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January 19, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Right now I've got two trays of tomatoes in the oven roasting very slowly. Fresh tomatoes aren't the best right now, but if you take smaller or cherry tomatoes, halve them and roast in a slow oven, they'll deepen in flavor as their juices concentrate. In the end, they're almost as sweet as candy. Lately, I've been making them with two-pound boxes of “cocktail” tomatoes on the vine from Camarillo, which my husband picked up at Costco. I basically use a method adapted from Patricia Wells' 2007 book “ Vegetable Harvest ” (William Morrow, $34.95)
April 5, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: At Mendocino Farms, they make this incredible cold couscous salad that's out-of-this-world yummy. I don't usually like couscous, but there is something great about this cold yet tangy summer salad. If possible, could you track it down? Doris Perl Sherman Oaks Dear Doris: Even if we haven't formally hit summer just yet, this brightly colorful and refreshing couscous salad from Mendocino Farms is a perfect way to celebrate the warmer weather we've been experiencing lately.
December 15, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
When I was a diehard vegetarian a number of years ago, packaged meat alternatives were slim pickings at best. Sure, you could find the occasional veggie "burger" or "hot dog," but there was no comparison to the real thing. Burned enough times, I grew wary of anything masquerading as meat. Especially a tofu "roast" during the holidays. Meat fanatic that I am nowadays, unless a tofu roast was studded with bacon, I probably wouldn't give it a second glance. But when I saw the Holiday Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute from Field Roast, I was curious . I decided to give a few of their products a try: the holiday roast (hazelnut-infused grain "meat" stuffed with Field Roast sausage, ginger, cranberries and apples, then wrapped in puff pastry)
March 12, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee. The philanthropic business, which sells shoes and eyewear under a One for One business model, made the announcement Tuesday in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest Interactive conference. For every bag of coffee purchased, Toms said it will be able to provide a week's worth of clean water to a person in a developing country.  "Through my travels, I found that some of the greatest coffee comes from developing countries," said Toms founder Blake Mycoskie in a statement.
August 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Seth Rogen has just been announced as the roast master for the upcoming Comedy Central roast of James Franco. Which guarantees two things: The proceedings will get very raunchy, and there will be a lot of jokes about weed. Rogen and Franco first teamed up in 1999 on the TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and have since joined forces on "Pineapple Express," "This Is the End" and the forthcoming "The Interview. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The roast will tape at Culver Studios on Aug. 18 and air on Labor Day, Sept.
December 10, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Ooooh, the holiday season does bring out the cranky in some people, doesn't it? When our S. Irene Virbila wrote a blog post the other day about her new favorite roast chicken - from British chef Simon Hopkinson's “Roast Chicken and Other Stories” - some of the online commentary got a little hot. The issue is one of timing - Hopkinson (and Virbila) call for roasting the chicken for 40 to 60 minutes with the oven first on high heat at 475 degrees, finishing at 375 degrees. Someone calling himself “wordsmyythe” wrote: “I guarantee if you follow these directions exactly as stated, you'll have raw chicken on the inside.” And that was mild compared to the ironically named “decentdiscourse” who opined, “Where did they find a food writer who believes a whole chicken at 400 degrees will be ready for basting in 15 minutes and ready to eat less than an hour later?
August 26, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
After Comedy Central's roast of James Franco on Sunday (a.k.a. the night Miley Cyrus went cray-cray at the MTV Video Music Awards, and 'N Sync reunited), the honoree could sum it up only one way. "It was pretty dirty up there," Franco said backstage after the nearly three-hour-long taping. "I didn't look at my grandma during some of the speeches. " Of course, he noted, she's seen her grandson in "Sonny," a film directed by Nicolas Cage in which Franco plays a male prostitute, so we're guessing nothing makes the 91-year-old flinch anymore.
July 10, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Franco can currently be seen on the big screen as a party-happy survivor of the apocalypse in the hit comedy "This Is the End. " But the actor-writer-producer is about to face his own comic apocalypse: Franco will be on the hot seat on Labor Day for Comedy Central's annual roast. The special, which will tape in Los Angeles in August, will feature stars, comedians and others taking humorous, sharp-edged aim at Franco. "If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated incessant creative risk-taker in different media, he'd be the perfect person to roast," said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central.
October 22, 1993
Enough already! Hardly worthy of newsprint (although fittingly it was the lead story on local television news broadcasts), the Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg "blackface" incident has now garnered an editorial (Oct. 12) and two commentary pieces (Karen Grigsby Bates, Oct. 13 and Michelle Williams, Oct. 14) in The Times. Lighten up, folks; humor is generally offensive to someone--that's much of what makes it funny. Poles (and Aggies) have been the butt of jokes for generations, lawyers the object of cruel humor, and politicians are always fair game.
