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December 3, 1997 | CHARLES PERRY
A lot of people have no idea what asafetida is. The last time it really had a place in American life was during the murderous influenza epidemic that followed World War I, when many people wore little sacks of asafetida around their necks in the hope it would protect them. And why would this venerable spice save them from flu?
April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Dee Dee Penny has a real penchant for black vintage garb, such as high-waisted glamazon shorts and sheer mesh tops, and second-skin leather jackets and mini-dresses. It's a gothic-meets-go-go-girl look that signals a readily identifiable aesthetic for Penny - and one that might work well for an indie pop band. Enter the Dum Dum Girls. Penny (born Kristin Gundred in San Leandro, Calif.) created the Girls as a solo project in 2008. Now she's the fashionable frontwoman of a five-member group, comprising drummer Sandra Vu, bassist Malia James and guitarists Jules Medeiros and Andrew Miller, on tour to promote their third studio album, "Too True," released on Sub Pop Records in January.
June 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race kicks off Saturday with an intriguing new addition -- Toyota. The Japanese automaker is entering two cars in the premier LMP1 division, in which the fastest, most exotic prototype cars compete in the famous endurance race held on the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Audi, the division's current powerhouse and defending LMP1 race winner, formerly had a pitched rivalry each year with cars from Peugeot until the French manufacturer withdrew from the series this year.
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new rom-com remake "About Last Night" finds Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant following in the footsteps of Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, who in the 1986 adaptation of David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" played a fetching young couple grappling with love and commitment in the big city. Meanwhile, their two best friends - Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins then, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall now - alternately hook up and bicker. But while Lowe and Moore's lovebirds were the draw in the first outing, this time it's the comic relief of Hart and Hall leaving an impression on movie critics, many of whom say the film is pretty satisfying, if rather familiar.
May 24, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm making my first presentation to a potential client. Suggestions? Answer: Get there early and greet people as they arrive or as they dial in if you're doing a conference call. Avoid PowerPoint if possible, said Robbie Hyman, a business copywriter. "PowerPoint drains the life out of a presentation," he said. Use specific, concrete language and tell stories that engage your audience's emotions. Make direct eye contact, smile often and don't apologize. If you make a mistake, "move on quickly.
October 14, 2010 | By Katherine Nitsou, For the Los Angeles Times
It was a casual Saturday evening dinner about six months ago. I was preparing a rosemary pork roast with a few dishes on the side when, like a smack in the face, I was hit by a happy accident. Here's what happened: knife chops rosemary for roast, knife left on counter next to rosemary, fresh batch of marshmallow squares is cooling off next to the knife that's next to the rosemary. Lack of self-control drives knife into the corner piece of the marshmallow square. Neck kicks back and senses become a scene from "Fantasia.
March 5, 2008
Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 5 dozen cookies -- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 large eggs 2 3/4 cups flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons five-spice powder -- 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
June 25, 2008 | Noelle Carter
Prized for its rich, earthy flavor (there are notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, along with a little heat) and floral bouquet, the long pepper was all but forgotten by the West for centuries. But it's making a comeback -- now available beyond Indian and Asian markets. These Balinese long peppers come in an attractive cardboard box from Big Tree Farms, a company working with local organic farmers to encourage sustainability. Crush the peppers (they're a little over an inch long)
July 8, 2007
August 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
La Villita Inc., a Los Angeles spice importer, has agreed to pay more than $73,000 in back wages to a dozen workers who had been underpaid, the U.S. Department of Labor said. The company, which does business as El Picante, imports chili and other spices. It has operations in Los Angeles and South El Monte. Federal investigators say employees worked as many as 58 hours a week without receiving correct overtime pay and sometimes earned less than the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour.
February 8, 2014
Nopi in London is a wonderful restaurant run by two guys from Jerusalem, one Israeli and one Palestinian. It serves Middle Eastern food prepared with surprising spices and herbs. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St.; 011-44-20-7494-9584, . Reservations recommended. Patricia L. Moore Los Angeles
January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to join headline act Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Mars is scheduled to make the announcement that he has invited the group to appear at the big game during Fox's coverage of the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks playoff contest on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Currently on tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were already lined up to play a pre-Super Bowl bash in Brooklyn on Feb. 1, hosted by sports radio station WFAN-AM in New York.
January 9, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The European Union "nanny state" strikes again, this time at a breakfast favorite in Denmark. New EU food safety rules limit the amount of cinnamon that can be used in pastries because of new concern about excessive consumption of a naturally occurring trace chemical compound called coumarin. Studies have linked high coumarin intake to liver damage in a small number of sensitive people, the Euro Weekly News reported. EU rules for "everyday fine baked goods" set the amount of traditional cassia cinnamon to 15 mg per kilogram [.0005 ounce per 2.2 pounds]
October 30, 2013
About 12% of spices imported into the U.S. each year is contaminated with insects, animal excrement, rodent hair and even rubber bands, according to a Food and Drug Administration draft report released Wednesday. The study was conducted in response to recent cases of salmonella found in imported spices. It looked at ways to reduce the rates of human illness caused by contamination in the seasonings. “Nearly all of the insects found in spice samples were stored product pests, indicating inadequate packing or storage conditions.
August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands police began distributing warning letters Thursday to local businesses, advising them that the sale and use of toxic, synthetic chemical drugs known as “Spice” and “bath salts” will be banned in the city. In the wake of growing numbers of people having medical problems and psychiatric issues associated with the manmade drugs, Redlands City Council last month outlawed the sale and use of the drugs. The law takes effect Friday. “These drugs are as dangerous as PCP and meth, yet stores have been selling them and our youth have been using them legally,” Lt. Travis Martinez said.
July 3, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels had their share of battles with - and laughs at the expense of - Manny Ramirez when he played for the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, and they could get another dose of the enigmatic and always entertaining slugger this summer after he signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. “He's actually one of my favorite hitters to watch,” Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said. “He stayed through the middle a lot, stayed on breaking balls, he was a great hitter.
April 25, 2004
Re "A Shroiking Good Idea for These Foul Times," Commentary, April 21: While I agree with Theodore Roszak's perception of the excess of cayenne pepper in speech everywhere, I disagree with his assessment of the source of the problem. The problem is not the overuse of spice but the increasingly substanceless recipes these words are meant to embellish. We've nothing left but the spice, as though we've opened up the spice cabinet and dipped our spoons straight into the cayenne jar. Even garlic eaten this way would be revolting.
July 3, 1985 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critic
Sweetness and Power by Sidney Mintz (Viking: $20) This is being written at the bottom of Beacon Hill, onetime home of Boston's Brahmin tradition. Nobody makes beans here anymore except to feed tourists. Cod goes under the name of scrod and is the gastronomic equivalent of clinical depression. The food axis runs along Charles Street from the Haagen-Dazs ice cream store, installed in the 18th Century Meeting House, to Aunt Sally's Cookies.
May 13, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes, plus at least 4 hours' chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: This slightly sweet soup is an adaptation of a classic Hungarian dish. It makes an elegant first course for an early-summer dinner. 8 whole cloves 12 whole allspice 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 12 whole black peppercorns 1 (750-ml) bottle rose wine 1/3 cup sugar 2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 3/4 cup creme fraiche or yogurt, plus 1/2 cup more for serving 1. Cut a piece of cheesecloth about 5 inches square.
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