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February 6, 1987
Suddenly there are three Olivers--North, Stone and Tambo--who are center stage in the news! The name comes from the Latin, "the olive, signifying peace." In ancient Greece and Rome, the winners of contests were crowned with olive leaves in token of victory and peace. In biblical legend, the dove brought an olive branch to Noah in the ark to report peace after storm. Oliver became one of the great romance names of the Middle Ages, the name of knights and cavaliers. In the north, the name of saints and kings.
April 26, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Tweens and pre-tweens can get an eyeful and an earful of their favorite performers at the "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. " 8 p.m. Disney Channel Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary lion Ernest Hemingway, tells of her famous family's troubled history in "Running From Crazy.
May 26, 2011
  Olive and rosemary focaccia Total time: 1½ hours, plus cooling time Serves: Makes 1 focaccia; each focaccia yields 8 slices. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of chef Nancy Silverton's recipes for the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share your photos of the finished dish so we can showcase them on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload your photos here. 1 risen focaccia dough 2 ounces low-moisture mozzarella, cut into generous ½-inch cubes 40 pitted Ascolana olives (or another large pitted green olive)
April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
March 4, 2010
Pork belly confited in olive oil Total time: About 3 hours Servings: Makes about 1 quart, enough for 18 to 20 servings Note: Adapted from a recipe by Jim Drohman in "Charcuterie" by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. 3 to 4 pounds pork belly 10 grams black peppercorns (about 3 1/4 teaspoons) 3 grams ground cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon) 1 gram whole cloves (about 10) 1/2 gram whole allspice (about 6) 2 bay leaves 1 ounce salt (about 4 teaspoons)
November 29, 2000
Re "Olive Harvest Becomes a Palestinian Casualty," Nov. 25: How horrifying to read that the Israeli Army and Israeli settlers of illegally occupied territories are conspiring to destroy the olive crop in the Palestinian West Bank. Plainly, this is yet another facet of Israel's strategy to destroy by any means possible those who would obstruct, even if only by their very existence, Israel's five-decade-long expansionist campaign. Keeping indigenous Palestinians confined to Israel-created ghettos no longer seems to be sufficient; now their livelihood must be taken away as well, presumably leaving these poor people to starve.
May 21, 1988
Great. Drug-policing duties to the military. Next I'll worry about getting pulled over for a traffic citation by MPs in an olive-drab Jeep. JAMES D. REAGAN Downey
July 10, 2003
"Signs, Maps to Guide Downtown Visitors" (July 7) reminded me of a poem that my mother learned when she was young to help remember the order of downtown streets. "From Broadway we climb the Hill to Olive. We have a Grand Hope to pick Flowers on Figueroa." Perhaps a little poetry on the directional signs would help too. Sharon Gehl San Diego
November 12, 1992
I too recall the bountiful fruits of the San Fernando Valley ("The Walnut Kid," Oct. 22). Timely thoughts: Candied walnuts cured while in a state before full maturity--hull, shell and meat boiled in lots of syrup. After-dinner treat. Olive and walnut spread--4 parts pitted olives, chopped; 1 part onion, chopped; 2 parts walnuts, chopped; dash of crushed red pepper; lemon juice to taste; mayonnaise to blend. --ELAINE PICKENS West Covina
September 21, 1986
Re the "fictional Greek island called Paxos": True, Cleopatra and almost every other traveler in the last 2,000 years has hurried past it in order to visit nearby Corfu, but the island is a charming place that produces some of the finest olive oil in Greece. You can find Paxos on the map just below Corfu in the Ionian Sea. JOHN McKINNEY Santa Barbara
April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When John Oliver left "The Daily Show" in December to launch a new weekly show on HBO, host Jon Stewart surprised him with a video tribute to his 7-1/2 years on the Comedy Central show. Overcome with emotion, Oliver broke down in tears and gave Stewart a very heartfelt hug by way of departure. Many fans at the time were charmed by this genuine display of emotion. But Oliver's friends back in England hated it. In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show," where host Jimmy Fallon quizzed him about his on-air sobbing.
April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before losing the jet lag. The Skinny: I've watched the first four episodes of FX's "Fargo" and can recommend it. Now I want to see the movie again. Seems like Tuesday was light on hard news but we scraped together a Fix for you nonetheless. Today's stories include the latest on L.A. film production and NBC's efforts to build a digital programming space. Also, Oliver North gets to put his experience to work for FX's Cold War drama "The Americans. " Daily Dose: The Washington Post said Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable should be approved by regulators.
February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
January 25, 2014 | By David Pierson
ARTOIS, Calif. - Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon. This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an upstart company with big ambitions. The U.S. is the world's No. 3 consumer of olive oil, drizzling 293,000 metric tons of the stuff over salads and pizzas last year. Yet almost every drop was produced overseas in countries including Spain, Italy and Greece.
January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
John Oliver would like nothing more than to watch Sarah Palin "spoon little flakes of cornflakes into a bowl. " Told that the doyenne of far-right Republican politics would be hosting a media breakfast at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena as part of the Television Critics Assn. media tour, Oliver said he was seriously considering staying the night. "Sarah Palin at a breakfast bar, I think my life could just be over at that point," he said. "There is a significant voice in my head that says, 'Check in and go to breakfast.' I'm sure she does a heavy breakfast with loads of moose-based bagels.
March 28, 2007 | Betty Hallock, Times Staff Writer
A bright, pungent tapenade spiked with anchovies and lemon juice and long wedges of tortilla crackers studded with sesame seeds make a winning combination of appetizers. Ciudad's house olive tapenade recently caught the attention of the Food section website producer, Tenny Tatusian. "It was a lovely balance of flavors -- the olives were somewhat tamed, but still bracing," Tatusian says. "It's a dish I'd love to serve at my next dinner party -- especially alongside untamed martinis."
March 10, 2012
Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 1 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 cloves garlic, split in half lengthwise 1 teaspoon lemon zest Olive oil Salt 1 pound kale 4 teaspoons lemon juice 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated or shaved with a vegetable peeler 1. Toast the bread crumbs: Combine them in a small saucepan with the garlic, lemon zest and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Stir to coat well....
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Forget about all the butter we Americans are supposed to be consuming, I'm deep into olive oil practically every meal, lavishing a slab of grilled country bread with the intensely fruity Tuscan oil and sopping up every bit of the remains on my plate. This is from my annual shipment of olio nuovo (new oil) from the Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma. The color is an iridescent jade-chartreuse,  gorgeous to behold. This is olive oil more as food than condiment. I float a thread on winter minestrone or pasta fagioli, eat halved avocados with a drizzle of the oil, dip artichoke leaves in a little dish of olio nuovo . I get my fix every year from the Rare Wine Co., which has been bringing in a selection of new oils from Tuscany for almost 20 years now. This year, after tasting the new oils in November, Rare Wine founder Mannie Berk chose oils from half a dozen wine estates in Tuscany.
December 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's a rare thing to see a comedian get turned into a blubbering mess of tears on national TV, but that's exactly what happened Thursday night as "The Daily Show" bid farewell to one of their own. Longtime correspondent (and recent fill-in host) John Oliver left the show this week to start his own comedy show on HBO. And as a way of sending him off in style, Stewart faked Oliver into thinking he was doing a comedy bit on nuts left around Buckingham Palace for the queen to snack on and then pulled a switcheroo and presented him with a "greatest hits" tribute.
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