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December 3, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
All the fun and games came to an abrupt stop on Sunday night's episode of "Next Iron Chef. " Host Alton Brown's comical garb and the show's dependable, cheese-ball sound effects weren't enough to cut the tension when Elizabeth Falkner -- arguably the show's fiercest competitor -- was sent home. It all started with the Chairman's Challenge. The chefs participated in an auction in which they bid on ingredients using cooking time as currency. Falkner, being last week's winner, was given the advantage of sending a competitor straight to the secret-ingredient showdown.
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June 27, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The feature debut from the Australian sibling writer-director team of Colin and Cameron Cairnes, "100 Bloody Acres" somehow manages to be both retro and up to date with its giddy, delightful gross-out horror-comedy mash-up storytelling. In the story, two brothers - draw your own connections there - are struggling to keep their organic fertilizer business going. The overbearing Lindsay (Angus Sampson) and meek Reg (Damon Herriman) have been using human bodies in the formula and are running out of their secret ingredient.
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NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
LEMON LOVE Why do lemons make everything taste better ? Lemon is as good as salt in bringing out flavor. [Slate] EXPLODING COOKWARE  A study of glass cookware provides a scientific explanation of why some glass cookware sold in the U.S. is more susceptible than others to "explosive" shattering. It turns out soda lime silicate glass is more sensitive to rapid changes in temperature than borosilicate glass. [Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society] CHEF DOES FASHION WEEK " I'm pretty sure I groomed my nubuck Timberlands during Earth Space Science class in 1996, but as a pimple-faced 14-year-old with microwaveable char-siu bao and grape quarter-water for lunch, never did I ever think I'd willingly attend a Max Azria BCBG fashion show," pens Eddie Huang.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
What does redemption taste like, Alex Guarnaschelli? "It starts out with hints of bitter almond, and it finishes like a chocolate souffle," she told the Los Angeles Times. One clue that Alex was destined to win Season 5 of "The Next Iron Chef"? When her competitors were asked to cook a passionate, "last supper" meal for the judges. The first two mystery ingredients were doled out -- the easy peasy proteins of chicken and haddock. Third in line, Alex ended up with sea urchin. Best of 2012:   Movies  |  TV  |  Pop music  |  Jazz  |  Video Games |  Art  |  Theater  |  Dance  |  Classical music While fellow finalists Nate Appleman appeared to smirk at the ingredient, and Amanda Freitag appeared to recoil, wide-eyed and wide-mouthed, Alex appraised the ingredient confidently with a nod and you could already see the gears turning in her head.
FOOD
October 26, 1995 | KATHLEEN DESMOND STANG, Stang is author of "The Delectable Apple" (Chronicle Books, 1994) and "A Little Northwest Cookbook" (Chronicle Books, 1993). and
My siblings and I grew up in Long Beach with a 40-foot persimmon tree in our back yard. We learned how to climb in its rangy branches and discovered that the green, golf ball-size fruit made great ammo. Later, in the fall, we carried nearly ripe persimmons to our teachers. Persimmons, the soft, flame-orange globes of autumn, are far from America's favorite fruit.
FOOD
September 6, 1990 | TONI TIPTON
Ruth Roberts, director of child nutrition services Conejo Valley Unified School District, was reluctant to give the recipe for Country Chocolate Cake to The Times. "The kids won't eat it if they find out green beans are in there," she said. The recipe for the cake was a brainstorm by Nettie Jones, a supervisor at Park Oaks Central Kitchen, who came up with the idea of disguising green beans in chocolate cake to use up an over supply of green beans so the kids would eat them. They did.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
If you're going to be at the Los Angeles County Fair Thursday, put down that chocolate-covered bacon and come by the Culinary Styles area between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to say hello. I'll be giving a cooking class -- all hot-weather salads -- and answering questions. Feel like a little watermelon salad with feta, mint and cumin-lime dressing quinoa salad with grilled corn, tomatoes and cilantro, or maybe woven zucchini with goat cheese? Learn how to make them. And then go back to the bacon and deep-fried Oreos.
NEWS
November 12, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Bánh mi pasta with chicken liver and cilantro basil pesto, Vietnamese meatball pho with pork belly broth, corn-battered zucchini blossoms and yellowtail crudo tacos -- those are just a taste of the culinary genius that went down on Sunday night's "Next Iron Chef America. " The challenge: Be innovative with bánh mi , tacos and falafel. Highlights included Alex Guarnaschelli 's take on a fish tacos with grapefruit sorbet, Eric Greenspan's b ánh mi panzanella with cured pork ceviche (he froze the pork, sliced it super thin on a deli slicer and then cured it)
FOOD
June 5, 2002 | DONNA DEANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It takes only a bite to realize that there must be a secret ingredient in that macaroni and cheese so many people order at the House on Melrose Avenue. The dish is as rich and creamy as it should be, but it's also perfectly balanced with a surprising little tang. And the sauce is just thick enough to evenly coat the pasta, but not so thick it forms gluey clumps. The secret? Goat's milk Cheddar.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff found themselves sighing over the lost craftsmanship that went into making beautiful handmade tabletop pieces like the antique teacups they were sipping from at the time. So in 2004, the couple opened a small porcelain studio  in Moscow, specializing in handcrafted, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces. The studio's porcelain production features a collection of fruits and vegetables , cast with detail finished by hand, that can be found at the studio's sister shop Far4 ( farfor means porcelain in Russian)
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
All the fun and games came to an abrupt stop on Sunday night's episode of "Next Iron Chef. " Host Alton Brown's comical garb and the show's dependable, cheese-ball sound effects weren't enough to cut the tension when Elizabeth Falkner -- arguably the show's fiercest competitor -- was sent home. It all started with the Chairman's Challenge. The chefs participated in an auction in which they bid on ingredients using cooking time as currency. Falkner, being last week's winner, was given the advantage of sending a competitor straight to the secret-ingredient showdown.
