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July 24, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
At Wattles Farm, the community garden in Hollywood, Gina Thomas pointed out a cluster of tiny, husk-enclosed ground cherries hidden among the foliage. Some were no bigger than marbles. "It comes from South America," she said, adding that one Wattles gardener from Poland makes pies out of the cherries. "They look like tomatillos but are sweet and tart at the same time -- the crunchiness of a tomato with the sweetness of a cherry. The very yellow ones are the sweetest. " But be warned: The leaves and unripened fruit are toxic.
April 19, 2014
Southern Italy is full of undiscovered gems with tremendous quality for the price. This Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (not to be confused with the much pricier Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) from the Masciarelli estate is one such wine. The vineyards are worked organically, the way the family has always done it. Made from the indigenous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, the 2009 Masciarelli "Marina Cveti" is rich and full-bodied, tasting of crushed blackberries and cherries, with a touch of tobacco and earth.
May 13, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes, plus at least 4 hours' chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: This slightly sweet soup is an adaptation of a classic Hungarian dish. It makes an elegant first course for an early-summer dinner. 8 whole cloves 12 whole allspice 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 12 whole black peppercorns 1 (750-ml) bottle rose wine 1/3 cup sugar 2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 3/4 cup creme fraiche or yogurt, plus 1/2 cup more for serving 1. Cut a piece of cheesecloth about 5 inches square.
April 4, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
Lew Thomas' first U.S. solo exhibition in almost 20 years focuses on work from the 1970s, creating a kind of bridge between the early days of Conceptual art and the 1980s “Pictures” generation. In this sense, the content and style of the show at Cherry and Martin is familiar; more surprising is the way Thomas' deadpan sense of humor comes through. “34 Avenue Between Geary and Clement” from 1972 is a series of photographs of every building on a San Francisco block. It's urban density's answer to Ed Ruscha's 1966 “Every Building on the Sunset Strip.” Elsewhere, Thomas' work aligns with that of artists like Sherrie Levine and Louise Lawler, who shifted art's focus to the context surrounding the work.
April 30, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Cherries!?" Almost everyone who passed the Murray Family Farms stand at the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesday blurted out this word in varied tones of delight, surprise, and skepticism. Delight at the sight of the first stone fruit of the season; surprise, because cherries usually have not shown up at the market until a bit later, in early May; and skepticism that such early fruit could taste good. And it's true, all too often the first cherries of the season have been a disappointing tease — tart, soft, or tasteless.
May 28, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Growing cherries is always a roll of the dice for farmers, because if rain falls when the fruits are ripe on the tree, a large portion of them can split and be ruined. You'd think that by late May the main danger would have passed, but J.P. Barbagelata, who is hoping to bring Bings to the Santa Monica market next Wednesday, had the agonizing experience of driving off last Tuesday just as the rain was starting to fall on his farm in Linden, near Stockton. As he drove he heard that a quarter-inch had fallen, and that more was expected.
January 20, 2011
  Tu Bishvat challah kugel with dried cherries and almonds Total time: 2 hours Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Servings: 6 Note: If you like, serve each portion of the kugel with a spoonful of sour cream and a few dried cherries. Instead of using almond milk, you can prepare this kugel with milk or soy milk.
September 27, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
You can still smoke in parts of the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, a place where time travels in reverse, sin is celebrated and inhibition does not exist. You can light one cigarette after another while you gamble away your Social Security check and miss payments on the oxygen tank, and it's nobody's business but your own. I found myself suppressing a cough as I strolled the Marlboro-scented casino floor looking for somebody to talk to. The economy is still on the mat, California gaming revenue dropped in 2008 for the first time in more than a decade, and yet the cars still roll into the lots at Morongo, Pechanga and Agua Caliente, among other gambling halls.
March 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Robert DeFeo, the official cherry blossom watcher at the National Park Service, predicts the blossoms will peak this year between March 21 and March 28. Unfortunately, this is the week before the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a parade, concerts, Japanese theater performances and other activities from March 29 to April 12.
March 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Most of the cherry trees circling the Tidal Basin should be bursting with pink and white blossoms in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, according to the National Park Service. About 70% of the trees should be in full flower April 4 through 9, though a sudden warming trend might speed up the process, said Rob DeFeo, the park service's chief horticulturist.
