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March 3, 2013 |
The Indian film "I, Me Aur Main" (Me Myself and I) wastes no time establishing its chiseled rake of a protagonist. A music producer named Ishaan (John Abraham), he's a guy primed for a fall - coddled, arrogant and commitment-phobic toward his beautiful, long-suffering live-in girlfriend, Anushka (Chitrangda Singh). When she finally throws him out, it precipitates a downward spiral that exposes his depthless existence. This being a pop-sheen fantasy of a playboy's comeuppance, though, Ishaan naturally meets gorgeous redemption right away in new neighbor Gauri (Prachi Desai)
February 8, 2013 |
It's Girl Scout cookie time, and in some regions this year's offerings include Mango Cremes. Though not as famous as the classic Thin Mints, Mango Cremes feature “vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits,” according to the Girl Scouts website. Nutrients? Have Girl Scout cookies become a health food? Here's what ABC Bakers, the company that produces Mango Cremes, has to say about that on its website: “These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored creme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.” Seriously?
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February 7, 2013 |
Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in a studio at an abbey in Belgium, painting abstract art in varying shades of white. For the other half, he took in the High Desert summers at St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, where he made "cookies," his name for the folksy porcelain plaques he designed depicting angels, saints and biblical scenes. "For six months of the year, I'm a serious artist," he told The Times in 1986, "and for six months a year, I play with dolls.
January 15, 2013 |
Move over, Thin Mints, there's a new Girl Scout cookie -- Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion. Yum? Alongside this year's usual roster of Tagalongs, Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties is the latest tropical-inspired cookie featuring mango, coconut, vanilla and something called NutriFusion. The sandwich cookies feature coconut-vanilla cookies with a mango-flavored cream center along with what the manufacturer says are "the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries.
January 14, 2013 |
When the Girl Scouts come a-knocking, asking Americans to give up their New Year's resolutions for some tasty cookies, there'll be a new treat on the list: Mango Cremes. But the Oreo-esque, tropical-inspired mini-sandwiches aren't just noticeable for their crunchy vanilla-and-coconut wafers and smooth centers, according to producer ABC Bakers. Each serving, according to the company, comes with a food additive called NutriFusion, which purports to pack the snacks with 15% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B-1and 5% of the suggested dose of Vitamins A, C, D, E and B6. That includes "all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries," according to ABC, which is part of Interbake Foods.
January 10, 2013 |
Ryan Gosling, creepy? He says he definitely was this one time not so long ago - and it involved Girl Scouts. First, let's set some background, as told to Jimmy Kimmel by Gosling on Kimmel's show Thursday night. As a boy, the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" actor was slightly traumatized, it turns out, when he had to sell a bunch of plastic wrap his dad had come by unexpectedly. After trying unsuccessfully to hawk it to friends and even teachers, he found himself stationed outside of the supermarket, targeting shoppers and wishing someone would simply come by and make his day. "I had a fantasy that one day someone would buy all of it," Gosling said.
December 21, 2012 |
What does one of the world's best pastry chefs come up with when pressed for a holiday cookie? Sherry Yard, working with Sixto Pocasangre, took the oh-so-popular French macaron and scented it with an oh-so-Christmas-y touch of ginger, cinnamon and molasses. Then she filled it with apple compote. The festive cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book. The cookbook now includes 65 recipes from a wide range of sources, including world-famous pastry chefs, favorite bakeries and home cooks.
December 20, 2012 |
Looking for a winning rugelach recipe? Former Test Kitchen director Donna Deane came up with these for a holiday story we ran a few years ago. And we still haven't been able to forget them.... Her recipe makes the most wonderfully flaky pastry dough, which you can wrap around your choice of fillings, including chocolate-hazelnut, cherry-almond and apricot. Tempted yet? The festive cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book.
December 19, 2012 |
In the days leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas, we've featured the recipes of this year's Holiday Cookie Bake-Off winners: cherry-pistachio rugelach, snow cookies, lemony shortbread, rosemary apricot bars, almond sweeties and more. More than 120 entries were submitted in the annual L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and readers cast more than 2,500 votes to determine the top 50 cookies. And in a final taste test, the top 10 winners were chosen and their recipes published in the L.A. Times' Saturday section.
December 19, 2012 |
Amanda Rettke of Shafer, Minn., was one of the 10 winners of our first Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these sugar cookies: "This recipe was groundbreaking for me in that it changed how I perceived myself in the kitchen. I am not a great cook and am still a beginning baker, but this recipe is one of those magical concoctions that can transform even the most horrific of wannabe chefs. " The festive cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book.