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September 3, 2011 | By Phil Willon and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of firefighters were gaining the upper hand on a Cajon Pass blaze that had mushroomed to more than 1,100 acres Friday night, forcing evacuations, destroying two homes and snarling traffic at the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend. Two firefighters were injured battling the blaze, one apparently suffering heat exhaustion and the other smoke inhalation, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Fred Pena. The so-called Hill fire was substantially contained late Friday night, and officials said that fire conditions were becoming favorable, with easing winds and increasing humidity.
August 14, 2011 | By Kayleigh Kulp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We all marveled at the hideous thing, trying not to gasp through our regulators. It was black, striped and about the size of a bass, fins fanning out in all directions. Scuba divers see a lot of weird-looking things but appreciate them all the same. But our dive masters told us that there were bounties on these lionfish, ugly creatures that destroy reef-cleaning fish populations. No one knows where they came from or how many threaten Curaçao's marine park. I had come to this small Caribbean island, 35 miles off Venezuela, in June with my father, Matt, a small-business owner.
August 4, 2011
Farro salad with mushrooms, dill and feta Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 1 cup farro 3 cups water Salt 8 ounces mushrooms 1 tablespoon oil 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons chopped dill, divided 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts 1/3 cup chopped green onions 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1/3 cup slivered bottled red bell peppers 1/4 cup crumbled...
July 14, 2011
  Inguday tibs Total time: 25 minutes 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. Servings: 4 Note: Berbere powder, a spice blend used in the awaze (a spicy red pepper paste), can be found at Ethiopian markets and select cooking stores.
May 26, 2011 | From Times wire reports
A leech with enormous teeth sounds like a horror movie special effect, but according to an annual list of new species, it really exists. It joins on this year's list a glow-in-the-dark mushroom and a spider that can create giant webs. But the new species that has scientists excited this year is out of South Africa. Scientists there say they've found a new species of cockroach in a popular tourist destination. Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park is home to the world's only jumping cockroach, which this week was named one of the top 10 species discoveries of the year by an international panel of experts.
April 7, 2011
Zetas with garlic and Pasilla chiles Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Pasilla chiles are available in Latin markets as well as the Latin section of many well-stocked grocery stores. Epazote, a fresh herb, is generally available at Latin markets. 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.
March 24, 2011
  Savory mushroom turnovers 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. Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time Servings: Makes 8 turnovers 2 tablespoons butter 1 shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons) 1 pound button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced 1/3 cup dry sherry or white wine 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme Salt and pepper 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated 1 recipe Quick Puff Pastry 1 egg, beaten 1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
March 17, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear Noelle: My husband and I love the mushroom barley soup at Junior's Deli in West L.A. Could you possibly get the recipe so we can make it at home? Thanks. Sharon Pearline Pacific Palisades Dear Sharon: Junior's was happy to share the recipe for this hearty soup, which we've adapted below. Junior's mushroom barley soup Total time: 2 1/2 hours Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from Junior's Deli in West Los Angeles.
March 10, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Hello, Noelle. I live in the Inland Empire, and I love this restaurant in Loma Linda called Napoli . The food and the service are always wonderful. Everything on the menu is usually very good, however my favorite is the capellini al gamberetti. I have tried to make it at home, but, alas, something/everything is missing. Could you please try to get the recipe? Maria Wallace Highland Dear Maria: Napoli was happy to share its recipe for capellini al gamberetti, which we've adapted below.
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