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February 14, 1994 | MARY LOU PICKEL
Peering over a fence next to a busy Fullerton street, an eight-foot ostrich waved his shiny black wings, and stuck out his tongue. "He's trying to show me how big he is," said 32-year-old Dennis Campbell, owner of Orange County's only ostrich farm. Once a common sight in Southern California when ostrich feathers were in high demand for lady's hats last century, the birds are now a novelty. But entrepreneurs like Campbell and his partner Alex Wilson are hoping to change all that.
April 11, 2014 | By Megan Kimble
The chickens are out of feed. Before they can make a dash through the coop's open door, I hoist the round metal feeder from its hook and squat-walk backward until I can stand straight again. I turn my back on the flock, fill the feeder and crouch back into the coop. I am one-twelfth of the Chicken Tenders, a Tucson chicken-tending attempt at collective urban homesteading. Months before, we'd each contributed $90 to cover the costs of building three backyard coops at three host homes, bought chicks from a local farmer, weeded out the males as their maleness became apparent and set a rotating tending schedule: Once a week, each of us would visit one of the houses, refill feed and water, tidy the coop and go home with a carton of fresh eggs.
April 21, 2011 | By Kalle Bergman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Easter in Scandinavia, like many holiday celebrations in this part of the world, is a colorful patchwork of customs, including bits and pieces of a lot of things: Passover, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter bunny, cute witches, huge amounts of oranges and the occasional shot of aquavit, all of it combined into what can be described only as an exhilarating and slightly confusing Easter stew. But one thing is clear: Easter in Scandinavia is very much about food. There isn't a single homogeneous Easter food tradition that spans all of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
April 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal wildlife officials on Friday said Devil's Hole pupfish have laid eggs in captivity for the first time, a biological breakthrough that could save the nearly extinct species. "We're thrilled - we've passed a major milestone," said Olin Feuerbacher, an aquaculturist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility in Amargosa Valley, Nev., which is home to all 29 of the federally endangered Devil's Hole pupfish now in captivity. "We now have a good chance of establishing a captive lifeboat population.
April 7, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Every year around this time millions of eggs are hard-boiled, artistically decorated and then thrown into the garbage. Frankly, that's probably just as well. Because most hard-boiled eggs are pretty terrible. The whites are rubbery, the yolks are pale and mealy and, even worse, surrounded by that sulfur-green ring of shame. Cooking hard-boiled eggs is easy; cooking them right is not. Unless you know what you're doing. Then it's as close to a foolproof no-brainer as you can get in the kitchen.
April 25, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Looking for a quick and easy recipe? It doesn't get much simpler than frittata. Heat a pan, add some beaten eggs and flavorings and slowly cook to puffed perfection. Frittatas are easy to make and are versatile, perfect for breakfast or brunch, even dinner. Serve slices hot, fresh out of the pan, or make the frittata ahead of time and cool to room temperature before setting slices out on the table. Flavor the frittata with whatever you've got on hand: sauteed vegetables, leftover meats, fresh herbs, whatever cheese sounds good at the moment.
April 2, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
When it comes to hard-boiled eggs, it seems everyone is an expert. And when you write about them, you'd better believe they are going to have their say. After my column on an easy, never-fail way to cook easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs , I heard from several dozen readers. Many wrote to say they'd tried my technique and that it had worked perfectly. A surprising number wrote in quoting my method back to me almost word-for-word. But almost as many wrote in to tell me how they do it (sometimes I think the Internet was invented so we could tell other people “You're doing it wrong!
May 4, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
It's technically called an egg "donation. " But if you're a young Asian woman, donating your eggs to an infertile couple can fetch enough cash to buy a used car or perhaps a semester at college. The same market forces that drive the price of cotton, copper and other commodities - supply and demand - have allowed Asian women to command about $10,000 to $20,000 for their eggs, also known as gametes or ova. Women of other ethnic groups typically get about $6,000 when they can sell their eggs, but they often can't for lack of demand, according to donation agencies and fertility clinics.
September 9, 2010
Despite the recent massive recalls of eggs due to salmonella contamination, frittatas are thought to be safe because the eggs are thoroughly cooked. To be even safer, avoid eggs that were packed by the involved farms; they may be sold under a range of labels including: Lucerne, Albertson's, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Keep eggs refrigerated. Don't use any eggs coming from cracked shells. And of course, keep all work surfaces clean and wash your hands thoroughly after using raw eggs.
November 9, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Egg recall? Again? Yes, again. The latest is from egg distributor Cal-Maine Foods, which issued an egg recall of 288,000 eggs from eight states because of concerns over potential salmonella enteritidis contamination, a Los Angeles Times story reports. Cal-Maine’s website lists brand names and expiration dates of potentially contaminated eggs that were sold in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The company acted Friday after the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in a routine sample test at a small Ohio farm that provided eggs to Cal-Maine.
