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March 2, 2011 | By Amy Scattergood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Almost half a century ago, in an epiphanic moment of marketing genius, Kellogg's is credited with inventing the Pop-Tart. Your very own individually wrapped piece of pie. In a toaster. Since that happy occasion, the Pop-Tart has become a part, literally, of the pop culture landscape: Milton the talking toaster, if you watched commercials in the '70s, or more recently last year's Times Square Pop-Tart pop-up shop. Devotees of the Pop-Tart may also remember an old Dave Barry story, in which the humorist set a strawberry Pop-Tart on fire in his toaster, just to prove he could.
June 28, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Ford's Filling Station and Father's Office now have some company in the Culver City area. Brit chef Brendan Collins (Mélisse, Anisette and Palihouse) and manager Carolos Tomazos (Essex House, Per Se and Le Bernardin in New York) have just opened the gastropub Waterloo & City, named after the London tube line, in the old Crest House Family Restaurant on Washington Boulevard. The building is no beauty queen, but it cleans up nicely, and, once inside, it's a whole new world. The crowd — and it's a big one — perches on old church pews and banquettes savoring a fine cast of draft and bottled beers and feasting on housemade charcuterie and such.
We are second to none in our admiration for pie, which, at its best, marries homeyness with elegance. It is the great American dessert. But we don't make it at home nearly as often as we should, because the crust, at least the right crust, is kind of a pain. This is why we love ordering pie in restaurants -- somebody else has done the rolling and the chilling, worried about the correct shortening and performed the rituals of blind baking that too often leave us with burnt or shrunken dough.
July 18, 1993 | GREG SARRIS, Like the characters in this story, Greg Sarris lived on Grand Avenue in the roughest section of Santa Rosa. Part American Indian, Filipino and Jewish, Sarris was a foster child and a gang member who became a professor of English at UCLA and the elected chief of a Coast Miwok tribe. A book of his essays, "Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts," was published recently by the University of California Press, and his biography of Mabel McKay, a Pomo medicine woman, inaugurates the UC Press American Geniuses series in 1994. But Sarris says fiction is his first love: "So often my people fight the dark with alcohol, drugs, violence. I'm trying to light it with my stories." "How I Got to Be Queen" will be included in a collection of Sarris' short stories, "Grand Avenue," due in 1994 from Hyperion
I WATCHED JUSTINE ACROSS THE STREET. I SEEN HER from the window. Even with Sheldon and Jeffrey asking for lunch, I seen clear enough to know she was up to her old tricks. I said to myself, that queen, she's up to it again. This time it was a boy, a black boy whose name I'd learn in a matter of hours. Justine wastes no time. But just then I pulled away from the window, in case the two little guys might see me looking. Kids have a way of telling things, after all. Nothing was unpacked.
DEAR SOS: I have a peach tree with at least 100 peaches on it! Do you have any great peach recipes? ELLEN HUTKIN Tarzana DEAR ELLEN: It's hard to improve upon a ripe peach right off the tree. But here is Joan Ruggles' pie from 1998. Send requests to Culinary SOS, Food Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or e-mail to: cindy.dorn@latimes .com. Please include your last name and city of residence for publication. Summertime Peach Pie With Crumb Top Active Work Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours CRUST 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick)
July 3, 2005
I was talking to a half-dozen theater friends about the changes new Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has put in place at the Taper ["The Reviews Are Already Coming In," June 26]. This theater-savvy, L.A.-diverse klatch was worrying about the same threads that your panel of theater artists were, so I felt compelled to ask, "Do you remember the last time you really had to see something at the Taper?" That killed the conversation. We all had to think about that one for a few long minutes.
February 16, 2003
Re: "Wellpoint Profit Increases 64% From Year Earlier" (Feb. 11): This is the problem with the health-care delivery system: An insurance company, among the best performers in the managed-care industry, made $703.1 million in 2002. An ideal system would have no one between the patient and the provider (doctors, hospitals, etc.) taking a huge slice of the medical-care pie, $17.3 billion in 2002 revenue to be exact. A nonprofit single payer is the answer to this ridiculous arrangement.
January 28, 1992
I loved Kevin Phillips' comparison of the decline of the U.S. to that of Imperial Rome vis-a-vis our war-mongering excursions onto Grenada, Tripoli, Panama and the Gulf War ("Bush's Foreign Policy," Opinion, Jan. 12). Though to some this will undoubtedly sound pie in the sky, it is incontrovertible that any policy (whether that of a nation or an individual) that results in the murder of people is the road to life-negating zero, and guarantees disaster for us all. WAYNE ERIC WILLIAMS, Sherman Oaks
October 21, 2001
I enjoyed your article on the Oak Glen apple orchards ("Core of Apple Country," Weekend Escape, Sept. 30). I have been visiting the orchards for the last 10 years and have always had a great time there. However, you missed a couple of things. One is a wonderful orchard called Wood Acres, run by Jim and Pat Woods. Their variety of apples is outstanding. The other is the delicious fresh apple pie from the bakery at Parrish Ranch. ERIK BUENO Long Beach
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