NEWS
November 12, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Bánh mi pasta with chicken liver and cilantro basil pesto, Vietnamese meatball pho with pork belly broth, corn-battered zucchini blossoms and yellowtail crudo tacos -- those are just a taste of the culinary genius that went down on Sunday night's "Next Iron Chef America. " The challenge: Be innovative with bánh mi , tacos and falafel. Highlights included Alex Guarnaschelli 's take on a fish tacos with grapefruit sorbet, Eric Greenspan's b ánh mi panzanella with cured pork ceviche (he froze the pork, sliced it super thin on a deli slicer and then cured it)
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
If you're going to be at the Los Angeles County Fair Thursday, put down that chocolate-covered bacon and come by the Culinary Styles area between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to say hello. I'll be giving a cooking class -- all hot-weather salads -- and answering questions. Feel like a little watermelon salad with feta, mint and cumin-lime dressing quinoa salad with grilled corn, tomatoes and cilantro, or maybe woven zucchini with goat cheese? Learn how to make them. And then go back to the bacon and deep-fried Oreos.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff found themselves sighing over the lost craftsmanship that went into making beautiful handmade tabletop pieces like the antique teacups they were sipping from at the time. So in 2004, the couple opened a small porcelain studio  in Moscow, specializing in handcrafted, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces. The studio's porcelain production features a collection of fruits and vegetables , cast with detail finished by hand, that can be found at the studio's sister shop Far4 ( farfor means porcelain in Russian)
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
LEMON LOVE Why do lemons make everything taste better ? Lemon is as good as salt in bringing out flavor. [Slate] EXPLODING COOKWARE  A study of glass cookware provides a scientific explanation of why some glass cookware sold in the U.S. is more susceptible than others to "explosive" shattering. It turns out soda lime silicate glass is more sensitive to rapid changes in temperature than borosilicate glass. [Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society] CHEF DOES FASHION WEEK " I'm pretty sure I groomed my nubuck Timberlands during Earth Space Science class in 1996, but as a pimple-faced 14-year-old with microwaveable char-siu bao and grape quarter-water for lunch, never did I ever think I'd willingly attend a Max Azria BCBG fashion show," pens Eddie Huang.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Rene Lynch
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford knows about all about cooking under pressure. After all, she cooks for the leader of the free world. (First under George W. Bush, now under Barack Obama.) So she said she wasn't all that unnerved by entering Kitchen Stadium for a special two-hour episode of the Food Network's cooking competition "Iron Chef America," which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. "Kitchen Stadium and the White House, they're both immensely intense in terms of pressure," Comerford said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
What does redemption taste like, Alex Guarnaschelli? "It starts out with hints of bitter almond, and it finishes like a chocolate souffle," she told the Los Angeles Times. One clue that Alex was destined to win Season 5 of "The Next Iron Chef"? When her competitors were asked to cook a passionate, "last supper" meal for the judges. The first two mystery ingredients were doled out -- the easy peasy proteins of chicken and haddock. Third in line, Alex ended up with sea urchin. Best of 2012:   Movies  |  TV  |  Pop music  |  Jazz  |  Video Games |  Art  |  Theater  |  Dance  |  Classical music While fellow finalists Nate Appleman appeared to smirk at the ingredient, and Amanda Freitag appeared to recoil, wide-eyed and wide-mouthed, Alex appraised the ingredient confidently with a nod and you could already see the gears turning in her head.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Rene Lynch
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford knows about all about cooking under pressure. After all, she cooks for the leader of the free world. (First under George W. Bush, now under Barack Obama.) So she said she wasn't all that unnerved by entering Kitchen Stadium for a special two-hour episode of the Food Network's cooking competition "Iron Chef America," which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. "Kitchen Stadium and the White House, they're both immensely intense in terms of pressure," Comerford said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2009 | By Mark Kennedy
Julie Powell's new book is not for the squeamish, in more ways than one. It opens with her in the back of a butcher shop, flecked with blood and reeking of meat. She's busy slicing a raw, slippery liver with a foot-long knife. By the end of the book, another internal organ -- her heart -- has been filleted: Powell dissects the pain caused by her two-year affair with an old college flame that sent her into an emotional tailspin and almost sank her marriage. It's all a bit, well, messy.
FOOD
May 24, 2006 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
"WE just felt there was the critical mass for a market downtown," says Susan Hutchinson, manager of the Arts District Little Tokyo farmers market, which opened last July in a neighborhood that's been growing in population as new residents fill recently completed apartments and loft conversions. "There was a lack of options around here, no farmers market or supermarket."
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