March 21, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Count me lucky to have a neighbor who keeps chickens and who brings me a carton of pretty pale blue or brown eggs with stand-up gold yolks whenever she comes to dinner. There's nothing that beats fresh eggs scrambled, sunny side up or gently coddled. After tasting the difference, it can be hard to go back to the regular eggs. Some restaurants, though, are cooking eggs with the attention and care they deserve and are garnering a fan base for their egg dishes. Migas at HomeState, A Texas Kitchen At the breakfast and lunch spot devoted to Tex-Mex cuisine, Austin native Briana Valdez serves up eggs in breakfast tortillas and in migas - eggs sort scrambled with crispy corn tortilla strips, onions and cheddar cheese.
March 12, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal biologists clad in waders and armed with long-handled nets this week moved hundreds of red-legged frog eggs from a San Fernando Valley stream to carefully selected wetlands 10 miles away in the first attempt to expand the threatened species' range in Southern California. Five hundred eggs transported from the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to the Santa Monica Mountains are expected to hatch any day. When they do, they will reintroduce red-legged frog tadpoles to historic haunts that are free of predatory fish, snails and crayfish that could tear them apart.
March 8, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The individual mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act forced the courts to consider anew the limits of Congress' power to regulate the insurance market. Now, a California law governing the size of hens' cages is testing the limit of a state's power to regulate interstate food sales. At issue is a 2010 law that bans the sale of eggs from hens kept in cages that California voters deemed too small in 2008, when they passed Proposition 2. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, the ballot measure requires the state's egg-laying hens, calves raised for veal and pregnant pigs to be housed in a way that allows them to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs fully.
March 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Sarah Palin has smartly forsaken a career in politics for a career in political entertainment. Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference. By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.
February 17, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
California's egg-laying hens soon will come home to more comfy roosts. Voters in 2008 approved a statewide initiative requiring that cages have plenty of room for the birds to lie down, stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings, starting Jan. 1, 2015. Supported by 63% of voters, the measure applies to all chickens in California in commercial egg production. And in 2010, a state law expanded the mandate to cover any chickens laying eggs sold in California. After losing several legal attempts to overturn the upcoming henhouse rules, farmers in the Golden State are busy remodeling coops and building so-called cage-free systems, said Debra J. Murdock, executive director of the Assn.
February 14, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I am of a mind that the Sunday paper should be strewn gloriously across the house, a little everywhere - like leaves across New England, like lingerie across a bridal suite - and my wife, having now moved beyond the honeymoon stage of our relationship, thinks the Sunday paper ought to be stacked neatly in one single spot. Multiply that times 1,000, and you have a modern marriage. The minister never said you have to agree on every little thing. Most divisive, I suppose, are children.
March 30, 2013
Perfection is the goal here How do you cook a perfect hard-boiled egg? It's really simple. Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan or deep skillet. Add just enough tap water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook one minute. Remove from the heat and let them stand at least 15 minutes. Because the water begins to cool as soon as the heat is turned off, the eggs never overcook the way they can if you leave them at a steady simmer. You get eggs with whites that are firm but not rubbery and yolks that are bright orange and moist.
March 31, 2011
  Asparagus with bread crumb-fried eggs Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 2 Note: This is based on a recipe from Judy Rodgers' "The Zuni Café Cookbook. " Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 1/2 to 3/4 pound asparagus Olive oil Salt 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs A few leaves fresh thyme 2 eggs Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon red wine or sherry vinegar 1. Prepare the asparagus: If it is thin, simply cut off the bases.
February 10, 2014 | By Bruce Friedrich
Egg Industry magazine predicted that 2015 will be "the year of the lawsuit" in the U.S. egg industry - and it was referring specifically to California. But the court battles have already begun. On Feb. 3, Missouri filed a federal lawsuit alleging that California regulations infringe on Missouri's sovereignty. The two California laws at issue go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The first is Proposition 2, a 2008 initiative passed overwhelmingly by California voters, which requires cages large enough for egg-laying hens to stand and spread their wings.
February 7, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Young wants to sponsor an egging raid. He's unhappy that Cleveland guard C.J. Miles fouled him Wednesday, causing a knee injury that will cost Young at least two weeks. "We need to go find C.J. Miles, man, and do something to him," Young said Friday, smiling. "We've got to go throw some eggs, do something at his house. I've got to do something. He's got to feel my pain. " Young was then reminded that singer Justin Bieber could face felony charges for allegedly causing $20,000 in damage by egging a neighbor's house in Calabasas.
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