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October 29, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
In my column Saturday on learning to cook perfect pilaf , I confessed that I still had yet to master making tah-dig , that crust of browned rice that is the hallmark of a great Persian cook. I got lots of comments and advice, but maybe the most interesting came from a very enthusiastic Jeff Winett, who told me about Persian-style rice cookers. These are electrical machines kind of like Asian rice cookers, but instead of using fuzzy logic circuitry to avoid scorching the rice, these encourage it. “This type of rice cooker has only a single switch to turn on and off the cooker.  The interior bowl is the slickest non-stick surface you will ever know.  All of the ingredients are placed into the cooker, you turn on a switch, and then 90 minutes later, you place a plate over the rice cooker bowl, invert (a jello mold should only invert this easily)
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TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Dorothy Ouma began trading foreign currencies after seeing a TV commercial touting it as a way to make extra money, something she could use as a single mother raising three children. "The ads made me think, 'This is easy,'" said Ouma, 52, an administrator with the Grand Prairie, Texas, police department. Ouma used her credit card to fund an account with an online currency broker. Within a few weeks of swapping dollars for yen and euros, she said, her $3,000 of borrowed money was gone.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | Sam Farmer
So much for silver platters. A couple of first-place NFL teams saw prime opportunities go poof Sunday, as they failed to make the most of their comeback chances. The Chicago Bears, who were in a three-way tie for first in the NFC North, scored on a touchdown pass against Detroit with 40 seconds left and were a two-point conversion away from tying. The Bears got two chances at the conversion - the second coming because of a roughing-the-passer call - and came up short.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | Sam Farmer
So much for silver platters. A couple of first-place NFL teams saw prime opportunities go poof Sunday, as they failed to make the most of their comeback chances. The Chicago Bears, who were in a three-way tie for first in the NFC North, scored on a touchdown pass against Detroit with 40 seconds left and were a two-point conversion away from tying. The Bears got two chances at the conversion - the second coming because of a roughing-the-passer call - and came up short.
HEALTH
October 2, 2006 | From Times wire reports
When someone is "easy on the eye," it could also be because they are easy on the brain. A new study, published in the September issue of the journal Psychological Science, looked at previous research that found people rated images of standard-looking objects or people as more attractive than similar-looking people or items.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
To many of his Capitol Hill colleagues, he is known as "Sen. Anyway." Long ago, Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) gave up correcting the multiple mispronunciations of his name. But for those who want to know, the veteran legislator who presided Tuesday over the opening session of the congressional investigation into the Iran- contra scandal has an "easy" version for non-Japanese speakers.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
NEWS
December 15, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Why does Bilbo Baggins live in a round house? That's the question we posed to Dan Hennah, production designer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," director Peter Jackson 's latest film from the library of J.R.R. Tolkein, which opened this weekend (and already grossed $13 million at Thursday midnight showings). PHOTOS: Architecture of 'The Hobbit' "We used round doors to be true to Tolkien's descriptions in the book and also we used his sketches," Hennah said by email.
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Early birds, here's an easy way to feel more wide awake. Join the live chat for the Team USA-France game, which can be viewed on the NBC Sports channel.
TRAVEL
November 8, 2013 | By Tom Parsons
If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have work for you. Some airlines offer plans that allow you to pool your points as a family so you can qualify for a free ticket faster. This kind of program is most common among international carriers, but domestic airlines are starting to use this plan as well.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By David Lazarus
A recent email informed Jane that she'd won a pile of money. How nice. Jane isn't stupid -- she knows she almost certainly hasn't won anything. But she wants to know if there's an easy way to tell if an email is legit. First of all, she and everyone else can dismiss all those emails saying you've won the lottery or are needed to help move a huge amount of money from an African bank account. Those are bogus. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Phishing emails can be tougher to spot.
SPORTS
October 25, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden were legends and friends and headed for train-wreck finishes. There was no easy way to extricate themselves from the Penn State and Florida State kingdoms they ruled, so both men decided to hold on until fate intervened. It did, and it was ugly. Bowden was 80 in 2009 when he got fired. He wanted one more year after another 7-6 season, but was forced out by school President T. K Wetherell, who had been coached by Bowden at Florida State. Paterno was a month shy of 85 in 2011 when he got fired under unimaginable circumstances.
SPORTS
September 4, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Rankman has always had an East bias in his rankings but acknowledges a superb opening weekend with victories by Eastern Washington, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina. Of course, they're still not ranked. Elsewhere, note the market correction as Texas A&M moves up seven spots with that gravy win served over Rice. We promised to put the Aggies in their proper place if Johnny Manziel was eligible, and watch how much line cutting they do if they beat Alabama on Sept. 14. And, while it hurts to dunk-tank Rankman-favorites Oregon State and Boise State this early, here's hoping they meet in the Las Vegas Bowl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mayor of Lancaster said this week that sensitivity training is needed after a city commisioner made public comments that the mayor said were offensive to Jews and homosexuals. Mayor R. Rex Parris said that Stan Muhammad of the city's Neighborhood Vitalization Commission made the statements at a July 20 rally and that "it was not a city event, he was not representing the city" when he said them. A video posted to YouTube of Muhammad's comments show the commissioner speaking into a hand-held microphone at a lectern using a derogatory word for homosexuals.
OPINION
June 28, 2013
Re "IRS also flagged groups labeled 'progressive,'" June 25 There you go: Newly released documents show the IRS flagged liberal as well as conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And so they should have. No political group should receive tax-free status, and flagging applications from groups with names like "tea party" or "progressive" is simply an easy way to cull out political groups more quickly. I'm sick of hearing the Republicans crow about this. The fact that the scrutiny went both ways should receive just as much publicity.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ah, the "MasterChef" squeeze play. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Jordan found himself trapped this week after he leading his team to defeat in this week's challenge: Feeding a horde of hungry elementary schoolchildren. He had a good team, he had a fairly good concept -- spaghetti and meatballs -- but the execution quickly fell apart and he was beaten by Jesse. The real throttling, through, came during a pressure test back in the "MasterChef" kitchen. Jordan could save himself, or cook for his life.
NEWS
January 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A white pelican, rarely seen in the Midwest, is flying home the easy way--on a jet. The bird was apparently swept into northern Illinois by bad weather. But the bird will get a free ride to Tampa, Fla., today. The white pelican, normally found in Western and Southern states, was discovered in mid-December along the Kankakee River south of Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ah, the "MasterChef" squeeze play. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Jordan found himself trapped this week after he leading his team to defeat in this week's challenge: Feeding a horde of hungry elementary schoolchildren. He had a good team, he had a fairly good concept -- spaghetti and meatballs -- but the execution quickly fell apart and he was beaten by Jesse. The real throttling, through, came during a pressure test back in the "MasterChef" kitchen. Jordan could save himself, or cook for his life.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
For fans of vintage design who might prop an antiquated TV or analog clock on their well-styled shelf, here's a twist from the Monrovia design firm MollaSpace: obsolete technology as home office organization tool. MollaSpace's Home Storage System is a series of canvas bins printed with the images of retro audio equipment and accessories. We teased the then-forthcoming design in a January roundup of home organization designs , and this week MollaSpace flagged us that the bins are now available, selling for $8 (clock)
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