September 6, 2012 |
You know those stubborn little bits of food that won't come off your pan no matter how hard you scrub? There's an easy way to clean that -- and it doesn't require much, if any, elbow grease. Simply place the pan on the stove, over medium-high heat until it's hot. Add a thin layer of water and, using a wooden spoon or spatula, scrape off the browned bits. They should peel off easily. Stubborn bits removed, take the pan off heat and finish washing in the sink. When you use wine, this process is also known as deglazing, and it's a fundamental part of cooking.
August 22, 2012 |
Consumer Reports car reviewers gave high marks to the latest version of the Chrysler 300, putting it near the top of the class for large sedans with V6 engines. Positive reviews and new models have helped Chrysler Group, traditionally seen as the weakest of the three major U.S. automakers, grow rapidly this year. Through the end of July, Chrysler sales have risen 28% to almost 1 million vehicles. Its share of the U.S. market has grown to 11.4% from 10.2% during the first seven months of the year.
August 18, 2012 |
The one purely orchestral concert of this week's all-over-the-map "Americas & Americans" festival at the Hollywood Bowl was Thursday night. This was Gustavo Dudamel's opportunity to make a big statement with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He did. The theme was fascinatingly Pan-American and focused around Aaron Copland's heroic Third Symphony, which had its premiere in 1946 and encompassed the mood of a country sobered by war but celebratory of victory. For the program's South American half, which began the evening, Dudamel turned to works by Latin American composers who were influenced by Copland.
August 15, 2012 |
IN JULIA'S KITCHEN Julia Child 's niece, Philadelphia Cousins, recalls time spent in Aunt Ju-Ju's kitchen , now on display at the National Museum of American History. "It was not until I came to Cambridge as a freshman at Radcliffe College in 1969 that I really came to know Julia and Paul and spend time in their spacious kitchen, full of copper pots and intriguing culinary equipment and redolent of buttery, spicy, wonderful scents," Cousins writes. [National Museum of American History]
July 31, 2012 |
Heat a pan, add some beaten eggs and flavorings and slowly cook to puffed, golden-brown perfection. Frittatas are easy to make and are versatile, perfect for breakfast or brunch, even dinner. Serve slices hot, fresh out of the pan, or make the frittata ahead of time and cool to room temperature before setting slices out on the table. Flavor the frittata with whatever you've got on hand: sautéed vegetables, leftover meats, fresh herbs, whatever cheese sounds good at the moment. A frittata cooks up quickly - ready in no more than half an hour after you first heat up the pan. If you don't finish the frittata in one serving, frittatas are model leftovers, whether you grab a cold slice for breakfast first thing in the morning or serve the remainder for dinner another night.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came to an unexpected and impassioned defense of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying that "sinister accusations" by congressional conservatives about her alleged connection to the Muslim Brotherhood must end. The attacks have been led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the chairwoman of the tea party caucus in the House, and four other lawmakers, who have asked federal officials to investigate whether Abedin, a Muslim American who is deputy chief of staff at the State Department, is influencing U.S. policy in ways beneficial to the pan-Arab Islamic group.
July 2, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - On election night 12 years ago, the headquarters ofMexico's main conservative party buzzed with the electric thrill of history as voters ousted the country's longtime rulers. This time, though, the cavernous hall echoed with defeat. On tables near the door, badges for guests sat in piles, unclaimed by no-shows. The National Action Party, or PAN, woke up Monday wondering how to pick up the pieces from its worst drubbing in a generation. PHOTOS: Mexico election The PAN, which made history by toppling the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in 2000, finished a dismal third in Sunday's presidential vote.
June 26, 2012 |
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be “slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years.” “While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either,” said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
June 7, 2012 |
President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney keep returning to California, where they have raised a whopping $60 million in campaign contributions. Finally -- a way to make money in the state! ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons What all that money in Wisconsin really bought Remembering Bradbury: Video chat with Patt Morrison and Carolyn Kellogg Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook .
June 5, 2012 |
Apparently, spending the bulk of your time in Neverland really will stop you from growing up. Cathy Rigby won a Tony nomination for her performance as Peter Pan on Broadway in the 1990 revival. Now, at 59, she is once again soaring and scattering pixie dust at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in a touring production by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, the company she runs with her husband, Tom McCoy. An earlier tour, in 2004-05, was billed as Rigby's farewell to the part she had claimed so definitively (even unseating Mary Martin)