February 24, 2014 | By Chris Barton
"Good things come to those who wait," Neneh Cherry sings over stormy electronics and a skittering rhythm on her first solo album in 16 years. If there's a lingering take-away from "Blank Project," that's it. Cherry, whose breakout hit "Buffalo Stance" was practically inescapable in the late '80s, left music for years before reemerging with "The Cherry Thing" in 2012. A brash stab of skronky jazz-punk that paired Cherry's soulful vocals with a blustery Scandinavian saxophone trio, the record was one of the year's best.
August 2, 2013
Chewy Ginger-Sour Cherry Biscotti Active Work Time: 25 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 55 minutes From Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills. 1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup dark molasses 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts or peeled hazelnuts 1 cup dried sour cherries 1/2 cup minced crystallized ginger Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
June 29, 2013
By Kari Howard I was introduced to one of this week's bands, Balmorhea, in a video for a song called “Pyrakantha.”   If I needed an excuse, the short film made me fall in love with Los Angeles again. Showing a skateboarder making his way through the city as darkness falls and streetlights and neon signs flicker on, it doesn't romanticize Los Angeles. You see the incongruity of geese honking in the concrete of the L.A. River. Children eating ice cream cones outside Ray's Market & Liquor.
June 22, 2013 | By John Verive
The brewers at Hangar 24 have been busy. The Redlands brewery has six new or seasonal beers on tap for the summer and three of them are made with produce from the farmers in the Redlands community. From blood oranges to Bing cherries, they're putting fruit in everything from IPAs to wheat beers to keep customers' thirst at bay this summer. Belgian Summer Ale is Hangar 24's usual summer beer, and the light and spicy blond hit stores and taps last month. Joining it this month is Essence -- the popular citrus infused double IPA that debuted last summer.
June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
I reserve a special loathing for flavored alcohol. Atrocities like pomegranate, cotton candy and melon-flavored vodkas make me want to rip my taste buds out by their roots. And don't even get me started about flavored whiskey. Yes, the makers of Fireball cinnamon-flavored whiskey are rolling in the large profits they make off unseasoned drinkers at keg parties, but they should also be made to roll in a fire pit. May I suggest the special place in hell reserved for those who would befoul the sacred treaty between brown liquor and a sense of (or at least an aspiration to)
June 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Fish have to swim. Birds have to fly. Marc Cherry has to write women. At least that's how the creator of "Desperate Housewives" explains why he jumped into another female-heavy series after a headline-grabbing run with his ABC drama that included behind-the-scenes havoc and a face-off in court with one of its stars. And already, the new one is proving to wag as many tongues. With "Devious Maids," Cherry shifts his focus from the sordidness of suburban life to the class wars playing out in high society.
Cherry lovers, beware. One of summer's sweet rewards will all but disappear from the market soon. The storm that drenched the state on Memorial Day also devastated California's cherry crop at the height of harvest. Only about 15% of the cherry crop had been picked by the weekend, and the remaining tree-ripened cherries swelled and cracked after absorbing water from the more than 2 inches of rain that fell, cherry grower Ralph Lucchetti said.
Edward Levitt fancies himself a gentleman farmer. At the height of cherry season each year, the 82-year-old retired animator opens up Sandberg U-Pick Cherry Farm to the public to pluck the fruit from nearly 1,000 trees on the 130-acre property nestled in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest. Levitt's orchard is just one of several pick-your-own cherry farms in and around Leona Valley.
May 18, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Clafoutis. It's a rustic French dessert of fruit topped with a batter and baked. This week, S. Irene Virbila shares a beautiful story of a classic cherry clafoutis she remembers from long ago. The method is simple: "Rinse off the cherries, remove their stems, lay them in a single layer in the bottom of a casserole, its glaze crackled with use and age. Whisk together two or three eggs, some flour and sugar, a little milk and cream and pour...
May 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Périgord, France, many years ago: I sit at the oilcloth-covered table, watching the bee climb in and out of the jam jar as I listen to its buzz. The sun is a shock of gold outside the window. The cicadas keep time, rubbing their wiry legs together, spinning out the afternoon. It is hot at the table, claustrophic inside the cottage. I look longingly at the shade spread out beneath the cherry tree. The bee isn't in any hurry. He somehow knows he has all the time in the world, that the 78-year-old woman who lives in the cottage can't see him. She is blind.
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