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January 17, 2001
Good grief! Does Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's management know about the ingredients of their Carrot-Ginger Soup ("Culinary SOS," Jan. 10)? 1,716 milligrams of sodium per serving! On the other hand, maybe serving it is how they ensure a steady supply of cardiac and high blood pressure patients. DIANA BRITT Via e-mail
April 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
January 13, 1990
The recent vote of the Costa Mesa City Council to terminate the Share Our Selves lease at the Rea Community Center may have a totally unexpected reaction. In a conversation with some Latinos, I was told that they were resentful (about SOS closing) because so many of the needy were Latinos. Since a large part of the tax funds received by the Costa Mesa treasury is derived from sales taxes from various shopping centers, particularly South Coast Plaza, they are rapidly passing the word to fellow Latinos to boycott Costa Mesa sales outlets.
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.
March 25, 1990
The article (March 20) on approval of a new site for Share Our Selves (SOS) indicated that the opponents' complaint is that SOS has grown too large for any residential or even commercial neighborhood. The solution is disarmingly simple. Divide SOS into three, five, 10 or more operating units located all around the town. That way desperate people will not have to go so far to receive the aid that SOS dispenses; the lines of people waiting to receive aid won't be so long; traffic and the environment won't suffer so much disruption.
July 23, 1989
Shame on the Costa Mesa City Council (except Vice Mayor Mary Hornbuckle) for voting to evict Share Our Selves (SOS) in six months (July 19). For 19 years this all-volunteer, private, nonprofit agency has been a shining example of what President Bush calls "a thousand points of light." SOS provides food, clothes, free medical and dental care and emergency financial aid to 6,000 poor families a month. And SOS spends less than 3% of its funds on administrative overhead. Not many groups, public or private, can claim such success.
July 15, 1990
Costa Mesa's response to Share Our Selves' relocation is pathetically small-minded and unfair. Rather than hire a private investigator and set up a hot line to uncover possible grievances, why don't the neighbors volunteer their time at the center and get to know the people it serves? Then, perhaps, they might understand the difficult circumstances under which others live and appreciate them for who they are: men, women and children who are trying to make ends meet in an expensive county that is unequivocally the most tightfisted in terms of charitable contributions and compassion.
August 15, 1985
Ayear-old attempt to bring the Space Ordnance Systems company to trial for alleged violations of state and county toxic-waste laws moved closer to the courtroom when a Superior Court judge lifted a stay on proceedings against the firm.
January 25, 1985 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
In an ironic twist, a Santa Clarita Valley defense contractor's plan to destroy explosive wastes by open burning in the desert is meeting resistance from a steady customer: the Air Force.
February 9, 1985 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The surviving husband and children of a Santa Clarita Valley woman who died in November of leukemia have filed suit, claiming that her death was caused by toxic chemicals that seeped into their drinking water from Space Ordnance Systems, the explosives manufacturer accused of criminal hazardous-waste violations.
July 20, 2013 | Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: During my family reunion in Portland, Ore., this past summer, we stumbled upon what we all decided were the tastiest beer nuts. We had them at Deschutes Brewery at 210 NW 11th Ave. I also discovered, upon returning to California, that some of my friends didn't know what beer nuts were! I would very much like to make some and share with them. Beverly Matsuda Irvine Dear Beverly: Deschutes Brewery was happy to share its recipe for this classic sweet-and-salty bar snack.
June 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe. Katherine Fleischmann Valley Glen Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz.
June 1, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: The chilled tomato soup at the Obika Mozzarella Bar in Century City is bright, refreshing and delicious. Any chance they'd be willing to share? Jody Litvak Los Angeles Dear Jody: Tomato soup doesn't get any more fresh, simple or fast than this. Essentially nothing more than a chilled purée of fresh tomatoes, this is one dish in which quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. Obika was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below. Obika's chilled organic tomato soup 20 minutes, plus chilling time.
May 25, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I read your articles every week, and I am finally writing to ask for a recipe, because my husband and I are crazy about the Bolognese sauce at Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach. Although this is a French restaurant, its sauce puts most Italian restaurants in the L.A. area to shame. I haven't been able to duplicate this one at home, so I need your help. Denni Kopelan Hermosa Beach Dear Denni: Cafe Pierre was happy to share its take on this thick, rich meat sauce.
May 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
  If viewers are losing interest in broadcast TV, what can lure them back? Executives hope they have an answer: stars. Lifting the curtain on their 2013-14 schedules at the "upfronts" in New York this week, the networks behaved like smartphone-toting fans crashing a red carpet. Stars they craved, and stars they got: There was James Spader, the former "Boston Legal" headliner tapped for NBC's crime thriller "The Blacklist. " Greg Kinnear plays a troubled lawyer on Fox's midseason drama "Rake.
May 11, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch. Helene Morrison Arroyo Grande Dear Helene: If I didn't know how easy they were to make, I'd plan a vacation in the area just so I could get my fix of these cookies.
March 9, 1985 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
County prosecutors said Friday that they will amend a complaint accusing Space Ordnance Systems of criminal toxic waste violations in the wake of a court ruling that the complaint is too vague. But one prosecutor said that, although the ruling will delay prosecution of the Santa Clarita Valley defense contractor and three of its executives, it is "not a make-or-break thing for the case."
April 27, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: On a recent trip to London, I was quite taken with the chocolate chip cookies I ate at Gail's restaurant and bakery [341 Fulham Road in Chelsea]. I would be very greatful if you could obtain the recipe. Jonathon Most Los Angeles Dear Jonathon: Crunchy around the edges but oh-so ooey-gooey tender in the center - and with no shortage of chocolate to boot - these are a chocolate chip cookie lover's dream come true. The recipe makes enough for a dozen generously sized cookies, but I'd recommend doubling it. Trust me on this one. Gail's Artisan Bakery chocolate chip cookies 1 hour, plus chilling time for the dough.
April 14, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Prabha Atluri in Walnut: "We had dinner one night at Brunos Trattoria on Birch Street in downtown Brea. Although most of what we had was actually quite good, we fell in love at first bite with the budino al caramello (caramel pudding/chocolate ganache/whipped cream). Yes, it was so good that we would definitely be willing to go there just for that! Is there any way you could get that recipe?" Creamy caramel custard and rich chocolate ganache are beautifully layered in this dessert, then topped with a dollop of whipped sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped toasted hazelnuts.
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