May 1, 2012 |
Actor Morris Chestnut, of "Boyz N the Hood" fame, has sold his equestrian property in Hidden Hills as a short sale for $2.3 million. The six-bedroom, 61/2-bathroom Mediterranean sits on 2.4 acres that include a tennis court, a swimming pool, a covered patio, a barbecue area, a pasture and a five-stall stable. A long driveway leads past mature trees and an expansive lawn to a porte-cochere. The 5,522-square-foot house, built in 1974 and remodeled during Chestnut's ownership, has a suite with a separate entrance on one floor, and all other living areas on the main floor.
November 17, 2011
There are two secrets to preparing this recipe by Russ Parsons. First, steaming the Brussels sprouts whole and then quartering them, which gives a beautiful range of colors, flavors and textures, from the tender, sweet, dark green of the outside to the bright, slightly bitter, crisp center. And not overcooking them; that's what creates that stinky sulfurous cabbage smell. To make Thanksgiving Day go more smoothly, you can cook the Brussels sprouts the day before and then cook the bacon and chestnuts and finish the dish shortly before serving.
July 26, 2011
In the 20 years since the release of "Boyz N the Hood," the film's principals have all gone on to solid acting careers, including an Academy Award: John Singleton: The director is preparing to release his eighth film since "Boyz. " Following a "Shaft" sequel starring Samuel L. Jackson, and "2 Fast 2 Furious," the second installment of the car racing franchise, Singleton's "Abduction," a thriller starring "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner, will open nationwide on Sept. 23. Laurence Fishburne: With a steady stream of film and television projects to his credit — perhaps most notably his roles as Ike Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It" (which reunited him with "Boyz" costar Angela Bassett)
April 16, 2011 |
From atop a small hill in Virginia, Fred Hebard has views into the past and the future. Ahead of him: the ancient peaks of southern Appalachia. American chestnut trees once held sway across those hazy hills, numbering some 4 billion across the eastern United States. Behind Hebard: a fledgling forest of spindly chestnut trees, their young branches bare and quivering in the cold wind. If all goes well, those trees are the beginning of a new species, one created in a chestnut mating project aimed at salvaging the American chestnut tree from near extinction.
September 27, 2009 |
In the romantic City of Light, the bees are downright busy. Common sense says it's better to keep hives of stinging insects in the countryside, away from city centers packed with people. Yet on storied rooftops and in public gardens in the urban jungle of Paris, the bee business is thriving. Bees are disappearing from fields across France and elsewhere in the world, victims of a loss of habitat as well as a mysterious factor variously attributed to disease, parasites and pesticides.
November 12, 2008
I grew up in Boston with roasting chestnuts, so I know firsthand about their delicious flavor and of course how to prepare them. The Italians in our family score the nut only once across the round belly. It is usually a score that is more than halfway across the nut. When it is fully cooked, the outer shield folds in half, exposing the nut. Some nuts, because of their shape, are difficult to open no matter how you cook them.