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November 30, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
You know the holidays are just around the corner when you start spotting fresh chestnuts in the market. Wonderful as they may be to eat, chestnuts can be tricky to peel, especially if you've never worked with them (or are feeling a bit rusty at the start of the season). Food editor Russ Parsons has a simple but great guide for roasting, peeling and using chestnuts . We also include a step-by-step photo gallery to help you figure out how to score and peel them. You might also want to consider purchasing a chestnut knife to help you tackle the nuts.
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SPORTS
July 4, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Joey Chestnut, the California king of eating contests, has won the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest for an unprecedented seventh year in a row by finishing off a record 69 wieners and buns in 10 minutes on Thursday at Coney Island, N.Y. The 29-year-old from San Jose had set the record with 68 hot dogs in 2009 and tied it last year. You can see his technique in ESPN's Sports Science video above. Chestnut eclipsed the record of six victories by former rival Takeru Kobayashi.
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FOOD
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.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
You know the holidays are just around the corner when you start spotting fresh chestnuts in the market. Wonderful as they may be to eat, chestnuts can be tricky to peel, especially if you've never worked with them (or are feeling a bit rusty at the start of the season). Food editor Russ Parsons has a simple but great guide for roasting, peeling and using chestnuts . We also include a step-by-step photo gallery to help you figure out how to score and peel them. You might also want to consider purchasing a chestnut knife to help you tackle the nuts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1997 | Chris Pasles
Don't be put off by the Latin title. Drawn from Praetorius' magnum opus, this "Festive Concert of Peace and Joy" offers soaring, sumptuous Renaissance works, performed gloriously. Disc One consists of works related to Christmas; Disc Two ranges more widely, embracing Easter and general prayers for peace. Both are intoxicating in ornamented vocal writing, colorful instrumentation and deeply felt expression.
OPINION
December 29, 2003
Re "They're All Aglow for Chestnuts," Dec. 25: As a suburban teenager shopping or going to the movies in midtown Manhattan during the winter, I loved to buy hot roasted chestnuts on the street. Scooped from a brazier and served in tiny brown paper bags, they were fun to peel, and delicious. Thanks for bringing back a warm memory. It doesn't have to be minus 20 for hot chestnuts to taste good. The first vendor who roasts chestnuts on the 3rd Street Promenade on a nippy L.A. winter day should do just fine.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2002
We were in the Italian Alps and Bolzano last October on a 10-day coach trip to Lake Garda at the Italian lakes, where we stayed for a week and took excursions to nearby places. "Enjoying the High Life in Italy's Alps" (Feb. 17) brought back happy memories, and you even had a photo of the marketplace where we walked and saw the splendid flowers and vegetables and the vendor selling bags of hot chestnuts. GILLIAN W. SAMPLES Glendale
BUSINESS
August 28, 1988
On the shaky premise that one person can make a difference, I lament the passage of the real Trader Joe, Joe Coulombe, from helmsman of Trader Joe's to whatever enterprise he goes into. (Aug. 12, "Trader Joe's Founder Again on a Solo Path") Notwithstanding Coulombe's high praise for his successor, one can only feel apprehensive about the future. Will our supplies of Shortbread Bobbies and Psyllium Husks continue unabated? What about the luscious Twining's Earl Grey tea--at about half Safeway's price?
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
FOOD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
NATIONAL
April 16, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2009 | Rachel Kurowski, Kurowski writes for the Associated Press.
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.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
November 5, 2008 | RUSS PARSONS
On a hill just outside the Gold Rush town of Nevada City, Calif., about an hour northeast of Sacramento, stands a sweet 1890s Victorian farmhouse surrounded by several acres of venerable-looking gardens. There are craggy cherry and plum trees and an apple tree so old it's little more than a hollowed-out stump that somehow still manages to sprout green branches. The grapevine that covers a backyard arbor has a trunk at least a foot around.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2008 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Cyrus Chestnut's new CD, "Cyrus Plays Elvis," is an 11-track exploration of the seemingly unlikely combination of the music of Elvis Presley as filtered through the ears of a jazz musician. But a live performance is something else. Chestnut is always a dynamic performer, his playing clearly inspired by a string of jazz stylists reaching from Fats Waller and Earl Hines to Errol Garner and Gene Harris, with a seasoning of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk tossed in for good measure.
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