March 2, 2011 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
Just that morning, I'd used the last of the leaf lard I'd been adding to my galette or pie dough for extra tenderness when the words Mangalitsa and fatback jumped out to me from a little signboard at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market . I stopped in front of what has to be one of the smallest stalls at the market, Peads & Barnetts. In fact, this was just its second week there. The name is that of one of Oliver Woolley's small pig farms in North San Diego County where he raises Mangalitsa, or Hungary's woolly pigs, a breed closely related to Europe's wild boars and prized for its thick layer of particularly tasty fat. He didn't have leaf lard, but he did have fatback in 2-pound packs at $3.50 a pound.
November 24, 2012 |
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 |
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.
July 3, 2002 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
December 28, 2008
What's wrong with Siemens paying $1.4 billion in bribes to government officials? Answer: Uncle Sam didn't get his cut. ("Siemens to pay fines in criminal probe," Dec. 16.) So the Securities and Exchange Commission enforced an $800-million slice of the pie. Not a bribe, please; it's a "settlement." And for that, the U.S. calls everything an "accounting violation," and Siemens gets to stay in the government contracts game. With corruption, it seems that the difference between America and the rest of the world is that we have better paperwork and more ingenious PR spin.