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May 26, 2011
  Onion and sage focaccia Total time: 1½ hours, plus cooling time Serves: Makes 1 focaccia; each focaccia yields 8 slices Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of chef Nancy Silverton's recipes for the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share your photos of the finished dish so we can showcase them on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload your photos here. 1 risen focaccia dough 2 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, cut into generous ½-inch cubes 1/2 large cubed Spanish onion, from a whole onion halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes (each cube will have several layers of onion)
March 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
On Wednesday we noted that Shailene Woodley, star of the upcoming movies "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars," isn't just a rising Hollywood starlet: She's also a font of quirky wisdom. Having gone over the benefits of eating clay and tanning one's nether regions (of course), we now present another installment of Woodley wisdom. On starting (and ending) the day right: It's important to get off on the right foot each day. In the August 2013 issue of Interview, Woodley talked to  fellow actress Emma Stone about her morning ritual.
July 7, 2012
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Alain Passard's "The Art of Cooking With Vegetables" 1/4 cup salted butter Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh sage 3 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed and peeled 2 pounds fingerling potatoes Fleur de sel or salt of your choice 1. Put the butter in a small heat-proof casserole or Dutch oven — preferably made of enameled cast iron — and set it...
March 3, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A headline Monday in Politics Now, the L.A. Times' blog on national politics, distilled the challenge facing Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) as he tries to broaden his party's appeal. The story by Lisa Mascaro was about a report the House Budget Committee (which Ryan chairs) released Monday on Washington's "duplicative and complex" array of benefits for the poor. Declared the headline: "Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs. " The report didn't actually call for cuts, however.
November 21, 2009
Planting and care tips Planting: Start now and start small. One-gallon sages planted now in advance of winter rains should be given a hole four times the width and two to three times the depth of the nursery container. Before planting, soak the hole three or four times and allow the water to infiltrate. Loosen any bound roots, then use existing soil (not garden center planting soil) to fill around the seedling. Ensure that the root crown is not buried. Watering: Deep water at a trickle for five minutes once a week for a month, then allow the rains to take over.
September 1, 2002 | ANN CONWAY
With items ranging from a private master class with tap dancer Gregory Hines to boxing gloves signed by Sugar Ray Leonard, $110,000 in bids were gaveled-down at an auction for Sage--a child-care center in South-Central Los Angeles. About 175 guests gathered at Christie's auction house in Beverly Hills for the "Afternoon of Giving" benefit featuring a champagne reception, hors d'oeuvres and live auction.
December 20, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
A savory take on bread pudding, this hearty dish is studded with chanterelle mushrooms. Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses add a wonderful richness, with fresh thyme and sage to round out the harmony. The dish, a perfect side or main dish, comes together in about an hour. 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. ALSO: Apples 101...
March 10, 2011
Roasted buckwheat polenta with sage cream sauce Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 6 to 8 Note: This is a traditional dish from the Piedmont region of Italy. Buckwheat groats can be found at select well-stocked markets and health food stores. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 1 cup buckwheat groats 1 small baking potato 4 cups water Salt 4 leeks, white part only, sliced as thin as possible 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon dried or minced fresh sage Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for sprinkling on top. 1. Toast buckwheat groats in a heavy skillet, over medium heat, until they are lightly browned and toasty, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.
February 8, 2005
Regarding "Greater Sage Grouse" [Field Guide; Feb. 1]: While [I was] hunting for sage grouse this fall, a Department of Fish and Game biologist told me that the hunting program in California has little or no impact on the populations. The current season is two days; permits are limited and dependent on the population counts. Steve Jones Glendora
September 23, 2004
Autumn sage ("Seductive Scent of the West," Sept. 9) sounds like it's a wonderful plant to have if you live in Arizona, Texas or Mexico, where the plant is native. Why not focus on the many amazing native sages, such as Salvia pachyphylla (rose sage) with its amazing purple- and rose-colored blooms, the sweet scent of Salvia spathacea (hummingbird sage) or Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland sage), with its beautiful purple blooms and fragrance? Most natives are easy to grow and anything but finicky.
February 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - She is a new-age, yoga-loving, mantra-chanting snowboarder who came to the Olympics with a "medicine bundle" in her backpack and an 80-something "spirit grandma" originally from Bavaria along for the ride. Jamie Anderson came to Russia armed with support and will leave with a precious object to put alongside her mantra beads and clear quartz power stone. An Olympic gold medal. FRAMEWORK: View the best images from the Sochi Olympics Anderson completed a weekend sweep for the United States in the new slopestyle event, winning the women's competition Sunday with an all-out performance in the second run, scoring 95.25, a run marked by clean landings.
February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
February 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- He came to these Olympics determined to stay his chilled-out, snowboarding self at the pressure-packed Winter Games and, in his own words, continue to “march to his own beat.” With that attitude and special flair, 20-year-old Sage Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah, marched off with the first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in men's slopestyle on Saturday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. This marked the Olympic debut of one of the livelier extreme sports and Kotsenburg won it with an eye-popping first run in the final, earning 93.50 points.
December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
November 9, 2013
Question: When I moved to Northridge in 1951, every nursery carried flats of lippia, a cheap, tough, drought-resistant ground cover and lawn substitute. When I ordered it at a nursery, it took months to get, in spite of the fact that it is grown in Northern California, and it was expensive. Do you know why it has disappeared? Florence "Flip" Manne Sun Valley Answer: Florence, you are right -- getting rid of grass is a great goal. Traditional lawns take so many resources -- water, time, money, chemicals -- while contributing so little to the aesthetic of a property.
October 28, 2013 | Julie Cart
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to list the bistate sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, affording special protections to about 5,000 birds along the California-Nevada border. The bird is a genetically distinct subpopulation of the Mono Basin sage grouse, and officials were petitioned to list it for protection in 2005. In California, the birds are found in Inyo, Alpine and Mono counties. Federal biologists estimate that about six groups of birds are occupying about half of their historical range.
November 21, 2009 | By Emily Green
Many gardens go without sage in California, but at the cost of soul. Sage is to the West what lavender is to France. Sage -- or, in botanical terms, salvia -- has it all: Its pungent aromas contain the signature scent of the Western chaparral. The silvers, grays and greens of its foliage anchor the local Craftsman color wheel, and the long-running show of flowers comes in a spectrum of white to pink to mauve to scarlet to purple to indigo to sky blue. Many sages have long had medicinal and culinary applications, but for modern Californians, they're a balm to the eyes.
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