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December 13, 2006
Total time: 2 hours, 20 minutes Servings: 10 Note: From "The Sweet Life: Desserts From Chanterelle" by Kate Zuckerman. This pear dish requires the use of a hot oven for about 2 hours; you can roast these pears while you plan to be in the kitchen working on another dish. You will need a 12-by-8-inch metal roasting pan. The pears are just as beautiful if you do not core them after roasting.
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FOOD
November 13, 2013
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors. " This recipe uses a standard 9-inch pie plate. 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided Zest of 2 lemons, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup quick-cooking, small-pearl tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced pears (4 to 5 pears)
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NEWS
September 15, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
We make a lot of fuss over heirloom peach varieties that date back to the 1960s and tomatoes that go back as far as the 1930s. But did you know that the Bartlett pear, that standard grocery store fruit, dates back to the 1770s? The Bartlett, called the Williams pear in England, where it was first found, gets its name from Enoch Bartlett, who was the first person to sell the trees in the U.S. in the early 1800s. “Barts” are the predominant pear grown in California, and there are two main growing sites with very different fruit.
FOOD
August 31, 2013
30 minutes, plus cooling time. Serves 6 as dessert, or 10 to 12 as a garnish 3 cups pomegranate juice 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste 3 strips of orange zest (about 2 inches long) 3 strips of lemon zest (about 2 inches long) 6 small Bartlett pears, ripe but firm Pomegranate arils, for garnish (optional) 1. To make the syrup, combine the pomegranate juice, sugar and the orange and lemon zest strips in a heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring gently, until the sugar dissolves.
FOOD
November 13, 2013
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors. " This recipe uses a standard 9-inch pie plate. 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided Zest of 2 lemons, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup quick-cooking, small-pearl tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced pears (4 to 5 pears)
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynda Jenner in Pasadena: "Euro Pane on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena has the most delicious spiced pear cake. It is moist and truly delicious with a hint of ginger. I would love to re-create it at home. Could you get the recipe for me?" Owner Sumi Chang was happy to share her recipe for this wonderfully fragrant, moist and delicious cake, writing that "it is a very humble-looking cake, but the taste is incredible. Originally, someone gave me this recipe as an apple cake recipe, and I baked a lot of apple cake using it. Once, however, I was out of apples, so I used Anjou pears instead.
FOOD
September 2, 2010
  Pears in pomegranate wine with honey and lemon thyme Total time: 45 minutes, plus steeping time for the honey and cooling time for the pears Servings: 6 Note: The honey should be steeped with the thyme 1 to 3 days in advance. This can be stored well-chilled in the refrigerator. Cane and turbinado sugar can be found at cooking and specialty stores, as well as well-stocked markets. Lemon thyme, a lemon-scented version of the thyme plant, is available at farmers' markets and at specialty grocers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A man who paid $5 for a 19th century painting at a garage sale has sold it to a museum for $1 million, an art publication reported. The unidentified actor found Joseph Decker's "Ripening Pears" wrapped in a blanket at a Los Angeles garage sale three years ago, the report in ARTnewsletter said. The woman who sold him the painting said it had been sitting in her garage for more than 60 years, the publication said. Decker painted it around 1884 or 1885. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.
