped turn into law, along with the pens that six presidents used to sign them, going back to Jimmy Carter. There's the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, which virtually invented the generic drug industry (Ronald Reagan signed that one)
January 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It is, theoretically, a really cool gimmick. If you were in the Midwest when temperatures plunged to about 30 degrees below zero this week, it was probably cold enough to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze in midair. An ABC News reporter did just that on the air . So did a pair of TV meteorologists in Lexington, Ky. "All you have to do is bundle up, get some boiling water, and throw it out in the subzero temperatures and see what happens," one broadcaster in North Dakota said . "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome," Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV anchor in Minneapolis, tweeted to his followers on Sunday . "Do it, people.
January 1, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It has been a long time since the Cold War crumbled to dust, making a small mockery of decades of mutually assured paranoia. Those nuclear arsenals, those drop drills, those bad dreams - what were they all for? Kids these days have no idea. Frankly, it's hard to remember myself. One corollary benefit of that time is a great lore and literature of espionage, fictional and factual, a cornerstone of pop culture and childhood play over the last half of the 20th century - and with a change of players, into this one. (Hello, "Homeland.
October 4, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The verdict was delivered in the "Special Events Center" at the Los Angeles County courthouse, with dozens of people queuing up in the hallway as if they were there for a concert. The case itself had been mostly mundane; rooted in the details of contract and credentials, it dragged on for five months. But its finish was always destined to be a spectacle, because the man on trial was Michael Jackson, the King of Pop - never mind that the case was named "Katherine Jackson vs. AEG Live.
June 1, 1989 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: Preserving surplus lemon juice is relatively easy: One freezes it in an ice cube tray and makes lemonade later on. It ties up the freezer, though. It would be nice if one could preserve the juice as a syrup that can be stored at room temperature to use as a lemonade base when desired. Would you have such a recipe? Answer: The book "Cooking With Sunshine" (Atheneum: 1986, $24.95), with recipes from the Sunkist Kitchens, includes the following Lemonade Syrup Base. Although this base requires refrigeration, you will free space in the freezer.
January 21, 1985
Polly Browder's letter (Jan. 12) regarding the proper preparation of tea is correct in most respects but with some important omissions. She overlooked mentioning the first step before pouring boiling water over the tea, and that is that the empty teapot must first be rinsed with boiling water. Tea is added, one teaspoon for each cup and one more for the pot. The pot (I prefer a crockery pot to the finest silver one) is covered with a cozy and allowed to steep. The first cup (I also like to rinse the empty teacup with boiling water)
September 26, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Growing tensions within the Republican Party over the influence of tea party groups boiled over on the Senate floor Thursday as a leading GOP senator accused two conservative colleagues of letting their personal ambitions stand in the way of achieving the party's goals. The angry exchange marked an extraordinary departure from the elaborate courtesies that usually cloak Senate debate. It began with an effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to speed up votes on a spending bill passed last week by the House.
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