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July 8, 2010
  Kabocha squash kimpura Note: This is a flavorful batter that benefits from the nutty flavor of the buckwheat. The cornstarch adds a little crispiness, but you can make it without it too. This batter works for both vegetables and seafood. Soba-ko or buckwheat soba flour can be found at Granada Market and Nijiya Market in West Los Angeles and other Japanese markets. This recipe requires a 4-quart pot, preferably cast iron, or a tempura frying pan. 1/4 kabocha squash (from a whole squash quartered lengthwise)
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
He is the Picasso of pumpkins. For the last seven years, Joseph Yakovetic has chiseled intricate pieces of character art -- Yoda, Goofy, Iron Man, Jack Skellington, Alice in Wonderland -- out of squash in front of audiences at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Wielding clay loop tools and a linoleum cutter, Yakovetic tackles simple likenesses, such as Mickey Mouse, whom he can carve in 15 to 20 minutes, and complex characters, like Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” whose tentacled beard takes several hours.
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FOOD
October 18, 2006
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 4 1 kabocha squash 1 tablespoon canola oil 3/4 cup pecan halves 1/4 cup butter 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 4 teaspoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg Fleur de sel 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds. Brush the cut surfaces of squash with oil. Put the squash cut-side down on a foil-lined baking pan. Roast until the squash is fork tender, about 60 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Jason Wells
There are giant pumpkins, and then there are giant pumpkins that weigh more than a small car, pack on 50 pounds a day and require a forklift to move. On Monday, a California tournament crowned a new record holder. Weighing in at 1,985 pounds, Gary Miller's giant gourd set a new record Monday for a California pumpkin at the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-off. At one point during its furious 100-day growth cycle, the pumpkin was adding 50 pounds every 24 hours to end up weighing more than a two-seat Smart car. Linus van Pelt, eat your heart out. "I am so happy," Miller told the Bay Area's KRON-TV.
FOOD
November 10, 2012
  Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 10 Note: Adapted from Quinn and Karen Hatfield. In downsizing this dish for the home kitchen, the recipe calls for a single type of squash. If increasing or doubling the recipe, the Hatfields recommend using a variety of squash, of various sizes and colors, to arrange on a large platter. 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup sherry vinegar 1 kabocha or butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
FOOD
February 23, 2013
  Total time: About 1 hour, plus cooling time for the chiles Servings: 6 to 8 2 poblano chiles 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter 2 tablespoons oil 2 onions, diced 5 pounds butternut squash (2 medium, or 1 large), peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes 1/3 cup dry white wine 6 cups vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup maple syrup, divided 1/2 cup raisins, coarsely chopped 6 to 8 pieces stale bread, preferably dark whole-grain, coarsely chopped 1 cup heavy cream Fine sea salt Tabasco sauce, optional 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced on the bias 1. Roast the poblano chiles over high heat on a rack over a stove-top burner.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
The tromboncino squash in Nancy Howell's garden plot doesn't resemble the trombone for which it's named but, rather, a french horn. “This is what happens when you stay away for one day,” she says, laughing, holding up a huge squash that's curled in on itself like a snail. Tromboncino is a highly vigorous variety -- some would say an aggressive squash -- that can take over a plot quickly. For that reason Howell, a member of the Ocean View Farms community garden in Mar Vista, plants it toward the end of summer on the heels of less-demanding summer squash.
FOOD
July 15, 2010
  Chilled yellow squash soup with fresh dill Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from a recipe by Teresa Fanucchi in "A Place at the Table" 2 large leeks, white and pale green parts only 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds yellow crookneck squash or golden zucchini, chopped 1 quart vegetable broth, more if desired Salt and white pepper 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped, plus...
FOOD
November 18, 2009 | Noelle Carter
For pumpkin lovers, there may be nothing better than a simple slice of a great pie. That rich, velvety custard filling baked atop a flaky, golden crust, a great pumpkin pie is a thing of sheer beauty, a perfect way to show off the very best the squash has to offer. Then, of course, there are the leaden hockey pucks that pass for pies at way too many a holiday gathering. Thick, dense filling -- either cloyingly sweet and spiced to the hilt, or dismally bland -- baked atop a crust that's about as easy to gnaw as a Frisbee and just as flavorless.
