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May 10, 1986
The fire at the Los Angeles Central Library brought back vivid memories of its early days in this city of my birth. Well do I remember the family trek (in our family Studebaker) to the downtown Main Library, situated on two floors of the Metropolitan building (gone now, I think)--religiously, every Friday. Adult literature was on one floor--children's on the other. Our family parted in the elevator, Mama and Papa to their favorite stacks. At that time, fairy tales and idealistic stories about dogs and girls like "The Little Colonel Series" by Annie Fellows Johnston, were my favorites.
May 18, 1989
"You may vary this recipe by using chocolate cookie crumbs and instead of pineapple you can use fresh sliced strawberries," Margarita Salazar writes. "Use your imagination--there is no end to what you can come up with." BANANA SPLIT DESSERT 1 (13 1/2-ounce) package Graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups butter or margarine 1 (1-pound) package powdered sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 or 6 large ripe bananas or 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 (12-ounce)
December 11, 2002
FOIE gras is notoriously difficult to cook. Most chefs end up searing thin slices or scallops of the fattened duck liver and pairing it with something sweet. At Whist, Tim Goodell and his chef Jeff Armstrong, are so entranced with the luxe ingredient they offer a different foie gras each night. My favorite, so far, is foie gras with roasted pineapple. The texture is astonishing, more like custard than anything else, like a warm version of terrine de foie gras.
December 31, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Snooki's in, Snooki's out, Snooki's in again ... but in New Jersey. Maybe. That's pretty much how the news went this month for the diminutive Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore," who supposedly was going to be inside the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square. Except organizers said that was never going to happen. So Snooki will be in a ball drop of her own in Seaside Heights, N.J., according to People magazine. Whatev. There are plenty of quirkier things than Snooki to drop from on high on New Year's Eve. Here are my favorites, in no particular order, that might make a great travel destination for next year.
October 9, 2005
Re "Bracing for Mammoth Change," Oct. 6 There goes the neighborhood. A once-charming mountain village has fallen victim to big-money hotel people who don't know a pine cone from a pineapple and couldn't care less. We are speaking of a modest mountain retreat that over the years has grown out of its role as an ordinary-guy ski attraction into a glitter facade that doesn't mean diddly to the spirit of the outdoors. This used to be a place where it was quite usual for the Yosemite bears to come out at night and raid the garbage cans.
May 16, 1985
In California, anytime is barbecue time. If it's been ages since you last cooked outdoors over a hot fire, then you should enjoy the recipes suggested here. Chicken, beef and lamb are grilled to perfection over sizzling hot briquettes. The result, savory entrees that surprise as well as please your family or guests.
August 27, 1989 | Alice Kahn
I was sitting in one of those bookstore cafes when I noticed a tall, dark man in the distance browsing economics, and I thought to myself: Wow. I just felt attracted, you know? Several seconds passed before I realized: That was no man; that was my husband. There is probably no discovery on Earth happier than the realization that you are in love with the person you happen to be married to. It's the kind of thing you don't think about all the time. Especially if you've been married for 23 years.
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