August 6, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Comedian Jeffrey Ross knew he would upset some people when he showed up at the taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" dressed as deceased Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. But when he unleashed a few jokes connected to the recent "The Dark Night Rises" shootings in Colorado, he knew that the jokes would not make the Aug. 12 broadcast. And that's fine with him. "Yes, I crossed a line, and that is what the roasts are all about," Ross told NBC News. "That's what Roseanne is about -- unapologetic comedy.
March 4, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made the trek south of the border to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show on Monday night, but he may have been reconsidering his decision after the ABC late-night host openly mocked Ford for most of his time in the guest chair. The plus-sized Ford -- who told Kimmel he'd lost 40 pounds -- appeared red-faced and sweating on Kimmel's show for three segments in which he answered critical Internet comments and reacted to the various video clips of the mayor that have added to his media legacy.
February 23, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Here's a scenario: You've got a hankering for roast chicken, either from your favorite takeout, a restaurant, or from your own oven. Mine would be Judy Rodger's justly famous bird with bread and arugula salad from her masterful “The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant.” The beautiful thing about roast chicken is that it pairs with both red and white wines. Nothing too intense and certainly no reds with massive tannins.
February 22, 2014 | By David Macaray
So Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the 86th Academy Awards next week. Nothing against her or, for that matter, Billy Crystal (who has hosted nine telecasts), Whoopi Goldberg (who has hosted four) or Steve Martin (who has done three), but when was it decided that this most glamorous awards show needed to be funny to sustain an audience? After all, it's not as if comedy so dominates the proceedings that only a professional comedian is worthy of hosting it. In fact, the opposite is true.
January 29, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This weekend, in a spurt of reorganizing the freezer, I decided I really needed to use up the three pork shanks I'd picked up at Harvey's Guss Meat Co. in Los Angeles. Since I already had a jar of Kruegermann's sauerkraut (made in Silver Lake) and the day felt just a little bit like winter--well, wintry enough--I decided to make roasted pork shanks with sauerkraut from New York chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's cookbook “ Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna .” Two of us certainly couldn't eat three pork shanks ourselves, so I invited a few friends over at the last minute.
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
On a short jaunt to the desert between Christmas and New Year's Day, my friends and I (four in all, in a rented house) ran out of coffee rather precipitously. Without coffee -- strong coffee --how are you going to ever get up for an early morning hike in the park? We had a four-cup French press with us, and I didn't relish trying to make some decent joe in that with a can of Folger's from the general market. Bingo! At the farmers market in town that Saturday morning, we found a stand where Royce Robertson and his wife, Ikeke, were selling fresh, certified organic coffee beans.
January 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and found a great spot that even our local friends didn't know about. We all raved about its empanadas, roasted chicken and sangria. Its ceviche was the best I have had outside of Peru. The servers made us all feel like regulars. Call for reservations if more than two, because there are only a few large tables and a few seats at the lovely bar. La Fusion, 475 Pine St., (415) 781-0894, D. Kay Renick Ventura
March 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jamie Lee Curtis is not happy, and Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars broadcast are to blame. MacFarlane, the Oscars and ... that song. (You know the one. But more on that later.) The "True Lies" and "Halloween" actress let her criticism fly in an opinion piece for the Huffington Post. "I was offended last week," she wrote Friday, referencing the Feb. 24 broadcast. "As an Academy member, as the child of former Academy members and as a woman, I expected more from the best that the movie business has to offer.
November 24, 1996
Whether it's your first time or your 30th, there's always a point as you cook Thanksgiving dinner when you could use a little help. Maybe you need pointers on carving, or a brush-up course on gravy. You might simply want a good cranberry recipe (we've got one). Consider these pages your personal holiday cheat sheet. More Handbook on H14
November 5, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
The L.A. Opera invited the press in to talk turkey. Not figuratively, as in shop talk about contraltos and coloratura. Turkey as in the cooked bird - which has a part to play in "Falstaff. " The opera is staging six performances of Verdi's comic masterpiece to celebrate his 200th birthday. For each one, it turns out, prop master Allen Tate will cook a turkey. Each bird will roast in the backstage oven for five hours before making its debut in Act II, Scene I. News of the "Falstaff" turkeys gave opera staff an idea: Why not hold their first food-centric press event?
September 1, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Stalked by a Ghost A psychic comes to the aid of people who claim to be haunted by relentless spirits in this new reality series. 7 and 8 p.m. Biography Tamra's O.C. Wedding One of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" gets her own spinoff.
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