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February 18, 2010
Braised chicken and sausage with green olives Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 6 6 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds) Salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 Italian sausages (about 3/4 pound) 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup red wine 2 cups crushed tomatoes (about 2/3 of a 28-ounce can) 8 to 10 whole green olives 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1. Trim the chicken thighs of any excess skin and fat, pat dry and season lightly on both sides with a pinch of salt.
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...
February 9, 2013 | By David Karp
As part of a great California olive oil boom, now at least a dozen olive oil vendors are selling at local farmers markets, up from only a couple a decade ago. Most offer a good product, but there are few who, like Michael O'Brien of Paso Gold , provide local, fresh, high-quality, certified organic oil, sold by the farmer himself in the agricultural section of the market. The combination of new varieties from Europe, high-density systems and mechanized harvest led to a surge in plantings of olives for oil, from a few hundred acres two decades ago to about 30,000 today, said Paul Vossen , a University of California farm advisor.
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.
December 8, 2012
  Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 4 1/2 small red onion 8 to 12 black olives, such as oil-cured, dry-cured or Kalamata, pitted 3 tablespoons pine nuts 1 (9-ounce) bag of cleaned small spinach leaves (about 6 packed cups) 3 Persian cucumbers, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 cups) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1/4 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red or white wine vinegar, or to taste Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 tablespoons pomegranate arils (from about ½ pomegranate)
October 9, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop village, was a mystery to me. Every time I drove past, it was shut up and seemingly deserted. But on one moonless night in November, lights blazed through the dirt-encrusted windows, and tractors, trailers, little Fiat 500s and the three-wheeled trucks called Apé were strewn across the road outside. I stopped my car, pushed open the building's iron door and stepped into a room filled with the rush of warm air and the clanking of heavy machinery.
December 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiny fly is responsible for destroying tons of olives in Northern California. The olive fly, which swept through Southern California five years ago, was found in crops in Napa and Sonoma counties this fall. Although the flies have been a longtime problem in Europe, they have appeared relatively recently in California. Traps this year caught 10 times more this year than they did a year ago. Growers tried to control the pests by spraying, but many got to the fruit too late.
September 27, 1990 | PETER C. BENNETT, Bennett is a Los Angeles writer.
Cliff Graber, president of the Graber Olive House in Ontario, surfs, skis and skateboards with the reckless abandon of a teen-ager. He'll be 53 in December. Edna Bachstein has helped four generations of Grabers pick, pickle and pack their famous tree-ripened Manzanillo olives. At 91, she's still on the job. So are Marguerite Larned, 77, and Inez Bjorkman, 67, who together have 85 years of service with the company.
August 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
California's olive growers are battling a tiny Mediterranean pest that farmers say could devastate their industry in just a few years if it continues to spread at its current rapid pace. Found just two years ago on ornamental trees in backyards and highway medians throughout Southern California, the pinhead-sized olive fruit fly has since migrated into the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of the state's $100-million commercial olive industry.
The olive may have been domesticated twice. It's indigenous to Syria and Palestine, and botanists think there was also a spiny variety that was native to the island of Crete. But olives and olive oil have always been important trade goods throughout the Mediterranean, so a lot of crossbreeding has taken place throughout the centuries, which may be why the spiny olive no longer exists as such.
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.
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.
December 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Darden Restaurants Inc. said it would separate itself from its Red Lobster business while halting expansion at Olive Garden and stopping acquisitions “for the foreseeable future.” Orlando, Fla.-based Darden has struggled recently along with the rest of the casual dining sector as price-conscious consumers moved into the cheaper fast-casual tier that includes chains such as Smashburger and Panera. Darden said the Red Lobster move may take the form of a tax-free spinoff to shareholders or an outright sale.
November 21, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
It's easy to see why anyone would want to leave a group home for the mentally ill. Surrounded by unstable personalities, subject to the harshness of institutional life and overseen by a rotating cast of condescending physicians, a nervous and kind but formerly violent patient named Jack (an excellent Gbenga Akinnagbe) attempts to rebuild his life by making a transition from his clinical residence to a place of his own. The great achievement in writer-director Jono Oliver's poignant, superb debut, "Home," lies in the balance between the film's empathy for those like Jack who seek independence and its compassion for others who may need care indefinitely.
November 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
  After the coffee. Before figuring out this whole life thing. The Skinny: Thursday I worked from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:10 p.m. and unfortunately I won't be able to mail it in today. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the life I have chosen. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and Comcast's plans to sell movies through its cable boxes. Also, John Oliver is jumping from Comedy Central to HBO. Daily Dose: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission clarified its rules on foreign ownership of broadcast television and radio properties.
September 3, 1987 | JANE SALZFASS FREIMAN, Freiman is a New York-based food writer
People who will not eat fish because they are afraid of bones often can be coaxed into trying swordfish, which is a white-fleshed fish without small bones. Swordfish has gained in popularity during the last few years, both in restaurants and at home, because it also has a great flavor, particularly when grilled or broiled. During a recent visit to Toronto, I dined at Orso, a popular Northern Italian restaurant.
December 6, 2006 | Amy Scattergood and Leslie Brenner
Oven-roasted olives at Mozza At once rustic and luxe, with a touch of citrus, they're warm and welcoming, just like chef Nancy Silverton. --- Lucques, Lucques, Lucques at Lucques The olives for which the restaurant is named are classy, petite and self-contained, a la chef Suzanne Goin. --- Matteo's marinated olive antipasto Red Cerignola! Green Castelvetrano! Black Gaeta! Watch out, here comes chef Don Dickman ---.
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
While Diana, Princess of Wales, was living life as the World's Most Famous Woman, happiness was an elusive pursuit: a nagging struggle between a thirst for privacy and a need for affirming public recognition. That the new film "Diana," based on Kate Snell's book about Diana's two-year secret romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, has met with contemptuous reception in Britain only shows that the late royal belongs more to the people she touched and inspired than any one film could hope to dramatize.
October 12, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
If you haven't heard of British eyewear brand Oliver Goldsmith, think of Michael Caine's signature black glasses, John Lennon's iconic granny glasses and Audrey Hepburn's oversize sunnies in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Other A-list clients of the heritage label include Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, Ursula Andress, the duke of Windsor, Peter Sellers and Mick Jagger. Grace Kelly owned at least 20 pairs of the glasses; Goldsmith once traveled to the palace in Monaco, where she commissioned him to create 11 pairs.
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