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December 6, 1997
In Morning Report of Nov. 29, you reported about a spoof in the Onion, a Madison, Wis. publication, about plans to re-release "The Big Chill" in a "newly contextualized, digitally re-zeitgeisted format." One example you cited stated, "In one new scene, Glenn Close and Mary Beth Hurt discuss menopause." This is where I got confused. Since Mary Beth Hurt was never in "The Big Chill" (Mary Kay Place was), was this statement part of the parody, a mistake by the Onion (which means they should research better before attempting a parody)
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January 23, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer who covers comedy and television
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with. Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Alan Ball noted that much of the juicy vitriol in his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay for "American Beauty" grew out of the frustration he was feeling as a comedy writer in a far more confining context--on the sitcoms "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill."
FOOD
July 16, 2008
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: Makes 3 cups salsa Note: From test kitchen manager Noelle Carter. Serve the salsa with savory goat cheese tamales, spread over warm bread, or as part of a cheese course. 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pint fresh figs, about 1 pound 1 cup dry white wine 3/4 cup chicken broth, divided Salt Freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 lemon 1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, combine the onion with the olive oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and just beginning to caramelize, about 12 minutes.
FOOD
June 16, 1999 | ANDY BRODER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Chalupas are a traditional Mexican snack. Normally, they're boat-shaped masa shells stuffed with something savory. Sometimes, though, they're made with regular corn tortillas. The convenience more than makes up for the small sacrifice in authenticity. Combine those tortillas with leftover baked or boiled potatoes and chorizo and you've got a dinner that's filling and fast.
FOOD
April 9, 2003 | Cindy Dorn, Times Staff Writer
Dear SOS: Some years ago you published Ismail Merchant's lemon lentils. In the mess of installing a new refrigerator, my copy has come up missing. William Teagardin Manhattan Beach Dear William: This is from a 1994 story about Merchant, the film producer. Vegetable stock can be substituted. Look for masoor dal at Indian markets and specialty stores. Lemon lentils Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 5 to 6 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil, divided 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 (2-inch)
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Chef Emeril Lagasse will bring his passion for seafood to three of his Las Vegas restaurants during a  celebration of soft shell crab May 6-12. Delmonico Steakhouse , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 each will feature three to four soft shell crab dishes, with different offerings for lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $20 to $40. The evening menu at Delmonico Steakhouse, which is inside the Venetian , will feature a crispy soft shell crab Louis salad.
FOOD
June 24, 2010
  Cucumber granita Total time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: Makes enough to serve as an accompaniment for 8 to 10 servings of gazpacho Note: Use this cucumber ice as a garnish for tomato gazpacho. 2 cucumbers, each about 11 ounces 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon salt 3 sprigs mint 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup water 1. Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
NEWS
December 19, 1987 | BILL SIDNAM, Bill Sidnam, who lives in Orange County, tends an extensive vegetable plot
At the market, green onions sell for about 29 cents a bunch, with about six to a bunch. At a nursery, a one-pound bag of onion sets (a "set" is a small onion bulb) costs about $1 and contains nearly 200 sets and each set equals one green onion. So, for $1 you can grow almost $10 worth of green onions, and they, of course, will be fresher and tastier than the ones you buy in the store. If you are looking for a good investment, this is it.
FOOD
November 18, 2009
  Stuffed acorn squash Note: This recipe is adapted from "Cooking From Quilt Country" by Marcia Adams. She says some families enrich the stuffing with some chopped ham. Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 4 to 6 2 acorn squash 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons minced parsley 1 slice dense textured brown bread 2 tablespoons butter, melted ...
FOOD
August 28, 2002 | ABBY MANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Here's a summer entertaining menu that keeps things easy for the cook. The paella, served with grilled chicken and shellfish, is adapted to serve at room temperature. That means all the cooking is done in advance without compromising the dish. Long-grain rice works best for the paella, rather than traditional short grain or Arborio rice, which in testing became unpleasantly thick and clumpy on standing. I like to grill chicken legs and three varieties of shellfish for paella; they make for an inviting dish.
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