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March 19, 2007 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
THAT leggy friend who looks better than you in shorts also burns fuel more efficiently while walking or running, a researcher has found. Herman Pontzer, a biological anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, made this discovery while testing a mathematical model for calculating energy costs for locomotion. He found that a tall person walking the same distance as a short person of identical weight and gait burns fewer calories, because longer legs are more efficient.
When it comes to leg of lamb, my tastes are fairly specific. After countless attempts and more than a couple of pretty obsessive experiments, I have determined that the ideal internal temperature is 140 to 145 degrees. Racks, of course, can be cooked to a somewhat lower temperature, 130 to 135 degrees, because they don't have as much sinew and connective tissue. So how do I explain that the best leg of lamb I've had lately is cooked to an internal temperature of 205 degrees?
There was supposed to be a sports award potluck dinner last night for the high school lacrosse team. But it was rescheduled, leaving me with two dozen barbecued chicken legs. For one night, maybe two, my family will be happy with chicken legs but, after that, the leftover-disguise plan needs to come into play. Because tortillas are a staple in my pantry, my thoughts turn to chicken quesadillas.
January 6, 2000 | JESSICA STRAND
Whether Cuban, Chinese or Italian style, leg of pork is always tender enough to cut with a fork. * Spark Woodfire Cooking: Porchetta is stuffed with garlic, fennel, salt and pepper, rubbed with olive oil and cooked for at least four hours in a Sicilian wood rotisserie. The slow cooking keeps the meat soft and ensures a nice crisp skin. Served with roasted onions and red-jacket potatoes, and drizzled with drippings. (Herb- and pepper-crusted pork leg, $13.95.
August 7, 1994
Gary Sinise is a lucky fellow ("More 'Gump' Effects--The Gary Sinise Illusion," Film Clips, July 10). He had all the advantages of special effects and computer graphics to help him appear as an amputee. He's very fortunate compared to what Lon Chaney went through when he played a double amputee. In "The Penalty" (1920, Goldwyn Pictures), Chaney played Blizzard, the legless ruler of San Francisco's underworld. Without the aid of computers or even trick photography, Chaney devised a set of leather stumps that allowed him to actually walk on his knees.
July 3, 1999 | Associated Press
Charismatic continues to improve from surgery for leg fractures suffered in the Belmont Stakes that could have proved fatal. "In terms of severity, and on a scale of one to 10, it was a 9," said Dr. Celeste Kunz, whose quick reaction help saved the life of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. "The fracture was dangerously displaced," she said Friday at news conference at Belmont Park. "If it had broken through the skin, the prognosis would have been lowered significantly.
October 28, 2001
One of the milestones in a child's life is the first day of school. The early years shape children's lives forever, determining among other things their life's work, income levels and chances for opportunity and success. That's why Santa Ana Unified School District Supt. Al Mijares' realistic proposal to add one more year of kindergarten for students who need the extra preparation is so important--and deserving of serious consideration.
September 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Backup quarterback Jeff Garcia of the Detroit Lions will be sidelined at least six weeks after breaking his left leg during Friday night's 21-7 exhibition victory over the Buffalo Bills at Orchard Park, N.Y. Lion Coach Steve Mariucci said X-rays revealed Garcia broke his fibula, but he also fears the player might have severely hurt his ankle.
February 26, 2007 | Karen Voight
Here's a good core move that exercises the muscles in your back and abdominals while stretching your hips. When starting out, do this exercise with bent knees. As you get stronger and feel more comfortable with the move, progress to straightening your legs. --- 1) Lie on your back with your arms out to the sides so that your body forms a T position. Turn your palms up. Bend your knees toward your chest or straighten your legs for more intensity.
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