SPORTS
May 5, 1989
Larry Fleisher, 58, founder of the NBA Players Assn. and the agent for some of the game's outstanding players, died in New York after collapsing after a game of squash.
FOOD
September 18, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from Craig Strong, chef de cuisine, the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. This recipe requires the use of a candy thermometer (or a thermometer reaching 265 degrees). 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, finely diced 1 (2 1/2 pound) kabocha squash, peeled, cleaned and diced into 3/4 -inch pieces 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups heavy cream Salt Pepper 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 cup pecan halves 1/8 teaspoon espelette or cayenne pepper, or to taste 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1. Heat a 4-quart sauce pan or small pot over low heat.
OPINION
September 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Kolatch
Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Covering Lindsay Lohan's ongoing legal troubles and recent (court-ordered) trip to rehab have become sport for gossip rags. But one headline we didn't expect to see: news that the troubled actress got into a tiff with renowned soul-funk singer Chaka Khan. The two reportedly  feuded during a rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu, forcing Khan to leave the treatment center early due to “disruptive behavior” from Lohan. “Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay's ...,” a former patient told Radar . PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan “Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | Steve Lopez
In a rare but perhaps fleeting triumph of clear-headed thinking at Los Angeles City Hall, high-level officials have rescinded a citation issued to a South L.A. family for the crime of planting squash in their frontyard. On the evening of my Wednesday column about Angel and Carl Teger's vegetable garden, two members of City Councilman Bernard Parks' staff visited the scene of the crime and reported back to their boss. Parks then fired off a letter to Ron Lorenzen, assistant chief of the city's Bureau of Urban Forestry.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Is Nicki Minaj engaged to DJ Khaled? We're not really sure, but the "Pink Friday" rapper is sporting a huge rock on her left-hand ring finger that isn't shutting down any such rumors. Nevermind the fact that said ring , which she wore out on Saturday, looks totally different than the ring DJ Khaled popped the question with with in his now infamous video proposal (which you can see below). A rep for Minaj, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, did not respond to The Times' requests for comment.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The U.S. needs guest workers because Americans won't work on farms -- at least, that's the argument made by many in agriculture as they negotiate over the controversial H-2A program , which allows farmers to bring in predominantly Mexican laborers to pick cotton and trim trees. But labor advocates say there's a group of Americans who have been trying to work on farms, only to be displaced by H-2A workers, who are less likely to complain about poor working conditions because their visas are dependent on their employers.
FOOD
April 8, 1993
My compliments on the Food Section, which continues to be entertaining, informative and well-written. The "Foods We Hate" features--especially Margy Rochlin's fish story and Michelle Huneven's banana squash piece--seemed particularly inspired. --DOROTHEA GROSSMAN Los Angeles
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Companion planting is based on the idea that, like people, some plants do better with good neighbors. For tomatoes, strawberries and squash, one of the most popular of companion plants is borage ( Borago officinalis ). As a seedling, borage doesn't reveal its potential. The leaves are rough and fat, and as they get older, covered in fur. Only when the sparkling lavender star-shaped flowers appear in spring-summer does borage, also known as starflower, shows its potential: Bees and pest-killing wasps love the blooms.
FOOD
February 23, 2013
  Total time: About 1 hour, plus cooling time for the chiles Servings: 6 to 8 2 poblano chiles 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter 2 tablespoons oil 2 onions, diced 5 pounds butternut squash (2 medium, or 1 large), peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes 1/3 cup dry white wine 6 cups vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup maple syrup, divided 1/2 cup raisins, coarsely chopped 6 to 8 pieces stale bread, preferably dark whole-grain, coarsely chopped 1 cup heavy cream Fine sea salt Tabasco sauce, optional 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced on the bias 1. Roast the poblano chiles over high heat on a rack over a stove-top burner.
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