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November 5, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
You don't just have to be a cereal or beer fan -- or a natural foods junkie -- to love barley. This ancient grain has long been used in a variety of ways, and it's perfect for adding substance and heft to a variety of recipes, from breads to soups and stews, as well as salads. Check out these ideas: Cucumber and yogurt soup with barley: For a soup at once filling and refreshing, you can't beat this recipe, which combines cool cucumbers and yogurt with fresh garlic, mint and dill, along with pearl barley and crunchy walnuts.
November 4, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Love pumpkin? Here are some treats that go beyond traditional pie, from pancakes and bread that work well any time of the day, to a rich ice cream for a sweet after-dinner finish. Better yet? They're all vegetarian -- perfect for Meatless Monday. Pumpkin pancakes: Pancakes are an easy dish for any time of the day. This recipe uses canned pumpkin along with a medley of spices for fluffy cakes that come together in less than 30 minutes. Pumpkin bread: Serve a warm slice of this bread alongside a simple salad for an easy dinner idea.
October 30, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
October 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.
October 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines.  Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra  makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines.  The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)
October 21, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The "Grand Inaugural Gala" to celebrate the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented by Salvatore Ferragamo, the affair came with cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion show of the Italian designer's latest collection and the first-ever performance in the Center's 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater. The setting: The brand new "Wallis," designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects to incorporate the city's Italian Renaissance-style post office and temporarily house a pop-up Ferragamo boutique.
October 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Shareholder activist Carl Icahn broke bread with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday to make his case that the company's record stock buyback program was still not enough. Icahn revealed in August that he had purchased about $1 billion worth of Apple's shares. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it had increased its dividend and stock buyback program to more than $100 billion, including $60 billion to buy back shares of the company's stock. Icahn said in his tweet Tuesday that he wants to see the buyback portion increased even further:    Had a cordial dinner with Tim last night.
September 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Southern Section will honor students, coaches, officials and administrators at its 10th annual Jim Staunton Champions for Character awards dinner on Monday in Long Beach. The dinner will honor individuals who followed the principles of "Pursuing Victory with Honor. " Here's the link to those being honored.  
September 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A late-night dinner of world leaders became a forum for global debate over the bloody war in Syria on Thursday night, as President Obama used an economic summit here to try to build support for punishing the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. Inside a lavish ballroom at Peterhof Palace, the former summer retreat of the Russian czars, Obama heard an earful from his counterparts around the globe about his desire to launch military strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
August 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Wynn Las Vegas is rolling out a specially priced package that includes dinner and premium seating at "Le Rêve - The Dream," the resort's brilliant but sometimes overlooked show. The Wynn offer begins at $185 per person, includes a three-course meal at Allegro , a casual Italian-American restaurant.  The fixed-price dinner includes a choice of four appetizers and an entrée of lasagna, chicken Parmigiana, mushroom-crusted salmon or veal Marsala. Freshly baked biscotti is served for dessert.
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