December 13, 2012 |
The shards of old pottery are poked with little holes, remnants of vessels that would have looked a lot like colanders. Now scientists have determined that the fragments -- more than 7,000 years old -- are most likely from ancient cheese-making implements, used for separating curds from whey. Collected from sites along a river in present-day Poland, the pottery pieces are the oldest direct evidence for cheese-making anywhere in the world, the researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.
November 9, 2012 |
Add up the price of turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving dinner will cost consumers more this year — but not by much. Households will shell out, on average, $49.48 for a party of 10, or 28 cents more than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. That's less than a 1% increase over last year and still less than $5 a person. Consider last Thanksgiving, when the cost of dinner soared 13% in the largest hike since 1990. The price survey, which has been conducted every year since the meal cost $28.74 in 1986, has shown increases since 2008.
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October 12, 2012 |
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed the New York-based cinematographer's death but released no other details. "If you were looking for a cinematographer with both sizzle and substance, you couldn't find a more adept visual stylist than Harris Savides," Patrick Goldstein wrote in The Times in 2007.
September 8, 2012 |
Child welfare agencies call them the "milk ladies. " For nearly 30 years, the women have trekked the Chicago area dropping off cases of brand-name baby formula for mothers who can't afford to feed their infants. The original eight women have been friends for years, gathering once a month to rehash high school memories and share stories about their own children while making the deliveries. Now, the founders are joined by their daughters and relatives. Together, they have raised $2.6 million through donations and grants.
September 2, 2012 |
Ghost Milk Recent Adventures Among the Future Ruins of London on the Eve of the Olympics Iain Sinclair Faber and Faber: 406 pp., $28 Until lately Iain Sinclair's work was little known in the U.S. In the U.K., he came to readers' attention with "Lud Heat" (1975). A mixture of verse and prose, it described his experience as a manual laborer for an East London parks department, focusing on Wren's contemporary Nicholas Hawksmoor, architect of many London churches. "Lud Heat" was heavily drawn on by Sinclair's friend Peter Ackroyd for his own much-admired novel "Hawksmoor.
August 18, 2012 |
This week's SOS comes from Wenise Wong in Los Angeles: "Just back from some choice New York City restaurants and hoping to replicate in L.A.: Any chance you could get the recipe for the compost cookie from Momofuku ? Thanks for taking requests!" These cookies are like taking every single one of my favorite snacks and packaging them in a simple, compact, magical treat. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coffee, graham cracker crust, pretzels and even potato chips are tossed in with a rich cookie dough to turn out something truly inspired.
August 15, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - The founder of the Tel Aviv-based specialty firm raves about his product with the same gusto distillers reserve for their top-notch scotch. He's particularly proud of his "premium" line. Sure, it costs a bit more, but it's targeted at a more discriminating client. Dr. Jacob Ronen is in the sperm business. Among other things, as head of Cryobank Israel, the country's largest private sperm bank, he guarantees that his stable of superior donors includes only tall, twentysomething ex-soldiers whose sperm has passed rigorous genetic testing.
August 10, 2012 |
Cocktails are king at chef Casey Lane's new downtown gastropub, the Parish. Located in the cozy former Angelique Cafe space where Main and Spring streets form a wedge-shaped block, the Parish specializes in small plates of Angeleno-centric food meant to accompany the strong bar program by mixologist John Coltharp. Coltharp has trained with some of the country's top talents, including Milk & Honey's Sam Ross. He worked for years at Cedd Moses' Seven Grand and was also instrumental in helping Moses transform the Doheny into Ca ñ a Rum Bar. Currently there are 10 offerings on the drink list, including a very genteel afternoon offering called Disco Nap that's made with grappa, Aperol, muddled lemon and mint; a delicious pre-dinner drink called the Historic Core Cocktail made with rye, applejack, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse and bitters; and an absolutely decadent number called the Nightshift, which features a dizzying mix of bourbon, Czech Fernet, espresso, Pu-erh tea, chocolate syrup and milk (whew!
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON -- Jessica Hardy emerged from the Olympic pool on Friday, clutching the drink that would aid her in recovering from her performance. Not water. Not Gatorade. Not some special sports drink. Hardy was chugging chocolate milk. "I won't do energy drinks, with my supplement history," Hardy said. "Chocolate milk is as good as it gets. " Hardy qualified for the Olympics four years ago, then withdrew after testing positive for a banned substance. Hardy satisfied arbitrators that a contaminated supplement was to blame, and the International Olympic Committee reinstated her last year.