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April 24, 2013 |
About 100,000 baby chickens died after a fire quickly engulfed a large coop at a processing facility in Riverside County, officials said Wednesday. The 4-day old chicks were trapped inside the 200-foot-long structure as more than two dozen firefighters in eight engine companies responded to the incident in the 1900 block of Warren Road in San Jacinto, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Fire crews quickly began battling the intense flames after the blaze was reported about 5:30 a.m Wedesday.
April 20, 2013 |
BEIJING - On a subway car in Shanghai, commotion breaks out when someone spots a live chicken poking its head out of a bag tucked under one of the seats. On a highway in Zhejiang province, a motorist is so panicked by bird droppings landing on her windshield that she stops the car and calls traffic police for help. Internet photos of dead sparrows on a Nanjing sidewalk are ordered removed by police, fearing they might go viral. The fowl phobia gripping China is the result of a new strain of avian flu that has led to 18 deaths and 95 diagnosed illnesses over the last month.
April 17, 2013
Re "Tickets turn dinner into a commitment," April 14 Restaurants charging almost $300 a person for "gourmet dining" experiences? In most areas, this kind of business plan would make a restaurant hamburger in no time. Most folks are struggling just to cover the cost of food staples so as to be able to eat at all, never mind the $100 reservation cancellation fees some restaurants are charging - plus being publicly labeled a turkey if you don't show up. It looks to me like yuppyism is alive and living high off the hog. If people are foolish enough to pay these kinds of prices to be a part of what seems to me to be food snobbery at its finest, then I say let them eat chicken and donate some of the excess funds to organizations that help the less fortunate.
April 15, 2013 |
The most charitable person I ever met never made a gift to an organized charity to the best of my knowledge. She was Filipino, the mother of one of my co-workers, and year after year she would listen to the needs and dreams of her friends and neighbors. Then very quietly she would slip them what she could afford, carefully jotting down the amount, the purpose and date on little slips of paper. When she died, my friend went through the homestead and found hundreds of these little pieces of paper in drawers, in the pockets of raincoats, as bookmarks in cookbooks and stuck in the corners of mirrors.
April 13, 2013 |
Funny how the chicken has become our most beloved bird. My neighbor is raising some exotic chicks, but even those of us who don't go to that extreme have our own favorite named chickens to buy - Rosie, Rocky, Mary or the more exotically named Jidori. Roast chicken is the go-to dish for every chef I can name. And chicken is a perennial favorite on most restaurant menus - fried, pan-fried, rotisserie-roasted, in tagine , salad, soup, pot pie, curry and every which way. Here are three of my favorite chicken dishes in L.A. Bouchon Bouchon may be famous for its lusty fried chicken, and that is one of the great fried chickens of the world, but my heart is firmly fixed on Thomas Keller's roast chicken grand-mère , which may be the prettiest chicken dish in L.A. It arrives tall and proud, the breast stacked on top of the leg and thigh, with dainty pearl onions, demure fingerling potatoes, button mushrooms and bacon lardons strewn around the plate in the bird's winter savory-infused juices.
April 12, 2013 |
Julie Burleigh has designed highly tailored organic gardens for clients all over Los Angeles, but at home in West Adams, her personal garden reflects a more freewheeling sensibility. Easy-care California natives and hearty gray-blue aloes snipped from a neighbor's yard share space with giant ageratum with ethereal, lavender-colored flowers, and herbs such as African blue basil and winter savory. Bright red geraniums, figs and other familiar plantings are interspersed with less common white sage and the aromatic edible lovage, which tastes like celery and can be harvested for soups and salads.
April 5, 2013 |
Trying to tear meat off a chicken skeleton is an annoyance for many Americans, especially younger ones. So KFC, in what it's calling a “game changer” of a move, is ditching the bones. The Kentucky-based chicken chain is rolling out its Original Recipe Boneless options on April 14 as it attempts to draw back patrons seeking more portable, convenient foods. In the U.S., 80% of fried chicken is served off the bone in the form of strips, bites and filets, according to the company.
April 1, 2013 |
Ever since I got Seattle chef John Sundstrom's cookbook and iPad app " Lark: Cooking against the Grain " (Community Supported Cookbooks, $50 for the book; $9.99 for the app), I've been cooking out of the book like crazy. For a Sunday supper, his mustard roasted chicken with drippings, potatoes and chard is easy as can be. Basically he mixes together equal parts Dijon mustard and whole grain mustard with minced shallot, thyme leaves, a glug of olive oil and a big splash of white wine.
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.