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FOOD
October 22, 2008
Broccoli and roasted garlic soup Total time : 1 hour, plus 45 minutes roasting time for the garlic Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from "Autumn Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends" by Rick Rodgers. He notes, "Roasted garlic is a great thing to have in the refrigerator, ready to perk up your everyday cooking. I often take a few seconds to prepare a couple of heads and toss them in the oven when I am roasting something else. One autumn Saturday, when I wanted a warming soup after gardening, I made this soup from what was on hand, and now it's a staple.
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HEALTH
June 30, 2008
Re: ["Picky Eaters, Sneaky Parents," June 23], I found this article interesting and disturbing. Parents secretly putting things (even if it's broccoli) into their children's food without their knowing it? When they grow up, I wonder what they'll think of that? Seems a trust is broken here, and I'm not sure it won't affect food issues these children may have down the line. Delicious is key where food and children are concerned. If a parent wants to get a child to eat fruit, he or she can wash, chop and freeze fresh strawberries, then take a blender and pour in one cup of fat-free milk.
HEALTH
May 21, 2007 | Susan Bowerman, Special to The Times
The picky eating habits of children can drive parents to distraction. Foods that smell funny, or are too hot, too cold, too crunchy or too mushy: all are candidates for rejection. And when it comes to trying to get kids to eat their vegetables, the task often seems insurmountable. Youngsters naturally prefer tasty foods that are high in calories -- a nod to their biology, which is designed to ensure adequate intake while they're growing rapidly.
SCIENCE
April 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eating foods like broccoli and soy has been linked to lower cancer rates, and UCLA researchers said they may have discovered the biological mechanism behind the protective effect. Using cells in a lab dish, they found that diindolylmethane, a compound resulting from digestion of cruciferous vegetables, and genistein, an isoflavone in soy, reduce the production of two proteins needed for breast and ovarian cancers to spread.
HEALTH
February 19, 2007 | Susan Bowerman, Special to The Times
If you can't stand black coffee, chances are good that you also turn up your nose at bitter-tasting grapefruit juice, broccoli, spinach, green tea or soy products. You may be a genetic "super-taster" -- with more specialized taste buds on the tip of your tongue than the average person. For you, tasting foods can be the equivalent of feeling objects with 50 fingers instead of five -- due to tiny genetic differences you share with fellow super-tasters. The super-taster story goes back decades.
NATIONAL
December 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Someone got way more than the recommended daily serving of vegetables when a refrigerated trailer loaded with $50,000 worth of broccoli was stolen from Villa Park. Detective Ed Zorich said the thief was probably after the trailer, not the vegetables. The theft was entered into the stolen-vehicle database, but police had no immediate leads. "We have homicides happening in town," Zorich said. "We're not really looking for a truck of broccoli right now."
HEALTH
February 13, 2006 | Elena Conis
Mature broccoli is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and several phytochemicals that are proving to be powerful anti-cancer agents in the lab. Young broccoli sprouts, however, have a much higher concentration of two types of these cancer-fighting chemicals known as glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. Similar compounds are also found in other cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and mustard greens.
FOOD
March 9, 2005 | Carolynn Carreno, Special to The Times
"Asking a farmer where he gets his seeds," says Bill Coleman, of Coleman Family Farms in Carpinteria, "is like ... I don't know what to compare it to. You just don't do it." The particular seeds in question are those for broccoli spigarello, a leafy green member of the brassica family, whose origin seems a mystery.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2004 | Bilen Mesfin, Associated Press
The patch of land in front of the old barn is primed, its soil plowed. Soon, an unusual breed of broccoli will sprout here, and is expected to flourish in temperatures above 100 degrees. Being planted in the early summer and maturing in high heat is a new thing for broccoli, a cool-season vegetable grown almost exclusively along California's foggy coast. Exposure to heat can devastate a crop, causing irregular heads, brown spots and other damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Dana Broccoli, the widow of movie producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and the president of the company that owns the film rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, has died. She was 82. Broccoli, a novelist and theatrical producer, died of cancer Sunday at her home in Beverly Hills.
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