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March 31, 2012
Herb-flecked kneidelach (matzo balls) Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: This makes about 24 matzo balls. 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vegetable oil such as grapeseed or safflower oil 2/3 cup matzo meal (sometimes labeled matsah meal) (about 2½ ounces) 1/2 teaspoon salt, more as needed 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 3 cups plus 5 tablespoons strained chicken soup (or prepared chicken or vegetable broth or water)
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FOOD
March 31, 2012
  Total time: 3½ hours Servings: 6 to 8 Note: It is best to make the soup a day or two ahead and to refrigerate it, so that skimming the fat is easier. The soup is served with herb-flecked kneidelach (matzo balls) and zehug (a chile-garlic relish); separate recipes for these are included with the story. 2 pounds chicken pieces, preferably legs and thighs 2 carrots (½ carrot cut in 2 chunks, the rest quartered lengthwise and sliced about ¼-inch thick)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Two years ago, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson shared a happy moment with Koreatown's civic leaders, basking in their praise as they thanked him for putting their neighborhood — complete with new street signs — on the official city map. Now, that jubilant moment seems a distant memory. Koreatown neighborhood leaders, civic groups and activists are locked in a rare display of open political insurrection against Wesson, a seasoned politician who has spent the last six years representing much of their community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Newly installed Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson engineered another shake-up at City Hall on Friday, stripping rival lawmakers Bernard C. Parks and Jan Perry of key committee chairmanships that had major influence over the city budget crisis and utility rates. The move is expected to widen the bitter divide between Wesson and the council's only other African American members, who are at odds with the council president over proposed new political district boundaries.
OPINION
January 23, 2012 | Jim Newton
The Los Angeles City Council has a new president, Herb Wesson. But does a new president change anything? The council president is just one vote of 15 on that notoriously difficult to manage body. In that sense, he's not much different from his colleagues. He manages his district and votes along with his colleagues. But the president also has some additional power: He assigns members to committees and acts as the figurehead for the larger body. For years, John Ferraro used the position to establish himself as second only to the mayors with whom he served; more recently, Eric Garcetti has brought a lighter, more cerebral touch to the job and used it to launch his bid for mayor.
NEWS
January 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
While Republican warfare shifts to South Carolina, Democrats elsewhere are flaunting unity. In the Wisconsin Senate race, which shaping up to be a major contest, Sen. Herb Kohl has formally endorsed the presumptive nominee, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, to take his place. The seven-term congresswoman “has served our state and our country with conviction, compassion and common sense, and she will be an excellent senator who will make Wisconsin proud," Kohl, who is retiring after decades in office, said in a statement.
HEALTH
December 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
At first glance, Susan and Herb Eckerling's kitchen doesn't look that bad, food-wise. A bowl of fresh fruit graces the tan tile counter, there's leftover steamed cauliflower in the refrigerator and some quick-cooking oats in the pantry. But scratch the surface and signs of poor choices and unnecessary deprivations emerge: Susan's diet is extremely short on whole grains, and neither eats much red meat - even though they like it - because they fear every cut is bad for their health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson made municipal history Wednesday, with his colleagues agreeing unanimously to make him the council's first African American president. That vote may appear in the history books with an asterisk. Wesson's two black colleagues, both of whom have had strained relations with him in recent weeks, did not show up — providing the only no-shows during the vote. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who for days refused to say whether he would back Wesson, called in sick Wednesday morning.
FOOD
November 24, 2011
Total time: 25 minutes, plus overnight soaking time for the mustard Servings: This makes about 1¾ cups mustard. 2 tablespoons (¾ ounce) brown mustard seeds About ¾ cup (2½ ounces) mustard powder 1 cups verjus or Champagne vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/3 cup honey 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh fines herbs (a mixture of parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil) 1. Soak the mustard seeds: Place the mustard seeds and powder in a medium glass or ceramic bowl along with the verjuice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Before getting into politics, Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson went door to door selling cookware. After that, he sold tires. Then there was that stint as a bill collector, cajoling people down on their luck to make good on their unpaid debts. The powers of persuasion he developed then — and has honed since inside government — will be sorely tested in the coming months as he steps into his newest political post: president of the Los Angeles City Council. A former speaker of the state Assembly, Wesson is in line to run a 15-member body criticized by the public for getting distracted, ignoring policy details and sometimes even failing to show up. But Wesson, who lives in the Mid-City neighborhood of Wellington Square, said he intends to safeguard the council's reputation.
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