April 1, 2013 |
Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, getting the chicken pox was practically a rite of passage for kids. But now, nearly 20 years after approval of a vaccine for the varicella virus, which causes the itchy illness, chicken pox is a rarity. A new study conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics confirms that the vaccine is, indeed, effective -- reducing cases of chicken pox in one large cohort of kids as much as tenfold over a 14-year study period.
March 29, 2013 |
Blake Shelton, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Fallon and writer Chris Tartaro are ... "The Chickeneers. " Things got a little egg-centric on the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" set Thursday when "The Voice" judge, "Parks & Rec" star, late-night host and TV writer performed their rendition of "Ho Hey!" by Grammy-nominated band the Lumineers. Dressed as chickens. Clucking their way through the whole song. No words, just clucks. Bock , bock and everything. The quartet was costumed as bright yellow fowl, a la Big Bird, and delivered a nearly straight-faced performance of the hit song in celebration of Easter this Sunday.
March 22, 2013 |
I'm convinced you have to make paella a dozen or more times before you can get it right every time. I'm just about there and last week it all came together with a chicken, shrimp and mussel paella for eight. The secret is a good stock, using La Bomba paella rice and the best saffron you can find. This time the rice was perfect - not too wet, not too dry, every grain suffused with that rich shellfish stock. Practice makes perfect. The wine that worked beautifully with it was the 2003 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia "Viña Gravonia.
March 19, 2013 |
A rice-eating chicken has laid a giant egg weighing nearly half a pound. Unfortunately for Easter-egg-painting Americans, the chicken is in Guizhou, in southwestern China. The fowl's owner told the media that the hen began laying the eggs about a week ago. When it struggled to lay its first gigantic egg, "she thought the hen was dying. " Now it has laid several such beastly eggs. When villagers cracked open one of the latest, they found two yolks inside - and another regular-sized egg. They cracked that one open and found ... no new surprises, thank goodness. The owner said the only thing that distinguished this hen from her others was its diet.
March 5, 2013 |
Barbara Walters made her triumphant return to "The View" this week after being laid up with a series of maladies, including chicken pox, since late January. And after a few surprises for her, like an appearance by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a bouquet of flowers, Walters had a surprise of her own: the identity of the actor who gave her chicken pox in the first place. As Walters confirmed on Tuesday's show, the actor who gave her chicken pox is Frank Langella, with whom Walters shared a New Year's Eve smooch on the cheek a few weeks before.
February 23, 2013
Chicken and andouille smoked sausage gumbo Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen" by Paul Prudhomme. 1 small (2- to 3-pound) chicken, or ½ of a large (5- to 6-pound) chicken, cut up 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (preferably cayenne), divided 1 cup finely chopped onions 1 cup finely chopped green bell peppers 3/4 cup finely chopped celery 1 1/4 cups flour Vegetable oil for deep frying About 7 cups chicken broth 1/2 pound andouille sausage, or any good pork sausage (such as Polish kielbasa)
February 21, 2013 |
Whenever I buy chicken to cook or grill, I always go for the whole bird and cut it up myself. Whole birds can be much cheaper than pre-cut pieces -- often a fraction of the price -- and they're so easy to break down when you know what you're doing. If you're intimidated by the thought of cutting up a chicken, don't be. It will probably feel a little foreign at first, but once you start practicing, you'll soon get the hang of it. Follow this simple step-by-step guide. A couple of quick tips: Make sure you have a sturdy, sharp chef's knife and scissors, and give yourself plenty of clean space and time (relax; speed will build the more you do it)
February 17, 2013 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Mindy Friess in Torrance: "A visiting cousin from Georgia and I recently ate lunch at the Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach , and she loved the avocado vinaigrette salad dressing - so much so that we returned for dinner the following day just so she could order it again. Any possibility that the Bluewater Grill would share its recipe for this salad dressing? It would make one Georgia peach very happy. " Anything to keep a Georgia peach happy!
February 16, 2013 |
Seth Green slumps on a bench seat in a 1970s Winnebago that's parked inside of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Burbank. A nasty case of strep throat has him feeling low. But the fact that "Robot Chicken," the off-color stop-motion animated series Green created with Matthew Senreich was renewed for a seventh season, perks him up a bit. "We thought it was the same generation as us who grew up watching the same TV shows and eating the same cereal," says...
February 15, 2013 |
Chicken doesn't have to be boring. Show it a little love with a flavorful marinade and chicken can be downright amazing. Why not dress up your chicken with bright, fresh lime and lemongrass, a little sesame oil and coconut milk, a touch of brown sugar and a hint of heat from some fresh Thai chiles? A Thai coconut marinade is simple, and comes together in minutes. The trick is to give the chicken enough time to properly marinate, so the flavor really soaks in -- this may not be dinner tonight , but it's a perfect dish for this weekend.