FOOD
October 8, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
While the weather has careened in the last week from broiling to chilly and sodden and back to warm, and summer produce, such as peaches, peppers and eggplants, continue to be offered at farmers markets, a change is in the air, independent of the temperature: We're seeing more and more typically autumnal crops like pears, apples, squash, chestnuts, pumpkins, pomegranates and even the first few persimmons. Especially worth searching out is the most celebrated and luscious of pears, Comice, which originated in the Loire Valley in 1849.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dwight Yoakam's jeans had been pressed and his eyes moistened with Visine. But as the country star stood last month in a rented Malibu mansion - the hilltop set of a music video for Yoakam's song "A Heart Like Mine" - the director requested one more adjustment. "Can you smile?" she asked. Nothing. "A little bit more?" Strike two. "How about a chuckle?" "Nah," Yoakam finally replied, courteous but firm. "I don't like to indicate. " He never has. Since emerging more than 25 years ago from the rock clubs of Los Angeles - where he shared bills with X and Los Lobos - Yoakam has established himself as one of country music's foremost stoics, a straight-faced enigma (and perpetual Nashville outlier)
SCIENCE
May 7, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
In schoolbook drawings, nuclei -- the protons and neutrons at the center of atoms -- are often represented as neat, spherical little bunches with nice round electron clouds circling about them. Many nuclei are, in fact, sphere-shaped, but some are not: Relationships between their constituent parts deform them into bundles shaped more like a football or a discus. And physicists have predicted that in some cases, atomic nuclei could take on even more unusual shapes: pyramids, bananas, pears.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
If you're pear-shaped and smug, a new study's findings may take you down a peg: For those at slightly increased risk of developing diabetes, fat stored in the buttocks pumps out abnormal levels of two proteins associated with inflammation and insulin resistance. (And that's not good.) The new research casts some doubt on an emerging conventional wisdom: that when it comes to cardiovascular and diabetes risk, those of us who carry some excess fat in our hips, thighs and bottoms ("pear-shaped" people)
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
For a slight twist on a classic comfort food, wedge crumbled blue cheese between slices of raisin brioche, along with thinly sliced pear. Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is soft and oozing, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. If you have enough self-restraint to keep from eating the sandwich over the stove (I totally understand if you don't), plate your creation, drizzled with a little chestnut honey. Grilled cheese never looked so good. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
FOOD
November 10, 2012
  Total time: 25 minutes Servings: Makes a generous 1½ quarts Note: Adapted from Quinn and Karen Hatfield. Dried pears can be found in most well-stocked and gourmet markets, as well as online. Pickled mustard seeds are available at select gourmet markets and online. 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) butter 1 1/2 cups finely diced onion (from about 1 large onion) 4 cups (about 20 ounces) dried tart cherries, chopped 2 1/2 cups water 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup (about 4 ounces)
FOOD
November 3, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Here's the problem: "I'm a wine lover," says Hans Reisetbauer, spreading his hands for emphasis. But he was unlucky enough to be raised in upper Austria, too far north to grow grapes. The son of a farmer, at school he studied agriculture, but normal farming, like wheat or corn, didn't interest him much. So when Reisetbauer took over the family farm, he thought he'd try planting some old varieties of apple trees and selling the fruit. Bad timing: In 1993, his first harvest, the apple crop in Austria was huge and prices were paltry.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynda Jenner in Pasadena: "Euro Pane on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena has the most delicious spiced pear cake. It is moist and truly delicious with a hint of ginger. I would love to re-create it at home. Could you get the recipe for me?" Owner Sumi Chang was happy to share her recipe for this wonderfully fragrant, moist and delicious cake, writing that "it is a very humble-looking cake, but the taste is incredible. Originally, someone gave me this recipe as an apple cake recipe, and I baked a lot of apple cake using it. Once, however, I was out of apples, so I used Anjou pears instead.
FOOD
June 11, 1987
This tasty dish is a combination of pears and shrimp. Treat guests at your next luncheon to Mariner's Pear Salad. Combine 1 1/2 cups small cooked shrimp, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon French dressing and 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt. Arrange chilled canned Bartlett pear halves on 4 lettuce-lined plates (2 halves per plate). Spoon shrimp salad onto pears. Makes 4 servings.
FOOD
June 15, 1989 | ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
DEAR SOS: Last May my wife and I were served a most delicious watercress and pear soup at the Bath Hotel in Bath, England. Since you could not request the recipe for me, I wrote to the Bath Hotel myself and received a reply. The soup when properly prepared is absolutely sensational. --MARTIN DEAR MARTIN: Thank you. As you can imagine it would be impossible to follow up the many hundreds of recipes requested by mail considering the limited space for printing recipes each week.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Looking for a dish to celebrate the Fall  without having to break out the soup pot? This salad -- full of crisp apple and pear slices, sweet-tart dried cranberries and toasted walnuts -- fits the bill in a cool and refreshing way. Served alongside an herbed cranberry vinaigrette, it makes a great colorful side dish or light main course (add some diced chicken, perhaps, for a more substantial dish). Best of all? The whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dwight Yoakam's jeans had been pressed and his eyes moistened with Visine. But as the country star stood last month in a rented Malibu mansion - the hilltop set of a music video for Yoakam's song "A Heart Like Mine" - the director requested one more adjustment. "Can you smile?" she asked. Nothing. "A little bit more?" Strike two. "How about a chuckle?" "Nah," Yoakam finally replied, courteous but firm. "I don't like to indicate. " He never has. Since emerging more than 25 years ago from the rock clubs of Los Angeles - where he shared bills with X and Los Lobos - Yoakam has established himself as one of country music's foremost stoics, a straight-faced enigma (and perpetual Nashville outlier)
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