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December 15, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I recently "rediscovered" La Grande Orange in Pasadena's Del Mar station and absolutely love its kale and quinoa salad - it's light and refreshing, although sometimes it is a bit too heavy on the dressing.... I have enjoyed it often enough to know that it contains shredded kale, quinoa, diced red bell pepper, grapes, sunflower seeds and grated Manchego. I think that's everything, however, I need help with the dressing. Please, can you help me find it? Carrie Berger Via email Dear Carrie: Dark green julienned strips of kale are tossed with nutty quinoa and sunflower seeds, colorful bell pepper and red grapes, then dressed with a bright Champagne vinaigrette.
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March 23, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans are counting the days until the return of Fox's "The Mindy Project" on April 1. What's next after the turbulence-induced airplane make-out session between fellow OB-GYN Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and the lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri? And, of course, they'll clamor to see what series star Mindy Kaling is wearing. That's because Kaling's character, with her everywoman figure, is TV's unlikely new style star in her signature jumble of contrasting prints and almost-clashing colors.
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February 16, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
You can find all sorts of kale at the market these days, including frilly pastel-colored flowering varieties and rough-edged Russian kale with its red border. But probably the sweetest kale is the one sometimes called Tuscan. Actually, it travels under many names, including black kale, cavalo nero and dinosaur kale (for its dark green, somewhat scaly-looking leaf). In Tuscany, it's sometimes called lacinato . Whatever the name, cook it carefully and this is one great green, with a creamy texture and deep, sweet flavor.
HEALTH
March 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
When you shop for food, are you thinking of your devotion to the environment or to animal welfare? Do your primary concerns involve allergies or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients? Even as the federal government is working to simplify food labels, manufacturers and marketers are increasingly adding icons to appeal to shoppers' priorities. Those efforts were front and center at the mammoth Natural Products Expo West, held last week at the Anaheim Convention Center, where tens of thousands of convention-goers examined thousands of products, ranging from those invented in home kitchens to items produced by major companies.
FOOD
March 10, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special care, it actually can be made not only edible but delicious. You can cook it, of course, the lower and slower the better. But surprisingly, one of the most popular ways to use kale these days is in salads. Though kale leaves have always been found on almost every salad bar, it wasn't for reasons of edibility - it was for decoration, because this was one green so tough it would last forever without wilting.
FOOD
February 24, 2011
  Italian sausage and kale gratin Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound fresh mild Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled 1/3 cup dry white wine 2 bunches (about 1 pound) kale, stemmed and torn into large pieces 1/2 cup (1 stick)
FOOD
November 29, 1996
As I was cutting up some beautiful leaves of kale the other day,I was inspired to write this little poem. I thought your readersmight enjoy it, too. IN PRAISE OF KALE Kale is the queen of vegetables, elegant and baroque, curly or curvy leaves, dark and heavy, dense with nutrition, a master food. Steamed and drizzled with olive oil or mingled with mashed potatoes and leeks, the succulent bite, understated and woodsy, compensates the body and overcomes the guilt of plates of holiday junk food.
FOOD
February 2, 2013
  Total time: 50 minutes Servings: 6 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash Olive oil 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup lentils 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, plus more to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 carrot, diced small 1 rib celery, diced small 1/2 onion, diced small 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes ...
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Quickly charred Russian kale gets topped with a bright yogurt dressing flavored with garlic, shallot, fresh mint and a touch of red wine vinegar. Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts and this salad works well as a simple dinner on its own, served with a cool glass of wine, or a substantial side. Make this recipe from Gjelina chef Travis Lett in less than 30 minutes. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mindy Kaling was stunning in a custom-made azure gown at Saturday's Costume Designers Guild Awards. Her sheath of choice was a one-shouldered, lace and blue-hued confection from costume designer Salvador Perez Jr., who also happens to be the president of the Costume Designers Guild. Earlier this month, "The Mindy Project" star and creator shared the nascence of the gown with a sneak peek at its muslin incarnation. "My costume designer Sal Perez is the president of the Costume Designers Guild and he is designing a gown for me for their awards," the 34-year-old captioned a snapshot . "First he fits me with a version of the gown in white muslin, which Sivorn is measuring.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
If you think Lena Dunham's nudity in “Girls” is a revolutionary act because her body doesn't conform to Hollywood's skin-and-bones-and-boobs ideal (and I do!), then you really have to give her props for taking that unapologetic attitude about her figure to another level in last week's episode of “Girls.” Dunham's character, Hannah Horvath, is often seen in various states of undress, but those scenes usually take place in the privacy of her apartment. In this episode , however, we rarely see her fully clothed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mindy Kaling was one of the many celebrities hobnobbing with politicians at a White House State Dinner on Tuesday. "The Mindy Project" star chronicled the entirety of her evening on Twitter and Instagram, taking followers inside the White house fete , which was hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor French President Francois Hollande. The dinner also took place amid a torrent of rumors revolving around the French leader's personal life. Journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered the French first lady, split with Hollande last month after a swirl of reports that romantically linked him to an actress . PHOTOS: White House State Dinner's entertainment side The party took place in a tent on the White House lawn with more than 300 people attending.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling, two of Elle's four cover girls for its February Women in Television issue, were among the stars who turned out Wednesday night to celebrate the publication. (Amy Poehler and Allison Williams were also cover girls.) The celebration, hosted by Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, was at the Sunset Tower West Hollywood, and was presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Olay. [Elle] Ralph Lauren's opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were revealed.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Mindy Kaling may love her Elle magazine cover , but Internet critics have called foul on the close-up shot, accusing the magazine, again , of “fat-ism” for cropping her curvy body out of the image. Kaling's cover is one of four for Elle's “Women in TV” issue. The others , by contrast, feature full body shots of the mag's slimmer cover girls, Zooey Deschanel, Allison Williams and Amy Poehler. As the Gloss' Julia Sonenshein questions : “I don't entirely understand the intention behind releasing four covers that act as a set, but painting one subject specifically as the odd-man-out.” Elle defends the cover, telling E!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Mindy Kaling has slammed the lid down on the brouhaha surrounding her Elle magazine cover, one of four shots featuring different ladies for the mag's Women in TV Issue. And she's done it by being funny, which makes it even better.  "I love my @ELLEmagazine cover," Kaling wrote Tuesday on Twitter. "It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me. " PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "More of my body" refers to the heart of the controversy: "The Mindy Project" star, 34, was the only one of the four to be cropped in tighter, so that the shot showed mainly her face and not her bod. Another "controversial" point: Kaling, who's of Indian descent, is the group's only woman of color, and the only one not shown in color.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
President Obama joked on Monday that "It's OK to have a hot dog once in a while" after announcing that the first edible garden at a "major American sports facility" will open next season at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy -- even at the ballpark," Obama said during a White House ceremony honoring the San Francisco Giants as 2012 World Champions.   The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 3,000-square-foot organic garden will be planted behind center field and will include hydroponic troughs, concrete planters and green trellises with vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Guest characters are a time-tested way to spice up television shows, whether by providing an intriguing new foil, upping an episode's star power or just providing a bit of fan service. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, Mindy Kaling, creator and star of "The Mindy Project," and Jake Johnson, one of the stars of "New Girl," discussed how the right guests can motivate everyone on a show to elevate their game. Asked by moderator and Times television critic Mary McNamara about "Mindy Project" guest star Chloe Sevigny, Kaling said the "Big Love" veteran brought something unique to the show.
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